FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2012
Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)
"We demand that federal authorities immediately launch an investigation into this crime...This is reminiscent of Watergate."—Brian Brown, NOM president—
Washington, D.C. — Following the release yesterday of proof by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the source of leaked confidential donor information, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) removed from its website all reference to NOM's un-redacted 2008 1099 tax form, which it had previously posted. The action by the Human Rights Campaign comes within a day of NOM's attorneys contacting them and demanding they remove the material is a clear indication of the seriousness of the criminal activity that has occurred.
"They now realize that they have done something tremendously wrong here or they would not have removed the references," NOM President Brian Brown said today. "A felony has been committed and the Treasury Department must investigate who within the IRS has committed it, and whether people with the Obama Administration or the HRC are co-conspirators in the criminal release of our confidential tax return. We demand that federal authorities immediately launch an investigation into this crime. This is not a routine leak of some obscure document. We're talking about someone in the Obama Administration's IRS releasing to a group headed by President Obama's national co-chair the private tax return containing confidential donor information of their main opponent. This is reminiscent of Watergate, and the American people are entitled to know the truth of what has occurred."
On March 30 The Huffington Post ran NOM's 2008 1099 tax form without redacting confidential donor information. The outlet said it obtained the scanning of the document from the Human Rights Campaign. The president of that organization, Joe Solmonese, is a national co-chair of President Obama's reelection campaign. At press time, The Huffington Post had not removed its scanning of the 1099.
"As we stated in our letter to The Huffington Post, we demand they immediately take down all references to our illegally released tax documents," Brown said.
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