John M. Becker

Maine Ethics Investigators Recommend Fining NOM $50K

Filed By John M. Becker | May 19, 2014 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: above the law, campaign finance, donor disclosure, gay marriage, Maine, marriage equality, National Organization for Marriage, NOM, same-sex marriage, special rights

maine-map.jpgHere's the latest in the National Organization for Marriage Discrimination's ongoing efforts to skirt donor disclosure laws and keep their donors' names secret.

The Bangor Daily News reports:

Maine ethics investigators are recommending more than $50,000 in fines for a national anti-gay-marriage organization for failing to register and disclose its activities in Maine's 2009 same-sex marriage referendum.

That year, an effort to legalize same-sex marriage -- approved by the Legislature and signed by then-Gov. John Baldacci -- was repealed at the ballot box with 53 percent of the vote.

National Organization for Marriage was the largest contributor to the '09 anti-gay-marriage campaign, and dumped roughly $2 million into the state. That money was integral in defeating the fledgling marriage equality law.

The Maine Ethics Commission launched an investigation into NOM, alleging the group had violated Maine law by not registering as a ballot question committee and providing detailed reports about its fundraising and spending...

The Ethics Commission staff's recommendation that NOM be fined means state investigators feel there is sufficient evidence to prove the organization sought contributions with the explicit purpose of spending the cash in Maine. They cite fundraising emails sent my NOM that detailed to large donors their strategy for overturning marriage equality in Maine.

The commission will decide whether to impose the fine when it meets later this month. I wonder what NOM will do next to try and hold themselves above the law?

h/t: Joe Sudbay

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