Forget the IRS; investigate the Girl Scouts!

Money is collected as Girl Scouts sell cookies in New York City.

And finally, hold on to your Thin Mints, people.

An Iowa congressman is calling for an inquiry by the House Ways and Means Committee into the finances of the Girl Scouts. Democrat Bruce Braley says he's worried that the longtime organization is selling its famous Samoas and Thin Mints to fund pension plans for employees rather than camping and other traditional Girl Scout activities.

The organization's pension plan has a nearly $350 million deficit right now, some councils have been selling off camps, and layoffs at the national headquarters are coming in August.

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