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01/18/2012

NOM, constant critic of 'out of state cash', ponies up a little more

by Jeremy Hooper

6A00D8341C503453Ef014E8Ac8263F970DIt's always interesting to see how much money NOM will promise to any given state. New York got a two million dollar vow, while Jersey is again standing in NY's shadow with only a $500k offer. Other states like Maryland have been offered one million buckarooskies.

But as for Washington state? Well, it seems NOM's get a little more stingy:

Olympia, WA — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's leading pro-marriage organization, today announced that it will spend $250,000 to help fund primary challenges to any Republican legislator who crosses the party platform and votes in favor of same-sex marriage. NOM will also work with pro-marriage grassroots organizations to ensure that the people of Washington have the chance to vote on marriage in November 2012.
NOM Pledges $250K to Fund Primary Challenges to Any Washington State Republican Senator Who Votes to Redefine Marriage [NOM]

Who knows why they're offering less? Maybe since the state already has domestic partnerships, they see the "threat" as milder. Maybe they see it as less winnable. Maybe they have too much money going around elsewhere. Or maybe Brian Brown had a life-changing weekend in Seattle circa 1993, with Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell's flanneled hospitality leaving the NOM president with an eternal vow to keep Washington in his good graces.

But whatever the reason, they're still coughing up a substantial wad from the seemingly limitless NOM well, for the sole purpose of ruining Republicans who don't see hurting gay people as a part requirement. And that's wrong, no matter the amount.

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