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posted Friday, August 7, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 31
NOM loses again
Bigots must disclose donors, Maine Supreme Court says
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NOM loses again
Bigots must disclose donors, Maine Supreme Court says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Remember NOM?

Only a few years ago they were the widely feared right-wing hit men who intervened to block every effort to legalize same-sex marriage. Now they're just losers.

NOM, the National Organization for Marriage, lost once again on August 4, when the Maine Supreme Court denied its motion to overturn a ruling by the state's ethics commission that the group must disclose its donors.

The case arose from NOM's successful attempt to overturn Maine's marriage equality law in 2009. Only three years later, Maine voters reversed themselves and handed NOM one of the four defeats it suffered in 2012, passing a marriage equality initiative by a healthy six-point margin.

Other states that successfully defied NOM and passed same-sex marriage in 2012 were Maryland and Washington. Minnesota also rejected a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the same election.

As it's done in other states, NOM refused to disclose the donors who supported its 2009 Maine campaign, but the state's Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices found the group in violation of campaign financing laws. It was ordered to pay a $50,250 fine and disclose the names of its donors.

The ruling followed an investigation in which the staff of the ethics commission found that NOM failed to comply with state law by concealing its operations and donors during the 2009 campaign. The ethics vote meant that the state will require the organization to register as a ballot question committee and disclose its donors from the campaign.

NOM then appealed to the state Supreme Court, arguing that its donors were supporting the group's general principles and not the specific ballot measure in Maine. Therefore, it said, it was not required to disclose their names.

The organization also argued that disclosing its donors would seriously hinder its ability to raise funds in the future.

Maine ethics commission chair Walter McKee said that NOM's argument made a 'mockery' of the state's campaign finance disclosure laws. The state's high court agreed by denying NOM's motion to overturn the commission's ruling.

Now, it seems, NOM is out of options. The group is also reportedly broke, with 2013 donations - the most recent ones the secretive group has published - down 70% from its 2012 numbers.

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