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Maine Ethics Commission Fines NOM for Missing Filing Deadline

NOM; National Organization for MarriagePost submitted by Dan Rafter, former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The Maine Ethics Commission has fined NOM $2,000 for missing a reporting deadline in the run-up to the vote on marriage equality in the state earlier this month. According to the Portland Press Herald, NOM was required to file an 11-day pre-election report by midnight on October 26 – but was 14 hours late.

HRC reported earlier this month that NOM ended up spending more than $1 million in Maine as part of the failed attempt to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. NOM’s spending in Maine, along with that of its close allies the Roman Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, accounted for nearly 85 percent of the opposition’s funding in the state. Learn more by checking out HRC’s detailed report on the role the Roman Catholic Church and NOM played in funding anti-equality ballot measures this past election cycle.

This isn’t the first time NOM has clashed with the Maine Ethics Commission. NOM has stymied a past investigation by refusing to disclose its donors to the Ethics Commission, despite subpoenas they’ve issued. According to the Press Herald, that case is with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

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