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.