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IRS pays $50K to anti-gay marriage group


The IRS will pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 to settle a lawsuit over claims the agency improperly disclosed confidential tax information, according to a consent judgment released this week.

The group pushing for laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman had filed suit against the tax agency seeking damages for disclosure of its donors, and the $50,000 the IRS will shell out represents actual damages from the unauthorized release.

The lawsuit stemmed from information an IRS worker sent to an individual who identified himself as a member of the media who requested it in the midst of the 2012 presidential campaign, which he then sent to the pro-gay rights group Human Rights Campaign. The Huffington Post then ran a story noting a political action committee linked to Mitt Romney had been a donor to NOM.

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