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Nat’l Organization For Marriage Will Face Ethics Inquiry (Updated)

Californians Against Hate’s Fred Karger, when he’s not being subpoenaed by the National Organization for Marriage, was leading the fight against Maine’s marriage foes and their shady fundraising efforts. Karger claimed the National Organization for Marriage was drumming up cash violated law by not releasing the names of donors, but Maine’s ethics commission staff says there’s not enough evidence to launch an investigation. That recommendation now goes to the full five-member commission.

UPDATED: Despite the recommendation, the ethics commission today voted 3-2 to launch an investigation in NOM’s practices. But it’ll take several weeks to get answers — and the investigation isn’t likely to wrap before Nov. 3’s election that will decide Maine’s marriage fate.