The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is now under investigation in three states for their tendency to hide from the light of campaign finance disclosure. NOM has been unwilling to follow the law and disclose their donors in these three states due to claims that it will lead to their donors being harassed.
Such harassment would, of course, be problematic, but NOM wants to make sure that they hide their donors because people finding out who donate to the hate-fueled group leads to less money going into their coffers and that means less pay for Brian Brown.
NOM recently tried to stop the investigation in Iowa, or at least derail it a bit by forcing Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board executive director Megan Tooker to recuse herself from any decision on investigating the anti-gay organization.
After the Board heard from Cleta Mitchell asking that Tooker be removed from the Board for this investigation, the Board voted unanimously not to honor the request.
NOM is playing defensive because, in recent months, both the Catholic and Mormon Churches have backed away from supporting them. Both religions’ central hierarchies were part of the creation and funding of NOM. The ascension of Pope Francis I has marked an inwardness to the Catholic Church and a Vatican reluctance to get involved in temporal politics and a heightened push for austerity.
Both Maine and California have begun investigations into NOM’s ethical malfeasance.
NOM, of course, has been on the offensive against Karger. They said, in a recent blog post going out to about half a million people that “‘Serial, frivolous case filer’ Fred Karger is well aware of the important work that NOM has done, and continues to do, to protect marriage across the nation. He also knows there are millions of Americans who support our mission.”
Part of the problem for NOM is that number is dwindling rather than increasing. While there may be millions who support NOM, there are tens of millions more who support same-sex marriage. In fact, the latest numbers show that roughly 124,000,000 Americans over 18 support same-sex marriage while roughly 87,750,000 Americans oppose same-sex marriage being legal.
That’s a pretty big difference- in fact, it’s about a 36,250,000 difference.
NOM regional director Chris Plante claims that “at no time has NOM been found guilty of any wrongdoing. It’s an effort to silence people who would stand for marriage in the public square. who would criticize and critique our politicians and judges who redefine marriage against the will of the people.”
Plante also said “I spoke with the gentleman who filed the complaint and he was quite honest. He said, My effort is to dry up your funding stream and silence your voice. And he knows that by forcing NOM to reveal donors, which we do not have to do under the law, will certainly scare people from donating.”
Of course, what Plante fails to mention is the fact that the investigations in Maine and California are ongoing and haven’t been wrapped up yet. It is easy to not have been found guilty in the middle of the investigation.
For his part, Karger stated “Don’t worry, NOM cannot scare me through its threats. They subpoenaed me once in hopes of getting me off their trail, but that didn’t work and neither will its latest scare tactics.”