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NOM’s Brian Brown earns $500K working to deny civil marriage rights to gays

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Working to deny good, taxpaying LGBT citizens their right to civil marriage is a lucrative business for Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage.

According to activist Fred Karger, founder of Rights Equal Rights, tax returns for the NOM reveal that Brown earned more than $500,000 in 2011.

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In a press release, Karger describes his latest attempt to obtain NOM’s tax returns (which he provides a link to here).

“They tried their best to avoid me, were rude and evasive, but what else is new? … What are they trying to hide?” he asks.

“One thing is crystal clear; NOM president Brian Brown and former president Maggie Gallagher are definitely getting rich off the NOM donors – very rich. Maybe they don’t want us to know that NOM President Brian Brown made over $500,000 dollars in 2011. He was paid $230,000 by NOM’s political operation where he claimed to work a minimum of 40 hours per week, and another whopping $230,000 from NOM’s Educational Fund where he claimed to work another 40 hours per week. Add $47,000 in benefits and you have the “Half Million Dollar Man.”

Karger, 62, who is openly gay, is a retired political consultant turned LGBT activist and watchdog, who sought the 2012 Republican nomination for President.

Though his advocacy group, Rights Equal Rights (formerly Californians Against Hate), Karger has worked to investigate the Mormon Church and the NOM campaigns against same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, the NOM saw a steep decline in the amount of money it raised in 2011 – dropping to $6.2 million from the $9.1 million it raised the previous year.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. that is sick and not cool

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:22pm
  2. That is probably less then they spend on the crap she spew

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:22pm
  3. I wish I could get rich failing to serve idiots.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:23pm
  4. SAD

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:23pm
  5. Is ANYONE here surprised to learn that these hate groups are just money-making scams for people who exploit the ignorant? NOM’s panicking now because the gravy train is coming to an end. They’re going to have to cook up a new scam or kiss their cushy lifestyles good-bye!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:24pm
  6. This is totally sick and bull shit

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:25pm
  7. this is sick

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:25pm
  8. Because nothing says the sanctity of marriage like massive personal financial gain!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:27pm
  9. Hopefully, he’ll lose it as did Mr. Casino…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:29pm
  10. He would be welcomed in Russia. So, why does he not go there? He failed here and in France so far. What a nut.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:30pm
  11. That disgusting pig…that’s blood money on his hands, the greedy Reich Wing prick!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:31pm
  12. Really?… wtf. now that’s just complete bull . I’d pay 500k for that guy to never speak again.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:35pm
  13. Hell, he doesnt care what the issue is, if he was paid $500,000 to say there should be marriage equality Im sure he would. All he is is a political whore, available to the highest bidder. This is all business for him. He is protecting his livelyhood. Id fight for my income too to the bitter end!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:37pm
  14. I love the fact that poor dumb asses who think that their hard-earned money is going to prevent homos from marrying is actually going to line the pockets of their movement’s leaders. The entire right-wing entertainement hate machine is a vast money-making enterprise! I bet the mob wishes they could do this!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:50pm
  15. That’s just obscene!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:14pm
  16. They’re goin’ down!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:19pm
  17. Should be fined $5,000,000 for being a homophobe!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:20pm