Mitt Romney’s $10,000 Bet With NOM

Jim Burroway

April 2nd, 2012

Last week, we were astonished to read the document dump that revealed the National Organization for Marriage’s race-baiting strategy to drive a wedge between African-Americans and Latinos against fellow members of their respective communities which happen to be LGBT, as well as their strategy to drive wedges within LGBT families. Of course, we’re not astonished at the existence of the strategies themselves, but the casual ease with which they could be set to paper with nary a qualm.

It’s ironic that the only reason those documents were made public is because NOM decided to flout Maine’s campaign finance laws. NOM has refused to disclose their donors as required under Maine law. But it has now surfaced that in 2008 during the height of California’s Prop 8 campaign, former Massachusetts governor and current GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney donated $10,000 to NOM. And more recently, Romney signed NOM’s five-point pledge at the start of the GOP race for the presidential nomination. Now that Romney looks like he is in the best position to take that nomination in August, it’s time he clarified whether he agrees with NOM’s race-baiting and family-dividing strategy.  And he needs to do it now, because there’s no way that stain will disappear just by shaking an Etch-A-Sketch come summertime.


April 2nd, 2012

So many Rad”Christians” caught w their pants down.

There are so many things to thank Steve Jobs for.



April 2nd, 2012

Hardly worth the bad press was it, Mr. Romney? Your fellow Mormon Alan C. Ashton gave a million. You both are in about the same league.

Are we STILL fighting to find out who gave what to Prop 8? And was it through nefarious money-laundering schemes the Mormons gave to NOM or directly to Prop 8? Because, LDS Administrators were clear you couldn’t use your tithing as donations to the Prop 8. So, where/how did the money get to support Prop 8? A secret off-shore tax shelter?

If Mormons are so proud of their support of Prop 8 why aren’t they proud to show how much they gave?


April 3rd, 2012

The way the LDS Church was shaking down LDS Members with money to support CA’s Prop 8, I find it REALLY hard to believe they only got $10,000 out of Romney.

Chances are there are more donations under his wife or his kids names, to protect Romney’s political ambitions (and the LDS Church’s public image).

Timothy Kincaid

April 4th, 2012

Considering his wealth, that donation is almost an insult to the church’s effort. Take the amount coupled with the circuitous method and it’s clear that Romney knows that he’s on the losing end of that issue.

Jim Burroway

April 4th, 2012

I think it’s a mistake to assume that the $10K is all that Romney gave contribution to support Prop 8. There were several other groups involved in that fight, with some of them taking much larger roles than NOM’s.

We only know he gave $10K to NOM. We have no idea whether he gave more through other channels. NOM was, at most, only a tangential part of the LDS church’s efforts to pass Prop 8.

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