The American Independent has gotten a hold of the 990 Forms of the National Organization for Marriages 2010 disclosures to the Internal Revenue Service, Per NOM’s numbers,and has discovered not only discrepancies but also just two individuals contributed more than $6 million to the organization’s political arm – accounting for about two-thirds of NOM’s 2010 revenue, while single donations below $5,000 covered only 8 percent of reported revenue.
NOM has fought tooth and nail to avoid disclosing the names of donors specifically and its financial records. And now a closer look into the organization’s federally mandated financial disclosures reveal other discrepancies
Maggie Gallagher sent The American Independent an email in response to a question for a story about NOM’s fundraising. “NOM raised and spent $13 million last year,” But according to NOM’s reported to the IRS for 2010, the organization says it raised $9.6 million and spent about $10.7 million with almost half of that going to advertising and promotion ($3 million); employees’ wages, benefits, and taxes ($1.2 million); and on grants and assistance to other organizations ($600,000). And bizarrely $4 million, or 38 percent of NOM’s expenditures in fiscal year 2010 – was classified on its federal tax form as “other.”
The biggest dicrepency (ie. lie) on thier 990’s might well be that NOM claims that it spent only ($313,746) on “legal and ($206,509) “political expenditures” when in 2010 the organization participated in several lawsuits and state-based political campaigns. The Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) shows that in 2010, NOM was involved in at least six different federal lawsuits. NOM has also set up political action committees in various states throughout the country. Last month TAI reported that NOM was one of the top political spenders in Iowa’s 2010 election cycle, making more than $721,000.
And this is just the tip of the possible tax fraud. The Washington Independent has the full story here.
The Internal Revenue Service must look into NOM’s financial records, the possibility of tax fraud, and the abuse of its tax-exempt nonprofit status and we can help make that happen.
The IRS has a page for how to report tax fraud HERE. If you find yourself with a few minutes please download, fill out and mail the corresponding form. The more complaints that the IRS recieves against NOM the better the possibility that they will investigate them for tax fraud.