BREAKING: MN Elections Board Launches Investigation into Lead Anti-Gay Coalition Founded by NOM
March 09, 2012, by Kevin Nix
NOM Exposed has learned the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Election Board is moving forward with an investigation into the campaign finance activities of Minnesota for Marriage, the umbrella group co-founded by the National Organization for Marriage. This is the primary group working to pass the anti-gay constitutional amendment in MN. Recall last month we called on the Board to investigate NOM’s unprecedented effort to avoid disclosing individual donors as required by Minnesota law.
“The election board is doing exactly what it’s set up to do by launching this investigation,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “We urge the Board to rebuff any political pressure to water down this investigation. Minnesota voters deserve a fair and thorough vetting of this case. The nation is watching.”
Common Cause of Minnesota filed complaints against Minnesota for Marriage and the Minnesota Family Council, alleging that both organizations violated Minnesota campaign finance laws by hiding individual donors to the ballot measure campaign and filing false reports. Minnesota for Marriage raised more than $1.2 million in contributions during 2011 but disclosed only seven individual contributors responsible for just $2,000 in donations, despite evidence of making repeated solicitations for contributions. The donations were attributed to just three entities: NOM, the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the Minnesota Family Council. By contrast, Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition working to defeat the ballot measure, openly reported contributions from 773 individuals, the majority from Minnesota. Thousands of other donors made contributions to Minnesotans United that were not required to be itemized.
“NOM and its allies have deliberately evaded Minnesota’s public disclosure laws,” added Solmonese. “It’s time they be held to account for repeatedly playing fast and loose with campaign finance laws.”