May 15, 2013

Second Liberal Group Received IRS Leaked Information

**Update by SH: Title correction, HRC didn't 'admit' IRS leaked the document to them. This is a claim by NOM.

Not only has Pro Publica admitted to receiving leaked IRS documents, so now has the liberal Human Rights Campaign group.

One of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign co-chairmen used a leaked document from the IRS to attack GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, according to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

NOM, a pro-traditional marriage organization, claims the IRS leaked their 2008 confidential financial documents to the rival Human Rights Campaign. Those NOM documents were published on the Huffington Post on March 30, 2012. At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Solmonese was also a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman.

Pro Public has admitted that after requesting documents post 2012 elections they received information from the IRS only on conservative groups.
The Internal Revenue Service gave confidential documents from conservative groups to the investigative website ProPublica, the website reports.

ProPublica says after the 2012 election it requested documents from 67 organizations, and the IRS sent them information on 31 groups. Nine of groups had not yet been approved for nonprofit status. Releasing information on unapproved applicants is against IRS rules.

... All the groups the IRS sent information on were for conservative groups, ProPublica said. None were for liberal groups, even though ProPublica requested information on liberal and centrist groups.

"We requested applications from the IRS for all groups that didn't report their donors for political spending to the [Federal Election Commission]," ProPublica reporter Kim Barker said in an email to Newsmax.

But does anyone really believe that this only occurred after the 2012 election? I don't a quick Google Search pre 2012 election show that Pro Publica specializes in this kind of crap all the time. They even won an award for it.

Update by Howie: In an additional irony after the IRS leaked the info it warned that leaking the leak is a felony.

It has come to our attention that you are in receipt of application materials of organizations that have not been recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt, IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge wrote back. Eldridge told ProPublica that publishing unauthorized returns or return information was a felony and carried a fine of up to $5,000 and/or a prison term of up to five years.
Maybe the IRS should have CCed itself and Obama2012?

By Howie at 11:36 AM | Comments |