Thursday, September 8, 2011

Brody's Notes... U. S. Court Refuses To Grant Rehearing In Maine PAC Case

By Brody Levesque | BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request from attorneys for the National Organisation for Marriage yesterday to hold a rehearing on the court's decision last month against NOM.
The federal appellate court had ruled against NOM after the anti-gay organisation had challenged the state of Maine's political action committee laws, refusing to comply with the regulations requiring disclosure of independent expenditures in candidate elections. Court documents filed in the case revealed that NOM had provided the majority of the monetary donations to the Maine PAC Stand For Marriage Maine.
NOM was the primary financial backer during the 2009 campaign for Stand for Marriage Maine, the principal organisation in the successful ballot initiative that had repealed Maine's same-sex marriage law.
NOM still faces legal actions in Maine including its refusal to disclose its donors.