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IRS Admits Leaking Personal Information In Prop 8 Debate
Legal Insurrection ^ | June 28, 2014 | Bruce Carroll

Posted on 06/30/2014 7:12:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Agency gave gay-rights group names and addresses of political opponents.

In all of this past week’s flurry IRS news: Lois Lerner and other IRS’ officials hard drives crashing, emails showing Lerner targeted Sen. Chuck Grassley, and the IRS Commissioner telling Congress they’ve done nothing wrong — some news got lost in the shuffle.

The IRS did do something very wrong, admitted it and paid a significant fine to resolve it.

Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit.

The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM’s chief political rival.

“Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason,” NOM Chairman John D. Eastman told The Daily Signal. “We’re delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return.”

This admission by the IRS goes back to the vicious fight over the Prop 8 vote in California where HRC and its allies resorted to releasing donation information of individuals and harassing those traditional marriage supporters at their homes and businesses.

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.

Eastman said an investigation in the civil lawsuit determined that someone gave NOM’s tax return and list of major donors to Boston-based gay rights activist Matthew Meisel. Email correspondence from Meisel revealed that he told a colleague of “a conduit” to obtain the marriage group’s confidential information.

No matter what one’s stance is on same-sex marriage, everyone should be appalled at the blatant disregard of privacy protection and free speech rights shown in this case by the IRS and gay rights groups.

As a long-time vocal critic of the radical left-wing politics the Human Rights Campaign endorses in the name of gay and lesbian Americans, I am not surprised that HRC is knee-deep in Nixonian tactics of the Obama IRS. It is a shame that those who claim to have the high ground in “the new civil rights” movement don’t respect the basic privacy and free speech freedoms of all Americans.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; irs; obama; proposition8
I'd be surprised if they didn't.
1 posted on 06/30/2014 7:12:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bump


2 posted on 06/30/2014 7:14:13 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey! They’re the IRS. They can do anything they want to do. Like Barry, they’re above the law.


3 posted on 06/30/2014 7:14:16 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The perps should have gotten 10-year terms and a lifetime ban from government jobs.


4 posted on 06/30/2014 7:15:00 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Equal opportunity bumbling — they did it to leftists too.

Except the leftists got a lot madder.


5 posted on 06/30/2014 7:16:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They got a wrist slap and we paid the fine. They will continue to get wrist slaps and we will continue to pay fines because they have no motivation to stop.


6 posted on 06/30/2014 7:20:48 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The fine should have been levied against those directly involved in supplying the information rather than against the taxpayers. The ‘IRS’ has no income other than what it steals from us.
7 posted on 06/30/2014 7:21:50 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

At a mere $50K in fines per incident, about 0.00001% of their budget, the IRS will just continue.


8 posted on 06/30/2014 7:22:31 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You have a link to the IRS doing anything negative to a left-wing group?


9 posted on 06/30/2014 7:23:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Culture of Corruption.


10 posted on 06/30/2014 7:24:14 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

$50,000? I’d say the IRS got off cheap.


11 posted on 06/30/2014 7:25:00 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Judge Dredd with a ledger book.


12 posted on 06/30/2014 7:27:06 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Unfortunately, there are five votes on the Supreme Court right now for gay marriage. They’re just waiting for a case to get to them.


13 posted on 06/30/2014 7:28:30 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Army Air Corps

Yup!


14 posted on 06/30/2014 7:28:38 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh wait. Thought this was an email-list leak that would have affected everybody equally. (Where the agency should have used Bcc and didn’t.)

I’d like to see how it was that someone just dished this info out upon request. If so, it should be that person’s job at risk, at the least. If not also a crime. Much is not being said here.


15 posted on 06/30/2014 7:29:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: OrioleFan
$50,000? I’d say the IRS got off cheap.

The beauty of it is that we taxpayers get to pay it... and the IRS will jail us if we don't.

16 posted on 06/30/2014 7:32:23 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We don want no steekin fine. We want perp walks and orange jump suits and lengthy prison sentences.

THAT’S how this gets stopped.

Fine? No big deal, the taxpayers are covering it. Wait, put me in jail? Uh, can we talk about this?


17 posted on 06/30/2014 7:40:16 PM PDT by upchuck (Everyday, Joe Wilson becomes more correct!)
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To: upchuck

At the least you’d hear about somebody getting canned. This is too quiet to be credible.


18 posted on 06/30/2014 7:41:17 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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.


Obama Campaign co-chair Joe Solomese and Barack Obama

Gateway Pundit

19 posted on 06/30/2014 7:41:50 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: upchuck

Also, I’d think there would be some kind of rings of computer security that would make it difficult to just cut and paste something like that into an email. Some sort of security policy would have had to be violated.


20 posted on 06/30/2014 7:44:36 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Army Air Corps; 2ndDivisionVet

Brian Brown - Defense of Marriage

Explains that the cutting room - the IRS can’t verify who has looked at confidential records

Think about this in conjunction with Obamacare/ health records.

4:47 Minutes

IRS Scandal - IRS Cutting Room - Agency Reportedly Edits Tax Documents - Fox & Friends

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrf2w_uY61c


21 posted on 06/30/2014 7:55:42 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The IRS did do something very wrong, admitted it and paid a significant fine to resolve it.

I just want to know if someone is doing time for it? If not, why not?

22 posted on 06/30/2014 7:56:33 PM PDT by Mark17 (Rats and RINOs, who are destroying America, may you be screwed by the fickle finger of fate)
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To: Whenifhow

At this rate, your tax records would be more secure if they were maintained in a file folder hidden under your mattress.


23 posted on 06/30/2014 7:59:47 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Zhang Fei

Isn’t this a felony? Why can’t they find the one person that handed over the info and put them in jail. I’m sick of those evil liberals constantly getting away with their law breaking. They are all a bunch of crooks.


24 posted on 06/30/2014 8:05:23 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: dandiegirl

They have probably been promoted two or more time since then.


25 posted on 06/30/2014 8:08:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This should be much more than a fine. It should have political implications. These leaks point to collusion between complicit branches of government to a specific partisan end.

Judge Walker’s verdict should be voided, and California’s marriage amendment to again be allowed to hold sway.


26 posted on 07/01/2014 4:59:47 AM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's hard to keep your head when those around you are losing theirs over the swamp full of Obama-created alligators.

A related story that received a lot of attention here on FR earlier in the year ...

In MAR 2012 it was publicized that in 2008 Brendan Eich had donated U.S.$1,000 to the campaign for California Proposition 8 with his employer identified as Mozilla Corporation. This fact first came to light after the IRS leaked a copy of the National Organization for Marriage’s 2008 tax return to a homosexual-advocacy group. Eich, who was then CTO of Mozilla, published a post on his personal blog stating that his donation was not motivated by any sort of animosity towards gays or lesbians&helllip. This revelation was controversial in the tech sphere, the homosexual press and in social media, particularly Twitter. Controversy over the donation appeared again when he became CEO of Mozilla in 2014 and a revolt among Mozilla staffers asking him to step down, compounded by pressure from software developers, outrage on Twitter and a boycott movement spearheaded by OkCupid, drove Eich out. In response to speculation about Eich's appointment, Mozilla released a statement on 3/29/2014 re-affirming its support for LGBT equality, including marriage equality. On 4/03/2014, Eich stepped down as CEO. In a personal blog post, Eich stated, "There are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT individuals at Mozilla" as 1 of the reasons for his departure.

27 posted on 07/01/2014 11:54:18 AM PDT by MacNaughton (St. Augustine: "with love for mankind and hatred for sins")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So who went to prison for knowingly and willfully breaking the law?


28 posted on 07/01/2014 11:58:27 AM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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Surely you jest?


29 posted on 07/01/2014 12:26:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Every 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly in CA got audited because of support for Prop 8.


30 posted on 07/02/2014 11:31:59 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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