The National Organization for Marriage wasn’t one of the tea party groups revealed recently to have been targeted by the IRS, but that isn’t stopping the right-wing group from trying to cash in on it. NOM has announced that it plans to sue the IRS for allegedly leaking documents that showed Mitt Romney gave the group $10,000. The documents came to light more than a year ago, when they were published by the Human Rights Campaign. The leak is being looked into by the IRS investigator general, but always opportunistic, NOM has decided to try to cash in — literally — on the brouhaha over the IRS scandal and file a lawsuit anyway.
NOM immediately went into tinfoil-hat conspiracy mode, hinting that President Obama was behind the leaks. “In addition to being our principal combatant in the war on traditional marriage, [the Human Rights Campaign’s] president at the time was serving as a co-chair of President Obama’s reelection campaign,” NOM President Paul Brown said in a statement. “This is a chilling set of circumstances that should ring alarm bells across the nation.”
After an unremitting stretch of failure, NOM is desperate for attention and even more so for money. Trying to win the litigation lottery is not a strategy for long-term sustainability, but it’s pretty much all NOM has got. It would be snide of us to add, thank God.