A little while ago, I wrote that a whopping 86% of the campaign cash contributed to Stand for Marriage Maine (the anti-gay organization fighting to repeal same-sex marriage in Maine) in the 3rd Quarter of 2009 came from just four religious organizations. Those organizations, and the dollar amounts they contributed in the 3rd Quarter, are
1. The Knights of Columbus: $50,100
2. The National Organization for Marriage: $519,796.50
3. Focus on the Family: $83,594.62
4. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland: $378.288.04
(Source: Maine Campaign Finance Website)
The Knights of Columbus is an out of state religious organization. The National Organization for Marriage is an out of state religious organization. Focus of the Family is an out of state religious organization.
You might look at item #4 and say, well, that’s a religious organization, all right, but it’s an in-state religious organization. All that money given by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, you might say, reflects in-state preferences.
You might say that. But you’d be wrong.
Only one contribution to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland for use in relation to Ballot Question 1 can be definitively traced to a Maine source: a $250 contribution from “The Lyons Family” of Freeport, Maine.
$41,120.74 given to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland for use in relation to Ballot Question 1 are identified as coming from “Unitemized Contributions,” and the source of these contributions is not reported.
$133,375.03 for use in relation to Ballot Question 1 (the same-sex marriage repeal referendum) are cited as coming from “General Treasury Transfers,” and it’s not reported whether the money in these transfers came from out of state or not.
But let’s be generous. Let’s imagine, unrealistically, that ALL of these funds came EXCLUSIVELY from sources within the state of Maine.
Even if that were true, only 44.9% of the money used by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland in relation to Ballot Question 1 during the 3rd Quarter of 2009 would be coming from in state. At the very least, 55.1% of the money used by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland in opposition to Ballot Question 1 is coming from sources outside the state of Maine.
Who are the out-of-state sources of that money — that 55.1%, some $214,550.00 — given to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland? Without exception, they are either out-of-state Catholic organizations, or out-of-state Catholic bishops, or out-of-state Catholic priests. The Catholic Church is funneling money from other states to fund the effort to outlaw same-sex marriage in Maine.
With this information sorted out, it can be definitively stated, without a shred of doubt, that “Stand for Marriage Maine” is an effort mostly funded by out-of-state religious organizations.