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Obama campaign co-chair singled out Romney with leaked IRS documents

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 15th, 2013
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According to the National Organization for Marriage, Joe Solmonese, one of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign co-chairmen used a leaked document from the IRS to attack GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 election. A pro-traditional marriage organization, the organization claims the IRS leaked their 2008 confidential financial documents to the rival Human Rights Campaign.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - These same NOM documents were published on the Huffington Post on March 30, 2012. Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was then president of the Human Rights Campaign as well as being a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman.

Both the Huffington Post's Sam Stein and HRC described the leak as coming from a "whistleblower." The newspaper then used the document to write a story questioning former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's support for traditional marriage, showing the candidate donated $10,000 to NOM.

Solmonese, then still the HRC's president, declared that Romney's "funding of a hate-filled campaign designed to drive a wedge between Americans is beyond despicable.

"Not only has Romney signed NOM's radical marriage pledge, now we know he's one of the donors that NOM has been so desperate to keep secret all these years," Solmonese added.

Solmonese then immediately resigned his position the following day and took up a position as an Obama campaign co-chair. He had announced the then-pending resignation from HRC the previous autumn.

Springing into action, NOM has announced that it will sue the IRS for this alleged leak. Under immense political pressure, Attorney General Eric Holder launched a criminal investigation into the IRS's actions. Congress will conduct its own investigation.

"It is shocking that a political ally of President Obama's would come to possess and then publicly release a confidential tax return that came directly from the Internal Revenue Service," NOM president Brian Brown declared. "We demand to know who is responsible for this criminal act and what the Administration is going to do to get to the bottom of it."

"The American people are entitled to know how a confidential tax return containing private donor information filed exclusively with the Internal Revenue Service has been given to our political opponents whose leader also happens to be co-chairing President Obama's reelection committee," Brown said.

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