The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

Iowa Ethics Board Concerned About NOM Activities

August 31, 2009, by Jeremy Hooper, Guest Contributor

On the heels of news that officials in Maine were investigating the campaign practices of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), we just learned that authorities in Iowa are questioning the group over potential violations of campaign finance laws.

Turns out NOM has failed to register as a PAC and disclose contributors. NOM even boasts in their fundraising letters that they offer donors anonymity.  Said the Iowa board letter: “The independent expenditure process in Iowa is not a vehicle to shield political contributions.”

Read the entire Iowa letter here [pdf] as well as the Maine letter [pdf].

Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher may have felt pretty good after the love fest they got from the Washington Post on Friday, but the fair-minded Americans they’re trying to reach should take note.

One final note… NOM’s 2007 form 990 was finally released last night thanks to Justin McLachlan. Happy reading.