The National Organization for Marriage may spend hundreds of thousands of dollars building its brand of hate in the media, but they’re much more reticent behind the scenes. Especially when it comes to finances.
As a federally recognized non-profit, NOM is required to make available its IRS filings. The muckrakers at Californians Against Hate submitted requests for NOM’s two entities — the National Organization for Marriage 501(c)4 and the National Organization for Marriage Educational Fund 501(c)3 — last month, but still haven’t heard back within the required 30 day timeline. (The “IRS imposes fines of $20 per day up to $10,000 per committee until the financial disclosures are made public.”)
Of course the common wisdom is that NOM, headed by walking cartoon Maggie Gallagher, is a front for the Mormon Church. But without those IRS filings, it’s difficult to back that claim. As they say, “follow the money.” So far, NOM is making that difficult, but not impossible, to do. (Matthew R. Holland, son of Mormon Apostle Jeffrey S. Holland and a board member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, resigned from the board of NOM after rumors began circulating that the two organizations were affiliated. Holland was replaced by sci-fi writer and government overthrower Orson Scott Card.)
Some $1.5 million is being spent on television ads, claims NOM, but there’s no record of who’s funding that cash. (We suspect the media spend budget isn’t that large; like politicians’ ads these days, they get more play on YouTube than they do on TV.) And asking Gallagher and NOM’s public relations firm CRC doesn’t seem to turn up any answers.