HRC, Courage Campaign Take Aim at NOM

WASHINGTON – As the National Organization for Marriage, or NOM,
embarks on a fall election campaign to defeat candidates who support
full marriage equality, the Human Rights Campaign, in collaboration with
the Courage Campaign, unveiled “NOM Exposed,” a live, interactive
website which reveals NOM's deep anti-gay affiliations, its long
connections to the Mormon and Catholic churches and its quest to keep
voters in the dark about its financing.  The site is at
www.NOMexposed.org.

At the same time, HRC announced the formation of the NOM Project to
follow the ongoing political work and propaganda of NOM as it attempts
to influence elections and legislative campaigns across the country. 
The project will be led by Kevin Nix, a longtime LGBT advocate and
political and media consultant.  A former communications director at
both Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and the Family Equality
Council, Nix also worked at Media Matters in the 2004 presidential
cycle.

"NOM and its leaders project a message of tolerance yet NOM Exposed
shows that behind the well-trained talking points is an anti-gay animus
and moneyed connections that it is loath to reveal," said HRC President
Joe Solmonese.  "This website is not static.  Working with the Courage
Campaign, we will be watching the campaign trail and documenting NOM's
political buys and bedfellows. We will connect the dots for voters."

NOM Exposed builds off the success of Courage Campaign’s NOM Tour
Tracker – a blog of first-hand accounts, photos and videos chronicling
NOM’s “2010 Summer for Marriage—One Man, One Woman” bus tour of 17
states.  The Courage Campaign deployed three staffers to follow NOM’s
tour and file reports from the road, generating more than one-million
page views and more than 15,000 comments.  During the course of the
tour, federal courts declared two of NOM’s top policy priorities –
California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act –
unconstitutional.

The NOM Tour Tracker showed NOM’s summer tour consistently outnumbered
three-to-one by pro-equality counter rally participants organized by
Freedom to Marry and state LGBT organizations.  It also showed NOM staff
attempting to limit public access to their events and NOM’s sparse
supporters doing everything from speaking in tongues, to comparing
marriage equality to genocide and advocating the murder of LGBT
families
.

“The NOM Tour Tracker unmasked the so-called 'National Organization for
Marriage' as a small and secretive fringe group devoted to attacking
families, spreading lies, and sowing fear,” said Courage Campaign
Founder and Chairman Rick Jacobs.  “With a majority of Americans and a
growing number of conservatives now standing up for equality, NOM
Exposed takes this important work a step further by bringing to light
the nefarious connections, shadowy finances, and dubious ethics at the
heart of NOM’s brand of political extremism.  We are proud to work with
the Human Rights Campaign on this important initiative.”

NOM Exposed, the result of several months of research and collaboration, reveals the following:
    * At a time of the country's greatest economic crisis since the
Great Depression, NOM's financial growth has been explosive.  NOM has
amassed huge resources – estimated to reach or exceed $10M in 2010 –
from modest beginnings in 2007.
    * NOM is a highly secretive organization that tries to not only hide
the identity of its political donors from the voting public in state
after state, but operates in a way to discourage people from knowing who
its key players and associates are.
    * NOM has deep connections to the Catholic Church hierarchy, to the
Mormon Church, to evangelical right-wing pastors and churches and to
those who have a long history of anti-gay rhetoric and activity.  These
are individuals and organizations which not only oppose same-sex
marriage, but oppose domestic partnerships, civil unions, hate crimes
protections and even fertility treatments for women because some of
those women could be lesbians.
    * Since 2008, NOM and its allies have engaged in a radical,
nationwide plan to flout long-established campaign finance disclosure
laws.  This is nothing short of a strategic, coordinated plan to hide
NOM's political activities from voters.  This effort has prompted
several state investigations and resounding legal defeats for NOM.

In addition to the rich archive of information, NOM Exposed features a
blog where the latest on NOM’s activities will be tracked.  LGBT leaders
will also contribute guest posts to the blog with their own research
and experiences with NOM.  Freedom to Marry, which organized the Summer
For Marriage tour in response to NOM, has the inaugural guest post up
today.

"NOM Exposed gives voters a comprehensive look at an organization that operates largely in secret, yet plays a super-sized role in campaigns from California to Maine," added Solmonese. "By releasing this site and dedicating resources to NOM Project, we will confront this web of secrets and lies wherever NOM seeks to spread its political propaganda."

Comments

  1. TANK says

    Bob George is a disgrace to the princeton philosophy department, and princeton itself (associated, of course). If he’s their brain trust, you’ve nothing to fear. The same old tired [super] natural law theory.

  2. Tom in long beach says

    Scary, the two main guys have strong Mormons connections, While Haggie Cowlarger
    is a Papist.

  3. Jim says

    Hard to get riled up anymore. Thanks to the hard work of so many out gays and allies, I think we are getting close to having full rights. Right now, our best “offensive position” is on the high ground. Living openly, as good neighbors, loving family members, and hard workers will effectively counter a lot of the expensive (and offensive) commercials and hate speech coming from NOM.

  4. anon says

    NOM likes to portray itself as grass-roots, but then so do all advocacy groups and essentially none of them are.

  5. candide says

    @tank I stopped contributing to Princeton alumni fundraising campaigns years ago, the moment Robbie Thomas-Aquinas-Redux George was installed on his secure perch. His appointment was actually intended as a sop to placate the conservative alumni who are still bitching about all those women and minorities on campus.

  6. JoeInSF says

    finally, HRC shows some balls and street cred. it is about time. usually, they are late to party but first to claim credit for any advances. Time for them to lead rather than try to be everyone’s best gay friend.

  7. TANK says

    Well, good–much better places to spend money than on alumni fundraising. It’s extremely offensive, however, that he’s a faculty member. It was home to arguably the greatest philosopher of the latter half of the twentieth century until his premature death. His continued employment is a complete insult, and does nothing but degrade the quality of the department. This man has no quality scholarship to offer, and is by contrast a drooling brain trauma case.

  8. TANK says

    But, of course, I’ve made these points before. He’s truly simple; it’s not a compliment to be the fastest kid at fat camp (and he’s not even that). Complete hack.

  9. justiceontherocks says

    Six people will look at it. No minds will be changed. Complete waste of time.

    HRC should invite someone with a clue about marketing to one of their fab soirees.

  10. Ted B. says

    It would be nice if the HRC practiced the same transparency as they’re demanding of NOM. While I detest NOM, the HRC doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record for disclosing their true, accurate membership-numbers nor their financials either.

  11. mwk says

    @tank and candide — just checked and george is a professor in the politics dept. at princeton, not philosophy.

  12. mad1026 says

    Maggie Gallegher is the poster girl for marriage? She didn’t think it was necessary when she had her first child. Oh,wait – “do as I say, not as I do?” And the Mormon Church still gets tax breaks for political action while the economy flounders! NOM – you lost in court, now go away with your tail tucked between your collective legs. Let the adults in the room deal with the world.

  13. TANK says

    Then check again, under associated faculty. LOL! I know what I’m talking about, and you are wrong, mwk.