Did IRS Give Confidential Pro-Marriage Info to Gay Rights Group?

CP Politics 4 June 2013
Someone at the Internal Revenue Service gave confidential National Organization for Marriage tax documents to the Human Rights Campaign, Dr. John Eastman, NOM’s chairman of the board, testified Tuesday before the House Ways and Means Committee.

In March 2012, HRC published on its website one of NOM’s tax forms that contained the names of its donors, explained Eastman, who is also Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University School of Law and chairman of The Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. The information was republished on other websites, including The Huffington Post.

NOM and HRC have been on opposite sides of the debate on whether to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. NOM does not publish the names of its donors, Eastman explained, because doing so would subject them to harassment.

“Like nearly every other nonprofit organization, NOM does not publicly disclose its donor information. Indeed, because of the vicious and at times even violent campaign of intimidation that has been waged against supporters of traditional marriage – intimidation that the Supreme Court itself has remarked upon – NOM jealously guards the confidentiality of its donors,” he said.


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