Confidential tax documents of pro-marriage group released: NOM points finger at Obama admin.
4/24/2012 11:11:00 AM
By Christine Dhanagom
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is calling for an investigation of the Obama Administration, a liberal news outlet, and a gay rights group, all of whom NOM says may have violated federal law through their involvement in releasing the organization's confidential tax information to the public.
NOM's 2008 1099 tax form, which contains the names and addresses of NOM donors, was published late last month in a Huffington Post article that accuses presidential candidate Mitt Romney of funding the prominent pro-traditional marriage group "under the radar." Romney had sent a $10,000 check to the organization during the battle over California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative which constitutionally defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman in the state.
The Huffington Post article calls the donation "secretive," because it was made through a chapter of Romney's Free and Strong America PAC in Alabama, a state with notoriously lax contribution reporting requirements.
Information about the source of the donation, however, has been publicly available through state records and was confirmed by a Romney aide, the article acknowledges.
Romney's spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, also publicly announced the donation in 2008, telling the Deseret News that the governor "feels strongly that marriage is an institution between a man and a woman."
The article identifies The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as the source of the NOM tax filing, claiming that the HRC obtained it from a "whistleblower."
NOM President Brian Brown is crying foul, though, and says he has evidence that the document came straight from the IRS.
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In a letter to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration requesting an investigation, Brown wrote: "The publication of the officially filed Schedule B can only have occurred as the result of a third party's illegal actions: either one or more IRS employees or an external source who has unlawfully obtained access to confidential IRS computers and confidential taxpayer information. In either case, it is clear that a federal crime has been committed."
The organization has also pointed out that the President of the Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solmonese, is a national co-chair of Obama's presidential re-election campaign.
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