Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal by NOM Over its Campaign Disclosure Practices

Aswith a similar Maine case they denied earlier this year, the Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage to hear a case related to its attempt to keep donor names secret in its campaign against marriage equality.

Nom_maineThe AP:

The high court on Monday turned aside an appeal from the National Organization for Marriage, which donated $1.9 million to a political action committee that helped repeal Maine’s same-sex marriage law.

Maine’s campaign disclosure law requires groups that raise or spend more than $5,000 to influence elections to register and disclose their donors. The group says that it believes that releasing the donor list would stymie free speech, but the lower court refused to throw out the law.

Chris Geidner adds:

NOM has argued that the state's campaign finance laws are unconstitutional as applied to it. The first question it asked the Supreme Court to resolve in an appeal is "[w]hether the onerous burdens imposed on political committees advocating for or against candidates may be imposed on non-profit organizations speaking about ballot measures." The lower court had sided with the state in forcing NOM to follow the state's campaign finance laws. The Supreme Court, earlier this year, had denied a similar appeal from NOM in a related case out of Maine.


  1. Brian says

    If NOM got their way, it would have been an incredible blow for states’ rights, which republicans are supposed to love. The state of Maine voted in gay marriage. They also have well established procedures for ballot measures. Out of state NOM then decides to try and overturn the state’s wishes by flooding the airwaves with their lies. they know the donor disclosure rules if they want to play that game, but they decide while they’re tampering with Maine marriages they’ll break those laws and go to court later to mess with the state’s voting procedures as well. Then after they’ve wreaked their havoc, they’ll disappear to their lair somewhere far away. Nice try Maggie.

  2. Maine Matters ! says

    The significance of all this must be emphasized.

    Groups like NOM have a much broader agenda than just denying same sex couples marriage rights.

    They seek to destroy transparency in campaign disclosure laws, they have an agenda to keep secret who is stacking the deck.

    And we STILL don’t know if it’s the Queen of Rome, or Mormon money.

    Please donate to marriage equality in Maine. Please.

  3. says

    Unfortunately, their real goal is just to hide until the election is over. They’ll stall and stall until after November. Then no one will notice.