As the disturbing saga of IRS abuse deepens, pro-life and traditional marriage groups have taken center stage. In the wake of revelations that the federal tax bureaucracy targeted conservative and Christian groups, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has announced that it is suing the IRS for leaking the group's tax documents to the homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in 2012. “There is little question that one or more employees at the IRS stole our confidential tax return and leaked it to our political enemies, in violation of federal law,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president, in a statement. “The only questions are who did it and whether there was any knowledge or coordination between people in the White House, the Obama reelection campaign, and the Human Rights Campaign. We and the American people deserve answers.”
In a column published May 15 by USA Today, Dr. John Eastman, a constitutional law professor at Chapman University and NOM's chairman, recalled that in March 2012 HRC, the lead pro-homosexual group aggressively pushing for the legalization of same-sex marriage, published one of NOM's confidential tax documents, which was quickly picked up by the Huffington Post, Mother Jones, and other left-leaning news organs.
Additionally, the self-styled “public interest” investigative news site ProPublica.com reported that in response to a request from its own journalists, the IRS' Cincinnati office sent it applications or documentation for 31 different groups, including a number of conservative organizations. “Nine of those applications had not yet been approved — meaning they were not supposed to be made public,” ProPublica reported. One of those groups was Crossroads GPS, a key group that at the time was backing Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.
Eastman argued that the leaking of NOM documents to a group pushing for homosexual marriage was a particularly egregious offense. “For months before March 2012, the pro-gay marriage HRC had been demanding that my group, NOM, publicly identify its major donors, something that NOM and many other non-profits refuse to do,” Eastman wrote. “The reason is simple. In the past, gay marriage advocates have used such information to launch campaigns of intimidation against traditional marriage supporters.”
Added the pro-marriage leader: “Just as gay marriage proponents were demanding the information, the IRS appears to have illegally given them exactly what they were looking for. The tax return released by the HRC contained the names and addresses of dozens of major donors to NOM. And there's little doubt where the documents came from. The tax returns contained internal coding added by the IRS after the returns were originally submitted.”
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