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Judge Tells NOM: Hand Over The $2 Million Worth of Maine Names

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Dealt another blow, the National Organization for Marriage is being ordered by Judge D. Brock Hornby, a federal judge in Maine, it must disclose the names of the donors who helped finance the Yes On 1 campaign, which nullified the state’s same-sex marriage law. This, despite NOM’s continued fight to hide the funders of the $2 million donation it made to Stand for Marriage Maine. Not that the judge was entirely pleased with Maine’s disclosure requirements.

The judge said rules requiring 24-hour disclosure of independent expenditures over $250 — not just before an election, but whenever they occur — “has not been justified … is impermissably burdensome and cannot be enforced.” He also declared “Maine’s use of the words ‘influence’ and ‘influence in any way’ … are unconstitutionally vague.” “Otherwise,” Hornby wrote, “Maine’s laws governing PACs, independent campaign expenditures, and attribution and disclaimer requirements are constitutional, and survive NOM’s challenges that they are unconstitutionally vague and overbroad.”

[Portland Press Herald]