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Iowa Ethics Board Tells NOM They Won’t Remove Director

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The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board has dealt a blow to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The board voted to not remove Executive Director Megan Tooker from the investigation into ethical wrongdoing by the organization.

NOM had filed a complaint saying that Tooker was not capable of serving on the board because she once worked for one of the Supreme Court justices that NOM had helped to oust.

This past June, activist and former GOP presidential hopeful Fred Karger filed a complaint that NOM had not disclosed their donor lists and all of the contributions when it funded the campaign against the state Supreme Court justices who were up for retention in 2010 and 2012.

According to the complaint, NOM spent $635,000 in 2010 and $100,000 in 2012 to defeat the justices who, in 2009, ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

NOM has been struggling of late with the fleeing of the Mormon Church from the debate over marriage equality, and complaints being filed against them in various states including Maine.

Fred Karger, who is an openly gay Republican, has been leading the charge to force NOM to reveal their donors. Since 2008′s Prop 8 campaign, NOM has been shy about revealing their supporters due to what they feel will be a lot of attacks on homophobes.

Boycotts of people who did donate to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign did hurt several business owners, and some were verbally harassed, but to date, not a single one of them was beaten up.

NOM has tried to keep their donor lists secret in every campaign they have engaged in. The courts have never upheld their requests to do so.

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