Unfortunately, this ruling will not affect American Principles in Action (APIA) who is attempting to air two disgusting and perverted ads in Maine, and they are refusing to disclose who funded the ads.
Maine's ethics commission voted October 1 to investigate NOM after Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate filed a complaint that they were not reporting donor names.
“In over 30 years in politics, I have never seen such a blatant disregard for the law as Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown are doing in Maine,” said Karger. “They are up to their old tricks. They did the same thing in California when their apparent creator, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) became the target of an investigation by that state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The FPPC began an unprecedented investigation of the Salt Lake City based Church (Case #08-735), and the National Organization for Marriage nearly one year ago. NOM sued every top election official in California in order to keep the contributors to last year’s Proposition 8 secret as well.”
The ethics commission's investigation isn't expected to be complete until November 19.
The lawsuit, meanwhile, will carry on. Jim Bopp, lawyer for NOM, says Maine's reporting requirements violate the Constitution's First Amendment.
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