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07/28/2010

NOM in bed with NOM: Marriage banners cash & prints all over Fiorina effort

by Jeremy Hooper

This from the Human Rights Campaign:

Washington– According to a media advisory from the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, the National Hrc-LogoOrganization for Marriage is involved in a $1 million independent expenditure campaign to support Carly Fiorina for Senate, a candidate they point out opposes marriage equality. Today, the Human Rights Campaign – the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization – called on NOM, which has a long history of trying to hide political contributions, to disclose how much they’re contributing to this effort. As the LA Times points out in reporting on the new campaign, “finding out where the money comes from – if and when it actually does come – is virtually impossible.”
HRC to National Organization for Marriage: How Much Will You Spend Lying to Californians This Time? [HRC]

And it's actually not just NOM itself that should be of concern here. This Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles coalition is an outreach of the American Principles Project, and this Fiorina effort is the work of APP's action arm, American Principles in Action. Robert George is the founder of APP/APIA. The same Robert George who -- wait for it, wait for it -- CO-FOUNDED NOM! So essentially we have NOM signing on as one of two sponsors (the Susan B. Anthony List being the other) of a pro-Fiorina effort that was setup by their own founding chairman and current prominent spokesperson!

So where's the money coming from? That we can't answer. But we do know that this Partnership for Conservative Principles is not a Latino coalition that just so happens to put some focus on gay issues. In fact, it seems to be a largely gay-interested coalition (marriage in particular) that just so happens to put particular focus on Latinos!

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**SEE ALSO: A report about this effort: Group targets Latinos for Fiorina [Politico]

**UPDATE: Another NOM connection, this time in the body of the Ruth Institute's Jennifer Roback Morse:

I will be in LA this morning, representing NOM at a press conference for the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles.
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NOM was asked to provide a speaker in support of this effort. When I became acquainted with their views, I was eager to help
Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles [Ruth]

Jennifer's Ruth Institute is an official NOM affiliate, but is technically a separate group with separate members. So this relationships extends the NOM branding a little bit further.

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