IN THE RED

Money Talks: NOM Fundraising Dropped By A Third In 2011

If the coffers over at the National Organization for Marriage seem lighter, that’s because the anti-gay activist group saw a drop of almost a third in the amount of money it raised last year—from $9.1 million in 2010 to $6.2 million in 2011.

Good thing they didn’t have any big campaigns to pay for.

Another item uncovered when NOM made its financials public on Friday is that just two anonymous donors were responsible for 75% of its funding, about $2.4 million each.

This past year NOM spent $5.7 million to block marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, and Washington; pass a gay-marriage ban in Minnesota and oust an Iowa judge who ruled for same-sex marriage.

“The National Organization for Marriage continues to push the notion that there is some sort of grassroots support for their discriminatory anti-gay agenda,” said HRC spokesman Fred Sainz. “Last week, that notion was soundly rejected by voters in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State. Now, NOM’s own financial records are serving as the latest proof that support for LGBT equality is common-sense and mainstream. “NOM is nothing more than a conduit channeling the anti-gay agenda of a few secretive, wealthy donors.”