The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

Not One but Two Investigations Are Now Underway Targeting NOM

March 14, 2012, by Kevin Nix

With the Minnesota election board’s decision to pursue an investigation into Minnesota for Marriage, the umbrella group co-founded by the National Organization for Marriage, taking up all the oxygen, let’s not forget NOM has been under investigation by the Maine Ethics Commission. 

NOM remains under investigation by the Maine Ethics Commission for failing to register with the state as a ballot question committee and refusing to disclose the donors to its campaign to overturn Maine’s marriage equality law in 2009. The group has been fighting – hard – to keep those donors under wraps, even though an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to hide its donors was denied earlier this year.   NOM provided more than $1.8 million of the $3 million spent by opponents of marriage equality to pass Question 1 – but it illegally failed to disclose where the money came from. 

The documentary “Question 1” by filmmaker Joe Fox is a fascinating journey behind the scenes of the anti-gay campaign in Maine – including how that side’s campaign manager regrets the campaign that he ran.