Thursday, March 12, 2015

Poor "You" NOM

NOM is out with a new money-beg titled You. According to the National Organization for Marriage they are at an economic disadvantage:
So far, we've raised over $62,000 online toward our $100,000 match. That's significant, but still leaves a huge amount that we have an opportunity to claim...

The hard left that wants to redefine marriage is backed by billionaires like George Soros, Paul Singer and Tim Gil. They have a seemingly unlimited stream of resources to throw behind their radical agenda. They have the backing of Hollywood and the media, which gives their ideology billions of dollars in free advertising.

NOM has YOU.
What a crock of crap. In addition to always touting deep pocket “matching donors,” NOM has had the full support of the Roman Catholic Church. Moreover, NOM has been using their NOM Education Fund as a conduit to illegally (in my opinion) convert non-tax deductible donations into deductions. In 2012, one donor provided at least $2 million in this fashion and five other donors combined for another $2 million. Not exactly paupers.

Now it is true that NOM may have fallen on hard times recently. In 2013 combined (NOM + NOMed) revenues declined by $8.6 million and, as I noted yesterday, Sean Fieler may have cut them off. However, those are the very reasons not to part with one's hard-earned money. They are losing donors because they are ineffective. They are also losing donors, I suspect, because of their largess with contributions. NOM allowed their chairman, John Eastman, to engage in several legal misadventures including a $650,000 loss in legal fees to pursue a meritless case against the IRS. Good for Eastman (who also represented NOM), bad for NOM.

Then there is the self-enrichment. In addition to Eastman's legal fees, Brian Brown is grossly overpaid for an organization that size, let alone one with a combined net-asset value of negative $1 million (in round numbers). Furthermore, NOM manages to funnel money to for-profit and not-for-profit operations of ActRight which Brian Brown has a direct interest in. Brown is still flying first class and is sometimes accompanied by his wife. Donors pay for that. Something that Brown seems to have forgotten. It wasn't that long ago when this fuckwit had a $35 thousand salary for running a small anti-gay outfit in Connecticut. Now, however, with not a single accomplishment to his credit, he has a sense of entitlement. By any reasonable organizational standard, Brown is an abject failure.

Finally, there is the futility of it all. Neither donations nor a demonstration in DC with another silly Marriage March are going to make a whit of difference when the Supreme Court begins deliberating the marriage cases in late April. Only an imbecile could conclude otherwise and, perhaps, that defines NOM's remaining donor base.

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