Why Does NOM Seem To Make A Habit Out Of Violating Campaign Disclosure Laws?

fred karger THFor an outfit that seems fixated on its morality, the National Organization for Marriage seems to have a remarkably flexible definition of it. NOM has already been slapped with a record fine in Maine this year for state violating campaign finance disclosure laws. Now they are facing a new problem: a formal complaint that NOM violated campaign laws in California.

The complaint was filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission by Fred Karger, president of Rights Equal Rights. Karger alleges that NOM violated state campaign law during its involvement in the Privacy for All Students campaign, a failed (and misnamed) attempt to qualify a referendum to ensure school bathrooms are trans-free zones. 

In his complaint, Karger says that seven individuals and organizations contributed more than $10,000 each to NOM for the campaign but failed to file the request disclosure forms. One, hedge fund manager Sean Fieler, contributed at least $200,000. (Fieler is also one of the deep pockets behind another homophobic group, American Principles Project.)

“NOM longtime political director, Sacramento based Frank Schubert should know better,” Karger said. “In our 35 page complaint, we show exactly how NOM appears to have avoided reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars…”

Karger has tangled with NOM before, having filed a complaint against NOM for its participation in the Proposition 8 campaign in 2008. For his troubles, NOM subpoenaed him regarding its complaint about the leaking of the organization’s tax returns. Karger might otherwise be generously described as a footnote in the 2012 Republican presidential campaign.

Maine and California aren’t the only states where NOM is having problems because of campaign disclosure laws. Complaints are pending against NOM in Hawaii and in Iowa–again, both courtesy of Karger.