The National Organization for Marriage ended 2013 more than $2.5 million in the red, and saw its funding drop more than 50 percent.
After news reports, including one byÂ The New Civil Rights MovementÂ this morningÂ following a statement fromÂ HRC overnght,Â NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, finally posted their 2013 tax Form 990 online as legally required. Just a few years after seemingly springing up from nowhere in 2007,Â the anti-gay organization is seeing its finances “crater,” according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
HRC reports, and an initial examination of NOM’s financial forms revealsÂ the National Organization For Marriage ended 2013 with a negative asset balance of more than $2.5 million. NOM’s political arm, theÂ National Organization for Marriage Education Fund, ended the year with assets of $1.5. Those funds are not allowed by law to be mixed, although NOM reportedly took a loan from its Education Fund in the past.
Perhaps worse and a strong harbinger of the anti-gay group’s future, NOM’s revenues from 2012 to 2013 took a nosedive. NOM’s own 990 shows total revenue in 2012 was nearly $11 million, but in 2013 was just over $5.1 million, more than a 50 percent decrease. NOM’s Education Fund saw even worse results. In 2013 it took in $5.1 million and in 2013 just over $1.7 million.
“Just 2 donors accounted for more than half of the organizationâ€™s funding â€“ further evidence that everyday Americans have little interest in furthering NOMâ€™s extremist agenda,” HRC reports.
â€œNOM should start figuring out that people arenâ€™t willing to give their hard-earned money to an extremist agenda that’s going nowhere,â€ said Fred Sainz, HRC Vice President of Communications. Â â€œIf I were Brian Brown, Iâ€™d be worried that my two or three mega-donors are soon going to come to terms with the fact that theyâ€™d largely be better off flushing money down the toilet. Â Americans certainly arenâ€™t buying what NOM is selling, and itâ€™s only a matter of time before the trickle of money keeping the lights on at NOM HQ dries up.â€
Curiously, NOM has not issued one of theirÂ usual hyperbolic press releases in almost a week. Their blog was last updated on November 13. Brian Brown and NOM co-founder Robert P. George were seen at the Vatican’s anti-gay marriage conference this week.
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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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