No, it isn’t that Romney made a donation to help overturn an activist decision by California courts.
It isn’t even that the donation that was made in an unusual way to keep it under the radar.
But when Romney eventually made his donation, he did so quietly, and through an unusual channel. Records filed by Romney's Free and Strong America PAC with the Federal Election Commission did not include details of that $10,000 donation. Nor did NOM's public 990 form. In fact, record of the payment was only uncovered Friday when the pro-gay rights Human Rights Campaign was sent a private IRS filing from NOM via a whistleblower. The Human Rights Campaign shared the filing with The Huffington Post.
Excuse me, but what we have here is a crime. And that crime is not the donation or the back-channel way in which it was made. The crime is the illegal disclosure of confidential tax documents.
And the claim that the criminal is a “whistleblower” is utterly specious. Given that there is no wrong-doing being disclosed here, what we have is a government employee leaking tax documents that are confidential by law.
Will the Obama Administration actively investigate and prosecute the criminal who leaked the document – and the criminals who received the document and published its contents?
Or will this be another case of Democrats using confidential government records for opposition research on behalf of Democrat political campaigns and liberal organizations. You know, like we saw back in 2008 when state officials rummaged through confidential records on Joe the Plumber after he got the best of Barack Obama. Or like what happened in 2004 when sealed court records were leaked on the GOP Senate candidate in Illinois, forcing him out of the race and giving it to the little known and under-qualified Democrat in the race – Barack Obama.
Oh, wait – I think I see a pattern here. Maybe I shouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the Obama Administration to investigate and prosecute a crime that politically benefits Barack Obama at the expense of another political opponent.