Courage Campaign and HRC Launch Online Ad Campaign Highlighting Fringe Extremists Who've Spent &#362

by HRC Staff

Video to run on LA Times, Sacramento Bee, SF Chronicle Websites, calls for Fiorina to disavow National Organization for Marriage.

Los Angeles, CA -- The Courage Campaign, a 700,000-member online activist network, and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, launched a new online ad campaign today asking Californians to call Carly Fiorina and demand that she reject the extremism of one of her biggest financial backers---the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

According to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission, NOM, a secretive fringe group with deep ties to anti-gay activists, has spent more than $220,000 through numerous independent expenditures supporting Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate.

"Californians deserve to know the truth about this out-of-state extremist group that's allied itself with Carly Fiorina," said Courage Campaign Chairman and Founder Rick Jacobs. "Time and again, the National Organization for Marriage has shown itself to be one of the most toxic elements in the political process---willing to use any means, including tolerance of hate speech and refusal to comply with federal tax and election laws to advance an agenda that advocates discrimination against millions of loving families and promotes an environment that leads LGBT teens to take their own lives."

"Will Carly Fiorina continue to associate herself with a radical fringe group like the National Organization for Marriage, or will she reject the anti-gay animus NOM stands for?" asked Joe Solmonese, HRC president.

The ad, titled "Meet NOM," features audio and video clips from numerous NOM rallies conducted across the country this past summer, in which NOM's supporters can be seen and heard calling for the murder of gays and lesbians.

The ad also highlights NOM's ongoing legal problems, which include refusing to comply with the election and disclosure laws of nearly a half dozen states, including California, as well as funneling charitable resources into political campaigns. The latter was the subject of a September 20th story in the Washington Independent, as well as an IRS complaintthat the Human Rights Campaign and Courage Campaign filed against NOM's San Diego based tax-exempt arm, called the Ruth Institute, last week.

The video will appear on nearly a dozen online news and political sites across California, including the websites of the LA Times, Sacramento Bee, and San Francisco Chronicle.
Watch the Ad Here:

Complete text of the ad:

Audio of Newscasters:"The National Organization for Marriageテ"

Title Card: The National Organization for Marriage has spent more than $220,000 supporting Carly Fiorinaテ-Source, FEC Reports.

Title Card: "Meet NOM"

Video of Man at NOM Rally, 7/18/10:"Stop the Agenda of the Darkness of this age Lordテ"

Audio of Woman at NOM Rally: "Do you know God Himself supported killing homosexuals in Leviticus?"

Video of Sign from NOM Rally, 7/26/10: Quotes Leviticus 20:13, with an Image of two nooses under the heading "The Solution to Gay Marriage."

Title Card: NOM secretly funnels charitable contributions into political campaigns and refuses to comply with election laws-Source, Washington Independent, 9/20/10

Man at NOM Rally, 8/13/10: "It's not same-sex marriage, it's state-sanctioned sodomy."

Title card: Call Carly Fiorina and tell her to reject NOM's radical extremism. (877) 664-6676

Title card: Paid for by Human Rights Campaign and Courage Campaign. Not Authorized by any Candidate or Candidate's Committee.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

The Courage Campaign is a multi-issue online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots supporters to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across America. Its ongoing equality initiatives include "Testimony", a nationwide public education campaign that's bringing the Prop 8 trial and the stories of affected families into the lives of everyday Americans and the Prop 8 Trial Tracker, a courtroom live-blog, news and commentary site which has generated more than 3 million visits and 75,000 comments to date.

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