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NOM slapped down by the courts while its bus tour is flopping hard


It hasn’t been a good week for the National Organization for Marriage. According to ThinkProgress:

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has again ruled against the National Organization for Marriage’s attempts to challenge the “constitutionality of a Rhode Island election law requiring the reporting of so-called ‘independent expenditures.’”

NOM has been actively challenging financial disclosure laws across the country to protect the names of its few but generous donors. The Court borrowed largely from its own decision against NOM’s challenge to Maine’s laws. Read the full decision.

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network goes into more detail about NOM’s loss:

NOM, which was the major funder behind the effort to overturn Maine’s same sex marriage law two years ago, had had challenged the constitutionality of Maine’s election law, claiming that its reporting requirements for political action committties are vague and over-broad.

District Court Judge Brock Hornby ruled against NOM on most of its challenge, and now the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has also weighed in, siding with the state of Maine.

“That’s correct, NOM had made ‘vagueness’ claims and First Amendement claims, and the 1st Circuit rejected all of them,” says Tom Knowlton, an assistant state attorney general who serves as counsel for the Maine Ethics Commission. “The 1st Circuit has upheld the constitutionality of Maine’s laws that require the disclosure of contributions and expenditures in candidate elections by PACs and by independent groups.”

And as if NOM’s court loss isn’t bad enough, according to Equality Matters, the organization’s “Values Bus” tour is an unmitigated flop:

On Tuesday, NOM — along with the anti-gay Family Research Council and anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List — began its 2011 “Values Bus Tour,” which plans to stop at 22 Iowa cities and energize ‘value voters’ to participate in the Ames Straw Poll on August 13 (the day the tour ends).

So far, tour stops have included appearances from GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty, with others expected to show up before the week ends.

Not making appearances so far? Actual voters.

So far, looking over the scant news coverage the tour has received, it appears that few of NOM loyal followers bothered coming out to show their support.

And Equality Matters is definitely twisting the screws into NOM’s wounds by going into detail as to where NOM stops on its tour and just how many people are not showing up.

I know I shouldn’t enjoy Equality Matters’s breakdown of NOM’s flopping tour but I am.

Sometimes you gotta say what the hell and do things for your own personal enjoyment.

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