Conservative Group Says IRS Leaked Docs to Rival
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) says someone inside the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) leaked its confidential tax return to one of its chief political opponents, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). HRC’s president, Joe Solomonese, served as the co-chairman of the Obama reelection campaign.
“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 NOM’s president Brian Brown to the Daily Caller. “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.”
NOM’s call for transparency comes as the IRS is under fire for having selectively targeted limited government groups for investigation. IRS head of the tax-exempt division Lois G. Lerner maintained that “low-level” IRS workers were responsible for targeting conservatives. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, a soon-to-be released inspector general report contains a timeline indicating that, “IRS scrutiny of tea-party and other conservative groups began as early as 2010 and came to the attention of Ms. Lerner, the head of the tax-exempt-organizations division, at least by the following year.”
Under Obama, the IRS audits of tax-exempt organizations have skyrocketed 79%.
In the 2012 presidential election, IRS employees donated two-and-a-half times as much to Obama as to Republican challenger Mitt Romney.