Anti-gay group faces federal complaint over failure to disclose finances
The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage could face a potential IRS investigation, after failing to disclose financial details.
The lobbying group, which unsuccessfully argued against same-sex marriage in all 50 states, has previously faced court cases over its unwillingness to reveal donation and fundraising information.
Today, the Human Rights Campaign filed a formal complaint with the IRS against the National Organization for Marriage – accusing them of “violating federal law” by refusing to file a Form 990 annual report.
HRC wrote: “Following their November 16 deadline, NOM is required by law to provide a copy of the organization’s Form 990s for the previous fiscal year on the same day any in-person request is made.
“For the third year in a row, HRC has made such a request at NOM offices and the organization has failed to comply, prompting HRC to file a complaint with the IRS in order to compel the disclosure of the documents.”
Olivia Alair Dalton, HRC’s Senior Vice President of Communications, said: “NOM has repeatedly violated federal laws that require them to disclose how much money they’ve raised.
“So the question is, what are they hiding? What don’t they want the public to see?.
“Brian Brown and his repulsive organization has vowed to continue fighting against LGBT equality both in the United States and around the world. The American people deserve to see these documents for themselves.”
NOM was compelled to reveal 2009 donation information earlier this year, after a lengthy court case in Maine surrounding its unwillingness to name donors.
The group’s financial documents uncovered substantial donations from Catholic groups, that NOM fought to keep secret.