With a new Fox News poll showing that 76 percent of voters believe the Internal Revenue Service deliberately destroyed former official Lois Lerner’s emails, the agency can ill afford any more controversy, but more may be on the way.
According to The Daily Signal, the IRS “has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle” a lawsuit over the release of confidential tax information to a gay rights group.
Information that would be used against Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential campaign.
The Daily Signal reported:
“…under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM’s chief political rival.”
According to the report, the $50,000 is not punitive damages, but retribution for NOM responding to the illegal disclosure.
“In the beginning, the government claimed that the IRS had done nothing wrong and that NOM itself must have released our confidential information,” chairman John Eastman said in a statement. “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’s 2008 tax return and the names and contact information of the group’s major donors, was posted on the gay rights organization’s website in February 2012 — the donor list included Mitt Romney, according to The Daily Signal.
As expected, the Obama-friendly media ran with the information.
“Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason,” Eastman told The Daily Signal. “We’re delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return.”