Fred Karger, the gay GOP presidential candidate who also is the founder of Rights Equal Rights, today sent a letter to John Eastman, new Chairman of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, demanding to see their delinquent 2010 tax returns. Karger created Rights Equal Rights, which was formerly Californians Against Hate, and was instrumental in identifying the major donors and backers of California’s Prop 8, which stole the right of marriage equality from California’s citizens.
Jeremy Hooper of Good As You, the same blogger who earlier this week uncovered the National Organization For Marriage’s fraudulent use of copyrighted images of Obama 2008 campaign crowds disguised as NOM rallies, first published the Karger letter, which states, in part:
Dear Mr. Eastman:
I am writing to alert you that the 2010 federal tax returns (990’s) of the National Organization for Marriage are missing. They were due in May 2011, and an extension was granted until October 15, 2011. We stopped by your Washington, DC office this week and there were no 990’s available for viewing as required by law. They are not up on your web site nor are they on Guidestar.
No IRS returns available again this year at the tiny national NOM office in Washington DC.
As the newly hired Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a distinguished law professor and a former law school dean, I had hoped that you came aboard NOM to perhaps try and give it some much needed honesty.
Who is NOM Trying to Protect?
NOM has not filed its tax returns on time with the Internal Revenue Service for both its 501©3 and 501©4 organizations for any of the four years since it began. I have had to visit your various NOM offices year after year to request them. Others and I have sent certified letters requesting your 990’s and have never received them. I finally had to file multiple complaints with the IRS to force your organization to release its tax returns.
As I am sure you are aware, NOM and its former officers are under investigation by the state of Maine for money laundering on a referendum NOM put on the ballot in November 2009. The active investigation of the National Organization for Marriage by the State Ethics Commission and the State Attorney General is in its third year. I filed the original complaint and testified three times in Maine to make sure that the truth comes out. Only then will we finally learn where all the millions and millions of dollars NOM brings in each year to its two organizations actually comes from.
You can’t blame me for being suspicious, since NOM has sued 23 states to try and keep the names of all your funders secret. It was, however, gratifying to see NOM lose its California case this week in federal court (the same case you subpoenaed http://californiansagainsthate.blogspot.com/2009/09/fred-karger-subpoenaed-by-nom.html me in). CLICK HERE: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19159246
So, as NOM’s new Chairman, I am writing you in the hope that finally there may be a modicum of integrity at the National Organization for Marriage. We hope that someone with your distinguished record will act in accordance with the law; unlike your predecessors Robby George and Maggie Gallagher.
(image: Karger campaigning for President in Iowa in 2010.)
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