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NOM President Brian Brown Paid More Than $500,000 a Year to Destroy the Lives of Others

Activist Fred Karger, of Rights Equal Rights, reminds us in an email sent yesterday that NOM President Brian Brown is rolling in cash. Karger made the note after several attempts to get a copy of the 2011 501(c)3 tax return of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM):

BrownMaybe they don’t want us to know that NOM President Brian Brown made over $500,000 dollars in 2011.  He was paid $230,000 by NOM’s political operation where he claimed to work a minimum of 40 hours per week, and another whopping $230,000 from NOM’s Educational Fund where he claimed to work another 40 hours per week.  Add $47,000 in benefits and you have the “Half Million Dollar Man.”

NOM staff ran away from Karger when he went to their offices:

“When I went to the NOM Office a few days ago, the NOM staff literally ran away from me when I asked for a copy of their 501(c)3 tax return, which must be made available to the public,” said Fred Karger, founder of Rights Equal Rights and longtime NOM watchdog.

“One staffer leaving the office immediately ducked into the waiting elevator and wouldn’t respond to my request for the tax return.  I then rang the office doorbell (their door is locked tight); another staffer came to the door, wouldn’t open it and yelled out, ‘it’s on our web site!’  While standing there in disbelief, a minute later another NOM staff member, probably coming back from lunch, saw me and ran into the NOM office slamming the door behind him.”

NOM is on the losing end of its battle to stop gay marriage and Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher are just working now for all the money they’re pulling in.  “It’s pure greed, plain and simple,” added Karger.  “They are living the good life of the ‘One Percent’ while claiming to work 80 hours a week to destroy the lives of others.”

“We’ve seen their sleazy internal documents thanks to all the hard work of the State of Maine Attorney General’s office and the Maine Ethics Commission, who have been investigating NOM and Brian Brown for 3 ½ years on my charges of money laundering.  This investigation is a result of a sworn complaint we filed against NOM back in August 2009.”

Tax returns online here.

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  1. Always follow the money, because it always tells the truth.

    That goes for NOM, AIDS "non-profits", Senators, Doctors, drug companies and HMO's...

    Posted by: ToddKnows | Jan 31, 2013 2:34:27 PM

  2. love how they are running and scrambling. haha

    Posted by: Post | Jan 31, 2013 2:36:17 PM

  3. Duh.

    Rent boys are expensive these days.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Jan 31, 2013 2:47:19 PM

  4. You mean to say that this idiot is using homophobic @$$holes to fatten his wallet?

    This is my shocked face: 8^|

    BTW- Nice of Brian to show us his BJ technique in the photo.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 31, 2013 2:47:44 PM

  5. in other words...NOM raises money that they use to pay themselves exorbitant salaries they could never earn anywhere else.

    Nice sham.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jan 31, 2013 2:50:47 PM

  6. Imagine how much good NOM's money would do to help the poor, sick, disadvantaged. The real things God wants us to focus on. Maybe these "christians" should focus there efforts on solving those real problems. It would be interesting to see how much of that payday Brown actually gives to charity.

    Posted by: MATTMAN | Jan 31, 2013 2:51:00 PM

  7. y'all know he has EIGHT children, right?

    the chances that all of those children are heterosexual are so slim so as to be non-existent.

    hope this money is worth the damage he's doing to not only millions of other people, young and old, but to his own.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 31, 2013 2:53:23 PM

  8. Interesting how Maggie earns $90K less than Brian. They really are not about equality at all and all about keeping it traditional.

    Also, they aren't using any of that "hard earned" money for gym fees, are they?

    Posted by: benjamin | Jan 31, 2013 2:55:14 PM

  9. Don't forget that NOM pays full first class fares to fly his and Maggie's fat asses around the country. Bet they are put up in the best hotels too, and let's not forget about their expense accounts.

    It is a shame that so much of that money comes from grandma skipping a can of cat food.

    Posted by: bkmn | Jan 31, 2013 2:57:03 PM

  10. A bit of a panic? It was obvious there was hate and then lots of money.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 31, 2013 2:58:05 PM

  11. No wonder he and maggie work so hard at defending marriage where else would 2 assholes make that kind of money. picture them both flipping burgers at mickey"D"s

    Posted by: walter | Jan 31, 2013 3:06:28 PM

  12. Small wonder that this guy and Maggie are so fat.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 31, 2013 3:22:30 PM

  13. ...and now is when the news reporters should invite him or Gallagher to a show and grill them about the salary they make out of donations...(with the tax returns in hand, of course).

    Posted by: Chris in Irvine | Jan 31, 2013 3:27:58 PM

  14. "destroy the lives of others"

    Really? If you cannot get married, your life is "destroyed"?

    A little melodramatic, isn't it?.....especially considering that 98% of gay men will never even seriously consider getting married.....and that marriage is hardly essential to having a great life with somebody....

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 31, 2013 3:34:30 PM

  15. Shut up Rick. Everyone knows you're self-loathing troll

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 31, 2013 3:36:42 PM

  16. Their salaries, and the arrangement of working for two organizations at the same time, are not unusual for advocacy groups. I bet if we looked, there are some LGBT groups with similar arrangements.

    This is the kind of thing that leads to "donor fatigue."

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Jan 31, 2013 3:36:55 PM

  17. @BKMN. There have been previous reports, maybe even on here, that NOM gets 75% or more of its funds from a very small number of very large donors, as in 3 or 4. Those donors probably know about these salaries and don't care.

    Posted by: james | Jan 31, 2013 3:39:20 PM

  18. They need all the money for hate classes and doughnuts.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jan 31, 2013 3:41:02 PM

  19. Obviously this is not ideal, but better the money be spent on pampering them than being spent on spreading their message of hate.

    Posted by: Joey | Jan 31, 2013 3:45:34 PM

  20. Major STFU to Rick from someone in a binational marriage. Yes, it kind of is a tad life-destroying when your spouse's ability to stay in this country is in the hands of one lousy, slave-driving employer who knows he holds the nuts with the H1B visa.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Jan 31, 2013 4:04:11 PM

  21. Rick: NOM isn't just about stopping gay marriage. They don't like gay people in general and will stop at nothing to take any of our rights away.

    They are against having protections for gay couples in immigration reform:

    "Our nation has a lot of serious issues to resolve concerning immigration policy, but providing a safe haven for gays and lesbians from foreign countries in violation of American law is not one of them."

    They are against gay adoption, gays in the boy scouts (what does this have to do with marriage?).

    How do you know 98% aren't considering getting married? Did you do a poll? Oh, I forgot blowhard knows everything.

    Posted by: MATTMAN | Jan 31, 2013 4:05:05 PM

  22. Karger made a mistake and Andy Towle, being a dullard, failed to check out the facts and mindlessly reported it.

    Brian Brown makes $230,000 plus benefits. He does not get 230K from NOM and another 230K from the NOM Education Fund. He just gets the one sum of $230K from both groups. The form 990 requires disclosure of all compensation from all related organization, and that total was reported as $230,000.

    Great journalism, Andy! Now go back to pushing transvestitism and trans activism on your dwindling gay readership.

    Posted by: Jack | Jan 31, 2013 4:11:17 PM

  23. Find out who is paying this Nazi to destroy LGBT people, get the names of all the people and groups who are giving him and NOM money to destroy LGBT people. Then expose them for who they are.

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 31, 2013 4:25:12 PM

  24. Got it Jack. We know where you are coming from. Your last sentence sums it up clearly.

    Posted by: JACKSOUNDSLIKERICK | Jan 31, 2013 4:30:18 PM

  25. If you think Vincent`s story is nice..., last munth my brother in law basically also earned $4803 sitting there fifteen hours a week from their apartment and they're buddy's sister`s neighbour was doing this for six months and worked and got paid more than $4803 in there spare time On there laptop. follow the guidelines available here........ BIT40.ℂOM

    Posted by: emelenhilliard | Jan 31, 2013 4:41:12 PM

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