The shady story of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer crash continues to get shadier more interesting. Word now comes that the IRS abruptly cancelled its long-time contract with Sonasoft, an email-archiving company, which would have stored Lerner’s emails on its servers:
The IRS signed a contract with the email storage company each year - from 2005 to 2010. As IJR’s Michael Hausam reported Sunday, Sonasoft claims in its company slogans that it provides “Email Archiving Done Right.” Ironically, the company tweeted in 2009:
“If the IRS uses Sonasoft products to backup their servers why wouldn’t you choose them to protect your servers?”
Yeah, right? Moreover, Sonasoft provided automatic email backup services for the IRS throughout the January 2009 to April 2011 period in which Lerner sent her pretend to be missing emails.
Two questions come to mind: What happened to Lerner’s “missing” emails that the company backed up automatically? Why did the IRS cancel its contract with the company within weeks of the “lost” emails? All just an unfortunate coincidence, right?
Dr. Ben Carson was asked to do the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast where he made a legendary speech that criticized the several of Obama’s policy stances including high taxation, out of control spending, and Obamacare. Afterwards, the president demanded an apology for being “offended” by the speech, but Carson said no.
A little while after declining to apologize to the president, the famous neurosurgeon found himself the object of an IRS audit.
In February of 2012, gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign posted on its website the 2008 tax return of the National Organization for Marriage - along with the names and contact information of the group’s major donors, including soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. That information was subsequently published by the Huffington Post and other liberal sites. Incidentally, HRC’s president at the time, Joe Solmonese, was the national co-chairman of Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. Smell a rat? Me, too. But here’s the real problem: the IRS now admits that it illegally leaked the information – and has agreed to pay NOM $50,000 as a result. Via The Daily Signal: “Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason,” NOM Chairman John D. Eastman told The Daily Signal.
“We’re delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return.” Anyway, the IRS someone provided NOM’s tax-return information to Boston-based gay-rights activist Matthew Meisel, who, in turn, provided it to HRC. The $50,000 represents actual damages NOM incurred responding to the illegal disclosure by the IRS. Punitive damages were not determined because NOM was unable to prove that disclosure of its tax return information was deliberate – after Meisel pled the Fifth. Irrespective of one’s political and/or social-issue beliefs, this latest example of the blatant and illegal encroachment of the IRS into partisan politics should serve as a further reminder to all that this most powerful of government agencies has dangerously run amok.