NOM planning lawsuit against the IRS

The IRS "has criminally released our confidential tax return," said NOM president Brian Brown

By Jillian Rayfield

Published May 15, 2013 1:50PM (EDT)

NOM President Brian Brown     (Wikipedia)
NOM President Brian Brown (Wikipedia)

As the controversy over the IRS's targeting of conservative groups continues, the National Organization for Marriage has announced that it is planning to sue the agency over alleged leaks of NOM's tax records.

"Not only has the IRS retaliated against conservative, small-government and tea party groups as they apply for recognition of tax exemption AND lied about it, but it has criminally released our confidential tax return including the identity of dozens of major donors to a political enemy," said Brian Brown, NOM's president, in a statement. "In addition to being our principal combatant in the war on traditional marriage, the HRC's president at the time was serving as a Co-Chair of President Obama's reelection campaign. This is a chilling set of circumstances that should ring alarm bells across the nation."

As Politico explains, NOM has been calling for an investigation into who leaked information about its donors:

In April 2012, the Huffington Post and the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, posted IRS documents indicating GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had given $10,000 to the anti-gay marriage group. While the same inspector general who uncovered the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups was investigating the case, NOM has been frustrated with the pace of the investigation.

Several Tea Party groups, allegedly among those targeted by the agency, have also threatened to sue.

Jillian Rayfield

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