NOM’s reaction to HRC/Courage IRS filing: “They’re trying to silence us and make it hard for us to operate.”
October 16, 2010
NOM President Brian Brown told the Washington Post the other morning that HRC and the Courage Campaign are “trying to silence us and make it hard for us to operate.” First off, let’s dispense with the victim complex. It’s unflattering for an anti-gay fringe group like NOM that is well out of the mainstream to claim victimhood. NOM is experiencing the most successful growth in its three-year history, raking in $10 million this year. They’re hardly having difficulty operating.
On the substance: Brown says the allegations HRC and the Courage Campaign are making against the NOM Education Fund and its sister organization, the Ruth Institute, are “laughable.” While Brown might love a good belly laugh, nothing about this is funny. The evidence of wrongdoing by the NOM Education Fund and the Ruth Institute this election cycle speaks for itself.
The Post reported that Brown said, “Morse [the head of the Ruth Institute] participated in many events as a private citizen.” Not the case. Video not does lie. She was introduced in her professional capacity at the campaign bus tour advocating for Carly Fiorina’s senate campaign in California. She held up her organization’s bumper sticker. And on and on…(see Exhibits A-H of the complaint.)
Brown acknowledged one of the items mentioned in the complaint, which, according to the Post, he called a simple mistake. He was referring to a NOM press release that NOM has since scrubbed placing both NOM and the Ruth Institute at that Firorina campaign event on October 4.
We’ll say it again: NOM has every right to promote their views against marriage equality within the very clear confines of election and tax law.