NOM Threatens HRC With Federal Investigation Over Leaked Tax Returns


The National Organization for Marriage claims either Human Rights Campaign or an IRS official broke the law by releasing and disseminating the hateful group’s 2008 tax returns listing their major donors, including Mitt Romney. Now NOM president Brian Brown is floating the threat of a federal investigation.

“The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), today demanded a federal investigation of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to determine who was responsible for releasing NOM’s confidential federal tax return information to the Huffington Post,” the group wrote on their blog.

Brown, that perpetual victim, included his personal take:

It appears that someone with either the IRS or the HRC may have committed a federal crime by illegally obtaining and then releasing a confidential tax return of the National Organization for Marriage.

It’s clear that the tax return was stolen, either from NOM or from the government. The Huffington Post article says that HRC claimed they received the document from a ‘whistleblower.’ But the term ‘whistleblower’ is completely inapt. We’re talking about a criminal who has stolen confidential tax return information. We demand to know who this criminal is, whether they work for the HRC or the IRS, and how they obtained confidential tax information filed only with the US government.”

I would like to know what the HRC knew and when did they know it. It certainly appears that either the HRC was involved in illegally obtaining this tax return themselves, or they worked with a criminal who stole it from NOM or the IRS. Either way, it appears that a federal crime may have been committed.

So, he’s basically calling for an investigation to reveal an anonymous source? I know NOM doesn’t respect whistleblowers, but c’mon! But way to try to distract people from that whole race-baiting strategy of yours…


  1. say what says


    how does someone who doesn’t even work in the FED GOV as an elevator operator threaten a FED investigation?

    From what I’ve read it sounded more like a disgrunteled worker for NOM and or a closeted sex bud of Brian brown who leaked the info. Can’t blame HRC for carrying something leaked to them from inside NOM

    Oh & its nice to be able to comment again, yesterday sucked with no comments

  2. Caliban says

    So where is this list of donors?

    I mean NOM has lost court case after court case trying to keep their donors secret, HRC has their tax return, so who’s on it other than Romney?

  3. says

    the tax return was confidential, no matter how repugnant the organization. Whoever took it committed a crime. To understand this, what if a “whistleblower” got Towleroad’s tax returns and outed donors on it?

  4. says

    i don’t think those who donate to towleroad would be ashamed of it.

    it’s one of the perks about being a non-bigot on the right side of history; we’re rather proud of whom, and what, we support because we’re intelligent enough to know that it’s the right thing to do.

  5. David Hearn says

    Wah! Wah! Wah! You told the truth about us! Wah! Wah! Wah!

    Completely unrelated, I want to see Rick Santorum cry and be dragged from the podium when he doesn’t get the nomination.

  6. says

    NOM is doing this to keep itself on the headlines. Remember they have that document speaking of racial division and using the black community as a weapon against marriage equality. The more NOM talks, the more people talk about Gay marriage and the black community. That’s what they want, the memo did not leak, the memo was released, They placed it there so HRC would get access to it and make it public. Next thing you know black leaders are speaking about same-sex marriage on TV. Everyone is talking about it. We are giving NOM free advertisement. They are using us, the LGBT community.

  7. bobbyjoe says

    The irony, it burns! It burns!

    NOM has been running around defying court order after court order about complying with the law and revealing their donors, and now THEY’RE calling for a federal investigation to try and get someone else to give up a source?

    The feds should just tell NOM “you go first.”

    In fact, I’m guessing a federal court case like this would publicly reveal all sorts of things NOM has been frantically trying to hide, so maybe we should just say “bring it on.”

  8. HillBilly says

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but as both the non-profit that NOM claims to be and the political organization it truly is, are not NOM’s financial statements a matter of public record? If so, then a simple, legal FOI request is all it would have taken to obtain those returns. No “whistleblower” required.

  9. David Bailey says

    It seems entirely possible that the IRS return was leaked by an INSIDER. Maybe the NOM’s own staff are not as “straight” as they think!

  10. princely54 says

    Ummm, I just found this:

    “If you are looking for information about a nonprofit, you’ll find few better sources than its Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990. This form is an informational tax return, filed annually with the IRS. Form 990 includes information on the organization’s mission and programs; if it engages in political lobbying; names of board members, officers, key staff and their compensation; donor contributions; and how the nonprofit’s budget was applied. The IRS requires charities to make copies of their 990 publicly available. The IRS lacks a searchable database, but the forms can be found on several Internet sites.”

    Does NOM have a leg to stand on? Or are they too busy trying to beat gays over the head with it?

  11. wimsy says

    If the papers were taken from their offices, it’s not a federal crime, and the loss is the value of the property taken.

    I’m guessing maybe ten pages of paper. A ream of paper (500 sheets) costs maybe $10 at Staples, so each piece of paper is worth about 2¢. Ten pages x 2¢= 20¢.

    This is not grand theft, hardly even petty larceny, and a small claims court would throw it out for wasting judicial time.

  12. ThomT says

    Blowing smoke. NOM is themselves facing a contempt of court charge due to their failure to follow court ordered direction to release records – so do you think they are really going to want to do anything that will result in their having to go to court? Personally I think it was one of their own who intentionally leaked the information so that they could whine about being the victim. Whether they will admit it or not their organization is getting closer and closer to becoming totally irrelevant and they won’t be around all that much longer.

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