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Rainy days and gunning-for-gays always get me down

by Jeremy Hooper

If you see rosaries in local Maine pawn shops, this is why:

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has given another $152,600 to the group that's trying to overturn Maine's gay marriage law.

A spokeswoman says the new contributions were transferred from a "rainy day" fund to the Stand for Marriage Maine political action committee.

That brings total Roman Catholic contributions to more than $550,000.

*Read more: Catholic donations to fight gay marriage top $550K [AP via NewsOK]

Sorry, hungry children.

**We'll get more info tonight, when final campaign contribution reports come in. Should be nun fun.

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How much is the Diocese allowed to contribute to a political campaign without running afoul of 501.c3 limits? I mean, encouraging their faithful to donate (a lá the LDS church during Prop 8) is one thing, but handing over a $150,000 gift card to Inequality, Bath & Beyond seems like another.

Posted by: Christopher Eberz | Oct 23, 2009 3:31:06 PM

I cannot believe that for over 50 years I supported these "guilt trip creeps" - yep, I'm a recovering "cat-lick" and they're pulling shit like this - and they say THEY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO JUDGMENT DAY - God will damn them just like any other person who has not "done unto others as you would have done to you" - how fucking stupid can these freaks be! Whew!

Posted by: tom | Oct 23, 2009 3:34:10 PM

Of course I always speak too soon and don't have my thoughts togther. He're the rest of my rant. Whey don't the catholic church sell rosaries and ask their people to contribute to special collections for the support of the altar boys their "sacred priests having 'concecrated' hands and the ability to forgive sins - have [email protected] in both body and mind." Heal thyselves before you try to "corret" someone God made to be as we are and HE wanted us - don't try and be God - you never will be - and you'll be damned lucky if you get a glimpse of Him before you're sent to hell in a handbasket.

Posted by: tom | Oct 23, 2009 3:42:52 PM

New TV Ad, New Radio Ad, More money from the Catholic Diocese. Is it just me or is Yes on 1 getting REALLY desperate in trying to get their anti-gay message to be believable?

The ever truthful No on 1 is going to need a another response to the lies.

Posted by: Sam | Oct 23, 2009 4:45:45 PM

The Yes on 1 disclosure is out. Get this: They got $1.1 million from NOM in the last 3 weeks. The entire collection for the last 3 weeks was just $1.4 million, so basically NOM is responsible for all but a few hundred grand, which basically came from the diocese and a small number of medium size individual donors.

Altogether, and going all the way back to the beginning of the campaign, I believe NOM has funded something like 70% of their budget. And yet NOM says it shouldn't have to disclose its donors!

Posted by: Dell | Oct 23, 2009 5:47:47 PM

That tears it. I want to see the tax exemptions for all churches revoked. I realize it'll impact some of the supportive churches but it'll REALLY hurt the Catholic and Mormon churches. I want them to pay until they fucking bleed.

Posted by: Tony P | Oct 23, 2009 8:38:07 PM

Since Oct 1, NOM has flooded the "Yes on 1" campaign with, drum roll please... $1.1 million. This is in addition to all of the money that NOM had flooded to the campaign prior to Oct 1 which was included in the third quarter disclosures. That brings Yes on 1 to almost 2.5 million in funding.

Fortunately No on 1 Protect Maine Equality is now showing total funding of just under $3.5 million. We are still kicking NOM's ass on funding... hopefully that will be enough to make the difference.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Oct 23, 2009 9:25:33 PM

Oops.. the No on 1 campaign has raised $4 million. $3.5 million is what has so far been spent.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Oct 23, 2009 9:36:01 PM

Well once again the Pcathetic Church who continues to get bank rolled defending itself from it's self because you can't pray away a pedophile should find something for the benefit of all people should spend it's money on

Posted by: Paublo | Oct 30, 2009 6:29:01 PM

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