Casting Director James Stiles is putting out the word that he's looking for two 'real Maine' women to appear in a television ad produced by supporters of traditional marriage. Stiles is looking for a 'teacher type' and a 'working waitress type,' both in the 35-45 age range. If you want to try out, he's holding auditions from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 2) at the Howard Johnson in South Portland. If you're hired, it's a three day gig that pays $500 a day.
Jonathan Wayne, Executive Director of State of Maine Commission of Governmental Ethics and Elections Practices, sent a strongly worded four page letter to Stand for Marriage Maine PAC (SFMMP) and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), seeking more information on the charges of "money laundering" against them in their campaign to repeal Maine's same-sex marriage law.
It seems NOM is once again is trying to shield donors and skirt election disclosure laws:
The four organizational donors (National Organization for Marriage ($160,000), Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland ($100,000), Knights of Columbus -- Washington, DC ($50,000) and James Dobson's Focus on the Family ($31,000), gave 99.999% of the money raised to Stand for Marriage Maine PAC. They circumvented Maine's campaign reporting law to avoid disclosure of the true contributors.
We'll be sure to keep a close eye on this as it develops further. If found to be a legitimate claim, the anti-equality folks could face hefty fines (yay!), have to fully disclose ALL donors (bigger yay!), or even not be allowed to participate in the campaign (big HUGE yay!).