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Iowa Ethics Board to Investigate National Organization for Marriage

An Iowa ethics board is set to investigate claims that NOM violated state law by not disclosing its donors in a campaign to oust Supreme Court justices, the Des Moines Register reports:

KargerThe Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board voted unanimously to investigate the National Organization for Marriage, saying that if the allegations against it are proven true, the marriage group’s actions would violate state law.

The decision to investigate is a triumph for Republican former presidential candidate Fred Karger (pictured), who filed the complaint against the National Organization for Marriage on June 13. Karger said the D.C.-based group spent $635,000 in 2010 and about $100,000 in 2012 to try to oust four of the justices who were part of a unanimous 2009 decision that allowed same-sex marriage in Iowa.

“We caught them,” Karger told reporters after today’s meeting. “I’m so grateful to the ethics commission.”

You can read a copy of Karger's complaint HERE.

NOM responded with anger to the investigation:

Usatoday_brown"The National Organization for Marriage has violated no campaign finance rules in Iowa, and we decry the decision by the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to open an investigation," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "This inquiry is a witch hunt spawned by a delusional homosexual activist who fancies himself becoming the president of the United States and who is a serial filer of frivolous allegations against us whenever we stand up for traditional marriage. The complaint is another attempt to shut down criticism of activist judges and politicians who wish to redefine marriage."

NOM was a major contributor to the 2010 campaign in which voters successfully removed three sitting justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, including the Chief Justice, after the Court voted to redefine marriage in the state. The campaign finance complaint was filed by Fred Karger, a homosexual activist who ran for president of the United States in 2012. Karger has filed complaints against NOM in Maine and California, but no state has ever ruled that NOM violated state campaign rules.

"All that the decision today means is that Karger has alleged actions that, if proven true, would possibly constitute violations of campaign finance rules. But the allegations are dead wrong and the Board action today in no way means that the Board agrees with Karger's frivolous allegations," Brown said. "We are concerned about the continual use of the legal system by Karger and other homosexual marriage advocates who are intent on denying us and the people of Iowa their civil rights to defend marriage as God created it."

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  1. Well, if it's not true then I guess you clowns have nothing to worry about.

    Posted by: Tigerama | Aug 9, 2013 7:44:51 AM

  2. umm, didn't Maine decide that NOM had to release it's donor list, and NOM even appealed it to the Supreme Court, and they have declined to review it? Maine Supreme Court Unanimously Rules NOM Must Hand Over Donor List

    Posted by: sneaks911 | Aug 9, 2013 8:25:01 AM

  3. Curious. NOM doesn't mind using the legal system to deny other their rights.

    Posted by: John Conolley | Aug 9, 2013 8:40:37 AM

  4. Wow, listen to the little piggies squeal. Must have pinched a nerve there, Mr. Karger, keep up the good work, you're clearly hitting them where they're weakest. Those laws were meant to apply to everybody else, not to NOM, right?

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Aug 9, 2013 9:33:24 AM

  5. Civil rights are created by society. Marriage equality in Iowa was defended and made legal by a branch of civil government. God wasn't consulted.

    Posted by: MH | Aug 9, 2013 9:42:00 AM

  6. Every time I see or listen to Brian Brown or Maggie Gallagher, the word "bovine" comes to mind. So does the word "bullsh*t".

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 9, 2013 11:07:18 AM

  7. When will people learn, marriage is a concept of man.Did God require Adam and Eve get a marriage license?

    Posted by: gb | Aug 9, 2013 4:36:47 PM

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