Ruling: National Organization For Marriage MUST Release Corporate Donors Names In MN

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board voted in favor of a resolution that would require disclosure of corporate donors to the campaigns involved in wooing voters in 2012 which will include the National Organization For Marriage which has shielded disclosure in many states including Maine, California, New York, Rhode Island, Minnesota and Iowa, and been the subject of campaign finance complaints or has sued to prevent the disclosure of its donors in those states.

NOM and Minnesota Family Council  argued that no disclosures should have to be made for fear of reprisal from supporters of marriage equality.

The Brennen Center for Justice sent a letter to the board on Thursday morning criticizing the statements of NOM and MFC and urging the board to make the ballot process more transparent.

“Much like the boy who cries ‘wolf,’ it has become routine for groups like the National Organization for Marriage to complain that disclosure will leave them vulnerable to threats and harassment,” the letter stated. “The evidence shows otherwise. In reality, groups like NOM are largely complaining about the ordinary rough and tumble of political debate, particularly on an issue that touches people as personally and deeply as same-sex marriage.”

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board agreed and voted in favor of a resolution that would require disclosure of corporate donors to the campaigns involved in wooing voters in 2012.

“Disclosure is essential to ensure a fair and open public debate on the marriage amendment,” said Mike Dean of Common Cause Minnesota in reaction to the board’s decision. “The adopted rules will allow the public to know who is truly behind the political ads. This decision will hopefully bring some additional civility to the debate by forcing groups and donors to be accountable for the ads they run.”

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