After Year of Losses, National Organization for Marriage Ends Year with $2 Million Deficit

From HRC:

by Dan Rafter
November 19, 2013

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) continues to struggle financially as its losses at the U.S. Supreme Court and in states across the country pile up. According to the organization’s latest financial documents, NOM ended the year in the red with roughly a $2 million dollar deficit.  Just three donors accounted for roughly two thirds of the organization’s funding – further evidence that everyday Americans have little interest in furthering NOM’s extremist agenda.

According to the 990 form supplied by the National Organization for Marriage Education Fund, NOM’s 501(c)(3) charitable education arm, the Education Fund loaned NOM nearly $1.7 million.  This calls into question whether the Education Fund’s loans allowed NOM to engage in electoral or excessive lobbying activity that violates the Education Fund’s tax exempt status.

NOM made their 2012 990s available late last night after repeatedly refusing to make them public following their November 15 deadline – a direct violation of federal law. HRC first made an in-person request for the public financial documents last Friday morning and again yesterday – both times, NOM was unable to produce the documents. Federal law requires organizations to publicly release their 990s the same day an in-person request is made. As a result, HRC filed a complaint yesterday with the IRS in order to compel NOM to abide by the law.

“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to look at the so-called National Organization for Marriage as a viable entity,” said Fred Sainz, HRC Vice President of Communications. “The organization draws its funds from just a few mega-donors, and it boasts a losing electoral track record over the past few years that reflects how increasingly out-of-step NOM’s anti-LGBT agenda is with the values of the average American voter.”

Last year, NOM’s financial documents revealed that just two donors accounted for nearly 75 percent of the organization’s funding. According to the 2012 990s released late last night, three donors contributed roughly two thirds of all money raised.

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