May 21, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
In a new supplemental complaint against NOM, Fred Karger is alleging that the organization failed to report $345,000 in contributions. The 37 page complaint was filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission details a list of eleven contributors that NOM did not report to California’s Secretary of State in 2008 during the campaign to pass Proposition 8. Karger, writing at The Huffington Post’s Gay Voices, tells the story:
Missing from NOM’s campaign reports was $100,000 from Sean Fieler of the New York based Equinox Partners who also serves as Chairman of NOM’s American Principles Project. NOM also inadvertently left off the $150,000 that it received from “Delivery from Heaven Foundation” President Michael Casey. Casey and Fieler had each previously given $5,000 to NOM’s legal arm ActRight.
The recently unsealed documents in Maine also revealed that NOM received $10,000 from Mitt Romney on October 14, 2008 through his Alabama PAC “Free and Strong America” which it did not report. That was only 3 weeks before the Prop 8 election. NOM board member Craig Cardon of Mesa, Arizona gave $25,000 that NOM did not report either. Elder Cardon is a member of the Mormon Church First Quorum of the Seventy and had served as a stake president, bishop, high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency and bishopric, elders quorum president, institute instructor, and Gospel Doctrine teacher of the Mormon Church.
Mitt Romney had donated $10,000 to NOM in 2008 to help pass Proposition 8, and he donated the money through an obscure Alabama PAC in order to keep his contribution from receiving media attention and scrutiny, according to the complaint:
It appears that the National Organization for Marriage attempted to hide these contributions because of the significant attention that they would have received.
The National Organization for Marriage has a long history of trying to hide its donors and bypass disclosure laws. Just recently, they brought another challenge to a law in Florida. This is not even the first complaint that Karger himself has brought against the notoriously homophobic and race-baiting organization.
We should know within a few weeks if these allegations will be investigated. As Karger writes, the statute of limitations for ethics violations in campaigns in California is five years.