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Maine AG to NOM: “What Is There To Hide?”

Jim Burroway

October 29th, 2009

As we reported a Federal Judge ruled against a lawsuit by the National Organization for Marriage claiming that Maine’s reporting requirements for ballot question campaigns are unconstitutional. In addition, the Judge ruled that Maine voters have a legitimate right to know how those campaigns are raising money and who’s behind it. That led Maine’s attorney general to challenge NOM to comply with the law before next week’s election.

Bolstered by the ruling, Maine’s attorney general challenged the advocacy group Wednesday night to make its records public before next week’s vote on Question 1.

“We are not going to give them legal advice. We trust that their legal counsel will advise them to comply fully,” said Attorney General Janet Mills. “The court has ruled that it is in the public interest to do so, and the law couldn’t be clearer.

“I would hope that they would file before the election,” Mills said. “Why not? What is there to hide?”

What indeed?

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Lindoro Almaviva
October 29th, 2009 | LINK

And i hope the opposition just takes this and runs with it. This should be on every piece of advertising they can get their hands on.

Piper
October 29th, 2009 | LINK

So we’re ASKING that they turn it in before the election?!?! Really? and someone out there thinks that asking politely will get them to do it? they’ll hold out until after the election, when it can’t change the results.

Dave Hughes
November 1st, 2009 | LINK

I’ll bet NOM’s lawyers are laughing their fat asses off. Unless there is a consequence for failing to comply, like having the ballot question disqualified (therefore leaving the law intact), they have no reason to comply.

Even if they release the names late in the day on Monday, who’s going to have time to go through them and publicize whatever they find by the next day? And how will knowing who contributed to NOM make any difference, anyway?

Much ado about nothing.

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