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Mitt Romney Snuck Donation to NOM, Proposition 8 Through Obscure Alabama PAC


The Human Rights Campaign is making public a document sent to it by a NOM whistleblower revealing how Mitt Romney tried to shuffle his anti-gay financial activities in support of NOM and Proposition 8 through an obscure Alabama PAC. HRC is now calling on Romney to disavow the group's race-baiting strategy exposed by documents revealed earlier this week.

RomneySam Stein at the Huffington Post has more:

While neither the donation nor Romney's opposition to same-sex marriage were a secret, the precise way in which he contributed to NOM remained under tight wraps until Friday...

...when Romney eventually made his donation, he did so quietly, and through an unusual channel. Records filed by Romney's Free and Strong America PAC with the Federal Election Commission did not include details of that $10,000 donation. Nor did NOM's public 990 form. In fact, record of the payment was only uncovered Friday when the pro-gay rights Human Rights Campaign was sent a private IRS filing from NOM via a whistleblower...

...Asked for comment, an aide to Romney said that the donation was made through the Alabama chapter of the Free and Strong America PAC. State records confirm this. However, the 990 NOM filed lists the donation as having come from PO Box 79226 in Belmont, Massachusetts.

HRC's Fred Sainz writes, in an email sent out today:

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Governor Romney was a major financial donor to Prop. 8. It’s also increasingly clear that his financial disclosure to the effort is nonexistent.
The contribution to NOM was made by an obscure PAC in Alabama belonging to Governor Romney called “Free and Strong America PAC – Alabama” but never reported as part of any effort related to Prop, 8.  In an October 28, 2008 article in Utah’s Deseret News, Romney’s spokesperson takes credit for a contribution to Prop. 8 but there’s no disclosure of a contribution to the effort.  He instead chose to give to NOM, a 501 (c)4 that is not required to disclose its donors. For what other purpose would you contribute $10,000 to NOM three weeks before the election other than Prop 8?  If Romney’s spokesperson is accurate, then both Romney’s PAC and NOM violated California disclosure laws.

American Bridge PAC is also demanding Romney disavow NOM's hateful race-baiting strategy. Scott Wooledge reminds us that Romney also signed NOM's marriage pledge, and asks:

...what did Mitt Romney know, and when did he know it? To be fair, Romney's 2008 donation predates the materials that have been made public. But his relationship, and that of his Church -- a major donor to NOM -- continues. And it stands to reason that there were 2008 versions of this strategy memo, as well as 2010, 2011, and 2012 versions. The mind shudders to imagine what is in the ones we haven't seen.

When Mitt Romney cut his $10,000 check for Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown's National Organization for Marriage, did he know that his money would be used to "drive a wedge between gays and blacks -- two key Democratic constituencies"? Did he know it would be going toward fanning hostility between his fellow Americans?

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  1. Ok so knock down Mitt. great. Now what are we left with?

    Posted by: Justin | Mar 30, 2012 2:52:13 PM

  2. right. the multimillionaire right-wing Mormon would have ethical qualms about dividing "gays and blacks" - two groups his own cult has historically encouraged prejudice against. yay.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 30, 2012 2:52:14 PM

  3. If you have to hide something that you're doing, maybe you shouldn't be doing it. In fact, if you feel it necessary to hide, then you probably know it is wrong.

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 30, 2012 2:57:47 PM

  4. Of course he did. I am not surprised.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 30, 2012 3:02:08 PM

  5. "HRC is now calling on Romney to disavow the group's race-baiting strategy exposed by documents revealed earlier this week."

    Why? Calling on him to disavow that strategy only gives him the opportunity to do so, which would psychologically mitigate the contributions in the first place. If a presidential candidate were to contribute to a racist organization that was later found to be in bed with the KKK, do you give him/her a chance to disavow the affiliation with the KKK? No, the problem is the racism, not the strategies employed to promote the racism.

    Posted by: Eric | Mar 30, 2012 3:08:08 PM

  6. Now you all know why we call him "MITLER" here in MASS! Hes a hateful rich d-bag!

    Posted by: keke | Mar 30, 2012 3:18:41 PM

  7. Time to flip-flop, Mittens!

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 30, 2012 3:27:36 PM

  8. I question the "leak"

    more like purposeful donation with purposeful leak so he can say "see, I'm not pro gay like I was when gov of Mass."

    he is trying to win a conservative primary don't you know

    Posted by: say what | Mar 30, 2012 3:46:18 PM

  9. Love me my Mittens!


    Posted by: Maggie | Mar 30, 2012 3:50:32 PM

  10. And yet Republican Gays will still vote for him, because even though he's explicitly said and has covertly been proven to want to legislate their rights away they believe- "Oh, he'll never actually do it."

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Mar 30, 2012 4:02:39 PM

  11. He and Obama share a bigoted hatred for marriage equality.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 30, 2012 4:14:07 PM

  12. At least to me I find this unacceptable and amazingly disturbing!
    Obama reelection needs to hammer him with this donation info. because it starts to define him and bring another side of him into focus. At least so far he has been an enigma to many.

    Posted by: SOLUS | Mar 30, 2012 4:18:01 PM

  13. @Bill Perdue: Name one President, pick any one you like, who has done more to advance equality for gay and lesbian Americans than Mr. Obama. Go ahead...I'm waiting.

    Ignorant tool...get a life.

    Posted by: RWG | Mar 30, 2012 4:24:59 PM

  14. In 2008 Obama was also anti gay marriage. It's all political.

    Posted by: Name: | Mar 30, 2012 4:51:46 PM

  15. RWG,

    you cannot get too annoyed by Comrade Bill Perdue's comments. He has been waiting for the American Communist Revolution for about 80 years now. I love him, but he's a complete nutcase. Just for being an Obama supporter he once told me on this blog, "Derrick from Philly, you have the blood of thousands of Iraqis on your hands (maybe he meant Afghans or both). He really hurt my feelings.

    How could Comrade Bill be waiting for the revolution for 80 years? Well, Comrade Bill is up in age...104 years old to be exact.

    Don't worry, Comrade Bill. Castro will live as long as you.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 30, 2012 4:52:58 PM

  16. This will probably just make the Teabaggers finally warm up to Mittens. Now they know that he's one of them.

    Posted by: kit | Mar 30, 2012 5:14:46 PM

  17. it's the 10k he won from betting with rick perry

    Posted by: luke | Mar 30, 2012 8:29:31 PM

  18. Free and Strong America PAC isn't exactly obscure. When I was working on Base8 (the gigantic, but currently dormant anti-gay donor database), I found this, from Boston Magazine (May 20, 2008) -- pay special attention to the last two sentences quoted below:

    "...there were rumblings that (Mitt Romney) was going to create a new Political Action Committee in order to raise money for Republicans everywhere. ... Now, according to the Federal Election Commission, he's gone ahead and done just that. Replacing the decommissioned Commonwealth PAC is ... the Free and Strong America PAC. You'll notice that Romney isn't mentioned on the PAC's disclosure form. But you'll also notice that the address listed for Free and Strong America is 585 Commercial Street in Boston -- Romney's Boston-based presidential campaign headquarters, where insiders tell Boston Daily that our former governor has been hard at work putting this new venture together." - http://blogs.bostonmagazine.com/boston_daily/2008/05/20/romney-pac-to-the-future/

    It's also interesting that www.freestrongamerica.com appears to have been wiped clean sometime in 2011 (but is still available in bits and pieces at archive.org).

    Posted by: Sapphocrat | Mar 30, 2012 8:48:13 PM

  19. Oh, look! It's Bill Perdue, the troll who tells all those gay voters not to vote. Or should I say, "Bill Perdue," who uses sarcastic quotation marks in place of an argument. He'll tell you that no American elections have made any difference since the 1870s. No, I'm not making that up. Go ahead and ask him. And of course, there's the standard lie that Obama and Romney are the same because Bill Perdue says they are.

    I have a modest proposal. My proposal is that a blog that's dedicated to furthering LGBT rights is not the right venue to advise gay voters not to vote in the presidential race (or maybe cast a write-in vote for Cher, or Liza Minnelli or some obscure third party candidate). Perdue, it's time for you to move on to greener pastures elsewhere on the Internet. It's past time.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Mar 30, 2012 8:48:53 PM

  20. I'm so very sorry. I was being too flippant by suggesting that Bill Perdue was advising gay voters to cast a write-in vote for Cher or Liza Minnelli. Let me get the quote straight from the second page of comments on this thread from February 17th. Perdue thinks all of you are fools that are gullible enough to do this:

    "On November 6th vote left, write in gay/antiwar hero Brad Manning or just sit it our because elections don't creat change, mass actions do."

    You don't think that this nutcase actually said that? Suspend your disbelief and check it out:


    I can see from the other comments that both RWG and Derrick from Philly have run into this basket case before. Let's create change and start a mass action: find Bill Perdue a new Internet home.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Mar 30, 2012 9:16:35 PM

  21. Robert George, founder of NOM, just was appointed to the US Commission for International Religious Freedom. NOM’s talking points, arguments and strategies come from this man, you calls for the arrest and imprisonment and promoting bigotry of LGBT people. If you believe NOM’s tactics are reprehensible, please take the time to fill out this petition on the White House’s webpage condemning the appointment of Robert George.


    Pass the word along and post where you it is appropriate.

    Posted by: MooseintheOC | Mar 31, 2012 12:00:09 AM

  22. Where is Rick and the other gay Repugs to defend Romney when you need them? It'll be interesting to see how the gay Republicans spin this one. Let me guess, it's the blacks, women and leftist white gays fault.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Mar 31, 2012 1:30:28 AM

  23. @ Mooseintheoc,

    When I first read your comment, I wondered if Obama could have appointed a NOM idiot like that. I followed your link and found out that it was John Boehner, Repug speaker of the House, who actually appointed the NOM scumbag. Typical. Thanks for your link.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Mar 31, 2012 3:25:10 AM

  24. Say What 3:46:18 PM is correct. This is not an accidental leak. I didn't even have to read the story; even though it says the donation was generally known, was it? In any case this positively (for the crazy base) publicizes it at a perfectly opportune moment. This is move #392.A section C from Mitt's book of political tricks. This guy is even more power mad than the average presidential candidate, and he's smart. It's going to be an interesting general election.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Mar 31, 2012 5:12:18 AM

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    Posted by: john | Mar 31, 2012 5:43:14 AM

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