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August 12, 2011

NOM loses appeal in campaign disclosure case

The Providence Journal reports:

A federal appeals court panel Thursday rejected an anti-gay marriage group’s bid to block its need for compliance with Rhode Island campaign disclosure laws.

The National Organization for Marriage had challenged Chief U.S. District Judge Mary M. Lisi’s refusal in October to grant a preliminary injunction that would have allowed the group to avoid disclosing money it spent to support various candidates, in accordance with state election laws. The group, which has launched similar lawsuits nationwide, had argued that Lisi erred when she denied the request.

Judge Lisi concluded the disclosure law imposed little burden on the group and had a valuable governmental interest in identifying the people who give more than $100 to a support or defeat a candidate.

Imagine if the shoe were on the other foot, and gay rights activists tried the same thing. Maggie Gallagher would cry bloody murder. Like the facts, the rules don't apply to these True Believers. Most if not all of our progress, however, can be undone if voters' frustration over the economy causes them to give the radical-controlled Republican Party another election victory.

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