Political power play: Hand over donor lists

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

The head of the National Organization for Marriage feels political power may be the reason why it's seeing demands for its donor list.

The group recently won a case in which the IRS was trying to obtain a partial list of its donors – but the situation in Maine is different. That state's Supreme Court ordered the organization to turn over part of its donor list: people who contributed to ban unnatural marriage in Maine.

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Brian Brown is president of the National Organization for Marriage. "This is just a witch hunt, pure and simple," he tells OneNewsNow. "We complied because we fought this all the way up. We obviously, reluctantly, did what the state asked us to do."

According to Brown, the ramifications could be serious because donors who don't want their names to be revealed publicly might be less inclined to donate in the future. In California and Washington, for example, homosexual activists and their supporters intimidated and harassed donors after gaining access to donor lists.

But while Brown is convinced the tactic will backfire and that his group's supporters will stick with them, he's concerned about a bigger issue.

"The real issue ... is that we have to wake up to the realization that we live in a country where people in power are quite willing to use their power to punish and intimidate those they disagree with," he explains. "And that's frankly un-American."

Already liberal media is releasing names of some of the contributors.   In 2012, Maine voters approved unnatural marriage, and the demand for the organization's donor list began after that.

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