NOM Starts Smearing?: HRC Illegally Obtained Our Tax Return


The National Organization for Marriage, after trying to downplay the widespread condemnation it received over its race-baiting tactics,  has now gone on the offensive and accused the HRC of illegally obtaining its 2008 federal tax return.

Says NOM president Brian Brown:

“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,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “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.”

It is illegal for a government official or employee to make use of or publicly release a taxpayer’s tax return. The form 990 Schedule B is submitted by nonprofit groups to the IRS and includes information on donor identity, including name, address and contribution amount. While federal law requires that nonprofit groups make their form 990 filings available for public inspection, the law provides that Schedule B information—the name and address of the contributor—is redacted, leaving only the amount given and the date of the donation as publicly-available information. Here, the un-redacted Schedule B was somehow obtained by the HRC. That information could only have come from the IRS itself, or have been stolen from NOM.

“I would like to know what the HRC knew and when did they know it,” Brown said. “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.”

Brown said he would present a written demand for an investigation to both the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

Heavy on accusations but low on actual evidence there.

The Human Rights Campaign were of course the ones who widely distributed unsealed court documents that contained NOM’s private memos and revealed the anti-gay group’s race-baiting, youth recruiting, international strategy. They also managed to find out that a state political action committee for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave $10,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign during 2008. The controversy seems to stem from where the latter information was gleaned.

Jeremy Hooper of Good As You, who has written for the HRC’s NOM Exposed blog, called these allegations “baseless”, saying “the continued fear of public awareness regarding the NOM support base only makes the dark shadows organization look worse, not better.”

At the time of writing the Human Rights Campaign has not yet directly commented on these allegations but, if their blog is anything to go by, the HRC doesn’t seem to be losing sleep over this.

Related Reading:

Reactions to NOM’s Race-Baiting: This is a Game Changer
NOM Defends Against Racism Charge by Race-Baiting
Anti-Gay Group’s Race-Baiting, International Strategy Exposed
NOM Boycotting Starbucks Over Marriage Equality Support

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Ernie Miller
william Miller6 years ago


Albert D.
Albert D.6 years ago

What a load of waffle. I thought they obtained those records because a judge order NOM to give it to them. Seems like NOM has a more sinister plot at hand, as usual.

What a load of waffle.

Liam S.

Smoke and mirrors by NOM trying to shift attentin away from itself.

Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey6 years ago

Because, of course, it is completely impossible that some clerk in NOM's monolithic organization actually grew a conscience and leaked the information.

Everyone knows that in order to work for NOM you must undergo a surgical removal of your conscience and empathy.

Joe R.
Joe R6 years ago

Poor NOM! It's so embarrassing to be exposed as the dastardly, hate-filled group of b*st*rds that you are!

Leslea Herber
Leslea Herber6 years ago

NOM making these claims comes across as more lies from professional liars. If these scumbags insisted that the sky was blue, I'd deliberately double check.

I think it's far more likely someone at NOM leaked the docs so they could scream "victim!" to the world.

Rt Reverend DJ Loggins EG

Attacks like this are just NOM trying, yet again, to not disclose the truth of their assault on the idea of Same-sex Marriage. They are clearly trying to cover their tracks, so that the truth of their mission, fueling hatred and bias against GLBTI individuals, can be masked. They operate as a non-profit, and as such their financial records are, by federal law, public record. Hate-mongering, by anyone, cannot be tolerated, and our Lord Christ would have never tolerated it. I believe he referred to such false prophets and people spewing hatred in the name of religion Pharisees, and decried them all.
If NOM is truly about preserving Marriage, why are they not addressing the spiraling divorce rate among heterosexual couples in this country and the world.

Bruce H.
Bruce H6 years ago

If you can't be proud to support an organization, why on earth would you support them? What are you afraid of? Talk about being in the closet.

Colum N.
Colum N6 years ago

Sick and ignorant they are

Mickey Jones
Mickey Jones6 years ago

Since NOM is a non-profit organization, anyone can go to GuideStar and get all this info.!!!
Now the cat is out of the bag and the truth is in the pudding!