IRS Also Leaked Confidential Info on Conservative Groups

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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The office of the Internal Revenue Service, which has admitted to targeting conservative groups, also released confidential application information on those groups.

The IRS already admitted a Cincinnati office targeted conservative groups who applied for tax-exempt status during the 2012 election by using key words like “tea party” and “patriot.” Nine pending applications were also leaked in late 2012, reports ProPublica, a nonprofit independent news site, to which the applications were leaked to in the first place.

ProPublica put in a request for applications of 67 nonprofits. The Cincinnati IRS office sent them 31 applications, nine of which had not yet been approved and should have been confidential.

After redacting financial information, ProPublica made six of the applications public. Five groups claimed they would not spend money to sway elections and instead spent over $5 million. Also published was an application from Karl Rove’s Crossroads group, which spent over $70 million in the 2012 election, despite claiming it would limit election spending.

In April 2012, Matt K. Lewis of the Daily Caller reported: “It is likely that someone at the Internal Revenue Service illegally leaked confidential donor information showing a contribution from Mitt Romney’s political action committee to the National Organization for Marriage, says the group.”

Now the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) wants the IRS to disclose the guilty party.

“There is little question that one or more employees at the IRS stole our confidential tax return and leaked it to our political enemies, in violation of federal law,” NOM’s president Brian Brow said in a statement. “The only questions are who did it, and whether there was any knowledge or coordination between people in the White House, the Obama reelection campaign and the Human Rights Campaign. We and the American people deserve answers.”

Sources: Newser, The DC, Propublica