The Maine Ethics Commission voted 5-0 in favor of a proposal that would require groups that donate more than $100,000 to a campaign in Maine to disclose information about themselves, including what kind of organization they are and their top five donors. The new legislation would apply to out-of-state organizations that contribute to Maine political action committees, party committees and ballot question committees.
The proposal comes as the amount of money flowing into Maine politics climbs a steep incline. In 2009, the National Organization for Marriage contributed more than $2 million to a political action committee called Stand for Marriage Maine, which supported a successful citizen-initiated repeal of a John Baldacci-era same-sex marriage law.I do not believe that NOM ever complied with the court order. Brian S. Brown is wed to the notion that he and NOM have special rules ordained by God himself. I am trying to find out from Mr. Cousins. The court order was the result of consistent work by Fred Karger who orchestrated the disclosure campaign.
That triggered a years-long fight between the state and the organization, which culminated in 2015 with a court order for the National Organization for Marriage to identify its donors.