NOM to Spend $75K to Defeat Pro-Equality Democrat David Weprin in Race for Anthony Weiner’s Seat

The National Organization for Marriage says it will spend $75,000 to help defeat Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin in his race against Republican Bob Turner for Anthony Weiner's seat, City Room reports:

Brown The organization disclosed in a filing with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday that it spent $26,000 on direct-mail advertising in opposition to Mr. Weprin, who voted in favor of the marriage bill, and $19,000 in support of his Republican opponent, Bob Turner, who opposes same-sex marriage.

Brian S. Brown (pictured), the president of the National Organization for Marriage, said in a telephone interview that the group planned to spend more money, about $30,000, on automated phone calls, additional mailings and get-out-the-vote efforts before the election, scheduled for Tuesday.

“David Weprin made a terrible mistake when he voted for same-sex marriage,” Mr. Brown said, “and I think his community is going to hold him accountable.”

If you recall, following passage of marriage equality in New York, NOM posted its ridiculous strategy to reverse it.

Laurel Ramseyer at Pam's House Blend made note of how futile the plan is:

Recall that the Assembly passed the Marriage Equality Act by a vote of 80-63 and the Senate passed it by a vote of 33-29. To accomplish this mean-spirited plan, NOM would have to replace at least 18 pro-equality Assembly members and 3 pro-equality Senators (incumbents all) with anti-equality challengers, get a majority of both chambers to approve a proposed amendment, maintain the anti-equality majorities through another election, then get the majority of both chambers to vote anti-equality for a second time.

Then the question would go to the voters, who already overwhelmingly support marriage equality.


  1. Mike says

    So they are spending money to dig a hole for themselves? I can’t imagine people in NY getting a NOM mailer and having it influence their vote, or doing anything with it but throwing it away.

  2. walter says

    the attorney general needs to start looking into nom’s finances. it is time find out exactly where their money comes from and where it goes besides feeding maggie the uncontented

  3. Charlie says

    If I recall, Weprin is up in the polls and expected to win. A NOM endorsement probably hurts a candidate more than it helps them.

  4. bobbyjoe says

    NOM apparently has endless money to throw around, which is particularly funny considering how few people show up at their rallies and how little they take in when they hold public fund-raising drives (as was news, what, last week?).

    Just what the h*ll does it take before a group is so blatantly violating tax exemption and campaign finance laws that the legal system cracks down in more than a weak, symbolic manner? They’re obviously a major money-laundering organization so that two big tax-exempt churches and perhaps a corrupt zillionaire or two can bypass whatever campaign and visibility laws they simply don’t wish to observe.

    NOM might as well walk up to the Attorney Generals of each state, slap them across the face, and dare them to do anything about it. Until some of these criminals actually do jail time or some of these bigger fish get their tax exemption yanked out from under them, they’re obviously not going to stop.

  5. David says

    Andy Towle:

    When Towleroad does a story concerning Brian Brown, the appropriate photo to use is the one of Mr. Brown weeping like a little girl in the NY Senate gallery.

  6. raphinou says

    is he biting his tongue or his lip? either way, he looks especially deranged and creepy in that photo.

  7. LincolnLounger says

    This is great news. First of all, I’ll believe it when I see it. Second, this is a wonderful way for them to waste their money in a futile effort.

  8. Keith says

    The important thing to note is that the more NOM loses in such elections, the less likely their donor (perhaps the Mormon and Catholic churches?) pool will likely continue to contribute. They are nothing but a shell organization, with few supporters, and since truth always wins out in the end, their days as an organization are numbered.

  9. Robert in NYC says

    NOM has 2 court orders to disclose its donor list but has appealed both. Until those appeals have been heard, it can continue doing what it always does.

    Under section 501(c) 4 for non-profits (applies to NOM), from a fundraising point of view it is much harder to raise money for a 501(c)(4) group, because individual donors cannot deduct the contributions from their taxable income. However, such organizations are free to spend as much of their funds as they like lobbying on legislation. However, donations of $5,000 or more are disclosable to the public upon request.

    NOM’s lame argument for not disclosing its list of the big donors claims that it is concerned with the security of their donors and fear of reprisal by opponents, ergo gay organizations.

  10. Mark says


    NOM has ignored the two court rulings in Maine and Rhode Island and will continue to ignore similar rulings in the future. It doesn’t matter what ruling is issued against NOM. This organization will not bat an eye. It just keeps trucking along.

    Without some enforcement mechanism in place, these rulings aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. It’s going to take real executive power to bring NOM to its knees. Judicial power alone is nowhere near enough.

  11. stacy says

    WTF?? So instead of using the 75k on counseling services for young children dealing w/ their parents divorcing which is the MAIN enemy of marriage they decide to spend it wastefully on a hateful cause…hypocrites