Yes, the IRS illegally provided the liberal group Human Rights Watch with lists of conservative donors to its rivals the National Organization for Marriage. Those donors included one of Romney’s political committees, a fact publicized for Obama campaign purposes.
Here’s the original story about the donors (minus who was responsible for the leak), which broke back in March of 2012:
A state political action committee run by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave $10,000 to a conservative group that has come under scrutiny for plans to “drive a wedge” between African-Americans and gays, according to documents revealed Friday.
Free & Strong America PAC Alabama, one of a network of state-level PACs that has raised and disbursed money on Romney’s behalf, gave the donation in 2008 to the National Organization for Marriage, which at the time was working to pass Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage in California, disclosure records show.
The Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, argues that Romney disbursed the money through his little-known Alabama PAC in an attempt to avoid drawing national attention to the donation and said it could violate California disclosure requirements. The group said it first learned of the gift from confidential NOM tax records provided by a whistleblower, which listed the money as coming from a PAC address in Massachusetts.
Whoever leaked the list apparently was careful to redact the identifying IRS origins—at least, he or she thought the markers of the document’s provenance were redacted. It turns out that the document retained “internal IRS stamps,” which “only exist within the IRS.”
Here’s a portion of today’s exchange about this:
What a tool McDermott is.