NOM Exposed is a campaign-style operation that tracks and challenges the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage as it tries to influence elections and legislative campaigns across the country.

The Mysterious 5 Donors

Our analysis of NOM’s 2010 Form 990, filed with the Internal Revenue Service in November 2011 and obtained by the American Independent, confirmed that the top five donors to NOM accounted for almost 90 percent of its funding. We can only conclude that NOM’s claim to being a grassroots organization representing thousands is phony. Tax returns don’t lie. 


HRC’s breakdown of NOM’s 2010 total revenue from contributions of $9,197,742 is as follows:


  • Top 2 donors: $6,356,000 (69.1%)

  • Top 5 donors: $8,106,000 (88.1%)

  • Top 10 donors: $8,326,000 (90.5%)


Also, according to its IRS filing, at the end of 2010 NOM was more than $1.2 million in debt. How can a group in so much debt in 2010 so quickly turn around a year later and claim it’s on track to have a $20 million banner year?


NOM’s 2009 990 tax return also shows it’s a sham ‘grassroots’ organization. On Monday, January 3, 2011, HRC went to the Washington, D.C., NOM office and asked for a copy of its 2009 990 for both its (c) 3 and (c) 4 organizations, which had not been made public at the time. The following day, HRC went back to the office and obtained a hard-copy of the (c) 4 990. It appears NOM did not provide us with a complete return.


Check out the video of the exchange below: