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:
Wherever 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.