Tuesday, June 24, 2014

IRS Ordered To Pay Conservative Organization

The IRS has agreed to pay big money to a conservative organization who sued the agency over allegations that it released its private donor list to a rival group in 2012.

(Washington Examiner) The National Organization for Marriage, a group that opposes same-sex marriage, last fall filed a lawsuit against the IRS, accusing it of illegally disclosing its donor list to the Human Rights Campaign, a top advocate for gay rights and gay marriage.

The IRS agreed to hand over the $50,000 as part of a settlement of the case. Judge James C. Cacheris of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted the settlement as part of an order he entered Tuesday morning.

The $50,000 the IRS has agreed to pay represents actual damages NOM incurred to fight the leak of its donor list in court, not punitive damages. NOM was unable to prove that the disclosure of the private donor list was intentional because Boston-based gay rights activist Matthew Meisel invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to testify.

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Posted By: Chris Carmouche