BY Neal Broverman
January 28 2010 8:00 PM ET
The National Organization for Marriage wants a delay in an investigation by the state of Maine into the group's finances, but that state's ethics commission denied its request.
NOM contributed almost $2 million to repeal Maine's gay marriage law. Now an investigation is being launched into NOM's finances, but the organization wants to wait until its lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of reporting requirements is decided before the investigation takes place.
"I understand concerns about duplicate efforts, but that's part of
the hand we are dealt," said ethics commision member Margaret Matheson.
"We're charged with ensuring that voters have that information and
that's the crux of this investigation."
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