Maine to NOM: You MUST Release Your Top Secret Donor List Full of Bigots
An appeals court in Maine has once again ordered the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to quit effing around already and release their list of donors who contributed to a statewide campaign to eliminate all possibility of same-sex marriage becoming legal in the state.
The decision pertains to ballot question committees in Maine and represents a second defeat for the National Organization for Marriage, which previously lost a challenge to the state’s political action committee laws and laws governing independent expenditures and advertising attribution and disclaimers.
The latest appeal focused on part of the law that says groups that raise or spend more than $5,000 to influence elections must register and disclose their donors.
The appeals court struck down NOM’s tired old defense, that “the homosexual lobby has launched a national campaign of harassment and intimidation against supporters of traditional marriage, so there’s a good reason to keep these names confidential.” One imagines a fair deal of eye-rolling was also involved in refusing this defense.
In December of 2011 reports surfaced that NOM is funded almost entirely by two secret donors. Many believe these two to be the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church. Releasing their list of donors in Maine would potentially confirm this PR nightmare for both religious institutions, which may explain why NOM continues to break state law by keeping their donors secret.
If the group has nothing scandalous to hide, what’s with all of the smoke and mirrors?