|NOM president Brian Brown|
After a five year legal battle, and paying a record $50,000 fine, the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage has finally handed over it’s donor list as ordered by the courts to the Maine Ethics Commission.
In 2009, the organization funneled over $2 million to the anti-gay Stand for Marriage Maine political action committee, which supported a referendum to overturn a same-sex marriage law passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Baldacci.
A later referendum in 2012 reinstated marriage equality.
NOM has tried to by-pass state campaign finance laws regarding the 2009 campaign, and has refused to file their donor list.
Until now. Having run out of options to avoid the inevitable, NOM has given up.
From the Bangor Daily News:
The donor list includes a mix of in- and out-of-state donors who gave NOM between $50,000 and $750,000 in individual donations. The largest donor was Sean Fieler of New York City, who is the president of Chiaroscuro Foundation and gave a total of $1.25 million.
The only donor listed from Maine was Richard Kurtz of Cape Elizabeth, who gave $50,000. There are only six names on the list, plus about $5,300 of “unitemized contributions.”
That’s quite the “national” organization, huh? Only SIX donors.
And only one from Maine.
Gee, Brian Brown, I can’t imagine why there were all those calls of “out of state interference.”