Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Missouri Ethics Commission - and NOM - UPDATED

National Organization for Marriage
Brian Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage has vowed to unseat three Republicans in Missouri who sided with Democrats to defeat Senate Joint Resolution 39. SJR 39 was a nasty bit of legislation that would have put a license-to-discriminate bill on the ballot.

From NOM we have the usual nonsensical blather about religious liberty which essentially means the freedom to discriminate against LGBT citizens based upon religious beliefs. In effect bills like these expand Free Exercise in a way that the James Madison never intended.

NOM probably won't succeed — they usually do not. In fact their meddling may end up with a moderate Republican being replaced by a liberal Democrat. In the cited case, Brown had the chutzpah to claim victory.


However, as I explained to Rep. Nancy Hagan who is chair of the Missouri Ethics Commission, NOM has an obligation to comply with the same campaign finance disclosure laws that everyone else has to comply with. NOM has a history of flouting these laws and, at least as of this afternoon, they have not filed as a political committee with the Commission. Missouri law is quite unambiguous in that regard.

Apparently holier-than-thou moralists have the right to decide which laws they like. After I post this little essay I will send NOM's Chris Plante a polite little email.

UPDATE: Sometimes I am hard wired for snark. I told Plante, by email, that if they forgot to form a committee the Ethics Commission will probably send them a reminder now that I faxed the press release to its chair.

By the way, at least for the time being, nomblog.com no longer seems to exist. I am getting a 404 — “Site not configured” error.

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