NOM calls for federal investigation of LGBT group, IRS

By David Ferguson
Friday, April 6, 2012 10:58 EDT
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The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has called for a federal investigation as to how the LGBT rights organization the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) acquired tax documents exposing a confidential list of donors including presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R).

According to the documents, Romney donated $10,000 to the controversial anti-gay organization in 2008, which has recently come under fire over racially divisive tactics revealed in court documents by the State of Maine.

HRC says that NOM is notoriously cagey about revealing its donors. The revelation of Governor Romney and other donors’ names has the group calling for a federal probe of both HRC and the Internal Revenue Service. In a statement on its website, NOM’s President Brian Brown alleges that HRC could have only obtained the information by criminal means.

“Either the HRC got NOM’s tax return from someone with the Internal Revenue Service, or they got it from a hacker who stole it. Either way, it appears that a federal crime may have been committed,” wrote Brown. The information was originally published on March 30 at Huffington Post.

Brown claims to have submitted a “written demand” for an investigation to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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