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Anti-Gay Group Flouts Election Laws to Keep Donors Secret

As the 2012 elections gain steam and scrutiny over campaign finance laws intensifies, NOM Exposed issued a memorandum detailing the National Organization for Marriage’s unprecedented attempts to circumvent election disclosure laws, and how federal courts and state election boards continue to reject NOM’s claims –on at least six different occasions, the most recent earlier this month.   

“For some reason, NOM thinks it doesn’t have to comply with the donor disclosure laws,” said Joe Solmonese, HRC President. “NOM’s aggressive legal strategy to keep its donors secret begs the question, what are they hiding? Is it that they realize it’s no longer popular to be openly anti-gay?”

Over the past few years, NOM and its lead counsel, James Bopp, Jr., have vigorously argued against donor disclosure in several states, including in Maine, Minnesota, New York, California and Rhode Island. In each of these states, NOM’s case was thrown out. For a summary of what happened in each of these states, visit NOM Exposed.

Notably, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia encourages more sunlight in the political process, not less.  In Doe v. Reed, he wrote: “Requiring people to stand up in public for their political acts fosters civic courage, without which democracy is doomed. For my part, I do not look forward to a society which, thanks to the Supreme Court, campaigns anonymously…and even exercises the direct democracy of initiative and referendum hidden from public scrutiny and protected from the accountability of criticism. This does not resemble the Home of the Brave.”

The full memo can be viewed here.

 

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