[guest post by Dana]
Lately, it appears that scandal and the IRS are attached at the hip.
Now, due to yet another issue of corruption, a consent decree orders the agency to pay out a $50,000 settlement to the National Organization for Marriage. The IRS admitted to releasing the group’s confidential tax information to the gay rights group, Human Rights Campaign.
In February 2012, the Human Rights Campaign posted on its web site NOM’s 2008 tax return and the names and contact information of the marriage group’s major donors, including soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. That information then was published by the Huffington Post and other liberal-leaning news sites.
HRC’s president at the time, Joe Solmonese, was tapped that same month as a national co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
In May 2012, NOM Chairman John D. Eastman and NOM President Brian Brown asked the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute the case. Eastman appeared last June before the House Committee on Ways and Means to testify about the illegal disclosure o the marriage group’s donors.
Unauthorized disclosure of confidential tax information is a felony offense that can result in five years in prison, but the Department of Justice did not bring criminal charges.
Here’s a little reminder President Obama’s reassurances to the American people: