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Should NOM Really Have to Disclose Its Contributors List?

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The National Organization for Marriage isn’t content raping American gays of their rights. Now they’re clogging up the court system with frivolous lawsuits. Their latest? Suing the State of Maine, claiming its campaign finance laws — which require disclosure of cash contributors to any organization putting more than $5k toward a voter ballot campaign — are so onerous, they violate the U.S. Constitution.

It’s NOM’s knee-jerk reaction to an official investigation from Maine’s Ethics Commission into whether its involvement in Question 1 — which NOM has funneled more than $500k to Stand for Marriage Maine to get voters to say “yes” to” — violates state law.

But we hear them. We’re big First Amendment lovers here, and any government action that infringes on that right scares us, too. But more scary? Not knowing, via public disclosure, who is trying to influence a political outcome. When it comes to lobbyists, corporations, and yes, even political action committees, we want to know who’s funneling money where. Including NOM.

Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown will argue that disclosure requirements invite harassment and ridicule among their supporters. Crossing the legal line into harassment isn’t something we advocate, but holding those accountable who are financially diluting American civil rights? Yeah, we want those names.