Mitt Romney donated $10,000 to anti-gay hate group NOM in 2008

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    Aug 11, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    Just a reminder about the bigot who is trying to become President.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/30/mitt-romney-gay-marriage_n_1391867.html

    In 2008, Mitt Romney's political action committee made a $10,000 donation to the National Organization of Marriage at a time when the anti-gay rights organization was seeking repeal of a California law legalizing marriage equality.

    But when Romney eventually made his donation, he did so quietly, and through an unusual channel. Records filed by Romney's Free and Strong America PAC with the Federal Election Commission did not include details of that $10,000 donation. Nor did NOM's public 990 form. In fact, record of the payment was only uncovered Friday when the pro-gay rights Human Rights Campaign was sent a private IRS filing from NOM via a whistleblower. The Human Rights Campaign shared the filing with The Huffington Post.

    Asked for comment, an aide to Romney said that the donation was made through the Alabama chapter of the Free and Strong America PAC. State records confirm this. However, the 990 NOM filed lists the donation as having come from PO Box 79226 in Belmont, Massachusetts.

    Romney is far from the only national politician to take advantage of Alabama's lax campaign finance and disclosure laws. Several others have set up PACs in the state, for the purposes of raising money. Alabama does not put a limit on the individual amount that a donor can give to a PAC.

    But the secretive nature of the donation raised the eyebrows of Human Rights Campaign officials. Romney, after all, didn't have to send his check to NOM through the Alabama chapter of his PAC.

    "It’s clear now that Romney was a major financial donor to Prop. 8," said Fred Sainz, HRC's vice president for communications. "But it’s also clear that his campaign very cleverly hid this contribution in an obscure Alabama PAC."
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    Aug 11, 2012 6:23 PM GMT
    And NOM endorsed Romney.

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    Aug 11, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    A trivial infraction in the eyes of gay republicans, who are always happy to gloss over their Party's gay-hating ways.
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    Aug 11, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    Oh the horrors! Why is this news? Mitt Romney supports the traditional institution of marriage as defined in the constitution as being between a man and a woman. He also, like our President until a few months ago, does not support gay marriage. For those of you who regard this as a defining issue, I support you in voting for President Obama --- and good luck with that. icon_lol.gif To be clear, CRYSTAL CLEAR, I also support Gay Marriage, it just isn't a defining issue for me, and I believe that our country will move toward marriage equality eventually regardless of who is sitting in The White House.
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    Aug 11, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    You see?
  • KissTheSky

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    Aug 11, 2012 7:15 PM GMT
    Is this the first Presidential candidate that is on record as donating to a hate group? I'm sure we would have heard something if candidates were donating to white supremacists or anti-Semitic groups in the past.
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    Sep 21, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    Bump.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Sep 21, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidthe traditional institution of marriage as defined in the constitution as being between a man and a woman.


    Nice try, but there is no definition of marriage in the Constitution, hence the move by the fringe right to add one via Amendment and deny freedom and equality to gays.

    I'd say I can't believe any gay man is so selfish, craven, and stupid as to spread this right-wing lie, but look who we're talking about.
  • DalTX

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    Sep 21, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    TroyAthlete said
    CuriousJockAZ saidthe traditional institution of marriage as defined in the constitution as being between a man and a woman.


    Nice try, but there is no definition of marriage in the Constitution, hence the move by the fringe right to add one via Amendment and deny freedom and equality to gays.

    I'd say I can't believe any gay man is so selfish, craven, and stupid as to spread this right-wing lie, but look who we're talking about.



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    Sep 21, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidOh the horrors! Why is this news?.


    AGREED.

    Anyway, this $10,000 was merely a friendly gesture toward the NOM HATE GROUP.

    ALSO NOT NEWS is the Million$ that Mitt donates to the Mormon Church

    which has spent more to oppose gay rights and dignity than NOM could ever imagine.

    The Mormon Church will never report the exact amount they spent to support Prop 8.

    But SLC papers called Prop 8 spending by the Church to be a 40 Million Dollar Campaign.