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Maine Supremes hear NOM’s argument about why they alone don’t have to follow campaign law

Timothy Kincaid

April 11th, 2013

The State of Maine requires that campaigns disclose their contributors. The National Organization for Marriage pretends not to think that they are required to follow that law by engaging in a two step contribution process.

The campaign for banning equality in Maine was a separate organization from NOM. But NOM was their primary (almost exclusive) funder. So contributions were made to NOM and then NOM gave money to the campaign and the campaign only disclosed that NOM was it’s funder, thus keeping the identity of the Catholic Church original contributor secret.

NOM is arguing that they have no obligation to report the donors, as they were just regular ol’ contributions made for NOM’s general purpose, not targeted contributions to oppose equality in Maine. But the state isn’t buying it and the courts have ruled against NOM in every instance.

Their last ditch resistance is today, where they will make their losing argument one more time, this time to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. I anticipate that the Supreme Court will not find their duplicity any more compelling than have the lower courts or the Federal Court.

Much credit for this situation goes to Fred Karger, who filed the complaints and has consistently pushed for NOM to be transparent.

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David in the O.C.
April 11th, 2013 | LINK

…and when NOM fails to comply with the final ruling, I look forward to having sheriffs in D.C., escort Brian Brown from his office, sending him directly to jail until he complies. Won’t that be a lovely ending to this story.

Lindoro Almaviva
April 11th, 2013 | LINK

I will guess aft they are told no by the SCOM, they will go crying to the SCOTUS and ask them to fix it for them. Problem is that, didn’t the SCOTUS already told them they were not going to fix their mess?

Richard Rush
April 11th, 2013 | LINK

If those judges in Maine don’t understand that religion-based organizations have special rights, they should be impeached.

Peter
April 11th, 2013 | LINK

When will SCOM give its ruling? I’m looking forward to NOM’s shadiness getting cast into the light of day

MCB
April 12th, 2013 | LINK

You may think it’s primarily the Catholic Church; given Orson Scott Card’s close involvement (he’s on their board), I suspect the Mormon church has a lot invested in them as well.

StraightGrandmother
April 12th, 2013 | LINK

This is the end of the line for NOM, they have been to the Federal Supreme Court and lost. What this court case actually does is tell NOM, “You have to obey the subpenas that Maine Commission served on you, Brian Brown you have to show up and give testimony and bring your records with you.” Maine Commission may not publicize the donors, we’ll see. In any event it is going to be delish.

Regan DuCasse
April 12th, 2013 | LINK

Predictably, if there is any prosecution, or fines are required…NOM will claim they are being persecuted for protecting traditional marriage.

Ever the victims, who haven’t done anything to anyone else, so why is everybody picking on NOM?

3…2…1

Richard Rush
April 12th, 2013 | LINK

Regan said, “Ever the victims, who haven’t done anything to anyone else, so why is everybody picking on NOM?”

That reminds me of an old song by The Coasters with lyrics that go something like:

Fe-fe, fi-fi, fo-fo, fum
I smell smoke in the auditorium

Brian Brown, Brian Brown
He’s a clown, that Brian Brown
He’s gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me)

That’s him on his knees
I know that’s him
Yeah, from 7 come 11
Down in the boys’ gym

Brian Brown, Brian Brown
He’s a clown, that Brian Brown
He’s gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me) . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UnPzp2lmNk

johnson
April 15th, 2013 | LINK

I would bet it’s heavily funded by The Church of Utah hiding behind the much larger, less vulnerable Church of Rome.

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