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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
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1 posted on 06/24/2014 12:16:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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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 ------------>)
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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!!)
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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.)
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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)
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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.")
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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?)
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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
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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
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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!)
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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.)
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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)
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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!!!)
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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)
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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
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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.)
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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)
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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")
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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?)
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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.")
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