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Published On: Wed, Jun 25th, 2014

IRS settles with NOM over tax return debacle, leftists attack NOM

While the IRS didn’t admit fault and just says a single employee’s error is likely behind the tax agency leaking the National Organization For Marriage’s tax return, the IRS has settled with NOM for $50,000. Voices on the left still attack NOM and describe them as an “anti-gay marriage group.”

Tea Party deserves the IRS targeting? Some folks feel that way. But how about Progressive groups? Occupy Wall Street?

Tea Party deserves the IRS targeting? Some folks feel that way. But how about Progressive groups? Occupy Wall Street?

“In the beginning,the government claimed that the IRS had done nothing wrong and that NOM itself must have released our confidential information. Thanks to a lot of hard work, we’ve forced the IRS to admit that they in fact were the ones to break the law and wrongfully released the confidential information,” NOM Chairman John Eastman told CBN News on Wednesday.

The settlement is not an admission of guilt and Media Matters was quick to fuel the talking points that NOM’s assertions were just part of the “slow, awkward death of their conspiracy theory.”

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

Someone in the IRS sent the 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 invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself and declined to disclose the identity of his “conduit.”

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.

Media Matters and others point to a judge not being convinced, but Meisel’s plea was followed by a quick settlements points to a leak in the IRS.

Unauthorized disclosure of confidential tax information is a felony offense that can result in five years in prison, but the Department of Justice did not bring criminal charges.

 

 

 

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