Some Questions for NOM
March 30, 2012 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications
HRC released shocking internal strategy documents from NOM earlier this week, revealing that the anti-gay org wanted to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks” and use scare tactics to roll back Latino support for marriage equality.
In the wake of these revelations, HRC President Joe Solmonese wrote a letter to NOM President Brian Brown with a few questions about the strategy and how it reflected on Brown’s organization:
First, how can you think you're winning when the American people are so clearly moving toward fairness? You write that "victory is possible, even likely...." Before you get too far ahead of yourself, you should take a look at a few nonpartisan public polls (like Gallup, for instance) that show majority support for equal marriage. And don't forget young people, whose support is off the charts, and nothing indicates that as that cohort ages they'll suddenly be inclined to reverse their support for marriage equality.
Where are all of these supposedly unhappy kids of gay parents? I've got to be honest: one of the most bizarre parts of these documents was your goal of paying an outreach coordinator to find kids of gay parents to speak on camera. Aside from how patently offensive that is, how'd it turn out? My guess is that you didn't have a lot of takers.
…Why are you hell-bent on avoiding campaign disclosure laws? Aside from going to court to keep your dealings in the shadows (by the way, you have to appreciate the irony of a court forcing these strategy documents to be released, no?), you brag that "one key advantage we now have is the capacity to protect the identity of our donors." Then you also encourage donors to give to a slush fund for use around the country, saying, "It is critical that we have a reserve fund to give to these efforts to ensure victory and protect donor identity." What is it that you'd go to such great lengths to hide?
Brian, I look forward to your thorough answers to these questions. Maybe over a coffee at Starbucks? I'll wait patiently...
Read the full letter over on the Huffington Post.
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