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NOM Loses Maine Lawsuit Over Disclosure of Campaign Donors

The National Organization for Marriage has lost a legal battle in Maine, The Kennebec Journal reports:

Nom_maine U.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby rejected arguments made by the National Organization for Marriage, which contributed about $1.9 million to a Maine group that helped repeal Maine's law allowing same-sex marriage in 2009, that the reporting law was vague and overly broad.

"I conclude finally that this Maine law is constitutional," Hornby wrote in his 22-page decision handed down late Friday.

NOM had challenged Maine's campaign finance law, which requires groups that raise, or spend, more than $5,000 to influence elections to register with the state and disclose donors who make contributions of $100 or more.

Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, praised the decision.

"This is an important law because it allows Maine voters to know who is trying to influence them with respect to ballot questions," he said. "It is a good decision for transparency in politics."

It's not clear whether NOM will appeal.

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  1. Well that is just fine But
    NOM does all of this dammage and then all they ever get is like a slap on the wrist. And then they can appeal that. Just like in CA they cause this tremendous irrational fear of marriage equality, But the mentally challenged people that vote for bigotry cannot be bothered to find out where the money is comming from.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Feb 21, 2011 10:35:25 AM

  2. Poor persecuted NOM. Where's an activist judge when you need one?

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 21, 2011 1:05:45 PM

  3. Aren't all U.S. citizens required to pass a class where they have to read the Declaration of Independence? The second paragraph clearly states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." No government that falls under this can take away your rights unless it equally applied to everyone. If one person can get married, everyone has the right to be married.

    Posted by: Garst | Feb 22, 2011 12:57:43 AM

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