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Breaking: State Ethics Committee Rules NOM Broke Campaign Finance Law, Imposes Record Fine

by David Badash on May 28, 2014

in Marriage,News,Politics

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The National Organization For Marriage (NOM) is guilty of breaking Maine’s campaign finance laws, and will be forced to pay a record fine and do the one thing it has worked extremely hard for five years to avoid: expose its donors. The Maine state Ethics Committee ruled unanimously today to fine NOM over $50,000 — the highest fine ever for a campaign finance violation in that state.

The ruling comes after five years of investigations fought hard by NOM in a case involving the 2009 voter referendum that repealed a state law extending marriage to same-sex couples. NOM reportedly contributed about $2 million to the effort and had its top leadership on the board of a state-based anti-gay marriage group, Stand for Marriage Maine.

UPDATE – NOM: It’s Our Lawyer’s Fault So We’re Not Guilty, Not Paying Penalty, And We’re Suing HRC

“In a report to commissioners, ethics commission investigators outline several fundraising emails sent by NOM that specifically mention Maine’s referendum, as well as commitments the group made to donate at least $1 million to fight same-sex marriage in the Pine Tree State,” the Bangor Daily News reported.

Records cited in the report also show high-value donations from individual donors — some as large as $50,000 — that were accepted by NOM and transferred almost immediately to Stand for Marriage Maine. One fundraising consultant hired by NOM secured a total of $2 million from one donor. In an email to the donor, which outlined how the money would be spent, the consultant wrote that $200,000 would be spent on Maine’s referendum.

“After consideration of this evidence, there appears to be little doubt that NOM received far more than $5,000 for the purpose of promoting the Maine referendum,” wrote Maine Ethics Commission Executive Director Jonathan Wayne in the report. He also wrote that, “The staff view NOM’s failure to register and file financial reports as a significant violation of law. Maine people deserve to know who is funding political campaigns to influence their vote.”

Appearing before the Committee were NOM chairman John Eastman (image, left foreground) and NOM president Brian Brown (image, right).

LGBT activist and former Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger, filed the complaint against NOM. His work has seen NOM investigated in several states nationwide for campaign finance violations, and he was on hand at today’s hearing. Karger offered several tweets throughout the hearing this morning:

And, according to Karger, NOM says they refuse to pay the fine.

Given that NOM frequently acts as if they are above the law, it would not be surprising that they refuse to pay the fine. The question becomes, what happens next?

 

Image by Fred Karger via Twitter

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dbcexplorer May 28, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I'm sure their religious convictions require they not do anything anyone says. There is a real reason they refused to expose the donators. It will be interesting to see what they have done to the books over these years to hide anything they don't want seen, and you know they have taken these years to act on it. But, at the very least, this does go to show exactly how crooked these people are.

nervouspudding May 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I have a feeling this is going to be really bad for all the storming Mormons out there who have been giving these douches money.

weshlovrcm May 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Lying, lawlessness and greed: the newly-redefined "sincerely held religious beliefs."

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