MAINE: Despite SCOTUS Loss, NOM Continues To Evade Donor Disclosure
In a campaign finance report filed Thursday with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, NOM reported raising and spending more than $250,000 to influence Question 1 on the November ballot. Question 1 would allow same-sex couples to receive a marriage license from the state while protecting religious freedom. In a practice that dates back to 2009, however, NOM refuses to identify the sources of its contributions, the majority of which were funneled to the Protect Marriage Maine PAC, and continues to flout Maine’s campaign finance disclosure laws, which require disclosure of contributions of more than $50 for PACs and more than $100 for Ballot Question Committees. “In 2009, NOM raised and spent $1.9 million to deny same-sex couples the freedom to marry,” said Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage. “This year, the organization has already laundered a quarter of a million dollars into the anti-marriage campaign – with more to come – and once again it refuses to disclose where the money comes from. Our campaign is proud of the nearly 14,000 donors who have contributed to the campaign to win the freedom to marry in Maine. NOM continues to hide in the shadows.”Read NOM's Maine form.