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Pro-Marriage Group Claims IRS Leaked Records to Hurt Romney

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Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:19 AM

By Melanie Batley

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A pro-marriage organization claims the IRS leaked confidential financial documents to a rival group which were then used against GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 election.

According to Breitbart.com
, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) claims the documents, which revealed that Romney had donated $10,000 to the marriage group, were given to the Human Rights Campaign, whose president, Joe Solmonese, was a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman.

Solmonese then used the leaked information to attack Romney in a March 2012 press release. Breitbart reported the release charged that Romney's "funding of a hate-filled campaign designed to drive a wedge between Americans is beyond despicable.

"Not only has Romney signed NOM's radical marriage pledge, now we know he's one of the donors that NOM has been so desperate to keep secret all these years," the release continued, according to Breitbart.

Brian Brown, NOM president, responded in a release of his own, saying: "The American people are entitled to know how a confidential tax return containing private donor information filed exclusively with the Internal Revenue Service has been given to our political opponents whose leader also happens to be co-chairing President Obama's re-election committee."

He added, "It's shocking that a political ally of President Obama's would come to possess and then publicly release a confidential tax return that came directly from the Internal Revenue Service. We demand to know who is responsible for this criminal act and what the Administration is going to do to get to the bottom of it."

The National Organization for Marriage announced Tuesday that it plans to sue the IRS for the alleged leak.


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