Video: National Organization for Marriage’s John Eastman RIPS Democrats At IRS Hearing + Proof IRS Leaked Confidential Donor List to Political Rival

All of the witnesses who testified at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing, this morning, were impressive and compelling, but perhaps the most impressive, passionate  and articulate was the National Organization For Marriage’s John Eastman who is a professor of law.

In his response to Congressman Price’s query about the publishing of names of his organization’s donors, he took the opportunity to lash out at a couple of the Democrat hacks on the Committee – publicly humiliating them to great applause.

Eastman also charged that he had proof that the list of NOM’s donors was given to the gay rights group by the IRS:…

Eastman testified Tuesday alongside several Tea Party activists who all claim they were targeted by the IRS. The Tea Party groups offered a first-hand account of how the IRS singled them out when they applied for tax-exempt status, asking them onerous questions and dragging out their application process.

But Eastman shed light on another potential controversy involving the IRS — the unauthorized disclosure of tax document information. He recalled how information on their donors was leaked last year and published on the website of the Human Rights Campaign, which Eastman described as their “principal political opponent” on the marriage issue. The documents showed Mitt Romney’s political committee as a donor.

Asked by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., if he had “proof” that the IRS leaked that material, Eastman said that he did.

Eastman explained that while some information was redacted in the posted version, his group’s “forensic” specialists were able to strip layers from the document and found “the original document that was posted there had originated from within the IRS.”

He said the version had “internal IRS stamps,” which “only exist within the IRS.”

Eastman added: “You can imagine our shock and disgust over this. … We jealously guard our donors.”

He later alleged the information was “deliberately” provided to their opponents.

“If that’s inadvertent, the word no longer means anything,” he said, claiming his group has been “stonewalled” in its request for an investigation.

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Professor John Eastman Talks to Dennis Prager About the Felonious Actions Taken by the IRS:

Eastman’s interview starts at 6:50.

A couple of bombshells, here…..

Eastman said while it was possible that the HRC got their hands on the donor list and tax info through less nefarious means, the most likely scenario is that someone within the IRS who is against the cause of traditional marriage leaked the info to their political opponent so that they could in punish, harass and intimidate those people in order to silence their opposition.

“A couple of other pieces to this that I think is extremely important. The Human Rights Campaign has been trying for a long time to get our donor list so they could do just that to our donors. And the president of the HRC,  Joe Solmonese had just recently become a National Co-Chair of the Obama Re-election Campaign.”

That story was broken a couple of weeks ago by Matthew Boyle  at Big Government.

Both the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein and HRC described the leak as coming from a “whistleblower.” The Huffington Post used the document to write a story questioning former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s support for traditional marriage. The document showed Romney donated $10,000 to NOM. HRC went a step further than the Huffington Post in its criticism of Romney and accused him of using “racially divisive tactics” in a press release.

Solmonese, then still the HRC’s president, said in the release he felt 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 resigned his position at HRC the next day and took up a position as an Obama campaign co-chair. He had announced the then-pending resignation from HRC the previous autumn.

NOM announced Tuesday 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 ts own investigation.

In early April 2012, NOM published documents which it said showed this leaked confidential information did not come from a “whistleblower” but “came directly from the Internal Revenue Service and was provided to NOM’s political opponents, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).”

Eastman said in the interview with Prager that NOM had asked for an investigation from the Treasury Dept and the DOJ and the initial investigation actually focused on NOM itself to see if someone internally had leaked the donor list to HRC, (the so-called whistle-blower theory) and when that was not fruitful, it was the last they heard about it for a year. They’ve filed a series of FOIA requests  to find out what was going on with the investigation, and they were stonewalled. In the he latest stonewall, the IRS said that “the very statutes that prohibits IRS officials  from disclosing your tax returns  prohibits us from telling you whether we’ve identified the culprit because that’s a taxpayer, too so we can’t identify him.”

Unbelievable.

NOM president Brian Brown argued in that April 2012 release that the leak was made to benefit President Obama’s re-election campaign against Romney, his GOP challenger. “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.

“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,” he 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.”

Joe Solmonese needs to be subpoenaed.

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IRS Hearing: McDermott, Ryan, and Schock Rumble (Video)

Via NRCC Communications:

Democrat Congressman Jim McDermott took the floor at today’s Ways and Means hearing and blamed the conservative groups that were improperly targeted by the IRS. According to McDermott, if they didn’t apply for tax-exempt status, they would have never been scrutinized.

After the horror stories that have come out, Congress’s biggest hack. Jim McDermott suggests that the conservative groups brought their problems with the IRS on themselves.

At The Conversation, Joel Pollak commented, “if the IRS scandal lacked a bully figure, it has one now.”

McDermott repeated the same attacks on 501(c)4 organizations that other Democrats have recycled in their talking points since the scandal began. But he made the mistake of attacking the witnesses–and misrepresenting the testimony of at least one in particular. All of them, he said, were before Congress because they had been seeking tax subsidies; but as Dr. John Eastman of the National Organization for Marriage–already a tax-exempt organization–had just testified, his specific complaint was about the apparently criminal leak of their donors’ names to a liberal organization.

Paul Ryan inspired applause from spectators in the hearing room when deviated from his original question to respond to McDermott’s absurdities.

Rep. Aaron Schock piled on, bringing up Obama’s Organizing for Action group.

Ace:  “Paul Ryan administered the Donkey Punch to McDermott, and then Aaron Shock applied the Dirty Sanchez.”

SEE ALSO:

Joel Pollak at The Conversation: IRS Scandal: Democrats Blitz and Get Burned:

Whether they acted on bad advice or out of frustration, Democrats missed badly with their attacks on the witnesses. They came across as bullies–with the exception, perhaps, of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who once falsely accused the Tea Party of racism but undoubtedly knows about the importance of 501(c)4 status in the history of the civil rights struggle. Worse, Democrats saw their cherished Citizens United defense crushed.
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The coup de grâce came during questioning by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), who pointed out the elephant in the room: President Barack Obama’s own Organizing for Action, a 501(c)4 group specifically devoted to the defense of the president’s policies. Rep. McDermott interrupted to state that Organizing for Action should also disclose its donors as well. Yet clearly that is not on the agenda for Democrats or the White House.

Twitchy: Dem creep Rep. McDermott at IRS hearing: Hey, you Tea Party groups were totally asking for it 

 

Same as it ever was at Tuesday’s IRS hearing held by the House Committee on Ways and Means.Dems always have a way to excuse the targeting law-abiding Americans.

Hey, Rep. Jim McDermott, how does it feel to be trending for your sleazy asshattery?

Conservative Groups Testify on IRS Scrutiny

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Groups that were targeted by the IRS for extra scrutany are testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee, this morning. This is the fifth Congressional hearing on the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. You can watch it streaming live at CSPAN.

Via Gateway Pundit:

Today’s Witness List

Mr. John Eastman
Chairman, National Organization for Marriage

Ms. Diane Belsom
Laurens County Tea Party

Ms. Becky Gerritson
Wetumpka Tea Party

Ms. Karen Kenny
San Fernando Valley Patriots

Mr. Kevin Kookogey
Founder and President, Linchpins of Liberty

Ms. Sue Martinek
Coalition for Life of Iowa

Michelle Dimarob, Senior Advisor-Public Affairs and Coalition, who helped organize the witnesses for the hearing, said Democrats were offered to invite a witness to the hearing but declined. The reason for this is because no liberal groups were discriminated against.

Listening so far – these are very compelling and sympathetic witnesses – ordinary, decent, patriotic Americans who were given the shaft by a hateful, vengeful, hyper-politicized Obama Regime.

Becky Gerritson fought tears as she described the shock she felt at how the government treated her organization – the Wetumpka Tea Party.

UPDATE:

SEE ALSO:

Gateway Pundit: Democratic Talking Points: IRS Targeting of Nearly 500 Conservative Groups Was Not Partisan

SO CLASSY OF THE PRESIDENT….

Twitchy: Hmm: Something curious about timing of Obama’s statement, lack of IRS hearing coverage?

As Twitchy reported, President Obama gave a statement on judicial nominees this morning. Oh-so-coincidentally, it occurred during a hearing on the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. Weird!

Citizens question the timing.

Krauthammer: Give Immunity To Lois Lerner To See How Far Up The Chain The IRS Scandal Goes.

“There have been a lot of stupid conspiracies in American and world history,” said Charles Krauthammer on Special Report Monday evening. “The idea of arguing that [the White House ordering the IRS targeting] is dumb because it would have been stupid is nonsensical. It shows you how afraid they are.”

He said the only question at this point was how far up the scandal goes, and advocated giving “people like Lois Lerner immunity” so we can find out.

Video courtesy of NRO.

So far they haven’t had much luck getting people to speak: Treasury IG: No IRS employee interviewed by us would acknowledge who ordered the targeting of conservatives.

Extra scrutiny for conservative groups isn’t something that began organically among 88 different employees. We already know from a New York Times story a few weeks ago that some “manager” up the chain told them to get cracking on this. Oddly, though, the Times couldn’t nail down which manager it was. Steve Miller, in his testimony before Issa’s committee, claimed that he’d been told once before who was responsible but … had since forgot. And now we find that Treasury’s own inspector general, whose report noted that the targeting began when a specialist in the Determinations Unit “was asked” to take a closer look at conservative groups, couldn’t figure out who did the asking. Which raises two possibilities. One: Collective amnesia. Two: A whole lot of employees are intimidated by the thought of getting on the wrong side of whoever it is who ordered this, a realization that’s doubly interesting given the transcript Issa released suggesting interest among IRS officials in Washington in some of these cases at the time.

Joel Pollak, The Conversation: The Moment President Obama Invited the IRS Targeting of the Tea Party:

The answer, in a general sense (and, perhaps, a specific one, too), is President Barack Obama, who created a culture of intimidation around conservative donors and non-profits, going back to the 2008 campaign. That effort sharpened in early 2010 when President Obama did the unthinkable: humiliating the Supreme Court on national television during his State of the Union Address over their recent Citizens United ruling.

The Conversation: Citizens United Decision May Be Key Factor in IRS Scandal:

Dick Morris made the same point a few days ago when it was revealed that former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman had visited the White House approximately 157 times. However Morris goes a bit further, saying it’s “obvious” that Obama was personally involved:

The obvious reason is that Obama was following the IRS audits with an obsessive, personal involvement. Apparently, the Citizens United scandal so galvanized him into action and tapped so deeply into his psyche that he was determined personally to supervise the castration of the wealthy people and groups whose access to the political system was opened wide by the Court.
To see a man who held a subordinate, non-policy making position 157 times, you have to be a president on a mission.

Meanwhile, according to Drudge editor and Washington Times columnist,  Joseph Curl, the scandal is about to explode because the so-called “rogue employees” in Cincinnati are sick of being scapegoated.