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IRS Admits It Leaked Pro Marriage Tax Returns To Media

From the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal:

IRS Admits Wrongdoing, to Pay $50,000 in Leaking of Marriage Group’s Tax Return

Ken McIntyre | June 24, 2014

Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit.

Notice that the IRS had to be sued into admitting any wrongdoing. (A detail that is being played down in the very few mainstream media reports on this development.) They didn’t come forward with this on their own. And, Allah knows, our media watchdogs didn’t uncover this story.

The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM’s chief political rival.

“Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason,” NOM Chairman John D. Eastman told The Daily Signal. “We’re delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return.” …

Notice that nobody at the IRS was fired for leaking this information. It’s easy to accept ‘accountability’ when it just means giving away taxpayers’ money.

The Daily Signal is seeking comment on the settlement  from the IRS and Justice Department… IRS spokesman Bruce I. Friedland emailed: “Privacy law, specifically Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code, prohibits us from commenting.”

Isn’t irony ironic?

In his order entered this morning, District Court Judge James C. Cacheris granted the settlement of NOM’s suit against the IRS, which was represented by the Department of Justice.

In February 2012, the Human Rights Campaign posted on its web site NOM’s 2008 tax return and the names and contact information of the marriage group’s major donors, including soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. That information then was published by the Huffington Post and other liberal-leaning news sites.

HRC’s president at the time, Joe Solmonese, was tapped that same month as a national co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

But that was surely just a coincidence. Mr. Solmonese certainly wasn’t doing Obama’s bidding. No way. Obama has never wanted to know the names of conservative donors. That is why he is so sanguine about the Citizens United ruling. (Massive sarcasm.)

Eastman said an investigation in the civil lawsuit determined that someone gave NOM’s tax return and list of major donors to Boston-based gay rights activist Matthew Meisel. Email correspondence from Meisel revealed that he told a colleague of “a conduit” to obtain the marriage group’s confidential information…

Meisel provided the marriage group’s tax data to the Human Rights Campaign, documents found as part of the investigation show. HRC is among organizations and activists advocating same-sex marriage that routinely describe NOM as a “hate group” or “anti-gay” for making the case for preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

“We urge other groups that have suffered similar problems with the IRS to keep pressing until they, too, are fully vindicated,” Eastman said. Eastman was referring to ongoing congressional probes and lawsuits over IRS targeting of tea party and other conservative groups that sought tax-exempt status…

Come on. We know that is just rightwing kooksville paranoia. The IRS would never do anything partisan.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “IRS Admits It Leaked Pro Marriage Tax Returns To Media”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    $50 grand? That’s all? That’s no more than walking around money for Hillary!

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