Former Republican Presidential candidate Fred Karger has been going after the National Organization for Marriage with relish. As news surfaces that anti-gay groups are falling short on their fundraising, Karger has found that the top officers of NOM are getting very rich off of their attacks against LGBT people.
Two months after NOM was suppose to post their 2011 501(c)3 tax return, Karger and his group were able to finally get them posted online. In fact, it took Karger going to NOM’s K Street offices in order to get them up. In describing the incident, Karger stated that “They tried their best to avoid me, were rude and evasive, but what else is new?”
What he found, though, is that Brown is earning about ten times the median income. He is getting about $500,000 per year even as NOM’s fundraising is down by 25%.
NOM is not the only one having problems. ProtectMarriage, at the end of 2011, was $2 million in the hole, and they’re footing the bill trying to defend Prop 8 in court. Currently, they claim that they are still $700,000 in the red. In fact, if they do not manage to make up that deficit by the time the Supreme Court takes on marriage equality, the whole organization could collapse. Protect Marriage has, though, indicated that donations were down about 3% from 2011.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights, who are backing Olson and Boies’ challenge to Prop 8, are reporting a massive surplus.