Appeals court refuses to grant NOM rehearing in Maine campaign donor case


A federal appeals court in Boston on Wednesday denied a request by attorneys for the National Organization for Marriage to hold a rehearing on the court’s decision last month against the NOM.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit had ruled against the NOM after the anti-gay organization challenged Maine‘s political action committee laws, refusing to comply with the regulations requiring disclosure of independent expenditures in candidate elections.

Court documents filed in the case revealed that NOM had provided the majority of the monetary donations to the Maine PAC, Stand For Marriage Maine.

NOM was the primary financial backer during the 2009 campaign for Stand for Marriage Maine — spending $1.9 million dollars in a successful campaign to overturn Maine’s same-sex marriage law — but failed to report the names of its donors. The NOM argued that Maine’s requirement to disclose all contributors giving over $100 dollars is “overly burdensome.”

NOM still faces legal actions in Maine including its refusal to disclose its donors.

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