Prez of Gay Rights Group That Got NOM Donor List Was The Natl Co-Chair of Obama Re-election Campaign (Video)
He told Prager that while it was possible that the HRC got their hands on the donor list and tax info through less nefarious means, the most likely scenario is that someone within the IRS who is against the cause of traditional marriage leaked the info to HRC so that they could punish, harass and intimidate NOM's donors in order to silence them.
"There are a couple of other pieces to this that I think are extremely important", he continued. "The Human Rights Campaign has been trying for a long time to get our donor list so they could do just that to our donors. And the president of the HRC, Joe Solmonese had just recently become a National Co-Chair of the Obama Re-election Campaign."
That story was broken a couple of weeks ago by Matthew Boyle at Big Government
, who reported that Solmonese used the leaked docs to attack Mitt Romney.
Both the Huffington Post's Sam Stein and HRC described the leak as coming from a “whistleblower.” The Huffington Post used the document to write a story questioning former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s support for traditional marriage. The document showed Romney donated $10,000 to NOM. HRC went a step further than the Huffington Post in its criticism of Romney and accused him of using “racially divisive tactics” in a press release.
Solmonese, then still the HRC’s president, said in the release he felt Romney’s “funding of a hate-filled campaign designed to drive a wedge between Americans is beyond despicable.”
“Not only has Romney signed NOM’s radical marriage pledge, now we know he’s one of the donors that NOM has been so desperate to keep secret all these years,” Solmonese added.
Solmonese resigned his position at HRC the next day and took up a position as an Obama campaign co-chair. He had announced the then-pending resignation from HRC the previous autumn.
NOM announced Tuesday that it will sue the IRS for this alleged leak. Under immense political pressure, Attorney General Eric Holder launched a criminal investigation into the IRS's actions. Congress will conduct ts own investigation.
In early April 2012, NOM published documents which it said showed this leaked confidential information did not come from a “whistleblower” but “came directly from the Internal Revenue Service and was provided to NOM's political opponents, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).”
Eastman said in the interview with Prager that NOM asked for an investigation from the Treasury IG and the DOJ and the initial investigation actually focused on NOM itself to see if someone internally had leaked the donor list to HRC, (the bogus whistle-blower theory) and when that was "not fruitful", they were stonewalled for over a year. They've filed a series of FOIA requests to find out what's going on with the investigation, and continue to get stonewalled. Eastman claims that in the latest stonewall someone actually said, "the very statutes that prohibits IRS officials from disclosing your tax returns prohibits us from telling you whether we've identified the culprit because that's a taxpayer, too, so we can't identify him."
Eastman's interview starts at 6:50.