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Anti-Marriage Political Group Claims It’s Not A Political Group To Avoid Finance Laws

The National Organization for Marriage, the multi-lingual group that vocally opposes any kind of marriage they don’t agree with, has filed suit in Providence for the right to ignore existing campaign finance laws, reports the AP.

In a case filed last week in District Court, NOM claims that expenditure reports and spending limits imposed on political action committees are not applicable to the political actions performed by their particular committees.  Actually, NOM states in the lawsuit that it does not consider itself a PAC at all, because they claim not to be controlled by a political purpose.

However, they should have maybe considered updating their own website before making that claim:

NOM Rhode Island announces the formation of a Political Action Committee to campaign for candidates who are pro-marriage and –family in Rhode Island’s upcoming election cycle… Right now the Rhode House of Representatives sits on a knife’s edge regarding homosexual-marriage and one or two seats either way in the coming election may determine the fate of marriage in Rhode Island.  At the same time, the wheeling and dealing as to who will be the next Speaker of the House is well under way.  The Speaker of the House is the arguably the most powerful position in Rhode Island government and yet no one elects this person.

The James Madison Center for Free Speech, which is representing NOM in this case, says that campaign finance laws interfere with free speech–in this case, the speech of a non-human entity that’s based in Princeton, New Jersey.  “You have to negotiate the myriad regulations that apply,” says lawyer Jeffrey Gallant, “and for a lot of organizations, it’s just not worth it.”  He goes on to say that the laws “are a deterrent for free and open speech in political matters.”

My first reaction was that NOM should just go away if they can’t be bothered to “negotiate the myriad regulations that apply” as a result of “throwing money around to get what they want.”  But then I wondered if RI’s campaign finance laws may genuinely be more complicated than they are in other states.

But no.  They’re also suing Florida.  And they’ve already sued about the same thing in Maine, New York and California.  So apparently their problem doesn’t stem from our own laws so much as from the fact that we live in a country that’s made up of states, and that sometimes those states have different laws.

5 thoughts on “Anti-Marriage Political Group Claims It’s Not A Political Group To Avoid Finance Laws”

  1. jim says:

    You are correct, Rob. Discussion of hetero vs. homosexual relations is not what is at issue here- at least directly. The article is in reference to the fact that a self-proclaimed political action committee does not wish to follow the rules for political action committees. Regardless of your stance on marriage (and I think it is safe to assume that we disagree) this is a simple case of folks not wanting to play by the rules.

  2. rob says:

    Good comeback Jim. If you are implying that my views on this subject are on par with the earth being flat, you are sadly mistaken. Just moe distraction from the subject at hand.

  3. jim says:

    I forgot to mention that the earth is flat, the sun and planets revolve around the earth, and leeches are a fine cure for fever.

  4. rob says:

    NOM is not an “anti-marriage” group. It is a pro-marriage group. Thats because true marriage is, has been and always will be the union of one man and one woman. This is true regardless of their status as a PAC or anything else. This is just an attack by those who disagree with their views.

  5. jim says:

    As a member of the National Organization for Proper Grammar, I object to NOM’s incorrect usage of the word “who” in place of “whom” along with the fact that they can obviously not be bothered to actually call the Rhode Island House of Representatives by the proper name.

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