After repeatedly losing in court and having exhausted almost all of its legal options, the National Organization for Marriage released today a list of the donors that helped them campaign in 2009 for the repeal of marriage equality in Maine. Detailed listings reveal that the vast majority of more than $2 million dollars spent in Maine toward getting marriage equality (temporarily) repealed in 2009 came from only a half dozen donors – 5 individuals and one organization.
Topping the list at $1.25 million donated is Sean Fieler. He is an unabashed opponent of LGBT and abortion rights. He is also a board member of the Witherspoon Institute, which funded the widely discredited Regnerus study seeking to smear gay parents as harmful to their children.
Next on the list having donated $300,000 is Terrence Caster, a San Diego businessman who owns A-1 Self Storage that has locations in California and Texas. Unsurprisingly, he also contributed heavily to the Prop 8 ballot in California from 2008 much closer to his home. Anyone who does business with A-1 Self Storage of CA or TX that has a problem with their money going toward political hate campaigns should considering moving their belongings elsewhere.
Tied with Terrence at $300,000 is John Templeton Jr., M.D. Dr. Templeton presided over the Templeton Foundation. John Templeton Sr. established this foundation for philanthropic purposes and, according to its website, “expected the John Templeton Foundation to stand apart from any consideration of dogma or personal religious belief.” Well, so much for carrying on that legacy. Dr. Templeton died earlier this year, so NOM should not expect any personal contributions from him in the future.
The Knights of Columbus is supposedly the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, but they seemed to be operating like an anonymous hate group closer to the KKK when they donated $140,000 to NOM.
Richard Kurtz bears the distinction of being the only Maine resident on this list when he gave $50,000 to NOM in defense of bigotry.
Closing out the list at $200 donated is some sad sack in Michigan named Benjamin Brown who possibly didn’t realize he was in the company of millionaires. Any relation to current NOM head Brian S. Brown perhaps?
This very short list of donors is consistent with previous reports about the funding sources of NOM. They constantly plead for online donations on their website, and like to create the illusion of a movement by speaking as if they represent throngs of supporters. The truth is that they are operated with the financial support of very few, wealthy individuals. These people should be brought out from the shadows so they can take responsibility for their hateful actions. This compounded with the fact that they have not seen many returns on their political investments lately hopefully means that the donations to NOM will dry up very quickly and they may be bankrupt very soon.