The National Organization For Marriage (NOM), the leading anti-marriage equality organization in the United States, has always been a mystery. Maggie Gallagher, her name synonymous with NOM, herself has always been a mystery too, given her status as a leading “traditional marriage” supporter who has a very-hidden husband, who admits to having had a child out of wedlock, and has another child rumored to be gay himself. Now, with the defection of NOM’s grassroots and online messaging strategist, Louis Marinelli, we’re getting some insight into the mighty army that almost single-handedly has been able to — at least temporarily — keep equality at bay in several key battlegrounds. And we’re learning what we’ve been led to believe is aÂ mighty army is an army of about a half-dozen people.
Just days after his defection, a courageous act in which he renounced the beliefs held by his bosses at the National Organization For Marriage and embraced the concept of full civil marriage equality for same-gender couples, Marinelli writes, “NOM is a small group of devoutly religious Catholics supported by a couple of undisclosed sources,” adding, “NOM is essentially made up of Brian Brown, itâ€™s President, [sic]Â Maggie Gallagher, the CEO, a handful of other Board members (who are scattered across the countryÂ involvedÂ in other matters), a couple of advisors to Mr. Brown and a small and largely incompetentÂ office staff.”
So, it’s Maggie, Brian, and a half-dozen or so worker bees. Board members rarely do any heavy lifting.
Which puts into contention even more the claim Gallagher made a few years ago that she has gay people working for her. She was clear: they are gay and there was more than one.
Marinelli goes on to state that, “Their social media management isnâ€™t operated by NOM â€“ theyâ€™re not big enough for that nor do they understand social media!,”Â and says that, “There is no grassroots opposition.”
Wow. Let me repeat that:Â “There is no grassroots opposition.”
Which brings us to Marinelli’s other big reveal: NOM’s hidden funding.
We know that NOM, in state after state, has gone to court, refusing to release its list of donors, and in state after state they have lost.
Marinelli writes, “I, like you have seen on multiple occasions how fundraisers, which are matched dollar for dollar by an undisclosed source pulling the strings from behind the shadows, have met their goals. I shared the suspicion many did when gaps ofÂ hundredsÂ of thousands of dollars in donations were suddenly closed in the final hours running up to the deadline.”
Timothy Kincaid at Box Turtle Bulletin earlier this year suggested, “NOM is simply a shill, a front for a singular entity who wishes to secretly engage in politics.”
So, the National Organization For Marriage is made up of a few players, with major, secret funding. It’s been confirmed from an insider, who tells us, “That is all that is standing between you and the freedom to marry.”
[image Maggie Gallagher standing (almost) alone:Â lost in miami]
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US State Dept. Ends Anti-LGBTQ Discriminatory Trump-Era Policy Targeting Same-Sex Families
The U.S. State Dept. under Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday ended a Trump-era policy targeted directly against LGBTQ families. The policy, supported by then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, mandated that children born outside the United States to parents who are U.S. citizens must be biologically related to both parents, or they would not be allowed to be granted U.S. citizenship.
The discriminatory policy ensnared only same-sex couples, and hewed to Pompeo and Trump’s anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant beliefs.
In a statement U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price said the “updated interpretation and application of the INA [Immigration and Nationality Act] takes into account the realities of modern families and advances in ART [assisted reproductive technology] from when the Act was enacted in 1952.”
In one case NCRM reported on in 2019, the Pompeo State Dept. actually allowed one of two biological twins to be granted U.S. citizenship but prohibited the other from the exact same rights.
The non-profit group Immigration Equality in a statement Tuesday said the Trump-era policy had affected “many married same-sex couples,” and noted that “the Immigration and Nationality Act has never required a biological relationship for married parents. As such, every federal court that heard the issue found that the State Department’s policy was inconsistent with the statute.”
FBI Investigating ‘Massive’ Alleged Campaign Finance Scheme to Help Fund Susan Collins’ Re-Election: Report
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating an alleged campaign finance scheme it characterized as “massive” involving a political action committee aligned with Senator Susan Collins, and direct donations to the Collins’ campaign. The Maine Republican won re-election in November despite polling that showed her Democratic challenger beating her.
“A recently unsealed search warrant application shows the FBI believes a Hawaii defense contractor illegally funneled $150,000 to a pro-Collins super PAC and reimbursed donations to Collins’ campaign. There’s no indication that Collins or her team were aware of any of it,” Axios reports.
The report shows that Senator Collins, who sits on the Defense subcommittee of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, helped the contractor secure an $8 million Navy contract, before most of the donations were given. That contractor is the Martin Defense Group, formerly known as Navatek.
A shell company was allegedly used. Federal contractors are prohibited from donating to super PACs.
“Former Navatek CEO Martin Kao was indicted last year for allegedly bilking the federal government of millions in coronavirus relief loans,” Axios reports.
The Collins Campaign “had absolutely no knowledge of anything alleged in the warrant,” a Collins spokesperson, Annie Clark, told Axios.
Maine voters elected Collins “to a fifth term by 9 points. No Maine senator has been popularly elected five times. It was a far cry from previous supermajority wins,” The Bangor Daily News reported at the time, “but resounding after every public poll showed [Democrat Sara]Gideon ahead. Democrats had pinned their hopes of flipping the Senate on Maine, leading to more than $200 million spent on the race.”
Here’s a copy of the search warrant:
NEW: The @FBI is investigating whether Martin Defense Group (a government contractor with a presence in Maine) & its executives illegally donated to @SenatorCollins‘s campaign & its supportive super PAC, 1820 PAC, per this search warrant application. https://t.co/DrNIYIru7u
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) May 18, 2021
‘I’m Pissed’: Top House Dem Blasts McCarthy’s ‘Character and Fitness to Lead’ After Opposing Jan. 6 Commission
The top Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee is furious with Kevin McCarthy after the Republican Minority Leader on Tuesday pulled his support for a January 6 Commission Tuesday. McCarthy had initially supported one and even set demands on how it should be structured. Democrats honored McCarthy’s demands but he pulled the rug out from them anyway.
“What’s frustrating to me is that this does not seem to be a disagreement over substance or policy,” Chairman McCarthy added. “I do think this is an issue of character and fitness to lead.”
“I assume what happened is that Trump got wind of what we were doing and called up the minority leader and said ‘I don’t like it,’” McGovern said with “disgust,” TPM reports, calling it “pathetic.”
Fox News notes McGovern said he was ‘stunned” and called McCarthy’s statement “alarming.”
“If there’s anybody in this chamber who doesn’t believe it’s important to get to the truth about what happened on the sixth, or who wants to make believe that what happened on the sixth didn’t happen on the sixth, like a typical tourist day on the Capitol, they are not fit to serve in this chamber,” McGovern said.
Fox News report he was “raising his voice,” and added: “It is pathetic.”
McGovern wasn’t done. On Twitter he blasted McCarthy even more.
“We gave him what he asked for. But now? He’s going back on his word. He cares more about worshiping Trump & spreading The Big Lie than upholding his oath.”
Here’s a letter @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy sent Democratic leadership stipulating his requests for a January 6th Commission.
We gave him what he asked for. But now? He’s going back on his word. He cares more about worshiping Trump & spreading The Big Lie than upholding his oath. https://t.co/0E9O5LdFA7
— Rep. Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) May 18, 2021
Some political experts are calling McCarthy’s move an “open-air cover up” and “a replay of the GOP attempt to scuttle the Russia investigation.”
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