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NOM Pouring Money into 2012 Presidential Election

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

NOM is ramping up its spending as we head into the 2012 presidential election, but a closer look indicates that – once again – the anti-marriage equality organization is funded from an elite few as opposed to the “millions of Americans” NOM President Brian Brown is so fond of invoking. According to a report in the American Independent, NOM has spent $131,260.34 to date on  independent expenditures in the 2012 race – most of which were ads going negative on Ron Paul for refusing to sign the organization’s jarringly anti-gay “marriage pledge.”

Most of that money is likely coming from a few donors – or the mysterious “very generous donor” NOM so frequently touts in their emails. HRC’s Assistant General Counsel, Darrin Hurrwitz, weighs in on what NOM’s lack of a PAC says about their supporter base:

t perhaps comes as a surprise that NOM – a $9 million organization that boasts of its electoral muscle and that relocated its headquarters to Washington two years ago – doesn’t have a federal PAC and has never had one. Or that in four years NOM has never contributed one cent to a federal candidate. Indeed, it’s highly unusual for an advocacy organization of NOM’s size – especially one that prides itself on its electoral work – not to have a PAC. Why would an organization with an expressed interest in federal issues like the Defense of Marriage Act not support federal candidates? [...]

Advocacy organization PACs raise their funds from a broad base of supporters whose individual contributions are capped by law at $5,000 per year. These donors are publicly disclosed on reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. NOM doesn’t have enough members to raise funds for an effective PAC, and just as importantly it doesn’t believe in the transparency that PACs must show.

Read the full article, and learn more about NOM’s activities at NOM Exposed.

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