May 18, 2012

Karger Charges NOM With Failure To Report $350K In Prop 8 Contributions (Including Romney's $$$)


Fred Karger, the GOP candidate for president, and founder of Californians Against Hate, filed a complaint charging the National Organization for Marriage, with failure to report $350K in campaign contributions in the 2008 Prop 8 Campaign. A $10K contribution from Mitt Romney’s PAC is included in the $350K.

Not long ago, I mentioned that Willard Mitt Romney will be the first major party candidate for president to have donated money to a hate group. One of those donations is coming back to haunt him and biting him in the ass now. 

A formal complaint has been filed with the California Fair Political Practices Committee (FPPC), charging Brian Brown and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), with failing to report nearly $350,000 in campaign contributions, to its “Yes on Proposition 8 Campaign” in 2008. Fred Karger, the gay Republican presidential candidate, filed the complaint with the FPPC.

The complaint also alleges that NOM did not report these contributions, due to “the significant attention that they would have received.” The $10,000 contribution of Willard Mitt Romney’s PAC was not reported to the California Secretary of State, as required by law.

In the sworn statement of the complaint, it says the following:

National Organization for Marriage did not Report $345,400 in Contributions to its “Yes on Proposition 8 Campaign” in 2008



Recently unsealed documents by a federal judge in Maine have revealed possible illegal campaign activities by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) in California. It appears that NOM attempted to hide $345,400 in contributions it received in 2008. NOM, acting via “National Organization for Marriage California – Yes on 8, Sponsored by National Organization for Marriage” is a primarily formed recipient committee that supported Proposition 8 in 2008. As a primarily formed recipient committee, NOM is required to report all receipts and disbursements.

There are eleven contributions on NOM’s tax return that are not reported on any of its 2008 filings with the California Secretary of State. One such contribution that is not reported is $10,000 received from Governor Mitt Romney’s Alabama PAC “Free and Strong America.”

The list of the eleven contributors that the “National Organization for Marriage California – Yes on 8, Sponsored by National Organization for Marriage” did not report to the California Secretary of State in 2008.

Sean Fieler - $100,000
New York, NY

Mark O’Brien - $5,000
Swathmore, PA

Brian Harrington - $10,000
Newtown, CT

Charles Stetson - $20,000
New York, NY

Brent Bowden - $10,000
Mesa PA

Craig Cardon - $25,000
Mesa, AZ

Michael Casey - $150,000
Jamestown, RI

Free and Strong America (Romney’s Alabama PAC) - $10,000
Belmont, CA

Jim Vargas - $10,000
La Jolla, CA

Timothy Busch - $20,000
Irvine, CA
Reported $10,000 Additional $10,000 Not Reported

Kenneth Kremensky - $9,500
El Cajon, CA
Reported $9,100 Additional $400 Not Reported

Total of $350,400 not reported

It appears that the National Organization for Marriage attempted to hide these contributions because of the significant attention that they would have received.

I hereby request that the California Fair Political Practices Commission investigate this irregularity to determine if the National Organization for Marriage conspired to hide these eleven contributions to its Yes on Proposition 8 Campaign.

Fred is currently a GOP Presidential candidate, and the founder of Californians Against Hate, which was formed in 2008 to expose who was funding the opposition to marriage equality, and supporting Proposition 8, the referendum that rescinded the right to marry a partner of one’s choosing. Californians Against Hate is now known as Rights Equal Rights.



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