The Washington Examiner featured a story accusing
Lois Lerner, the former director of the exempt
organizations division of the Internal Revenue
Service of the felony of unjustified disclosure
of taxpayer information on “tea party” groups
to the Federal Elections Commission. Matt Drudge
enjoyed this enough to highlight the story in
red. See http://washingtonexaminer.com/irs-lois-lerner-gave-confidential-tea-party-tax-info-to-fec-violating-law/article/2538263/comments#disqus_thread
The rest of the story: The article ignores the fact that the documents “revealed” to the FEC are public filings by an organization seeking exemption from taxation as a public charity, not private individual income tax returns. You can look these up online for every charity that gets tax exempt status. Even the Articles of Incorporation referenced are also public. They’re available from the corporations registrar (usually the Secretary of State) in the state where the organization is organized.
The article also ignores the legitimate reason for the transmission to the Federal Elections Commission of such documents, as well as the brochures and other information shared with the public by the groups which had submitted package 1024 information to the IRS. Those packages were applications for tax exemption. The question the IRS had to answer “yes” to to grant the applications under Section 501(c)(4) (exempt as “social benefit” entities) was whether the entities were or were not political action committees subject to FEC regulations which require disclosure of all contributions, or “social benefit” entities not subject to such disclosures. Political Action Committee disclosures are regulated by the Federal Election Commission (the FEC) not the IRS, and an inquiry from the IRS to see if the PAC requirements applied was not only legitimate, but necessary for a proper determination.