In what may be a shot across the bow regarding the upcoming marriage ballot in Maine, today the Human Rights Campaign issued a memo detailing NOM’s unblemished record of court losses in their attempts to evade state campaign finance laws.
The latest in NOM’s string of legal defeats came on August 11 when the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the group’s challenges in Maine and Rhode Island. On its Law Blog, the Wall Street Journal put the cases into perspective. “The 1st Circuit issued rulings in two cases that raise an important campaign finance issue: the extent to which states can require advocacy groups to report details about their expenditures in support of candidates or political causes.” Given the recent historical record, states do in fact take disclosure, and legal compliance, in earnest. NOM has unsuccessfully challenged disclosure laws in Maine, Minnesota, New York, California, Rhode Island, and Iowa.
All of the above losses came after the fact, when the elections were already over, and NOM has flouted court rulings in every single case with no apparent punishment. What will be very interesting to see is whether NOM re-enters the Maine campaign having lost their disclosure case there. Oh, what a happy day it would be to see Slaggie and Brian Brown led away in handcuffs for contempt of court.
RELATED: There has been increasing speculation that NOM is secretly and primarily funded by one or two very deep-pocketed individuals who have reputations so appalling that NOM will do anything to shield them.