Mother Jones writer Adam Serwer has uncovered that the National Organization for Marriage that has made (at least) a $20,000 payment to notorious anti-gay rabble rouser “Bishop” Harry Jackson.
As internal documents released during Maine’s investigation into the group’s finances asserted, “The strategic goal is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots.” Jackson is exactly the kind of African American spokesperson the NOM memo envisions. “There’s been a hijacking of the civil rights movement by the radical gay movement,” he said on CNN after backing California’s Proposition 8 in 2008. “You can’t equate your sin with my skin.” He has received $20,000 from NOM’s education fund and has rallied support for same-sex marriage bans in Florida and Washington, DC, where he joined Councilmember Marion Barry to oppose a marriage equality bill in 2009
It also looks like Jackson is illegally soliciting tax-deductible donations and defrauding the government out of tax revenue by claiming his group is a 501c when it is not.
Jackson’s personal organization, the High Impact Leadership Coalition, are also murky. The group shares an address with Jackson’s church and spent $40,700 trying to defeat marriage equality in Washington DC. despite the fact that Jackson lives in Maryland. It describes itself as a nonprofit and solicits tax-deductible donations on its website. However, it is not listed in current IRS or charity databases, and its trade name registered with the state of Maryland lapsed in 2011. HILC’s name was originally registered by an organization headed by Jackson’s wife that lost its tax-exempt status after failing to file federal tax forms.
Liar, fraud, and possible criminal is what Harry Jackson REALLY is.
And now there is proof.