In a disturbing display of how the vindictive, ultra-partisan left lawlessly abuses its power, the IRS has now been forced to admit that it committed a felony to undermine and sabotage a conservative group in the middle of a major national election...this time, for daring to disagree with Democrats on gay marriage.
The National Organization for Marriage was awarded a $50,000 settlement from the IRS last week after the names and addresses of their donors were deliberately leaked to leftist thug groups like Human Rights Campaign, which then posted the data on its website and used it to conduct a vicious and relentless election-year intimidation campaign against the group's supporters.
The names and addresses were listed on a "Form 990 Schedule B," which is a confidential and protected tax document. Unnamed IRS officials serving in the Exempt Organizations Division under Lois Lerner (who pleaded the 5th once again in March and resigned to avoid criminal prosecution for related crimes) illegally released this information to groups that they knew would use it to target conservative donors.
Eastman testified before Congress that the leaked list led to a "campaign of harassment and intimidation" against the National Organization for Marriage's financial backers. That included boycotts of their businesses, physical assault and the vandalizing of private property. This leak is a felony that is punishable by five years in a federal prison.
Newsflash: This is the government that the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution to protect us against. This jaw-droppingly scandalous trampling of the 1st Amendment was carefully coordinated at the highest levels (hence all the suddenly 'lost' emails), and cannot be rectified by simply writing a check for $50,000.
This is about rigging elections by politicizing government institutions. It is about silencing dissent and destroying the Constitution. It is too serious for simply paying a fine and returning to business as usual.