NOM gave Maine anti-gay campaign $1.1 million in three large chunks

I already reported that the Catholic Church pitched in another $152,600 to the anti-gay campaign in Maine this month. Now, comes the big news: The National Organization for Marriage dumped in another $1.1 million since October 1st. From No on 1′s press release:

[No on 1 Campaign Manager Jesse] Connolly noted that the Question 1 [The bad guys] campaign filing was fueled almost entirely by three huge donations by the New Jersey based National Organization for Marriage (NOM). In fact, $1.1M of the $1.4M raised in this period came from NOM. And while the Question 1 campaign reported 310 contributors, the NO on 1 campaign had over 4722 contributors this period.

“These two filings starkly illustrate the difference between the two campaigns,” said Connolly. “The NO on 1 campaign has been fueled largely by individuals, people in Maine and across the country who believe deeply in equality. By contrast, the Question 1 campaign would scarcely exist without the deep pockets of the New Jersey-based NOM which continues to hide its donor base from voters and the public. We simply don’t believe NOM can buy the votes this late in the game.”

Here’s the real question: Where did it get its money? NOM sent out a “red alert” on Maine a couple weeks ago. Did the “red alert” hit Salt Lake City?

Just three contributions from NOM: $300,000. $300,000. $500,000.

NOM doesn’t want Mainers to know where the money is coming from? Don’t forget, NOM is suing Maine over its campaign finance laws.

Real people aren’t giving to the anti-gay campaign. Large institutions are trying to buy the votes of Mainers.

And, don’t forget, No on 1′s ActBlue page raised over $1.2 million from over 14,250 donors.

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