MAINE: Brian Brown Finally Hands Over NOM Donors List, Only SIX Names Are On The List

NOM has finally handed over its donors list in Maine and as we all suspected, the hate group only has a handful of supporters. The Bangor Daily News reports:

Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Ethics Commission, said in a written statement Monday morning that the list had been filed at the commission’s website and that the organization has indicated it will not further fight the matter through the courts. “The investigation, commission decision and litigation have been a long haul, but they have had the effect of strengthening Maine’s campaign finance laws,” wrote Wayne. The National Organization for Marriage funnelled more than $2 million to a political action committee called Stand for Marriage Maine, which represented about 64 percent of the PAC’s spending on the referendum that repealed a same-sex marriage law enacted by the Legislature and Gov. John Baldacci. Same-sex marriage became law in Maine after voters endorsed it through another referendum in 2012. The donor list includes a mix of in- and out-of-state donors who gave NOM between $50,000 and $750,000 in individual donations. The largest donor was Sean Fieler of New York City, who is the president of Chiaroscuro Foundation and gave a total of $1.25 million. The only donor listed from Maine was Richard Kurtz of Cape Elizabeth, who gave $50,000. There are only six names on the list, plus about $5,300 of “unitemized contributions.”

Earlier this year NOM paid a record fine of $50K for its illegal activities in the 2009 campaign. (Tipped by JMG reader Scott)

  • That was money well wasted. Fuck you, NOM Donors.

    Ha Ha.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      But how much was our side then forced to spend in Maine, in response to this guy dropping what he spends on re-doing his Summer cottage?

      • Unfortunately, we HAD to spend the money to fight this bigotry and these bigots. Fortunately, our money was not wasted.

        • Chucktech

          … like their’s was.

        • bambinoitaliano

          We should not be wasting money fighting these bigots to begin with. Our side is force to engage with this mindless war.

    • TK

      Even more money well spent, he pretty much funded the Regnerus report. *snort*

      “Another recipient of the Chiaroscuro Foundation’s money is University of Texas-Austin sociology professor Mark Regnerus. In 2012, Regnerus released an infamous report claiming to show that same-sex parents negatively impact their children.”

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/05/sean-fieler-gay-marriage_n_7511614.html

      • I hate that they used that term (chiaroscuro) as it’s associated with art (and less so with a concept in vocal pedagogy). I hate when horrible people ruin a perfectly good word!

        • BlueberriesForMe

          Their website was definitely not designed by someone with artistic talent. Ugh.

        • Mark_in_MN

          But if the name is designed to be both obscuring and revealing, this one does pretty good. It sounds fancy and doesn’t say a thing about who they are, where they stand, or what they fund. On the other hand, it’s very revealing about how they see themselves vs. all that they fight against (with respect to the contrasts implied.)

          But I’m with you, they’re ruining a perfectly good word.

          • scottrose

      • scottrose

    • Steverino

      Goes to show the ineffectiveness his incessant money begs, which makes me speculate if that is what the grand total of $5,300 is for “unitemized contributions.”

      • AmericanPaPISSED

        I’d gather that you are right. Why weren’t those donors names disclosed?

        • NedFlaherty

          The Maine campaign finance law requires identification only for the larger donations. All small donations get reported as a lump sum called “un-itemized contributions.”

          • AmericanPaPISSED

            Boo.

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      “Nomskulls” and their money are soon parted.

    • StraightGrandmother
    • Gest2016

      Ya but I bet they each enjoyed getting their cocks personally sucked by Brian.

    • Larry Ft Pierce

      Proves TAXES are TOO LOW.

      • DaveW

        Fuck that. Two unrelated concepts. I spend it on good things.

  • Lars De

    That further explains the audience size of their rallies, which can now effectively be held in a booth at local Chik-Fil-A.

    • MDB

      More like in a phone booth in Chik-hil-H8.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Now for dirt on the donors?

    • BeaverTales
      • TampaDink

        I was poised to guess that the Chiaroscuro Foundation had something to do with seeking a cure for Chia pets who suffer from Rosacea.

        • Paula

          Sounds reasonable. It certainly makes more sense than the buybull.

          • TampaDink

            And would serve a better purpose too.

        • Their name is of course the Italian term used to describe the technique of creating the illusion of three dimensions in a painting — “light and shade”, with -fingered and y being silent in this case.

        • Cuberly

          The irony actually. Chiaroscuro being a Renaissance painting technique using high contrasts between light and dark. Caravaggio was a practitioner, also credited with perfecting the technique.

          And of course Caravaggio is believed to be bisexual. A violence prone one at that.

          http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-12497978

          He like Leonardo, wrote love poems about some of his young male models.

          The further irony is Caravaggio wasn’t exactly liked by the church. Yes he was commissioned for things but he was quite a handful and eventually received a death sentence from Pope Paul V.

          Sorry for the rant, I love things like this and the minute I saw the word I went, wut?

          • zhera

            Popes gave out death sentences? wtf

          • Cuberly

            Yep, Carravagio was on the lam. (From the linked article.)

            “Caravaggio himself fled south to Malta and to Sicily where he received important new art commissions. The death sentence from Pope Paul V – whose portrait he had just painted – was imposed in absentia for this offence.”

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Very true– and a tragic hero of sorts. Caught up in Catholic dogma and politics. Apparently loved his fair share of women and men. And had a supposed temper to match his talents. A sad, young death of a brilliant, beautiful artist.

            As odd as it is, Jarman’s Caravaggio is certainly worth a view: http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/derek-jarmans-caravaggio.html

            It has a young, gorgeous Sean Bean in it as his paramour (the Martyrdom of Saint Matthew looked so damned hot.) And yes, the connection with REM’s Losing my religion is intentional. Hell, even Tilda Swinton shows up– as beautiful and fiery red haired but wonderfully androgynous as ever.

            Having noted, in a fictionalized account of his life I found my favorite quotation about an artist ever. It is after he has had a quick violent sexual liaison with a local man and finds himself drawn to the senses: “Shit and blood: perhaps that is the taste of man.”

            Can’t get enough of the man, his beautiful Baroque boys, his textured and at times tortured life, his enormous ass of Saint Paul’s horse, his tenibrism, his all.

          • Veylon

            Back in the medieval/renaissance times, the Popes had their own country of which Vatican City is the tiny remainder. It used to cover the middlish third of Italy until Garibaldi took it away from them back in the late 1800’s.

          • RoFaWh

            The RCC would give its collective eyeteeth to regain temporal authority over the former Papal States.

          • RobNYNY1957

            Lots of them, for centuries, and quite apart from the torture and executions handed out by other Catholic authorities like the Spanish Inquisition.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_executed_in_the_Papal_States

          • All is not sweetness and light in the Papal States….

          • BlueberriesForMe

            Not too much background research or market research with these “groups.” Like the legendary “The Gathering Storm” video by “NOM”. HA HA HA.

          • Cuberly

            Ha! Or they saw the painting The Conversion of St. Paul and had an epiphany. And ignored all the other stuff of course.

            http://i0.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/67/Conversion_on_the_Way_to_Damascus-Caravaggio_(c.1600-1).jpg

            “Nice horsey.”

          • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

            I think you got that mixed up. Caravaggio was convicted of murder and would have been executed if he hadn’t been pardoned by a Pope who thought Caravaggio was too brilliant an artist to execute.

          • Cuberly

            His petition for a pardon was accepted but it was too late.

            “Caravaggio travelled around Sicily and then returned to Naples where he was involved in yet another bar brawl which left him badly disfigured. In the meantime, however, important friends in Rome had successfully petitioned the Pope for a pardon – Caravaggio could return.

            He loaded his belongings onto a ship but, for some unknown reason, was then arrested and had to buy his way out of jail. By the time he was released, the ship and all his possessions had sailed without him. As he made his way along the coast he fell ill, perhaps with malaria, and a few days later, alone and feverish, he died.”

            http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/michelangelo-merisi-da-caravaggio

          • Cuberly

            There’s a book called M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio, by Peter Robb, that tries to tie information discovered in the Vatican library with some of Carragavio’s writings. A large part of the book pulls information from criminal records. It’s a rather dry book, read it a long time ago.

            I went through a Renaissance art reading period back then…lol…

          • TampaDink

            Thanks for the background information. I do love the irony in their name choice. It is deserved.

          • Cuberly

            No problemo TD 😉

      • Stev84

        He is also connected to the Witherspoon Institute who paid for the Regnerus hoax.

      • canoebum

        “Come out of the shadows. Step into the light. There you are!”
        -Smaug

      • sonoitabear

        “Apparently, Fieler’s view of human dignity includes denying reproductive
        rights to women, denying family rights to anyone other than married
        heterosexuals, allowing employers to impose their religious views on
        workers, and imposing fundamentalist Catholic orthodoxies on society
        writ large.”

        Dominionist…’Nuff said…

        • CanuckDon

          It’s damn sickening to see his twisted fervor in believing what’s right for mankind is equivalent to his fervor for making money. I wonder which one came first.

        • RoFaWh

          Your comment inspires me to say that if the dominionists had their way and managed to erect a theocracy in the US, the fundagelicals would be in for a rude surprise when the RCC took control. After all, the RCC is the oldest extant organization in the world and they’ve had a good 1500+ years of controlling nations. Experience counts. The SBC by comparison are a bunch of johnny-come-latelies.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        FTA:

        Due to the opaque nature of federal and state disclosure laws, it’s impossible to know exactly how much any individual has given to political candidates, causes, and committees.

        Except in Maine, bitchez!

      • Goodboy

        Wow. I wonder how many of his clients know what an extremist he is?He’s even on the Southern Poverty Law Center watch list.

      • Cuberly

        Oh look, he gave to Scoot Walker too. Isn’t that surprising.

      • 2amor

        Great link, thanks….

        • BeaverTales

          Thanks, but the link needs to be updated. It says he only gave NOM $20K, not $1.25M

          • John30013

            That article is from 2014; that’s why it’s not up to date. Still, it’s an excellent expose of this nasty nutbag.

      • david fairfield

        Is it possible that part or even all of this was funneled through him by the catholic church? They are really good at moving money around when the threat of tarnishing their name is imminent. Now that we have his name, we should find the origins of all this dough.

        • NedFlaherty

          The Vatican’s own for-profit-but-licnsed-as-non-profit insurance corporation (“Knights of Columbus”) gave $140,000 to the Maine campaign, as in other campaigns.
          Vatican officials apparently didn’t feel much need to launder their donations.

        • Jack M.

          The Diocese of Portland had its own PAC in 2009 and it disclosed its donors, which included modest contributions from diocese from around the US. Also, the Knights of Columbus is basically Catholic money and that was substantial.

      • Octavio

        PARDON MY SHOUTING, BUT THE REALITY CHECK.ORG LINK IS THE MOST INFORMATIVE — AND FRIGHTENING — ABOUT HIS ASSHOLE! Thank you BeaverTales!

        • Chucktech

          ^^^^^THIS!^^^^^

          And, from the article, a Quote from Jimmy LaSalvia, formerly of GOProud: “Fewer and fewer conservatives are supporting such extreme social positions. The only thing keeping that movement alive is the funding because there isn’t popular support for those points of view.”

        • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

          Yes, thanks BeaverTales. Fieler’s donation list is like a Who’s Who of anti-GLBT creepy creeps: Ken Cuccinelli, Mike Pence, Carl Paladino, Richard “legitimate rape” Mourdock and… Scott Walker.. Interesting to see Walker’s name on Fieler’s list, since he doesn’t come off as the most “social issues”-oriented Republican candidate, but I think this confirms what some people have been saying: that he’s actually the most dangerous of them all.

        • clay

          Wait, did you really mean the article was about “HIS” asshole?

          • Octavio

            I can’t remember. It’ been so long ago.

      • People4Humanity

        He looks like a self-hating homo to me.

      • StraightGrandmother

        Right Wing Watch, Mirand Blue did the most comprehensive report on Sean Fieler I have seen

        http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/meet-hedge-fund-manager-running-anti-choice-talking-fetus-ads-new-york

    • TampaZeke

      Whatya wanna bet that at least four of the six had Ashley Madison accounts?

      • BobSF_94117

        More likely Grindr.

      • vorpal

        More than likely you’d find them on craigslist m4m.
        Nothing like self-hating closet cases.

        • RoFaWh

          Gawd spare me the Craigslist m4m ads. It’s a cesspool.

        • kevin vincent

          Yeah that is typical isn’t it? But ouch Brown you are even more irreverent than we thought. One person from Maine

        • Ninja0980

          They are either closet cases or are on sites like Ashley Madison.
          To them, any kind of sex not for procreation is sinful and they can’t admit to themselves they have the kind of sex they rally against, gay or straight.
          Instead they simply attack everyone else.

        • Gest2016

          Hey I’ve had some great sex with self-hating gays. They are typically very kinky and into being humiliated in ways you cannot imagine.

          • Ginger Snap

            I used to date one that I used to take all my aggression out on. I have no idea how he explained the marks to his eife nor do I care.

          • vorpal

            Casual sex really isn’t for me (no slut shaming – I just cannot bring myself to do it), and self-hating gay guys don’t make for great repeating partners most of the time, I wouldn’t think.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Oh please don’t feel the need to stop the description there, darling. Inquiring minds and all….

    • The Templeton guy . . . connected with the Templeton Group?

      • clay

        Son of the Founder. Or the Founder (deceased)?

    • BlueberriesForMe

      I’m surprised the Knights of Columbus isn’t listed.

      • TheManicMechanic

        My thinking is these people were donating on behalf of organizations like the KoC. That’s the dirt I am hoping for.

        • BlueberriesForMe

          After the fact, the KoC is listed. See below – there is a link to the full list.

      • TrollopeReader

        They are …. $140,000 on 9/4/2009

  • Pollos Hermanos

    You’d think Terry Caster of A1 storage in San Diego would have learned a lesson after all the heat he took over Prop 8.

  • oikos

    So who are the other 4? I can’t get the link of NOMs financial activities to open.

    • John30013

      The Google Drive server where the disclosure form is hosted keeps giving me an error, but I did get it to download on my cell phone. Here ya go:

      Benjamin Brown – $200.00
      2142 Mooreville Rd, Milan, MI 48160

      Richard Kurtz – $50,000.00
      1 Windward Way, Cape Eliz, ME 04107

      John Templeton – $300,000.00
      601 Pembroke Rd., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

      Terrence Caster – $300,000.00
      4607 Mission Gorge Pl., San Diego, CA 92120

      Knights of Columbus – $140,000.00
      1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510

      • oikos

        Thanks! I was able to find it on the Maine Sun Journal and posted in this thread as well.

  • LADY MABELINE

    Six donors?. Their marketing strategy is as dismal as their political strategy. What a joke

    • b

      “Harm Other People’s Families for No Reason Institute.” They should try that one. Maybe honesty should be their next marketing strategy.

    • zhera

      It’s quite remarkable considering all the donations the pizza bigots got for doing nothing.

    • Well I always questioned the, “there is no possible way we can lose” strategy. It was designed to counter the talk of marriage equality being inevitable but if an org is saying that it is impossible for them to lose and the other side isn’t actually doing that well then why am I going to want to give my money? I will just assume that we will win even if I don’t give anything and so I save my money.

    • Tom Tallis

      Hey, now. All those email money begs brought in $200.

      • Two hundred here, two hundred there, another few two hundred from somewhere else and pretty soon you have the cash for the kiddos new Back-to-School togs.

  • Boy Elvis

    The writing’s on the wall, Brownie. Maybe Burger King is hiring.

    • vorpal

      They could never afford to extend the employee discount to him.

  • Tor

    HA!! Truly a grassroots movement!

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Yeah. Good point. LOL.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      1st on the list “Benjamin Brown”. Relation to “Brownshirt”? $200.00?
      “Brotherly love”?

  • another_steve

    “The largest donor was Sean Fieler of New York City, who is the president of Chiaroscuro Foundation and gave a total of $1.25 million.”

    Think of how many homeless people that money could have housed.

    So sad.

    • GarySFBCN

      But he is Catholic and that goes hand in hand with anti-gay spending.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/05/sean-fieler-gay-marriage_n_7511614.html

      • RoFaWh

        The USA would be a much better country if the RCC, the LDS, and the SBC were deemed subversive organizations and their affairs closely monitored and audited. Let them stay in business, but on a very short leash.

        • Chucktech

          …and taxed to the hilt.

      • kevin vincent

        It’s insane how out of touch the Church is with their flock the VAST majority of Catholics support SSM hell that is period look at Spain over 70% and close to 80% even Italy is 51% in support and that will only grow

        • Eric in Oakland

          Only in western countries.

    • lymis

      Think how many people lost a partner they would have married, didn’t qualify for things like pensions, Social Security benefits, or being included on a spouse’s insurance, had to pay huge out of pocket expenses for second parent adoptions, wills, or other legal documentation, and all the other things that marriage might have provided them, while these assholes illegally donated all the money that ran the campaign to repeal marriage equality.

      They should be held financially liable for those damages.

    • Reality.Bites

      think of how much he could have enjoyed spending that money on himself and how instead he threw it in the garbage and got nothing for it but defeat and humiliation. I prefer to think of it that way because it would NEVER have gone to accomplish anything good under any circumstances

      • Chucktech

        Spent on himself?? RB, I’m sure he has PLENTY of money to spend on whatever creature comforts this planet has to offer. Hell, he’s probably BORED doing that. So he decides to spend his dough imposing his Catholic bullshit on everyone.

        But you can be assured he isn’t wanting for anything.

        • Reality.Bites

          My point is that the money would NEVER have gone to a good cause. but it could have gone to making himself happy instead of making himself miserable. All the money donated to NOM and the anti-marriage movement was thrown out. They lost. They accomplished nothing – and probably advanced the legalization of marriage by giving our side a legal target to fight. It’s much easier to fight an outright denial of rights than a mere lack of recognition of rights.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “I was hungry but still glad to see you spent a mil on a failed attempt to keep gays down.”

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Six people? That many!

  • LonelyLiberal

    Six? Even figuring the other miscellaneous donors averaged $10 each (a rather low figure), that’s only a grand total of 536 donors.

  • GarySFBCN

    This is what I’ve suspected all along – a handful of wealthy scum are financing hatred.

    • John30013

      And one poor schmuck named Benjamin Brown who threw in away $200.00.

      • zhera

        Oh, I’m sure he got a nice X-mas card from Bri Bri that year.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        I really hope that that $200 was a substantial gesture on Mr. Brown’s part, one that he really shouldn’t have spent but was just too dag-nabit fired up to let pass without doing his part.

        It’s like that grift where the guy lets you hold an envelope supposedly filled with money.

    • RoFaWh

      And only one is a resident of Maine, one gathers.

      Talk about carpet baggers!

      • clay

        $50,000 from Maine, $50,000 to Maine. Now all of the money was out-sider.

    • It’s what their tax returns have been showing, we just needed another confirmation of linking names to the donor slots.

  • John Calendo

    Of course, NOM wanted to hide its tiny donor pool. Astroturf has no grassroots.

    • RyanInIllinois

      That’s what i was thinking. They weren’t really worried about disclosing donor names so much as they were worried about having their tiny number of supporters disclosed to the world.

      • NedFlaherty

        The Vatican is extremely skittish about having its anti-LGBT campaign funding exposed. That was always an issue, in all campaigns. And it still is, because most Roman Catholic church-goers reject the Vatican’s anti-LGBT rules.

    • AmericanPaPISSED

      Sorry, I just don’t believe this is disclosure is complete or accurate. $5,279 in “unitemized” contributions came from someone. The people of Maine deserve to know who that is.

      I’m more inclined to believe that NOM negotiated with their donors to decide who would get their names disclosed. These are the ones that got the short straw.

      • NedFlaherty

        State officials in Maine saw much more than the final report, and examined the data in detail. They are satisfied that the final report is complete and accurate. The $5,279 in un-itemized contributions is the sum of all small donations, for which the law doesn’t require disclosure.

        • clay

          cash in a collection plate, or ten

  • Ninja0980

    Over a million dollars to treat a group of people as second class citizens.
    Up yours Sean Fieler.

    • Seriously. What a waste. The things I could do with $1.25 million! (And none of them involve oppressing a group of people.)

    • And that’s just during that one time frame, he game money before and after that to fight marriage equality as well so that’s only one part of the picture.

  • Stev84

    Sean Fieler also sits on the board of the Witherspoon Institute. What a surprise.

    • NedFlaherty

      Sean Fieler funds 4 organizations that are graveyards for ex-NOM people like NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher, NOM co-founder Robert George, NOM Director Luis Tellez, NOM Director Sean Fieler, etc.: Witherspoon Institute, American Principles Project, Institute for American Values, and American Principles Fund, where the Director is Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s daughter, Sarah Huckabee.

  • Time Warper

    There are only six names on the list but it would be too much of an effort to list all six.

    • RoFaWh

      Unless my eyes are on the fritz, it’s five names and a catch-all line, presumably for aggregating small donations.

  • MikeBx2

    Not sure that qualifies as an “organization”. They need to change the name to the “National Sextet for Marriage”.

    • *giggle*

    • Lumpy Gaga

      B-ball squad for marriage.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Bowling team for marriage.

    • jomicur

      Poetic license, like One Million Moms.

    • Reality.Bites

      Or Bitter, party of six

    • “National Collection of Rich Catholics Against Gay “marriage””
      or NCRC-AGM

    • BlueberriesForMe

      I dunno. It has that word “s-x” in it.

    • clay

      A Sextet? See, I told you it would lead to group marriage!

      Also, wasn’t May West’s last movie “Sextet”?

  • lymis

    I’d think with a donor list this small, anyone who suffered documentable legal damages from being unable to marry as a result of the illegal activities of these people should be able to sue for damages.

    • Reality.Bites

      These donations were for the campaign that legalized marriage. So no one was unable to marry or had it delayed as a result of their actions

      THE AVOVE IS ENTIRELY INCORRECT. SORRY

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Wut?

        This money was spent on:

        the referendum that repealed a same-sex marriage law enacted by the Legislature and Gov. John Baldacci

        • Reality.Bites

          Yes you’re right of course. I misread the top and the page kept crashing as I tried to edit my post

  • david fairfield

    I am hoping that these donations have been verified and that this list has not been doctored to protect another hateful bigot. Seems like something they would do, and they certainly have had enough time to do it.

    • NedFlaherty

      Officials from the state of Maine went over all NOM financial records in detail, and they are satisfied that this summary is accurate.

  • GarySFBCN
  • jomicur

    But…but…but Brian keeps telling us that the American people overwhelmingly support him and his hate group. He couldn’t be telling a little white fib, could he? After all, he is a good, god-fearing Christian.

    • RoFaWh

      Let’s not mince words. Brown will lie about anything and everything if he thinks doing so will advance his agenda. He’s not alone; all the haters are like that, bar none.

      • jomicur

        Reminds me of Mary McCarthy’s description of Lillian Hellman (quoting from memory here): Every word out of her mouth is a lie, including a, an and the.

  • Gene

    I CANNOT get onto the entire list website (of six).
    Does anyone have all 6 listed somewhere I can find it?

    Thanks!

    • oikos

      I just posted it and a link, Gene

  • delk

    Wow!Six people. That’s one more than the five martyr bigots.

    • TampaDink

      And….just like those 5 martyrs, these donors acted out of their “deeply held religious beliefs”.

      • jomicur

        Not their profound gullibility? Oh, that’s right–they’re the same thing.

        • TampaDink

          Same difference.

        • RoFaWh

          You deserve an award for that insight.

  • Versailles
    • Chucktech

      FTA: “Sean Fieler is a good man,” Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage — arguably the most influential anti-gay marriage group…”

      The most influential anti-gay marriage group?? Jesus, we’ve had nothing to worry about all this time??

  • AJD

    Other donors include Sean Fieler of the hedge fund Equinox Partners, Terrence Caster of A-1 Self Storage in California, John Templeton in Pennsylvania and the Knights of Columbus.

    • Gene

      Templeton died on the 16th of May. Good riddance, but I wonder if he left a big chuck o change to NOM? Is such a thing public record for a will…I admit I am not sure (which I should be).

      • Bruno

        If he did, I think that’s great that he left money to a completely irrelevant and ineffectual organization that bumbles everything they attempt.

        • jomicur

          And his heirs, if any, won’t have much trouble breaking the will.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        And… anybody know of Brian’s whereabouts that day??

      • Reality.Bites

        Too bad he didn’t live a month and a bit longer

      • Ah so one of NOM’s big donors passed away, that has got to
        be a blow to them, not likely to be replaceable. He may have left a chunk to NOM but if he did NOM will burn through that then it will be gone. I kind of doubt that he left them anything substantial though because NOM has NOT been acting like they have money and Brian Brown has always been short term focused. If they had extra cash on hand I would expect them to be running ads against at
        least John Kasich.

    • sfprman

      A-1 Self Storage and Caster Group development. Nice to be able to know that they are haters. Will not do business with them.

      • TimCA

        The Casters are well known bigots here in San Diego. They donated heavily to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign as well

        • Bruno

          For some reason A-1 flew under my radar in 2008. Not that I ever gave them business anyway, but it’s good to know to avoid in the future.

  • TJay229
  • Michael Hampton

    Where does this Sean Fielder guy’s money come from? I couldn’t find it. I need to make sure I am not giving him any of mine.

    • Versailles

      Hedge funds. Cheri, fetch me the chainsaw. That hedge is coming down!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Hedge funds.

      You’re soaking in them.

      • Michael Hampton

        Gross.

  • oikos

    Brian looks like he’s puckering up to kiss ROL.

    • jomicur

      Or rim.

  • leo77

    Fieler to the tune $1.25 million. No surprise there. I wonder if he’s been the one so intent on maintaining secrecy. Afraid of possible backlash against his business interests.

    • NedFlaherty

      The donor needing secrecy the most is the Vatican, a.k.a. Roman Catholic Church, a.k.a. U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a.k.a. Knights of Columbus insurance corporation — all for-profit enterprises, but licensed as tax-free “charities.”

  • Bruno

    The likes of Sean Fieler don’t care if their bigotry is exposed because they wear it like a badge of courage. It makes me think that these six donors are covering for others who don’t want to be exposed. I wouldn’t put it past any of them.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Well, Fieler is no shrinking violet about his agenda, so it’s either about one of the other 5, or [guffaw] the principle of the thing.

    • Well it’s also about NOM wanting to hide how limited their fundraising
      pool is. NOM hates admitting that they only get their cash from a few wealthy donors, they like to pretend that they represent the little guy, David vs goliath kind of narrative. So it could have been 100% about hiding the limited nature of the list.

  • oikos
    • Lumpy Gaga

      #2 is Dick Kurtz?

      A likely story.

      • RoFaWh

        Lumpy GG, please expand on your remark. My ability to grok allusive and subtle speech is on the fritz right now,

        • Reality.Bites

          it sounds like “dick hurts” – the kind of fake name people use online

        • Lumpy Gaga

          What Reality.Bites said below.

          (“Dick Kurtz? Who’s Dick Kurtz”?)

          No matter what they take from me, they can’t take away my inner 5th-grader.

          • Reality.Bites

            Speaking of phallic names, last night I was looking up the cast of Bewitched and saw that Dick Sargent’s real name was Richard Cox. Or Dick Cox, for short.

      • Steverino

        Short Dick in German.

        Figures.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        There really is a Richard Kurtz in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, according to usa-people-search. He’s 81 years old.
        I guess no one clued in Mr and Mrs Kurtz when their little Dickie was born.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Nice little taste from the Knights of Columbus there.

      • NowAnAgnostic

        If I remember correctly, the Knights gave $1,000,000 to support the (edit: passage of) Prop 8 battle.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        They are a big group in my area. When they do their public begging on the streets I make a point of telling them hells to the no and then explain why. I refuse every person who asks me to join or give to that filthy group. And I make sure they know why. I then make a point of sending a few dollars to LGBT groups. (Like the Ali Forney Center)

    • Thanks!!!

    • bambinoitaliano

      The dates received were 2009. Wonder how much more he receive up until this year.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      The second page of Schedule A lists Sean Fieler’s two contributions:

      Sean Fieler — $500,000, and $750,000
      President, Chiaroscuro Foundation
      625 5th Ave FL 27
      New York, NY 10022

      I could find no 625 5th Avenue on Google Maps. Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Avenue) takes up the entire 5th Avenue side of the block. The entrance to the office tower behind SFA is mid-block on East 50th Street; its address is 627 Fifth Avenue

      • StraightGrandmother

        His foundation is actually in Florida. Google the Foundation name.
        Edit, oops my bad.
        It’s in New York.
        I make a new comment and add in the e-mail from the Foundation Director contacting Mark Regnerus.

        • leo77

          At Ave Maria U? Lol.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          Their website shows no brick-and-mortar address at all. All is says is, “The Chiaroscuro Foundation is a 501(c)3 private foundation located in New York City with staff in Princeton, New Jersey and Washington DC.”
          They take the “oscuro” part of their name pretty seriously, it would seem.
          And the icing on the cake: They have a donation page!

    • StraightGrandmother

      Thank you SO MUCH! I have been going crazy not being able to pull up the file.

    • StraightGrandmother

      That first guy on there, Benjamin Brown, that ddress does not exist. I used Google Maps and Street View, no address.

      I’m going to call Maine Commission.
      They have a nice contact us page and I e-mailed them and asked them to get more documentation from NOM on that donation.
      I figured e-mail is better than calling, this way they have a written request.

      • Bruno

        It looks to me like it might exist, it’s just on this long driveway/offroad thing where the Google trucks couldn’t get to.

        • StraightGrandmother

          I didn’t find it. There was no driveway.
          That is what I like about Google street view, even if an address doesn’t show up you can clearly see every single driveway and there was no driveway showing between the addresses prior to and after 4122.

          It doesn’t hurt to inquire. That is all I did, make an inquiry.
          Odd that he last name is Brown, huh?

          • Bruno

            Try the “Satellite” layer…it shows the driveway. Of course it never hurts to inquire, especially about these morons.

          • clay

            If you spin Streetview around, you should see on trashcan and a post with three mailboxes. Here’s the (Quickbird) satellite view via Google.

          • StraightGrandmother

            Oh Clay you are right, I did street view, you were right o use satellite view.
            I wonder what that building is below and over to the right? The one with all those cars? I’ll have to go back to Google maps and try and zoom in.

          • clay

            cars, trucks, trailers,

            and a whole metric shit-ton of boats.

            That’s 2138 Mooreville Rd.

          • StraightGrandmother

            Clay, I looked at that in Satellite view and that other property, the one with all the boats and trucks, I wonder if those are stolen?
            See, I can see people having a buddy with a big property and the buddy allows you to store your boat over there, however I can’t imagine that people leave their trucks and vans attached to the boats, that they leave them there also.
            And if you look close they have got about four boats tucked under the trees, all lined up, tucked away. It just seems so odd to me.

          • clay

            It is relatively close to Lake Erie– maybe they’re renting the storage space?

            BTW, Ben Brown appears to be in his 30s, married, and childless.

        • clay

          Yes, five four houses (with out buildings) off a single drive way (but with only three visible mailboxes). The house numbers on the driveway are 2126, 2138, 2142 & 2150. Even Mooreville Road, itself, is dirt.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Bryn Mawr? Donor Three: Bryn Fucking Mawr? Seriously– home to one of the most progressive, female inclusive colleges in the United States which gives Smith a run for its money in the lesbionics department, a proud home of women’s fluid gender celebration? That place anchors the Bryn Mawr community and prides itself on its Queer inclusion. Donor Three, you disgrace the name of the fine city that unfortunately houses you.

  • MichelMT
    • oikos

      Hilarious mission statement

    • Randy Ellicott

      Creepy “Teachers Institute” someone needs to look deeper into that…

  • Robincho

    More “oscuro” than “chiaro”, methinks…

  • Ninja0980

    No shocker on a couple of the names, they’re the same assholes who were fighting against marriage equality in NY.
    I still remember the vile and ugly things said and done during that fight as I’m sure Joe and others do.
    Fools like John Roberts and others who think we should have tried to win the hearts and minds of bigots need to shut the hell up.
    There is no way on earth LGBT people in the South, Midwest and elsewhere should have to go through the hell we did or what the folks in Maine went through because of assholes like Fieler.

    • Robincho

      Fieler!? YOU brought ‘er, dude…

    • zhera

      Where can I find the list?

      • zhera

        Never mind, I scrolled down.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      John Roberts: “Remember The Aztecs!”

    • Lumpy Gaga

      In the marketplace of ideas, we can’t even get buzzed in the front door.

  • chris james

    So now if NOM merged with OMM (One Million Moms) they would have a total of 10 supporters….that’s awesome! I will be laughing at that all week long.

    • RoFaWh

      NOOMM?

  • Bj Lincoln

    All that for a very short list of donors and only 1 was in the fucking state! What a waste of money and time. That is all NOM is good for. Wasting time and other peoples money.

    • Yup, the consolation is that NOM had to spend a bunch of time and money fighting it themselves so this has been a drain on them in more ways than one.

  • bkmn

    Finally we have the list of NOM-compoops. I doubt they disclosed the whole list, of course.

    • Chucktech

      No, these are just the big poops. Really, just the colossally big, constipated, cesspool-blocking poops.

  • I was going to hit twitter to laugh about this, but it appears Brown and NOM have me blocked.

    So I must have said something to them before about something.

    I must be horribly annoying. First James Woods blocked me and now Brian Brown?

  • Toasterlad

    Finally. NOM’s descent into laughing-stock footnote is complete.

    • Boy Elvis

      I still want to see Brian Brown have to get a real job.

      • RoFaWh

        Ya want fries with that?

  • joe ho

    just like their religion, nom is a shithouse built on deception and false claims.

    remember robby george who founded nom also founded the witherspoon institute that sponsored the regnerus fraud with the specific aim of influencing scotus prior to windsor and harming lgbts and their families, all in the name of jeebus.

    these anti-gay christers are beyond despicable.

    • NedFlaherty

      He also founded American Principles Project, and Institute for American Values, both of which employed Maggie Gallagher after her NOM adventure ended. The American Principles Project director is Sarah Huckabee, daughter of fundamental, evangelical, Dominionist ex-pastor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

  • zhera

    Fucking awesome. Even back then NOM was far, far, from being a grassroot org.

    • Reality.Bites

      Lots of people hate enough to cast a vote. Spending their own money is another matter

    • RoFaWh

      Wouldn’t be at all surprising if every other big hate org is much the same.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    All that money in order to discriminate against your fellow citizens. No money for children who suffer from food insecurity. No money for homeless vets. No money for homeless youth. No money for those that want to work, but have no job skills. No money for the elderly that are struggling. No money for schools that can’t afford maintenance or books or even substitute teachers. No money for those affected by domestic violence. No money for animals that are suffering. No money for research for diseases that affect us all.

    The list goes on and on. These donors are pathetic human beings.

    • Bravo! i can’t understand funding hate, when love, compassion and caring are worthier of being funded.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        If I had that kind of money, Biki, I’d want it put to some good use. I’d want to help people. How in the hell does allowing two people of the same sex get married affect me in any way? It’s only fair to allow those in love to have the same protections straight people have.

        I would help children or adopt a school in need. Or contribute to affordable housing for the homeless. I’ve raised kids who often hand out money or food to those in need. It’s never much, but it makes them feel good. Those that contributed to NOM in their bigotry and hatred should try doing good in the world. It might make them more human.

        • I’m with you totally on funding love and not hate. They just hate being forced to give up their ability to legally marginalize an entire group of humans. For some unknowable reason, these people draw sustenance from hatefullness rather than love.

          We also raised our children to do “good works”. Every year at xmas we would take them to the Angel Tree to pick out a gift for a child of the same age and gender as them. They all donate their time and money to helping others. One year our eldest paid the electric bill for a year for a family who had fallen on hard times. Our motto has been, “See a Need, Fill that Need”.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            I’m with you totally on funding love and not hate.

            What a coincidence! I’ve got love for sale!
            (Hate is always free!)

          • Tom Tallis

            Much like the slogan of Kaiser Cement, “Find a need and fill it.” Sorry, couldn’t resist. Mae West and I have the same problem, “I can resist anything but temptation.”

          • Fantastic! Come snuggle up by me and I bet we could have us some fun!

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            It sounds as though we have much in common. Teaching our children to do do good is an excellent way to raise children.

            To those that want to marginalize an entire group of people due to innate traits, I say fuck them. Isn’t it amazing that your kids and mine are doing good in the world and we are called nasty names and are considered amoral by these total losers? I’d much rather hang out with you and yours than any one of those people who are hateful based upon mythology that has been taken out of historical and cultural context. I’m not real interested in who they say are sinners. I’ll make up my own mind on that. And it has nothing to do with who someone sleeps with. Hug your kids for me! They sound awesome!

          • {{{{{hugs!}}}}}}

            We both raised our children with love and respect, and the end result is wonderful adults.

            I never took my children to church, but allowed them the choice to go if they wished. A few went now and then, but came home saying “those are mean people mommy”, and refused go back again, thankfully!

            People who allow their own moral compass to be degraded for a book full of hate, violence, misogynistic ideas, need to wake up to what they are actually worshiping.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            LOL, I had to convince my kids when they were pretty young that other people taking their kids for religious instruction wasn’t child abuse.

            But, they have also volunteered at a local Lutheran church. They aren’t adults yet, but all want nothing to do with religion. Their moral compasses are very healthy.

          • hahahaha! I like your kids! Mine are all grown and popping out the grandchildren. Sigh, I do so miss those days when my house was filled with noise and laughter and rummaging thru the fridge for a snack, 10 minutes before supper.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            I like ’em too! Before you know it, the grands will be eating your food and creating havoc. And, who would want it any other way!

          • I. Can’t. WAIT!!!

        • bambinoitaliano

          They are literally millions of worthy causes across the world aiding human and environment.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            Yup, there sure are!

    • bambinoitaliano

      Yeah normally I’m not big on judging how people spend their money. At least do something positive with it. Even if he hates human at least give to the wild life fund.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        I agree bambino. It doesn’t thrill me that folks spend a couple of grand on a dog collar, but it’s also none of my business. Those that spread their wealth around to spread hatred is another story. They suck, plain and simple.

  • bambinoitaliano

    I want to know how much was use for the misguided cause and how much was being deposited into this Brown turd personal account to pucker his lips.

    • RoFaWh

      I keep hoping that Anonymous will hack NOM’s computers and reveal all that they contain: emails, planning documents, financial reports (internal use only), and so on.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Yeah. I have no idea how they choose their targets or what their political agenda is or even how easy for them to hack into just about any sites.

  • One reason beyond wanting to hide who specifically is giving money is NOM’s desire to hide just how few people are giving them money. Put simply NOM only continues to exist because Sean Fielder wants them to. also you have the knights of Columbus in there, already connected to NOM but here is further documentation of that.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Sean Fieler is probably the only donor to NOM at this time.
    His foundation Chiaroscuro Foundation funded the 3 Economists study.
    The executive director sent the Study to Regnerus to review saying Sean wanted you to take a look at this and let us know what you think.

    The 3 Economists are
    Doug Allen Canada, Circle of Experts for Ruth Institute
    Joe Price, Brigham Young University
    Kathlene Paukluak (spelling) Ava Maria University.

    Dr. Michael Rosenfeld Demographer out of Stanford University did a study using the biggest random sample there is, the US Census. He tested if children who have same sex parents are held back more often in school. (they don’t) This was an important study that showed gay parenting is not harmful to children, this understand was a study that IS a BFD. It was used in all the Court Cases.

    So the 3 economists used the same data and they tried to show that Rosenfeld was wrong. Some how, (I don’t know how, smirk/wink) Dr. Rosenfeld got wind of the 3 Economists study that was trying to take down his study. The editor of the Journal Demography, which is THE leading Journal for Demography Research (some how, I don’t know how, smirk/wink) Demography permitted Rosenfeld to respond to the Three Economists and publish his response right alongside their takedown study of him. The one line I remember from the Rosenfeld rebuttal is, “You just can’t make up variables like that.”

    Long story but I wanted to show you how Sean Fieler is tied into anti gay social science research. I would make BOOK he is a major contributor to Mark Regnerus’ (Witherspoon south) Austin Institute.

    • Gene

      l so so so damn much love you Lady. Seriously. No wink, no smirk, cause dammit, in a world of much talk and little action, and a lot of all hat and no cattle, you are the real deal.
      THANK YOU

      • StraightGrandmother

        Honey, I AM ALL CATTLE!
        I only recently revealed one effort related to Regnerus and even with that I revealed just a tiny bit, I said there is tons more I have never revealed. smirk/(wink-wink)

        • Gene

          and I always suspected as much… 🙂 And again, THANKS

          • StraightGrandmother

            i “may” have developed a friendly relationship with a certain Assistant State Attorney General in Maine as well. Anybody can do it, they are very accommodating to members of the public who call them. I got cattle all ova dis ranch :-‘)

          • Gest2016

            You are right SG — it is very easy in some cases to get to the top. Back when I even cared about Robert Oscar Lopez I got on the phone with the Chancellor of all the Cal State Universities (basically his boss) and told him what a freak he is. She knew all about it, but ROL has always JUST gotten by by claiming his false witness against gays is “freedom of speech.:” Hope he didn’t kill himself after the Obergefell decision. 😉 In any case, lets just say Robert Oscar Lopez’s career isn’t on the fast track.

          • Reality.Bites

            Yeah – when he dies I want him to know (think) it’s because God hates him.

          • Gest2016

            I’m not sure why he goes on living now that gays can be happy. Now he has to look in the mirror an realize his wasted life is all his own doing.

          • NedFlaherty

            He still writes gay pornographic fiction as a part-time night job. It’s atrocious, and probably earns him near zero.

          • scottrose

            …X

          • Gest2016

            Beauty is skin deep but ugly goes to the bone. Sorry ROL, you lose.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          I remember the good old days when all hat was a good thing.

        • BlueberriesForMe

          *YOU* should run for Governor of Texas :=)

        • Gest2016

          You have definitely earned your toaster SG. Normally you have to be gay to get it, but we’ll make an exception in your case 😉

          • Mark

            Toaster / Convection oven combo!!!!!

          • RoFaWh

            Piffle. StraightGrandmother is an unsung heroine of the fight for marriage equality and she deserves much more than a mere kitchen appliance. Just what, I can’t say, as she comes across as a woman who has modest tastes in things, a woman who does not crave notoriety or fame or money.

          • StraightGrandmother

            I already got what I wanted and what I worked for, I got it on June 26, 2015.

          • Mark

            Ah, it was sarcasm dude. Lighten up for pity sake. Sheesh…..

          • Snarkaholic

            Plus a Hobart Floor Mixer!

        • Snarkaholic

          You have lovely calves!

    • Thanks for that info and yeah I would agree that Sean Fieler is probably NOM’s only big donor at this time. As I said in another comment at this point NOM continues to exist only because Sean Fieler wants them to.

    • pepón

      You are a treassure!

    • Reality Check

      Has anyone determine whether or not Sean Fieler has a Ashley Madison account?

    • Jack M.

      The 3 stooges looked at outcomes for kids in gay households regardless of how long they have been in that household, while Rosenfeld gives the kids 5 years to actually be parented by gay/lesbian parents before measuring the results. Now, if gay parenting is harmful and leads to bad outcomes, the Rosenfeld results should be worse than the 3 stooges’ results because the kids would have been subjected to 5 additional years of bad parenting. But the result was the opposite. The numbers show that there is a gap at first, when the kids have just come out of foster homes and orphanages or have just gone through the trauma of losing a parent, but that after 5 years of parenting by gay/lesbian parents, the gap has vanished. Which means that the gay/lesbian parents didn’t do worse than straight parents and they didn’t perform equally. They did better than the straight comparison group.

  • For years (before Citizens United) my right wing relatives argued that there should be no cap on political contributions, but full disclosure. Now they don’t want that disclosure either. So basically bribery is legal now. Thanks, SCOTUS!

    As for this case, I can’t believe it took this long. I guess that shows how ashamed the donors are of what they are doing which begs the question: why do it if you know it’s wrong?

    • GreatLakeSailor

      CU just made bribery easier. In the American political lexicon we have long used the euphemisms access, lobbying, contribution, PAC, and now SuperPAC, but to all but the most numb-headed, we all know they mean bribery.

      • Even the PACs and SuperPACs are relatively new. I know I’m getting old because I still remember when the campaign contribution limit was serious. There was still a money problem in politics but nothing even remotely like it is now.

        • GreatLakeSailor

          Wuddnit FECA 1973/1974 that created PACs? (pretty sure). Dems wanted to make it easier to receive Union money and R’s said OK if businesses could get in on the gravy train. Well, turns out rich people & businesses have more money than Unions. Who, I say WHO, coulda seen that coming!?!?

          Less than ten years on the US becomes an Oligarchy.
          (search you tube for “Corruption is Legal in America by Represent.Us”)

          Less than 20 years on the Dems, while still pretending to be pro-working people, had fully abandoned Labor, working people, poor people and gluttonously fed at the same trough as the Republicans. Name familiar names: DLC (and their reincarnation TurdWay & “New” Democrats), CorporaDems, NeoLiberals, Boardroom Liberals.

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    How the hell does Brian Brown still have his job? That’s my question. I would like a job where there are exactly 0 repercussions for failure.

    • Right???? The answer is that they don’t have a good replacement
      for him what with their people constantly dropping to one scandal or another. plus NOM’s donors don’t seem like the type to care at all about how the group is run, they just write a check and don’t give it much thought beyond that.

      • Reality.Bites

        What’s the point of replacing him? NOM is dead.

        • Now there is no point but Brian Brown should have been gone in 2012 after he lost all the ballot battles. Any valid org would have looked for new leadership after that spectacular of a failure.

    • NedFlaherty

      In about 10 more weeks, NOM will release its 2014 IRS figures, and then it will be clear if Brown’s salary is declining along with his increasing failures.

  • CASTER – father of justin caster, which anyone in the performing arts will know as one of the most tragically and shamefully anti-gay closeted homosexuals. puke.

    • StraightGrandmother

      I’m not understanding your comment in context with this article.
      Thx

      • one of the donors. the caster family.

        • StraightGrandmother

          I had to go to anther news org to get the full list as the article Joe links to did not provide the whole list. Now I understand your comment, yeah Terry Caster was a donor and I remember him as being a big donor in California Ptrop 8 as well. He donated, his wife donated, his sons and daughter inlaws donated, all to Prop 8. I remember him.

          • Reality.Bites

            But Justin, like Maggie Gallagher’s spawn, works in musical theatre. Or did.

  • Wow, all of that legal mumbo-jumbo to hide 6, SIX! donors? SIX?

    • o_O

    • Clive Johnson

      Ah…edging, sweet edging. Done with the right interpersonal chemistry it can lead to heightened states of blissful awareness, and with consciousness altered in all sorts of interesting ways, especially if done over a length of time. Don’t ask me how I know this.

      It’s an old saw but likely contains truth: This kind of kinked out eroticism is just the medicine to release the tourniquet of internal repression carried around by all these religio-nuts.

      But, do we necessarily want B.B. achieving unprecedented states of orgasmic bliss? Or, would it better serve natural justice of Brain Brownshirt were to be carted off to a penal colony island?

      • RoFaWh

        I love edging dudes, esp. the ones who have some prior experience with cum control. It’s cute when they fold up like a spider you’ve put a match to as they struggle to contain themselves when the going gets tough.

    • Stev84

      One of whom was already known (KoC)

      • Why is it so many of these religious groups use acronyms that sound out like cock?

      • NedFlaherty

        NOM’s 4 biggest Maine donors were already known from the California Proposition 8 campaign: Sean Fieler, Vatican (Roman Catholic “Knights of Columbus” insurance corporation), Terry Caster, John Templeton.

  • StraightGrandmother

    The Bangor News article links to the docs that NOM filed in Maine, however the link hangs.
    Please tweet
    @Storytiller reporter for Bangor News and ask him to provide the full information rght in the news article.
    He is the reporter, link to his story
    http://bangordailynews.com/2015/08/24/politics/national-same-sex-marriage-foe-releases-donor-list-after-5-year-legal-battle/

    • Porkie

      “Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Ethics Commission, said in a written statement Monday morning that the list had been filed on the commission’s website and that the organization has indicated it will not fight the matter through the courts any further.”

      I smell financial embarrassement………

  • Porkie

    6? Wow Brian! How “grass-roots” is that?

    • Chucktech

      That’s not even grass seed. That’s barely dead thatch.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        It’s expensive green-tinted asphalt, laid on thick.

  • Steve

    Some donors on the list include John Templeton, now dead. ($300,000) He founded the Templeton group of mutual funds. Even though he’s now dead, I still wouldn’t have money with the fund not knowing who is involved with its management and gets profits from it. In the past he and his family were revealed to be big donors to NOM for other issues.

    Another $300,000 came from Terrence Caster. His money comes from A-1 Storage. His family donated over $500,000 to Prop 8. I wouldn’t store my stuff there.

    • Jack M.

      His father founded Templeton. The donor is John Templeton Jr, the son of the founder, and as you correctly note he died very recently. The big question is whether his widow, Josephine, will continue his tradition of giving big to anti-gay causes and to the GOP or whether it will taper off now that he is gone.

  • Bill T.

    Now we know that the Number of the Beast in Maine is 6.

  • StraightGrandmother

    From another news org I have more information ad so far this is a Onne HUNDRED PERCENT CATHOLIC HIT JOB

    The list of donors includes one person from Maine: Richard Kurtz of Cape Elizabeth. Kurtz, who along with his wife Virginia, has donated to Gov. Paul LePage and the Maine Republican Party, donated $50,000 to NOM in 2009. Kurtz is also listed as giving $1,000 to the 2008 campaign to overturn California’s marriage equality law.

    Reached by phone Monday, Virginia Kurtz said neither she nor her husband wanted to comment.

    The largest donor to NOM in 2009 was Sean Fieler, president of the hedge fund Equinox Partners and the Kuroto Fund. Fieler has reportedly spent more than $4.6 million on state and federal political campaigns and super PACs since 2010. He is also involved in a new effort to fund anti-transgender rights nationally.

    Fieler donated $1.25 million to NOM in 2009.

    Other donors include John Templeton of Pennsylvania ($300,000),
    Terrence Caster of California ($300,000),
    and the Knights of Columbus ($140,000).

    Doesn’t Terry Caster own some self storage company?

    • Hail Mary full of grace…

      • Tom Tallis

        Hail Mary, full of gas…

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Reached by phone Monday, Virginia Kurtz said neither she nor her husband wanted to comment.

      Ma’am, is there no statement, then, from Dick Kurtz??
      Dick Kurtz, nothing to say??

      • Chucktech

        Maybe Dick Kurtz’s penis is sore from compulsive onanism…

        • Lumpy Gaga

          “I’m sorry, we can’t get married.”
          “Why not?”
          “Dick Kurtz.”

      • Tom Tallis

        Dick Kurtz – German for fat and short.

    • Yup, I know that there has been some speculation as to if NOM was still getting money from Mormon sources but I didn’t think so, it has become a fully catholic organization and this backs that conclusion up.

    • Tom Tallis

      He owns LOTS of self-storage companies, mostly located in SoCal, Nevada and Arizona, mostly under the name Caster Storage, but each location is separately incorporated. http://www.bizapedia.com/addresses/4607-MISSION-GORGE-PLACE-SAN-DIEGO-CA-92120.html

      • David L. Caster

        And that particular Caster family is not related (at least not closely) to me.

        • Homo Erectus

          Thank gawd.

  • JVB

    That picture makes him look like he is ready to take a big dick somewhere.

  • There’s so much RWNJ & TCOT cray on JMG today I don’t know where to start!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Spray ’em all, Josh. We know you’ve got it in you.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    So this is their whole operation, right? Not just funds solicited for the Maine fight. Because their legal “argument” has long been that NOM contributors had given for general purposes and not the specific fight in Maine, and so should be exempt from exposure, to which the court was all, NFW.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    The Knights of Columbus contributed $140,000.

    That right in line with the KofC’s Principle Number One, Charity, Isn’t it?

    Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

    http://www.kofc.org/en/about/principles/index.html

    That’s $140,000 that wasn’t spent on soup kitchens and food pantries, nor the Special Olympics, nor for mothers and their babies.

    • StraightGrandmother

      I would be interested to know if that is the National K of C or the Maine K of C.
      To BAD the link in the news article is a dud and we can’t go read the filings for ourselves.

  • chiMaxx

    One of the six was, once again, the CEO of the John Templeton Foundation.

    • Who has now passed away so that’s one less source of money for NOM.

      • drbrentzenobia

        His heir John Templeton Jr. is reputed to be even more conservative than his father.

        • clay

          Jr. is at least more willing to try to get his views turned into political policies. Sr. was more an ideas man.

        • So the question will be if NOM gets on his radar or not. I would
          expect not, NOM is an org that has outlived its purpose.

  • MDB

    Well, at least we now know who Brian Brown has been getting on his knees for.

  • Ben in Oakland

    six on the donor list for Maine? Somehow I doubt that. I surely hope that someone is checking the donor list with the amounts that they donated, comparing that to nom’s financial statement.

    Personally, if I were ever to shake hands with Brian Brown, I want to count my fingers afterwards

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Spray them with fox urine. He won’t dare take a bite.

  • Theo McKinney

    The parallel between this purchase of H8 and rich politicians buying presidential elections, should be lost on no one. The citizens of Maine should be duped.

    Brian Brown kept saying support for “constitutional” marriage bans was overwhelming nationwide.

    This outright disproves that for all time.

    And who knows what kind of money-laundering would be possible in these groups, using religion as a disguise…

    #nogoingbackwards

  • Dagoril

    In which the surquedry of Brian Brown is finally given its rightful what, ho ! 😉

  • vstill
  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Just 6 donors? I was expecting 666.
    Maybe a typo?

    • billbear1961

      I’m sure each one bears the mark of the BEAST, dino, sweetie!

  • noni

    He’s a hater that apparently has money to burn.

    He’s funded every issue, candidate, and organization that has a hate agenda.

    Sean Fieler Is Out And Proud About His Anti-Gay Marriage Donations

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/05/sean-fieler-gay-marriage_n_7511614.html

    • religion is insane

      How can he have that much money? I know his hedge fund, but his company only has 2 staff.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Bernie Madoff had a pretty small staff, too.

  • DonnaLee

    They must love throwing their money away on nothing.

  • Gregory Peterson
  • StraightGrandmother

    Here is the proof of the connection between Sean Fieler & Mark regnerus.
    This e-mail was sent in 2011
    Regnerus submitted his paper to the Journal Social Science Research February 1, 2012
    The Regnerus Paper was available for Free on lin June 12, 2012.
    This e-mail was obtained through a freedom of information act request filed on regnerus.
    It turned out to be a great idea to file a FOIA on Regnerus didn’t it? (smirk/wink)

    • KnownDonorDad

      I’m so glad you’re on our side. 😉

  • Hal Watts

    I see that the Knights of Columbus gave $140,000 to fight against my rights and my marriage. So much for their oft-proclaimed work for the poor… The next time one of them tries to sell me a fish dinner, I’m going to tell him to stick it up Cardinal Dolan’s ass.

  • anne marie in philly

    bwhahahahahahahahaha! money down the toilet, bri-bri! LOVE WON!

  • Jim

    Sean Fieler is NOM’s sugar daddy and likely the only reason dead-broke NOM is still in business. He is a homophobe with a big bank account. To date the long-term ROI on his anti-gay investments is a big fat zero, but he keeps writing checks for NOM nonetheless. Read about him here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/05/sean-fieler-gay-marriage_n_7511614.html

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Thanks for the link. I remember reading about him in June.

    • Homo Erectus

      It seems like he only backs losers.

  • sword

    And here I thought that the problem was not having enough printer paper to print out the hundreds of thousands of names! NOM could have printed out the names on a Chik Fil-Lay receipt.

  • DaddyRay

    Still more people that OMM

  • JCF

    “Fieler? I don’t even know ‘er!”

    I trust Big Gay will discover how we can make sure that WE never put a damn dime in his coffers ever again! >;-/

  • HATE has a price.
    LOVE is priceless.

  • KnownDonorDad

    One of the six donors has already passed on:

    The other largest donors at $300,000 apiece were Caster, who didn’t immediately return a message left at his business, and retired Pennsylvania physician Jack Templeton, who died of brain cancer in May. The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, donated $140,000. The largest Maine contributor to NOM was Richard Kurtz, a retiree from Cape Elizabeth. He declined to comment.

    Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/San-Diego-Terry-Caster-Gay-Marriage-Fight-Maine-322715831.html

    • billbear1961

      One has already died?

      Probably explains the terrible heat we’ve been having off and on for the past few weeks in the Northeast: the gates of HELL in this part of the world have been open to receive the fascist son of a BITCH!

  • Gerry Fisher

    The will of The People, as expressed by…six of them. This is what our democracy is coming to.

    • billbear1961

      Because we have LET it come to this.

      If people don’t start voting in much larger numbers–if they don’t FIGHT for their RIGHT to vote, which is being taken from them in many GOP-dominated states–it’s only going to get WORSE.

  • billbear1961

    Well, it’s about TIME we found out who they were!

    How LONG did we have to wait for NOM to obey the law?

    It seemed interminable.

    So, SIX?

    THIS is an example of the massive support for excluding us from the institution of marriage that grifting LIAR has been ranting on about ad nauseam for YEARS?!

    Pretty much what we all figured!

    The right can’t open its trap without spewing LIES!

    Of course, it’s ALL they’ve GOT–well, that and the help of evil fascists, like these BASTARDS, whose taxes obviously aren’t HIGH ENOUGH!!

    They’ve had little to say for themselves, according to KnownDonorDad’s article.

    We’ll SEE ABOUT THAT!

    I have a feeling those still breathing–at least those not using oxygen tanks–may be doing some squealing and whining soon!

  • Guess

    “Dick Kurtz” lol