By Neal Broverman
Originally published on Advocate.com October 06 2012 2:00 PM ET
Even though a state court ordered the National Organization for Marriage release their donors' identities, a ruling affirmed by the Supreme Court, the antigay group still refuses to comply.
NOM's campaign disclosure report with Maine's ethics commission, filed Friday, omits the names of donors to their campaign to stop marriage equality in the state (voters go to the polls Nov. 6). NOM's political action committee raised $250,000 for TV commercials urging Mainers to vote against equality.
Even though courts have said NOM must release the names of their donors, the group claims the donations were given to their general fund, which does not fall under the disclosure laws. The state ethics commission is looking into the matter.
Meanwhile, NOM and the main group fighting against marriage equality in Maine, Protect Marriage Maine, are trailing equality supporters in fundraising. PMM has brought in $415,000, while marriage equality supporters raised $3.4 million. Read more here.