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Out Of State Religious Groups Promise To Interfere In New York Elections

An out of state religious organization plans to use its tax exempt status to interfere in New York’s 2012 state elections, attempting to punish state legislators who voted to expand the institution of marriage. [...]

National Organization for Marriage: 100% Funded by Mexicans

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), famous for its secretive anti-gay campaign carried out across America without any disclosure of its donors, has finally revealed the identity of its donors this week.

According to FEC records, the National Organization for Marriage paid $172,188.70 this month for a press release and a Spanish-language television advertisement against [...]

Attacking in Groups: Where Independent Expenditures Against Candidates Come Together

This spring, the money hounds of wealthy and corporate America were unleashed by the Supreme Court, let go to spend unlimited amounts on political campaigns without disclosing the sources of their funds. As a result, the 2010 election season has seen an explosion of “independent expenditures” used to attack congressional candidates. While we can’t know [...]

In Attack Ads, National Organization for Marriage isn’t Partisan

There are a lot of things to be said about the anti-gay, anti-equality National Organization for Marriage. It’s disconnected from reality in its empirical assertions, secretive about its donors, a front group for the Catholic and Mormon churches, and unable to draw an actual crowd of living, breathing people.

But there’s one thing you can’t [...]

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 [...]

As Schools Close, Catholic Organizations Spend Wildly to Stop Equal Rights

As stories appear in Catholic and secular newspapers bemoaning the closings of Catholic schools, remember that Catholic organizations chose to spend millions of dollars to preserve legal discrimination in the United States of America. The Catholic group Knights of Columbus spent $1.2 million to outlaw same-sex marriage in California in 2008, making it the biggest [...]

91% of Stand for Marriage Maine’s October Cash Came from 3 Religious Groups

A recently-released campaign finance report reveals that between October 1 and October 20, the anti-gay group “Stand for Marriage Maine” raised $1,410,689.80 in cash contributions. $1.4 million is a lot of money, especially for small-state Maine politics.

91% of that money came from just three sources:

The New Jersey based fundamentalist Christian organization called the [...]

Maine Anti-Gay Group Propped Up By Out-of-State Religious Dollars

Last week, I wrote that 86.4% of the $1,193,323.83 raised by Stand for Marriage Maine in the 3rd Quarter of 2009 came from just four sources:

1. The Knights of Columbus 2. The National Organization for Marriage 3. Focus on the Family 4. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

Stand for Marriage Maine is the [...]

Fundraising: Maine No on 1 Blows Anti-Gay Forces Out of the Water

November 3, Mainers go to the polls and vote on whether to reject Maine’s new same-sex marriage law. Fundraising totals for the third quarter of 2009 are out for the NO on 1 and YES on 1 forces. The main Maine NO on 1 organization, NO on 1 / Protect Maine Equality, has raised more [...]

Betsy Smith at Auburn, Maine NO on 1 Community Conversation (Transcript)

“We need not think alike to love alike.” This quotation of Francis David appeared on the wall of the First Universalist Church in Auburn, Maine where the organization called Vote No on 1 / Protect Maine Equality held one of five “community conversations” this week.

Betsy Smith, Executive Director of Equality Maine and Executive Committee [...]

Don’t Mess With Marriage? Don’t Mess With Equality! Bumper Stickers to Counter the Meme.

Thanks to Pam’s House Blend, I’ve been made aware of a new campaign by the “National Organization for Marriage,” an anti-equality front group combining the money of the Roman Catholic Church with the marketing machinery of Focus on the Family. The NOM is deploying its deep pockets to try and distribute two million free bumper [...]