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Religious-Funded National Organization for Marriage Is Dabbling in Elections

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.

4 comments to Religious-Funded National Organization for Marriage Is Dabbling in Elections

  • Great. So religious organizations, which get tax-exempt status in return for the legal restriction that they cannot interfere in public elections, are interfering in public elections, and they’re keeping their tax-exempt status as well.

    Either these religious groups are becoming mere arms of political parties, or political parties are becoming mere arms of religious groups.

  • Ralph

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if any of the shady groups behind NOM received federal faith-based initiative funding?

  • Ironic? I think it’d be totally in line with the “intelligent design” of the Office of Faith-Based Kickbacks, which seems to have the purpose of increasing the dominance of religious organizations over political elections. That office will promote any wanna-be theocrat, whether Democrat or Republican.

  • Tom

    Muthee for President!

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