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Mitt’s Money Shows Where His Heart Is

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Mitt Romney made one statement in last night’s debate that actually does make sense. While attacking President Obama for his investments in green energy – during a question that was actually about education – Romney stated: “…the place you put your money just makes a pretty clear indication of where your heart is.”

We couldn’t agree more. How individuals and organizations invest their money is a direct reflection of the beliefs those people and groups hold, and the agendas they want to pursue.

With that in mind, here’s a refresher on what Mitt Romney does with some of his money:

National Organization for Marriage

Mitt’s donated at least $10,000 that we know of to the National Organization for Marriage. Romney made that donation in 2008, the exact time internal documents reveal the anti-LGBT organization plotted to use racial division and unfounded scare tactics to attack LGBT equality during the Proposition 8 battle in California.

NOM’s divisive strategy couldn’t be clearer. The strategy of the organization Romney donated $10,000 to, in their own words:

The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks – two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. (Source)

Romney advisor Eric Fehrnstrom actually defended Romney’s donation to NOM, telling the Deseret News in an October 28, 2008 interview: “The governor feels strongly that marriage is an institution between a man and a woman, and one of the most high-profile fights on this subject is happening in California.”

The details of Romney’s donations to NOM are publicly available via the FEC.

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Romney donated $25,000 to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in 2009 via his Tyler Charitable Foundation.  The Becket Fund is vehemently anti-marriage equality, and has argued that allowing committed same-sex couples to marry would trigger a wave of litigation for religious organizations objecting to performing or recognizing such ceremonies in states across the nation.

The Becket Fund has compared pro-equality demonstrations during the time when Proposition 8 was a hot-button issue in California to the actions of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. Charming.

Massachusetts Family Institute

Romney gave $10,000 to the Massachusetts Family Institute in 2006, again via the Tyler Foundation.

In addition to opposing marriage equality, The Massachusetts Family Institute actually believes that sexual orientation is a choice and something that can be cured. From their website: “Our compassion is for those struggling with same-sex attraction and we encourage the healing of individuals who wish to change their choice of lifestyle…”

The group also is ruthless in its dedication to distorting programs intended to reduce bullying and make schools safer, more welcoming environments for all students. It says gay-straight alliances may violate the Constitution and parental rights, and says associated programming pushes a radical, pro-homosexual agenda.

Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Romney was busy doling out cash to local anti-LGBT groups in Massachusetts in 2006 – the same year he gave $10,000 to the Massachusetts Family Institute, he also gave $10,000 to Massachusetts Citizens for Life.  The pro-life group expanded its mission to advocate against marriage equality in Massachusetts, and even joined Romney in a 2006 press event where the governor and Massachusetts Citizens for Life representatives pushed for a ban on same-sex marriages.

Romney is absolutely correct to say that where you put your money is an indication of where your heart is. And in the case of Mitt Romney, it’s with the cause of groups that say LGBT people can and should be ‘cured;’ groups that say those who support equality are akin to Al-Qaeda; groups that will stop at nothing to deny same-sex couples the dignity and respect of starting families; and extremists who say that attempts to make schools a safer place simply represent a “pro-homosexual agenda.”

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