Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

IRS Admits Wrongdoing, to Pay $50,000 in Leaking of Marriage Groupís Tax Return
The Daily Signal ^ | 06/24/2014 | Ken McIntyre

Posted on 06/24/2014 12:16:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

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.”

The Daily Signal is seeking comment on the settlement from the IRS and Justice Department.

In his order entered this morning, District Judge James C. Cacheris granted the settlement of NOM’s suit against the IRS, which was represented by the Department of Justice.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailysignal.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: congress; corruption; democrats; homosexualagenda; irs; marriage; mediabias; obama; scandal; tax

1 posted on 06/24/2014 12:16:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

outside settlement stops any discovery


2 posted on 06/24/2014 12:18:11 PM PDT by advertising guy ( <------------- lotta white in here ------------>)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

An insult. A slap on the wrist.

The IRS is basically getting away with this. And will continue to do so in the future.


3 posted on 06/24/2014 12:18:29 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Pennies. It should be $5 million.


4 posted on 06/24/2014 12:18:30 PM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

We can’t even put a dollar amount on the damage the LGBT movement have done to this country and the IRS settles for $50,000.


5 posted on 06/24/2014 12:19:19 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Tip o’ the iceberg handled and allows them to cover up the rest.


6 posted on 06/24/2014 12:19:58 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
“We urge the Congress to explore this issue with the appropriate government officials,” Eastman said. “It’s imperative that all those who have engaged in corrupt practices and illegal acts in the IRS be identified and held accountable.”

You're damn right!

Names and prison sentences!

They're still there - they'll do it again when it suits them.

7 posted on 06/24/2014 12:21:00 PM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

And nobody is going to jail.

We are either a nation of law and equal justice, or...


8 posted on 06/24/2014 12:21:21 PM PDT by zek157
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

That’s MY money they are giving away. I’d rather pay their room and board at the graybar hotel.


9 posted on 06/24/2014 12:21:52 PM PDT by Chaguito
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: maggief; hoosiermama; RummyChick

IRS 50K settlement ping


10 posted on 06/24/2014 12:22:17 PM PDT by txhurl (2014: Stunned Voters do Stunning Things!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

50 grand? Charlie Rangel wouldn’t even classify that as “chump change”. These people should be getting a “living” settlement not some minimum wage settlement. They “deserve” 50 million!


11 posted on 06/24/2014 12:22:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Feed the wacko enrviromentalists to the starving polar bears.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

$50,000?

Can they afford that.

Really, they should be held liable for any adverse actions that resulted from their little “mistake”.

$50G ain’t gonna cut it.

People have been threatened their livelyhood targeted.

Keep writing checks .....


12 posted on 06/24/2014 12:22:25 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

1st thing, take that 50K and apply irs penalty/interest/fines to it like they do to us.

2nd thing, multiply that number by 50,000.

3rd thing, pay that amount.

4th thing, DISBAND THE irs AND JAIL ALL irs employees.


13 posted on 06/24/2014 12:22:31 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fwdude

They don’t care how much it is. It’s not THEIR Money.
They won’t care till someone ends up in Leavenworth...


14 posted on 06/24/2014 12:25:24 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Obama said not a smidgen of wrong doing in the IRS which means he approves of this. Corrupt b’stard out to be jailed.

Oh and this shows how corrupt the gay mafia are that they took this info instead of going to the FBI to report a crime.


15 posted on 06/24/2014 12:25:28 PM PDT by RginTN
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Some people can get other people’s tax returns for a perverted cause just for the asking, but Congress can’t get IRS emails with a subpoena.


16 posted on 06/24/2014 12:25:39 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Now, go after so called “Human Rights Campaign”.

There were in unlawful possession of a tax return and unlawfully published the names on the tax return for the sole purpose of jeopardizing everyone on it.


17 posted on 06/24/2014 12:25:47 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: George from New England

“We can’t even put a dollar amount on the damage the LGBT movement have done to this country and the IRS settles for $50,000.”

What do they care? $50.000’ $50,00,000? It’s our money


18 posted on 06/24/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

"Of course, we fully expect NOM to declare that $50,000 as income on their 2014 tax return [giggle, snort]"


19 posted on 06/24/2014 12:27:54 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: advertising guy
"... outside settlement stops any discovery..."

.... Ya ... unfortunately this looks like it could have been part of a Whole! The IRS is in fear of any information that may be garnered during any Discovery phase. This may have been an important case that is connected to the whole IRS targeting scandal.

20 posted on 06/24/2014 12:30:06 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: fwdude

It doesn’t matter what the amount is if it’s the IRS paying it, since in that case it’s me and you paying it.

Any settlement that doesn’t come from those person who caused the leak is a joke.


21 posted on 06/24/2014 12:30:09 PM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

And guess where the $50K is coming from.


22 posted on 06/24/2014 12:31:56 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS. Now they will just fine some innocent taxpayer to shakedown for their fine.


23 posted on 06/24/2014 12:32:25 PM PDT by Organic Panic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fwdude

RE: Pennies. It should be $5 million.

Does the National Association for Marriage have to declare this fine as INCOME?


24 posted on 06/24/2014 12:34:09 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I had to check and see if this was a John Semmons satire....sheesh...what a cluster you know what....

EVERYONE who is working should make sure they are to the max on their tax deductions.....take it to 9 (NINE) dependents...just make sure you save for the actual bill later...


25 posted on 06/24/2014 12:34:37 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

First off 50k is nothing since its against the institution. If this were a business the fine would be far far more. But how about the culprit? Whomever gave out the info should be payiong the fine and doing some time as well. The IRS should be paying in the millions for lack of oversight.


26 posted on 06/24/2014 12:40:00 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

$50,000 is chump change they spend that much on a party.


27 posted on 06/24/2014 12:41:36 PM PDT by Vaduz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RginTN

Oops - looks like someone just found a smidgen.


28 posted on 06/24/2014 12:45:15 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: zek157

Yeah, who did it? They violated disclosure laws. They should be on the way to the cross bar hotel.


29 posted on 06/24/2014 12:46:49 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Chaguito
"That’s MY money they are giving away."

Exactly! It should be forfeited by the perps responsible from their bank account, or garnish their pay / pension like the IRS would do to us if we had a bill with them. Put a lien on their property, evict their family, their extended family - use the exact same standards against them personally.

30 posted on 06/24/2014 12:49:57 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I’ve got news for you: the IRS isn’t paying $50,000.

We are.


31 posted on 06/24/2014 12:52:48 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Should have been required to name who did it publicly.


32 posted on 06/24/2014 12:58:03 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

So......in essence the taxpayers paid for the IRS fine - they basically “fined themselves” for something they DIDN’T DO!!

Do IRS officials ever lose pension money, salaries, their jobs?......


33 posted on 06/24/2014 12:59:15 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

ONLY ONE SOLUTION TO THIS DEMOCRAT-RUN INTIMIDATION SCHEME: GET RID OF THE IRS .. Let’s start a conversation about what we can do instead of this continual mess. In today’s climate, it’s impossible to get people who are not able to distance themselves from how they vote.

We CANNOT ALLOW this CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE to continue.


34 posted on 06/24/2014 1:06:35 PM PDT by CyberAnt (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Will the IRS tax that?


35 posted on 06/24/2014 1:12:29 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fwdude

What do they care? It’s not their money. Heads should roll.


36 posted on 06/24/2014 1:26:19 PM PDT by fhayek
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Kozak
They won’t care till someone ends up in Leavenworth...

They won't even care then. They've got plenty of sacrificial lambs to take the fall for them.

37 posted on 06/24/2014 1:30:48 PM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: fhayek
What do they care? It’s not their money. Heads should roll.

Agreed. But nothing would steam the Gaystapo like their nemesis getting well-funded from this fiasco, which the Gaystapo was complicit in, be sure of that.

38 posted on 06/24/2014 1:32:16 PM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Paying $50,000 of OUR money for GE$TAPO over-reach? Any of these unaccountable bureaucrats (socialists) going to jail? Getting fired? Can we confiscate their assets?


39 posted on 06/24/2014 1:50:10 PM PDT by PGalt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Individuals broke the law, so when are they going to prison?


40 posted on 06/24/2014 2:01:01 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: zek157; cyn
And nobody is going to jail. We are either a nation of law and equal justice, or...

... the obama nation. Of desolation. Standing where it ought not (on the ash heap of the USS Constitution).

41 posted on 06/24/2014 2:07:28 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

$50,000?!? That is a joke. That doesn’t even cover the lost wages of a single person who was targeted by the homos and lost a job over this, much less someone like the Mozilla founder who was forced to resign.


42 posted on 06/24/2014 2:13:38 PM PDT by Boogieman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

From the end of the linked article:

“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.”

So, basically the government admits it did wrong but know one is going to go to jail or will even lose their job. I see a signal here: GREEN LIGHT!


43 posted on 06/24/2014 2:48:02 PM PDT by Captain Rhino (Determined effort today forges tomorrow)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Captain Rhino

RE: So, basically the government admits it did wrong but know one is going to go to jail or will even lose their job. I see a signal here: GREEN LIGHT!

The sentence is this:

” but the Department of Justice did not bring criminal charges.”

Of course, let’s ask ourselves — WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT?

Well, well, well, it just so happened to be the same man who was held in Contempt of Congress — ERIC HOLDER.

And what did being held in contempt get him?

NOTHING.

Unless this feckless Congress exercise its power to punish, which is to JAIL ERIC HOLDER, these abuses will continue because they, like Holder, DO get away with it.


44 posted on 06/24/2014 2:51:46 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: fwdude

The ones going to Leavanworth will care...


45 posted on 06/24/2014 3:23:22 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
We get to pay this bill, as we should. We continue to hire crooks and then we complain when they cost us money. Our apathy has allowed these career criminals to infect our government where they are free to rape and pillage to their heart's content.

We need to abolish the IRS, along with most other unconstitutional departments.

Another good case for moving "our" reps out of Washington and bringing them home, where they will have to face their employers. If they refuse to listen, then more direct methods may get their attention.

46 posted on 06/24/2014 3:54:19 PM PDT by snowtigger
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: zek157

We’re a country run by a homosexual president.


47 posted on 06/24/2014 7:39:52 PM PDT by NetAddicted (Just looking)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Ezekiel
"And nobody is going to jail. We are either a nation of law and equal justice, or..."

... the obama nation. Of desolation. Standing where it ought not (on the ash heap of the USS Constitution).

...which is, indeed, an obamanation.

Turds will be turds. I'm gonna go play with some datil peppers and peaches.

48 posted on 06/25/2014 5:19:20 AM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

So how much is a smidgen? $100,000?


49 posted on 06/25/2014 5:30:17 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/06/irs-admits-leaking-confidential-information-used-against-mitt-romney-in-2012-elections/ “Via FR”


50 posted on 06/25/2014 5:32:32 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson