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Friday, April 13, 2012

National Organization of Marriage Demands Investigation of IRS's Leak of Mitt Romney's Contribution

MittThe National Organization of Marriage has sent this letter to the Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration demanding an investigation of the IRS's leak of an official tax form listing a $10,000 contribution by Mitt Romney's PAC to NOM during NOM's campaign to repeal California's gay marriage law:

Last week, NOM became aware that its 2008 Form 990 Schedule B has been unlawfully obtained from the IRS by the Human Rights Campaign and the Huffington Post and published by both of these entities, as well as subsequent publication by other organizations and individuals

It is apparent from the copy of the NOM's 2008 Schedule B that appears on the HRC and Huffington Post websites that the purloined 2008 Schedule B is the official version filed with the IRS, such that the source of the illegal public release can only be the IRS. The unauthorized public release of NOM's 2008 Schedule B is a violation of federal law. See 26 U.S.C. § 6103.

Please consider this as NOM's formal request for an immediate investigation of the circumstances surrounding this matter, to identify the person(s) responsible for these illegal actions and the referral of those IRS employee(s) and others for prosecution by the appropriate authorities for violation of federal criminal statutes.

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Comments

Isn't this like accusing the State Department of releasing information published by WikiLeaks?

Posted by: Bob | Apr 13, 2012 9:10:53 AM

Quote from the Huffington Post: "In fact, record of the payment was only uncovered Friday when the pro-gay rights Human Rights Campaign was sent a private IRS filing from NOM via a whistleblower." If the disclosed information was "return information" within the meaning of IRC 6103, then this disclosure by an IRS "whistleblower" is a felony under IRC 7213(a). The use of the term "whistleblower" carries the connotation of something illegal or surreptitious in the contribution, which it was not.

Posted by: TexeEcon | Apr 14, 2012 1:23:39 PM

TaxeEcon: "The use of the term 'whistleblower' carries the connotation of something illegal or surreptitious in the contribution, which it was not."

Yet, 99% of the public will not notice this smear and will accept the illegal disclosure as something noble and deserving of a reward. There's your typical liberal, misleading press .

Posted by: Woody | Apr 15, 2012 8:02:17 PM

This didn't get a lot of press, did it? What a shock.

Posted by: Woody | Apr 15, 2012 9:02:21 PM