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08/31/2009

Fine-toothed combs scour NOM's unfair hair

by Jeremy Hooper

200908310841-1There's lots of talking going on about the National Organization For Marriage, its organized existence, and the way it distributes the considerable amount of cash that it pushes around in the name of discrimination. Here are some the latest developments:

The big one: The Iowa Ethics Board has informed NOM that their election activities are being monitored, highlighting potential violations and demanding compliance in a few key areas:

In a August 27 letter, the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, warns the National Organization for Marriage about their campaign activities in Iowa. Here are the key points of the warning:

-only an “insignificant and insubstantial amount” of NOM’s income is permitted to come from business organizations

-if advocacy activities in Iowa exceed $750, NOM must form a PAC and disclose contributors

-“To continue to file an independent expenditure statement for future elections in Iowa would mean that your organization is not raising more than $750 from outside sources for such purposes”

Iowa Ethics Board Sends Sharply Worded Warning to NOM [One Iowa]

Local activists are demanding that NOM release their donor lists, which you can help facilitate by signing One Iowa's petition.

Meanwhile, Californians Against Hate activist Fred Karger is also focusing efforts on Maine, another state that Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher, and company are hoping to tarnish with bias. Donor lists are again a big subject in that state:

Karger alleges the group Stand for Marriage Maine of illegally shielding the names of individual donors.

“... I believe the four founders of Stand For Marriage Maine are merely conduits for those wishing to hide their contributions,” Karger says in an August 24 letter to Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elections Practices.

“These entities are laundering money to evade the disclosure of the actual contributors to Stand for Marriage Maine,” he adds.
Gay Group Widens Probe Of Illegal Fundraising Reporting [On Top]

The phrase "money laundering" is being tossed around. And while it may make sense that they'd need to clean their cash, considering how dirty their anti-equality efforts are, let us assure you: This form of laundering is a potentially serious skidmark on NOM's pilfering panties.

In other news: Blogger Justin McLachlan has a copy of NOM's 2007 tax return, which raises questions about an under-the-radar organization, Common Sense America, that NOM paid as a consultant. In 2007, NOM's Brian Brown was listed as Chairman of that particular outfit:

National Organization for Marriage 2007 tax return [J.M.]

This all may be nothing or it may turn into something. But people are digging, and if there is something to find, you can guarantee that it will be found!

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Your thoughts

Even though I'll be out of a job when (not if) it happens, I can't wait for the day when NOM crashes and burns.

Posted by: NOM employee | Aug 31, 2009 10:19:44 AM

You link to the Huffington Post. Browsing there, I saw this story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/31/iwapoi-jumps-on-underwear_n_272694.html.

Let's do what we can to help the economy, eh?

TRiG.

Posted by: Timothy (TRiG) | Aug 31, 2009 11:47:57 AM

I'm still waiting for my copy of NOM's Form 990. I can't wait!

Posted by: Brian | Aug 31, 2009 7:22:22 PM

If Nom is hiding donations in out of state elections by laundering through other groups, doesn't this constitute racketeering and violate federal law?

Posted by: cedlitz | Aug 31, 2009 10:33:39 PM

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