NOM’s Brian Brown Says Obama Administration Slipped HRC Its Tax Forms, Compares it to Watergate

The National Organization for Marriage says "criminal activity" has occurred regarding the publication of its 2008 1099 tax form on March 30 by the Human Rights Campaign, which sought to reveal how Mitt Romney tried to shuffle his anti-gay financial activities in support of NOM and Proposition 8 through an obscure Alabama PAC.

BrownThe document, which was published to Scribd by HRC, has now been deleted, and that, NOM President Brian Brown is freaking out that something criminal has occurred:

"They now realize that they have done something tremendously wrong here or they would not have removed the references," NOM President Brian Brown said today. "A felony has been committed and the Treasury Department must investigate who within the IRS has committed it, and whether people with the Obama Administration or the HRC are co-conspirators in the criminal release of our confidential tax return. We demand that federal authorities immediately launch an investigation into this crime. This is not a routine leak of some obscure document. We're talking about someone in the Obama Administration's IRS releasing to a group headed by President Obama's national co-chair the private tax return containing confidential donor information of their main opponent. This is reminiscent of Watergate, and the American people are entitled to know the truth of what has occurred."

The document, which contains the names of dozens of donors, is still available at the Huffington Post.

NOM is currently the subject of lawsuits in several states for trying to hide its donors. It recently lost another one in Maine.


  1. says

    Arguing to keep your donor list private is not “hiding”. That is simply your pejorative slant. NOM can be easily beaten, we don’t need people breaking the law to out their tax info or other normally private info, giving them a cause celebre. Everyone gets to play by the same rules, or there are no safeguards for us. You really want this precedent set for when all conservative republicans have control of house, senate and white house?

  2. Hue-Man says

    I’ll wait for the evidence before I conclude that NOM leaked it (with fake names) to embarrass sane people or that NOM treated some employee in the same way it hates LGBT people and that employee copied and leaked the real form or ….Until then, I’ll assume it’s the mistreated employee since that’s the most likely (IRS agents know the penalties for disclosing confidentail information).

  3. JJ says

    NOM most likely leaked the document itself in an attempt to entrap its opponents.

    @Ted, if NOM supporters want to keep their identities secret, they can wear white sheets, but NO ONE gets to bankroll legislation in secret that the rest of us have to live by.

  4. Alan says

    I thought Non-Profits/501(c)s were required to make their financial records public; including tax documents and donor information. There is no stealing information if it is a matter of public record.

  5. Jonathan Oz says

    Can someone with a legal background tell us whether on the face of it, the law was broken or not. The story is woefully incomplete, otherwise. Clarifying whether HRC was simply accessing public information would hammer another nail into NOM’s coffin.

  6. step back says

    Ted and I seem to be in the minority here: I think we should, and easily can, win this with zero dirty tricks, no matter how despicable NOM is. Integrity is a good thing. We all need to play by the rules, including HRC and staff of the IRS.

    I am not a lawyer, so I don’t know if what happened was a dirty trick or not. If the information were released illegally, there should be consequences. To me that’s a no-brainer.

    (By the way, looking at the personal link Ted provided, I doubt he’s at all “a concern troll” — unless you want to term anyone being simply thoughtful “a concern troll.” Ted, I’m sorry you had to take that unwarranted abuse.)

  7. THawk says

    All 501(c) organizations are required to file IRS Form 990 each year. The data illustrated is from a Form 990. These are public records open to anyone who wants to look. Go to Type in the name of any 501(c) organization and get list of years filed. You can then examine the report at your convenience. Lots of stuff, like officer salaries and emoluments, etc. Be aware that it may take up to 9 months after a year’s end for data to be posted.

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