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One of NOM’s Top Secret Donors Revealed: Mitt Romney

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

We often talk about how hard NOM works to hide their donors – even if it means circumventing the law – but now, we’ve learned the identity of one of their high-profile financial supporters: Mitt Romney.

Financial documents obtained by HRC reveal that Mitt Romney donated $10,000 to the National Organization for Marriage in 2008 – essentially funding NOM’s strategy of using racial division and unfounded scare tactics to attack LGBT equality, at the same time that NOM was fighting for Prop 8 in California.

Join HRC in calling on Mitt Romney to immediately denounce NOM’s divisive strategy. Act now.

The money came via Romney’s “Free and Strong America” PAC during a time when NOM was heavily engaged in passing Proposition 8. HRC reviewed copies of Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC’s filings with the Federal Election Commission – and no contribution to NOM was disclosed in those documents. The filings are available from the FEC. But, HRC did discover an Alabama-based “Free and Strong America” PAC that in 2008 does disclose the $10,000 contribution to NOM.  Available on page 3 at:

The evidence continues to pile up and is painting a very clear picture of Mitt Romney’s anti-LGBT associations. A candidate can’t claim to be “better for gay rights than [Ted] Kennedy” when it’s convenient, but then fund a far-right anti-LGBT strategy to keep other interest groups happy. Act now and tell Romney to denounce NOM’s strategy.

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