U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the possible unauthorized disclosure of the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) confidential donor information.
The Utah Republican wrote IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman Tuesday asking for the probe into the possible leak inside his own agency.
Hatch, the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, wrote that “evidence suggests that the IRS may have been the source of the unauthorized disclosure of donor information,” and adds that this “is a matter that I take with the utmost seriousness, and I expect that you will treat this inquiry with the attention that it deserves.”
“Our political history shows the absolute necessity of maintaining the nonpartisan integrity of the IRS,” he writes, adding: “The proper administration of the nation’s tax laws requires confidence that the personal and confidential information filed with IRS will not be improperly disclosed or used for political purposes.”
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.
Founded in 2007 in response to the growing need for an organized opposition to same-sex marriage in state legislatures, NOM serves as a national resource for marriage-related initiatives at the state and local level.
They also include a copy of Sen. Hatch's letter.