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Thank Chairman Rogers, Subcommittee Chairman Crenshaw, Reps. Yoder & Graves, and other members of the House Appropriations Committee!

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for 2015 last week.  In response to complaints from NOM and other pro-family groups, the bill prohibits the Internal Revenue Service from using funds to target groups based on ideological beliefs.IRS

This much-needed provision is aimed precisely at preventing the kind of overreach and abuse of power practiced by the IRS against NOM and other pro-family groups.  Our allies in Congress are the only thing between NOM and even more IRS targeting and abuse.

“In order to make these investments and to be good stewards of each and every tax dollar, the bill focuses cuts on lower-priority or poor-performing agencies – such as the scandal-plagued and inefficient Internal Revenue Service,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.

"The bill also takes important steps to make the Administration, the Internal Revenue Service in particular, more transparent and accountable to the taxpayer,” Subcommittee Chairman Ander Crenshaw said.

Representative Yoder said, "Poor-performing and inefficient agencies, such as the IRS, are targeted for reductions.  The IRS is also prohibited from using funds to target groups based on ideological beliefs and [from] awarding employee bonuses."

Chairman Rogers, Subcommittee Chairman Crenshaw, and Representatives Yoder, Graves, and other members of the House Appropriations Committee should be commended for their important work to bring transparency and discipline over the IRS.

Let's give this bill a hand!  Call the Appropriations Committee today at (202) 225-2771 and thank them for including conscience safeguards in the Financial Services and Government Appropriations bill.

A Series of Unfortunate Events?

Kevin D. Williamson at National Review has written a scorching article about the criminal disclosure of NOM's tax records.  His short post is completely worth a read.  It highlights the crazy dishonesty, lame excuses, and bizarre claims surrounding the IRS's scandalous leak of NOM's tax records.IRS

Williamson wrote:

You may recall that when the IRS political-persecution scandal first started to become public, the agency’s story was that the trouble was the result of the misguided, overly enthusiastic actions of a few obscure yokels in Cincinnati. That turned out to be a lie, as we all know. But the IRS made a similar case successfully in the matter of its criminal disclosure of the confidential tax records of the National Organization for Marriage, whose donor lists were leaked to left-wing activists in order to use them against the Romney campaign. The IRS admitted that an employee leaked the information, but said it was an accident, that it involved only a single employee making a single error, etc., and the court agreed that NOM could not show that the leak was the result of malice or gross negligence.

Truly, the IRS must be the unluckiest agency in the history of the federal government. Oops! It’s leaking confidential taxpayer information to political activists. D’oh! It’s improperly and illegally targeting conservative organizations for harassment and investigation and misleading Congress, investigators, and the public about the scope and scale of that wrongdoing. Dang! It cannot produce the emails that investigators have demanded as part of the inquiry into its actions. Rats! Its employees are openly campaigning for Barack Obama’s reelection while on the IRS’s clock, using IRS resources, and holding taxpayers hostage. And, who could have seen it coming? The IRS violated the Federal Records Act by refusing to archive relevant documents. With a string of bad luck like that, sure, accidentally releasing NOM’s confidential taxpayer information to left-wing activists seems right at home.

It's silly to claim that these events represent a random series of unfortunate events, Williamson wrote.  He went on to lambast "the Justice Department [for] turning a blind eye to... very serious crimes for political purposes" and called them "complicit in the cover-up."

This is just the beginning of NOM's vindication.

If the IRS's release of our tax information was an accident, then why did Matthew Meisel claim the 5th Amendment?  Why did Meisel feel that by testifying he would open himself up to criminal prosecution?

We are beginning to shine much-needed light on this shameful abuse.  We will continue fighting to learn the whole truth behind the IRS's leak of our confidential taxpayer information.

IRS is Lawless, Partisan

It's effective and wise for marriage supporters to boldly and vocally defend marriage in their communities. In light of our recent, hard-fought victory against the IRS, Don Williamson in Arlington, WA wrote a blistering op-ed asking why Eric Holder is refusing to act in light of this scandal.

IRSIt seems that activists for same sex marriage illegally obtained [NOM's] confidential tax return and a donor list from the IRS because they are opposed to gay marriage. They published the records containing the groups donors names and addresses online so that they and others could target them. My question is why has Eric Holder refused to investigate and prosecute this?

This is yet another example of the lawless and hyper-partisan behavior going on at the IRS. This in addition to the Lois Lerner scandal that involves the use of the IRS to help Obama get re-elected by targeting tea party and other conservative organizations for political purposes. All unprecedented in the annals of the IRS to my knowledge.

...these people have been given a free reign by the Obama administration to do as they wish and the intellectually dishonest media refuses to report it. We need a special prosecutor or two to investigate the IRS.

Thank you, Don, for your defense of the truth!  It is outrageous that the IRS released our confidential tax return and that Eric Holder and the Department of Justice refuse to investigate.  It is very inspiring that fellow Americans are standing with NOM and demanding that the Department of Justice get to the bottom of this.

The IRS leaking our confidential tax returns never should have happened in the first place--but it did.  We need to demand answers now so that we can learn the whole truth about Matthew Meisel and the "conduit" inside the IRS and so that we can ensure this kind of horrific abuse never happens again.

The IRS, Truth, and You

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I've been receiving calls and emails all weekend congratulating NOM on our victory against the IRS. It's great that the word is now out and that the IRS will pay $50,000.00 in damages. But the truth is, this victory over this IRS is just the tip of the iceberg of what we can do together.

What do I mean?

Well, think back to when we filed our suit. Pundits mocked us, gay marriage activists derided us, and almost no one thought we could win. But NOM stood resolute that in this country, the truth matters — that we don't allow the government to target organizations and individuals for their political beliefs. That's why we sued the IRS: it was the right thing to do, and we trusted that you would help us do it.

And you did. With last week's victory, we stunned the establishment by proving that the IRS did indeed release our confidential tax information, that we were right to stand alone against the establishment and the government for the right to speak freely.

But there's much more to the story that we still don't know.

Matthew Miesel, the same-sex marriage activist who received our confidential information from (in his words) a "conduit" within the IRS, claimed the protection of Fifth Amendment, refusing to incriminate himself. Tell me this, why would Matthew Meisel claim the Fifth if the IRS story, that this was just some mistake, was true? Why did Meisel feel that by testifying he would open himself up to criminal prosecution?

I don't believe for a second that the story ends here. And I know you don't either.

The problem is that Eric Holder and the Justice Department don't seem to want to get to the truth. They have simply refused to investigate.

So it's again up to us.

Luckily we've got allies in heroes like Senator Ted Cruz and Congressmen David Camp and Darrell Issa, who are demanding answers.

Last Thursday, after introducing a resolution on the Senate floor, Senator Cruz said, "Americans need a guarantee that the IRS will never be used again to target an Administration's political enemies...We need a special prosecutor with meaningful independence to make sure justice is served and our constitutional rights to free speech, assembly, and privacy are protected."

We're ready to do more to get to the truth, with the help of Patriots and heroes like you.

Will you help us fund the next steps in our fight?

Your $50, $100, $500, or $1000 will help us to get to the bottom of this scandal. Stand with us again as we take this fight forward.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

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P.S. Senator Ted Cruz's speech on the floor demanding a special prosecutor was amazing. Please take a moment to watch and after you do consider making a generous donation to NOM so we can continue to lead the fight in the defense of marriage and truth.

Dave Camp Calls Out Justice Department on IRS Abuse

Dave_CampIn a week full of news about the IRS scandal, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement on the refusal of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to pursue the theft and illegal disclosure of NOM's confidential tax information:

“Through our investigation, we were able to discover that the IRS gave NOM’s confidential information to an individual who then intentionally leaked the information to the media. The DOJ's refusal to take any action to protect taxpayers demonstrates why this Committee, and the American people, cannot trust their supposed investigation into the IRS targeting, let alone the protection of the constitutional rights of conservatives.  While the Administration prefers to sweep this under the rug, it is time that the American people have a special prosecutor into this matter so the full truth can come out.”

Call Rep. Camp today at (202) 225-3625 to thank him for standing up for NOM's basic legal rights!  Tell him you support his call for a special prosecutor to look into the IRS abuse.  Thank you for supporting Rep. Camp and justice for NOM!

Fox and Friends: Brian Brown, NOM, and the IRS

Did you catch NOM president Brian Brown on Fox and Friends this morning?

Here's his interview regarding NOM's successful suit against the IRS for their illegal release of our confidential tax return and donor information:


Please share with your friends!

IRS Admits Wrongdoing in Release of the National Organization for Marriage's Confidential Tax Return and Donor List; Agrees to Pay $50,000 in Settlement of Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Thanks to a lot of hard work, we've forced the IRS to admit that they in fact were the ones to break the law and wrongfully released this confidential information." — John Eastman, NOM chairman —

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Washington, D.C. — In response to a lawsuit brought by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has admitted wrongdoing in releasing the organization's confidential tax return and donor list which was obtained by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), NOM's chief political rival. The IRS has agreed to pay NOM $50,000 to settle the lawsuit.

"It has been a long and arduous process to hold the IRS accountable for their illegal release of our confidential tax return and donor list, which was ultimately given to our chief political rival by the recipient," said John Eastman, NOM's chairman and a member of the ActRight legal Foundation team that brought the lawsuit against the IRS on NOM's behalf in October, 2013. "In the beginning, the government claimed that the IRS had done nothing wrong and that NOM itself must have released our confidential information. Thanks to a lot of hard work, we've forced the IRS to admit that they in fact were the ones to break the law and wrongfully released this confidential information."

NOM said that an investigation revealed that its 2008 tax return and list of major donors was released to Matthew Meisel, a gay activist in Boston, MA. Email correspondence from Meisel revealed that he told a colleague that he had "a conduit" to obtain NOM's confidential information. While testifying under oath in a deposition in the litigation, Meisel invoked the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination and refused to disclose the identity of his conduit. Documents obtained during the litigation prove that Meisel then provided NOM's tax data to the Human Rights Campaign (whose president was a national Co-Chair of the Obama Reelection Campaign). The information was also published by the Huffington Post.

"While we are very pleased that the IRS has been exposed as being responsible for this leak of our confidential information to our political opponents, we believe the IRS may still be hiding information from the American people," Eastman said. "We have called on the Attorney General to grant Matthew Meisel immunity from prosecution so that we can force him to disclose the identity of his conduit . We urge the Congress to explore this issue with the appropriate government officials. It's imperative that all those who have engaged in corrupt practices and illegal acts in the IRS be identified and held accountable."

NOM will also be seeking an additional award of attorney fees to offset some of the cost of bringing the case, but the briefing schedule for that has not yet been set.

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To schedule an interview with John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray, [email protected], or Matille Thebolt, [email protected], at 703-683-5004

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

Washington Attorney Cleta Mitchell: "Who's Going to Jail Over the IRS Scandal?"

You're correct Mr. President; there's not a 'smidgeon' of corruption in the IRS abuse case - there's a mountain of it

You may have heard or read of President Obama's interview with Bill O'Reilly this past week where the President claimed that there wasn't a "smidgeon of corruption" in the IRS abuse scandal. Well yesterday at a House hearing on the IRS targeting scandal, Cleta Mitchell put the lie to that claim when she rattled off a litany of felony crimes committed by the IRS, including the felonious release of NOM's confidential tax filings.

"The lying has not stopped. There are lies upon lies in this ugly episode. The Commissioner of the IRS lied to Congress in March 2012 when he said there was absolutely no targeting," Mitchell declared, making sure to note that, "lying to Congress is a crime."

Watch her explosive testimony.

Members of Congress Commend National Organization for Marriage For Suing Internal Revenue Service over Illegal Release of Its Tax Return

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"We are grateful to these leaders of the House for stepping forward to express their support of our efforts to hold lawbreakers within the IRS accountable for their crimes."  —Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — Three dozen members of the United States House of Representatives have signed a letter to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) praising it for filing a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service for illegally leaking its confidential tax return including a list of its top donors. The confidential tax data ended up in the possession of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) whose president was a national co-chair of President Obama's reelection committee.

"We applaud you in your effort to find the truth about what happened to your donor lists as we in Congress continue fighting to hold the Obama Administration accountable for these abuses of American citizens' constitutional rights," the letter said. The letter was signed by 36 members of the US House of Representatives including Republican Study Committee Chairman, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Values Action Team Co-Chair, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA).

"We are grateful to these leaders of the House for stepping forward to express their support of our efforts to hold lawbreakers within the IRS accountable for their crimes," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "No group should have to worry that its confidential tax return information including donor information will be leaked by the IRS and end up in the hands of its arch political opponents."

The leaking of NOM's tax return and confidential donor information has been investigated by the federal government, but the Obama Administration refuses to provide the public with any accounting of what they have found, claiming that the law protects the identity of the individuals involved in the criminal act of leaking the information in the first instance. Releasing taxpayer tax returns is a felony under federal law. Several committees of the US House have examined the matter, including the Committee on Ways & Means and the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.

"The Obama Administration has adopted a Nixonian approach of delay, denial and obstruction to keep under wraps the truth about who was involved in this crime," said John Eastman, NOM's Chairman. "Our lawsuit is intended to get all the facts to the American people so they can hold people accountable. The public is entitled to know how this crime unfolded and whether anyone at the White House, Obama Reelection Committee or the HRC had any role in this disturbing event."

Eastman testified about the issue before the Ways & Means Committee and was the recipient of the Congressional letter.

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

Three Dozen Lawmakers Applaud NOM's Efforts to Find the Truth about the IRS; Vow to Continue Fighting to Hold Obama Adminstration Accountable

Three dozen members of the United States House of Representatives signed a letter to the National Organization for Marriage's chairman, Dr. John Eastman, cheering NOM's litigation against the IRS's unlawful disclosure of confidential tax forms filed by the organization.

Congressional Letter to NOM on IRS Case

The letter, dated November 21st, expresses support for NOM's efforts to find the truth. The Congressional members also pledged to continue their work to hold the IRS accountable:

While it is up to the court to determine the outcome of your case, unfortunately your allegation are not unique or even unexpected given the Obama Administration's well-documented practice of using federal agencies to target conservative groups.

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We applaud you in your effort to find the truth about what happened to your donor lists as we in Congress continue fighting to hold the Obama Administration for these abuses of American citizens' constitutional rights.

NOM is very grateful to these Representatives and encouraged by their interest and support! Click here to read the letter in full and to find out if your Representative signed!

National Organization for Marriage Dismisses Frivolous Human Rights Campaign Complaint Over Its Federal Tax Return; Blasts Group That Violated Federal Law By Illegally Publishing Tax Return

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"NOM fully complies with federal law concerning public availability of its Form 990 tax return. It's the HRC that has ignored federal law by publishing an illegally obtained copy of our 2008 tax return." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today dismissed as frivolous and ironic a complaint made by the misnamed Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which falsely accused NOM of failing to disclose its 2012 federal tax return. The HRC previously published an illegally obtained copy of NOM's 2008 tax return, leaked by the IRS in violation of federal criminal law. The illegal release of NOM's tax return is the subject of the current Congressional investigation of the IRS Scandal and is also the subject of civil litigation filed by NOM against the IRS.

"NOM fully complies with federal law regarding the public availability of our Form 990 tax return. Our 2012 Form 990 was mailed to the IRS on November 15th as required by law. It is available for public inspection on the NOM website," said Brian Brown, NOM's President. "This frivolous complaint by the HRC is extremely ironic given the fact that HRC published on its website the private information from NOM's 2008 Form 990, which is a felony under federal law and which is the subject of current Congressional investigations. NOM has also filed a federal lawsuit against the IRS to find out who in the IRS illegally released to the HRC our confidential donor information."

The HRC received and published online NOM's 2008 Schedule B list of donors, a document that has been established was illegally released by the IRS. The Obama Administration has refused to identify the criminal within the IRS responsible for leaking NOM's return. Various US House committees continue to conduct investigations into the issue and NOM has filed civil litigation in an effort to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

"We are looking forward to discovery in our lawsuit to find out which IRS employee(s) were responsible for illegally releasing our confidential donor information, and whether anyone outside the IRS played a role in the conspiracy to commit this felony," said Brown. "The HRC can file whatever frivolous complaints they want, but we're focused like a laser beam on holding those people responsible for this crime accountable."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

The "Non-Scandal" Keeps Getting More Scandalous

You may remember that the mainstream media and liberal politicians began saying several weeks ago that early reports of the IRS targeting organizations and individuals based on political ideology had turned out to be a "non-scandal" - but yesterday's developments as much as anything show that this very real scandal simply cannot be so easily dismissed.

From hearings yesterday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee comes this shocking news, via a headline in the Daily Caller: "White House, IRS exchanged confidential taxpayer info." The Daily Caller reports:

[IRS Official Sarah] Ingram appeared before Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee Wednesday and claimed she could not recall a document that contained confidential taxpayer information.

“Well one of the areas of interest is there’s a significant redaction that quotes the statute 6103. Do you know who is underneath that blackout?” Issa asked Ingram.

“I don’t recall the document so I can’t help you with what’s underneath that redaction,” Ingram said.

“Her response has not put concerns to rest,” Oversight staffer Frederick Hill said.

You can read the rest here.

Understandably so, if the following exchange is any indication of her response:




Meanwhile, NOM is grateful to Representative Issa for his strong leadership on House Oversight and Government Reform to hold the IRS accountable for misconduct and felonious actions, and particularly for his pledge to investigate the leak which resulted in our own confidential tax information getting into the hands of the Human Rights Campaign.

We are also continually grateful to Chairman Camp of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for his own commitment to securing justice for all those targeted by the IRS and making sure the American people get the answers they deserve about how deep this scandal runs.

Chairman Camp Speaks Up for NOM and All Victims of IRS Abuse

Representative Dave Camp (R-Mi.), the Chairman of the House of Representatives powerful Committee on Ways and Means, issued the following statement in response to the filing of NOM's lawsuit against the IRS:

Dave_CampThe unauthorized release of confidential information is a crime and those affected deserve answers, not the runaround.  What makes the situation even worse is that the law, intended to protect taxpayers, is being used as a shield for those that perpetrate this wrongdoing.  Just last year, the IRS released the confidential taxpayer information of the National Organization of Marriage. These organizations and the American people deserve the truth and the IRS must take serious action to stop the illegal leaking of confidential information.

Chairman Camp and all of our allies in the Congress understand that, no matter our differences, no one should be the target of harassment and abuse of power by government agencies. That is simply not how we do things in America.

NOM thanks Representative Camp for his courageous and steadfast leadership in holding the IRS accountable for abuses of power and identifying those responsible for leaking NOM's confidential donor information.

The IRS Is Having a Tough News Day

In addition to the important announcement today that NOM has filed suit against the IRS, two other stories are drawing heat for the Government agency today:

IRS-HRCAs part of the shutdown of the Federal government, the National Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) - which describes itself as "Your Voice at the IRS" - has shuttered its doors, and this has potential ominous consequences for citizens. Forbes reports:

Shutting down TAS could have some serious consequences, according to [the service's head, Nina Olsen]. With our voice at the IRS cut off, “the government can harm the taxpayer with impunity and the taxpayer has no redress”.... According to Olson, the advocate service routinely handles cases from distraught taxpayers who threaten suicide if their disputes with the IRS cannot be resolved expeditiously, as well as cases in which a lien on property ties up funds a taxpayer needs for lifesaving medical help. Apparently, the entire lien process has not been shut down.

You can read the full story here.

And if anyone knows the importance of having an avenue of redress when it comes to dealing with the IRS, it's the subject of the other story worth noting today: Dr. Ben Carson.

According to The Washington Times:

Just months after he gave a speech earlier this year that challenged America’s leadership in President Obama’s presence, Dr. Ben Carson was targeted by IRS agents who requested to review his real estate holdings and then conducted a full audit without finding any wrongdoing.

“I guess it could be a coincidence, but I never had been audited before and never really had any encounters with the IRS,” Dr. Carson said in an interview Thursday.... “But it certainly would make one suspicious because we know now the IRS has been used for political purposes and therefore actions like this come under suspicion.”

Go read more about Dr. Carson's situation, and let's hope that this powerful agency finally faces appropriate scrutiny and is held accountable to the American people.

The Politicization of the IRS Must Be Stopped

The politicization of the IRS (and other law enforcement agencies of the federal government) is a dangerous development, a threat to the liberty of every citizen, and it needs to be stopped.  NOM’s lawsuit is an important step in that effort.

Today NOM filed suit against the IRS for the criminal release of its confidential tax information which included dozens of names of major donors.  NOM’s chairman, Professor John Eastman has published an op-ed on Foxnews.com describing the issue:

Prof. John EastmanWherever one stands on the marriage issue, we should all be able to agree that the people responsible for these abuses by the IRS must be held to account.  The IRS is simply too powerful, with too much access to our most private information, to become a tool in the political fights of the day.

We have been down this road before.  One of the Articles of Impeachment that had been drawn up against President Richard Nixon before he resigned in 1974 charged that Nixon “endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law.”  Yet the Department of Justice, the Inspector General at the Treasury Department, and the Internal Revenue Service itself have all circled the wagons to protect the felon or felons who illegally disclosed NOM’s tax return.

So today, NOM is filing suit against the IRS, as permitted by federal law, to obtain compensation for the injuries it suffered as a result of these felonies.

Read Dr. Eastman's entire piece here.