Do you recall the National Organization for Marriage? This is the group that spent $1.9 million to make marriage equality illegal in Maine, and spent another $1.9 million to keep same-sex marriage from becoming legal in California.
Through it all, the organization has refused to comply with laws requiring it to disclose its donors. NOM makes the argument that if the names of its donors become public, the evil gays will hunt them down and kill them.
Where did the National Organization for Marriage get its money for the campaign to make marriage equality illegal in Maine? It’s very hard to say for sure when NOM is working so hard to keep the American public from seeing any donor disclosures. But investigations by the Washington Independent and NOM Exposed reveal that the religious, tax-exempt Catholic group called the Knights of Columbus supplied NOM with $1.4 million in 2009 and $0.5 million in 2008 for its activities. $1.4 million + $0.5 million = $1.9 million.
And now the organization, primarily propped up with religious dollars, is dabbling in elections. Federal Election Commission records on independent expenditures show that in the 2009-2010 election cycle, the National Organization made 45 expenditures. In the summer, it helped knock off Tom Campbell in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in California; Campbell had sinned against NOM’s holy writs by supporting marriage equality in California. The latest favorite of the National Organization for Marriage is Hawaii congressman and anti-gay activist Charles Djou.
They used to talk about political office metaphorically as a “bully pulpit.” The National Organization for Marriage is helping to make that phrase literal.