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10/24/2009

Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 1)

by Jeremy Hooper

Back in October of 2007, when the average person still thought NOM was nothing more than an onomatopoeic way to express the sound of eating, the group that commonly operates under that very acronym, the National Organization For Marriage, installed this billboard on Massachusetts roadways:

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It was a disgusting, uncivil hit job meant to embarrass and discredit MA state representative Angelo Puppolo. And why, you ask? Well, that would be because Mr. Puppolo (a Democrat) dared to -- and hold onto your wedding rings for this one -- cast a vote with which NOM failed to agree. That's right: He, like a majority of Massachusetts lawmakers, simply cast a vote against putting Massachusetts' marriage equality before a voter referendum. NOM, based on some of his earlier statements, had expected Puppolo to go the other direction. So when he didn't, they acted like a petulant schoolyard bully who happened to have tumbled on a wad of cash, and blew their bank on the above eyesore.

This is how the National Organization For Marriage came into the public spectrum: By callously and carelessly working to harm a local politician, his family, his friends, and his reputation. And most gallingly, they would do something like this in on breath, and then turn around and accuse gays of being the angry, unfair, uncivil, agenda-laden "militants."

So why do we bring this all back up? Well, because many people are unaware of this insanely out-of-line stunt. And after this latest development out of Maine, more folks really should know what NOM is all about:

$1.1 million of the $1.4 million raised by Stand for Marriage Maine in October came from a single source: the National Organization for Marriage. In fact, the Washington, D.C., organization has bankrolled more than 60 percent of the campaign to ban same-sex marriages in Maine.
Money fueling battle over gay marriage [Bangor Daily News]

This group is extremist. This group is unfair. This group is hellbent on destroying anything who gets on their narrow path. At this point, this group (coupled with the Catholic church, to which NOM is strongly tied) essentially is Stand For Marriage Maine (the group pushing the 'Yes on 1' side) .

We have one week to defeat this group. What will you do to help?

NO ON 1

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2008 election result, one year after NOM's billboard:

Angelo Puppolo - 16,281 votes
All others - 231 votes

NOM fail!

Posted by: Dell | Oct 24, 2009 11:08:08 AM

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