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


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]

By:          JD
On:           Aug 19, 2010
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      I sense a snack attack commin on! Maggot tends to binge eat when she recieves bad news for NOM :p

      Aug 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Flex

      The coward bigots must be held accountable for facilitating a vote to prevent the gays from being able to marry like everyone else. These bastards deserve to have their careers destroyed.

      Fucking with our rights is a violent act of trespassing. The NOM, and it’s supporters deserve to reap what they sow.

      Aug 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Prof. Donald Gaudard

      Once again, Queerty is commenting on a legal matter about which they are ill-informed. The judge did NOT order NOM to do anything — yet. There are 2 cases going, and he only ruled on 1 of them. The judge has yet to rule on whether or not NOM has to turn over the list of names.

      You really should get someone with a legal background to check your articles on legal matters; you frequently get them wrong.

      Aug 19, 2010 at 9:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      @Prof. Donald Gaudard:

      Well, the judge ruled that handing over the names was not a violation of their right to free speech. Since that was the large part of their case, it is a good sign of the next ruling.

      Aug 20, 2010 at 10:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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