Representatives of the National Organization for Marriage made several media appearances over the weekend in the wake of the Washington State Legislature’s vote in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to overturn California’s Prop 8, which rescinded marriage rights for same-sex couples. (more…)
A major theme at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., was that the Republican Party should once and for all erase the line between social and fiscal issues and further the argument that conservative social policies benefit the economy.
Same-sex marriage opponents participating in a Saturday panel took that message to heart, arguing that their opposition has everything to do with the country’s fiscal health and with helping straight couples and their families, while dismissing same-sex equality arguments as irrelevant. (more…)
Considering the National Organization for Marriage‘s consistent involvement in federal elections over the past few years, it may come as a surprise to some that the group does not operate a federal political action committee (though it has formed several state PACs). Instead, NOM participates in federal elections by regularly filing “independent expenditures,” which allows the nonprofit to spend unlimited amounts of money on political ads without revealing the source of its campaign contributions.
Leading up to the one-year anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (PDF) – the Supreme Court decision that transformed the practice of campaign financing by giving corporations and labor unions the same First Amendment rights as individuals – critics of the ruling have been more closely scrutinizing the corporations freely injecting money into political races. And NOM’s political spending has the attention of the Human Rights Campaign and other groups that hound its activities. (more…)
The Human Rights Campaign’s watchdog project NOM Exposed, which tracks the spending and lobbying activities of the National Organization for Marriage, recently revised its strategy. According to a leader on the project, HRC believes NOM’s focus in 2012 will be centered on the national stage to ensure that same-sex marriage remains a primary issue in the presidential race; thus NOM Exposed will be closely following NOM’s federal election activities. (more…)
Though it was presidential candidate Mitt Romney who hardened his stance opposing same-sex marriage during Thursday night’s GOP presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, it was his strongest rival, Newt Gingrich, who demonstrated his commitment to excluding same-sex couples from marriage by signing the National Organization for Marriage‘s “Marriage Pledge” hours before the debate. (more…)
One day after The American Independent released an analysis of the National Organization for Marriage’s recently reported finances from 2010, which reveal that last year the organization spent more than $1 million than it earned, NOM President Brian Brown emailed supporters asking for help covering what he terms a “looming shortfall.” (more…)