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Mitt Romney’s PAC secretly donated $10,000 to anti-gay NOM

Friday, March 30, 2012

WASHINGTON — Documents sent to the Human Rights Campaign and released Friday reveal that Republican presidential front runner Mitt Romney confidentially donated $10,000 to the National Organizational for Marriage via the Alabama chapter of his political action committee, “Free and Strong America.”

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The timing of Romney’s donation is curious in that it occurred prior to the Proposition 8 ballot initiative in California that ultimately stripped same-sex couples of their legal ability to get married.

The National Organization for Marriage, along with the Mormon and Catholic church, had been at the forefront of the campaign to repeal same-sex marriage in the state.

The contribution from Romney’s PAC, donated while NOM was engaged in passing California’s Proposition 8, was revealed in NOM’s 2008 IRS 990 report, which HRC obtained from a whistle blower.

In the public version of the form, the donors’ names are redacted. But when the HRC got a copy of the non-redacted version, it listed $10,000 from Romney’s PAC, Free and Strong America.

Although the PAC’s tax records showed no such donation, eventually the HRC determined that the money came from the PAC’s Alabama affiliate, suggesting an attempt to evade scrutiny.

“Clearly there was a strategy here to conceal,” says Fred Sainz, the Human Rights Campaign’s vice president.

“For what other purpose would you contribute $10,000 to NOM three weeks before the election other than Prop 8?” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign on Friday.

“The question that now remains is whether this whole thing was an attempt for Mitt Romney to fund the Prop 8 battle without his own fingerprints, Solmonese said.

(A public version of the document, with donor names redacted, is available here.)

The HRC also called on Romney to disavow the racially divisive tactics of the National Organization for Marriage, which the organization revealed this week to be engaging in a plan to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks” and manipulate the Latino community.

“Mitt Romney’s funding of a hate-filled campaign designed to drive a wedge between Americans is beyond despicable,” said Solmonese.

“Not only has Romney signed NOM’s radical marriage pledge, now we know he’s one of the donors that NOM has been so desperate to keep secret all these years.”

HRC exposed NOM’s divisive strategy this week in documents that were disclosed by a court in Maine as part of an ongoing campaign finance investigation into the organization.

NAACP Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond called NOM’s tactics “one of the most cynical things I’ve ever heard.”

“Mitt Romney must be held to account. You can’t at one point say you’ll be better for gays than Ted Kennedy and then turn around and fund one of the most divisive, far-right strategies ever devised to deny rights to gay people,” said Solmonese.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. Dislike

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:23pm
  2. why hes going no where i hope fast

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:23pm
  3. smh

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:26pm
  4. if true, doesnt surprise me! these people are so damn far on the wrong side of history until its sickening!!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:27pm
  5. The more I hear about this creep, the more I distrust him…he’s so fake!,

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:30pm
  6. What would you expect from a racist bigot like him.

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:34pm
  7. He’s confusing as fuuuck!

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:35pm
  8. Tie him up.

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:36pm
  9. Dislike!!!! No vote from me

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:43pm
  10. Shame that there’s no way that we can block politicians like him from donating to certain causes.

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:47pm
  11. bigot!

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:48pm
  12. not to worry! he will never be our president. Lets focus on a different issue !

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:51pm
  13. People who clicked “like” to GET A LIFE!!

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:54pm
  14. he is a nazi peice of work

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 10:06pm
  15. Dislike!

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 10:08pm
  16. is there any surprise, since the US Republican party is only slightly more moderate then Nazi Germany was

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 10:24pm
  17. Romney needs to pay higher Taxes. He’ll bring this Country to its Knees with more WARS.

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 10:24pm
  18. really? i would like to ask him why he did that… and of course i could eventually get him to tie it back to his false pretenses of what he thinks the bible says, and then we could throw “seperation of church and state” in his face, along with some sparkly dust just for the heck of it bc he needs some happy thoughts ^_^

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 10:48pm
  19. The majority of voters are now independent..these types of idiots are dinosaurs..

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:19pm
  20. Not that shocking , he’s a fool sooner later all this race bating and fanning the flames of hate in the USA will come to light and NOM and MIllion Moms and The church leaders will be charged with crimes against humanity .. has everyone read what they have been up to ? Driving a wedge between all of us Americans just so they can get into positions of power .

    Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 2:23am
  21. Apparently, the non-Mormons posting here are wholly unaware of how tithing in their church works. The Mormon church has a particular RULE that when they DEMAND payment for political purposes, a Mormon WILL tithe and WILL do so without question. Reports about how this burden was given to their religious members in the run-up to the Prop 8 decision are well-documented. This news nugget simply proves that Romney is a ‘good Mormon’ and will do whatever they tell him to do. Consequently, you can be assured that if he were to become Prez, he would be 100% beholden to the WHIMS OF THE MORMON CHURCH HEIRARCHARY. You can be assured of that.

    Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 5:07am
  22. They are Nazis.

    Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 5:47am
  23. Maybe he just lost a bet ??? Ha ha!

    Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7:30am