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National Organization for Marriage claims IRS illegally released tax records

Thursday, April 12, 2012

WASHINGTON — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Thursday released documents claiming that their confidential U.S. tax returns containing private donor information were illegally obtained by a source within the Internal Revenue Service and were handed over to NOM’s political enemies, particularly the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

An angry Brian Brown, NOM’s president, accused an unknown person at the IRS for the disclosure, and said, “It is shocking that a political ally of President Obama’s would come to possess and then publicly release a confidential tax return that came directly from the Internal Revenue Service. We demand to know who is responsible for this criminal act and what the Administration is going to do to get to the bottom of it.”

Joe Solmonese, the outgoing president of the HRC, is a national co-chair of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.

On March 30, 2012, the Huffington Post published NOM’s confidential 2008 tax return filed with the IRS, which it said came from the Human Rights Campaign.

The HRC has said on its own site the documents came from a “whistleblower.” However, NOM claims that the documents came directly from the Internal Revenue Service.

On NOM’s blog, where copies of the documents were published, NOM writes:

The document on the left is as it appeared when published by the Huffington Post. However, that document was modified in a failed attempt to obscure its source. There is a label visibly obscuring a portion of each page, and it was determined that information on the top of each page was also obscured in the version posted on the Huffington Post.

After software removed the layers obscuring the document, it is shown that the document came from the Internal Revenue Service. The top of each page says, “”THIS IS A COPY OF A LIVE RETURN FROM SMIPS. OFFICIAL USE ONLY.”

On each page of the return is stamped a document ID of “100560209.” Only the IRS would have the Form 990 with “Official Use” information.

“Every taxpayer has a right to expect that its confidential tax returns filed with the IRS will not be given to their political enemies,” said Brown, in a blog post.

“Doing so is a felony. What makes this even more problematic is that the recipient of the confidential tax return is a group headed by President Obama’s national campaign co-chair,” he said.

“This is something that one might expect to occur in the Czarist Soviet Union, not the United States of America. We demand that the Treasury Department launch a federal criminal investigation into the IRS and the Human Rights Campaign to bring these criminals to justice,” Brown added.

A spokesperson for the IRS Washington Field Office declined to comment on NOM’s allegations, but a spokesperson for the HRC, speaking on condition of anonymity, told LGBTQ Nation that the HRC stands by its disclosure and that the documents were provided by a whistle blower.

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20 more reader comments:

  1. If they did, good for them!!! I support exposing hate groups. I also support political transparency.

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 8:57pm
  2. Gee I guess if you piss off gay people who work in all types of jobs, someone is gonna turn on you. Boo fucking hoo!

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 8:57pm
  3. HAHAHA! Damn they look pissed!!

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 8:57pm
  4. Oh what a shame you sons of bit**es! Hope this gets worse for you day by day!.

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:01pm
  5. Lol – looks like someone needs a good colonic cleansing, followed by a good long shag. I’m not volunteering, BTW – I have taste. Haters can go fuck themselves as far as I’m concerned

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:06pm
  6. haa haaa haahha hows it feel? Sucks when the shoes on the other foot…LMAO…HAHHAHAHHA

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:08pm
  7. Yeah, go ahead Brown and co. Go up against the IRS. Really, let’s see it. Show how tough you are. Fight them… and we will never have to worry about NOM again.

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:09pm
  8. Waaaah. How freaking sad.

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:15pm
  9. tooo bad when an illegal terrorist organization gets butt hurt because their “rights” were supposedly violated by the release of the names of fellow hate group mongers…. dial 1800-waa-aaah… Karma is a mother fucking bitch aint it

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:19pm
  10. This is GREAT news, NOM is going down as should any despicable hate organization!!!

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:42pm
  11. does anyone have a link to the list of donors?

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 11:39pm
  12. Waaaaah. Get over it, NOM. You’re a bunch of douches anyway.

    Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 11:43pm
  13. Boo-f***ing-hoo. This guys an idiot. There is no such thing as “czarist soviet union”, and HRC got the info not the Presidents re-election campaign or at least that was his story. Why would he be worried if the re-election campaign got the info? Does he believe it will help Pres. Obama get re-elected? From his lips to GODS ears!
    I’m glad there are people who will jeopardize their jobs to expose groups that support HATE! KUDOS TO THEM!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 2:30am
  14. Thuesday? Czarist soviet union? NOM, you’re a bunch of fucking idiiots.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 2:54am
  15. Good, anything to shut them up.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 3:41am
  16. This guy looks like a rabid dog in every picture. Hate group gets it in the ass! I love it!

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 5:06am
  17. However them bitches gotta go down!

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 5:44am
  18. WAAAAAAA

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 5:46am
  19. Oh GOODY!

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10:11am
  20. Illegal release of tax records (990 forms) that the law requires NOM and every other political group to disclose yearly.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:28pm