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NOM sues to keep the donors behind their political campaigns a secret

Timothy Kincaid

September 28th, 2010

The National Organization for Marriage really really doesn’t want anyone knowing what handful of mega-bucks donors are behind their political advertising. So, as is their usual methodology, they are suing the State of Rhode Island claiming that the handful of individuals and groups they are fronting for have the right to unaccountable and secret “free speech.” (NECN)

A group that opposes same-sex marriage sued the Rhode Island Board of Elections, saying it wants to run ads in the governor’s race and other contests but doesn’t want to have to comply with state campaign finance laws.

The National Organization for Marriage said in a federal lawsuit that it should not be forced to report its expenditures or comply with spending limits or bans that are required for political action committees. The group said it shouldn’t be considered a PAC because it’s not controlled by a political candidate and does not spend the majority of its money on Rhode Island’s political races. It says the rules for PACs are burdensome and interfere with free speech.

They consistently lose these cases, but they refuse to report until they appeal, a process that drags on through election season after election season. Eventually some judge is going to get so annoyed that he holds Brian Brown in contempt. And then, I suppose, we will find out who really is the source of NOM’s funds.

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Ben in Oakland
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

I hold brian Brown in contempt, and i don’t have a clue whohis big,conservative, mormon, and catholic donors are.

Pender
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

These delays might work for a few months or a year, but eventually the cases will finish their appeals process, and then what?

I wonder if the Mormon Church has collective nightmares about that day. Gay rights are an issue that might be decided within the next few years, but the Mormons are still going to be around to suffer in the court of public opinion when the records finally get released.

tavdy79
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

Whoever the source is, they must have deep pockets. Lawsuits ain’t cheap!

Johnson
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

We already know who their big donors are: One is in Salt Lake City, hiding behind the other in Rome.

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