LGBTI global news 24-7

Anti-gay US National Organization for Marriage breached campaign finance laws

An investigation by Maine state authorities suggests that the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage has broken campaign finance laws in three US states and may have lied to government officials
NOM's Brian Brown
Photo by Joe Decker

An investigation by the US state of Maine’s Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices has suggested that the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has not just breached that state’s political campaign finance laws but potentially two other states’ laws as well.

A report by the commission found NOM had violated state laws during its campaigns against same-sex marriage in Maine, Iowa and New Hampshire and recommended that civil penalties of up to $50,000 be laid against the group and also that its donors be publicly named.

NOM had solicited donations from donors telling them they would remain anonymous.

An as yet unnamed donor was approached by NOM and asked to provide $800,000 to influence a Maine referendum on same-sex marriage and electoral races in Iowa and New Hampshire during 2009.

That donor then provided donations totaling $2.25 million to the group.

Two months earlier the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board had sent an email to NOM president Brian Brown instructing him, ‘If people are going to donate to your organization for express advocacy activities in Iowa and those donations exceed $750 in aggregate in a calendar year, your organization will be required to form a PAC and disclose those contributors.’

‘The independent expenditure process in Iowa is not a vehicle to shield political contributors.’

NOM’s attorney responded to the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board that it had not solicited any specific donations for campaigns in Iowa but the Maine investigation contradicts that claim.

‘NOM’s independent expenditures are being paid for by funds from its general treasury,’ the group claimed in 2009.

‘No funds have been solicited by NOM for Iowa independent expenditures, and no designated contributions have been received for Iowa independent expenditures.’

LGBTI rights group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) said the revelations seemed to suggest a pattern of dishonest by the group.

‘NOM’s web of deceit seems to grow by the day,’ HRC’s Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz said.

‘Not only did NOM clearly violate Maine law but there are now legitimate questions whether they also broke Iowa law in 2009 and, to top it off, made false statements to a government agency.

‘As we’ve seen time and time again, NOM is willing to play fast and loose with the truth about marriage equality and LGBT Americans while concurrently engaging in a nationwide effort to cover up their activities and then lie to the public and government investigators.’

Comment on a news story

Comments

SEE ALSO NEW STORY.. #NOM IN TROUBLE NATIONWIDE!
Wherein revealed founder EASTMAN doesn't believe laws apply to him.
http://tinyurl.com/q7bmgb56

ARTISTRY Skin Care and Cosmetics Makes Dreams Come True at New York City

ADA, Mich., Feb. eight /PRNewswire/ Because the Significant Apple revs up for 2010 Style Week, ARTISTRY skin care and cosmetics is helping females achieve their dreams and feel lovely at any age having a series of thrilling events in New York. ARTISTRY is celebrating the winners of a year lengthy model search, enlisting Mark Montano, former host of TLC's ten Years Younger to beautify girls on the streets of New York with free of charge makeovers and samples, and introduce a extremely sophisticated face image evaluation tool, which utilizes technology originally developed for governmental safety programs.

Model Search and People's Selection.

ARTISTRY partnered with Next Models, certainly one of the world's best modeling agencies, to learn 3 fresh faces in fashion and beauty. After a year lengthy search, Subsequent Models will award three contracts to Amanda Strutman and Blake Myers of Missouri and Jenna Zagoren of New Jersey.

ARTISTRY also invited the public to vote for their favored model on the official ARTISTRY Facebook web page. The model with the most votes, Emma Harvard, is on her strategy to NYC for an all costs paid trip butterfly watch for two. 1 fortunate winner also was chosen in the contest's registered voters for any similar all expenditures paid trip for two to New York City. ARTISTRY is hosting an exclusive occasion at Avenue in NYC to honor the winners of the model search.

"We are thrilled to companion with Next Models to assist recognize the modeling aspirations for these young ladies," says Jori Hartwig, Vice President of Marketing and advertising for Amway Worldwide. ARTISTRY goods are out there exclusively through Amway Worldwide Independent Organization Owners in North America. "The ARTISTRY brand is focused on assisting girls recognize their full possible, from both a beauty and a organization opportunity perspective. We appear forward to seeing what terrific points these ladies will achieve in the world of fashion and beauty."

Beautifying Girls around the Streets of NYC.

Whilst producing profession dreams come correct for these models, ARTISTRY will probably be generating the day of a few other fortunate ladies in New York as Montano requires the ARTISTRY "spa on wheels" for the streets to conduct surprise "Mark around the street" mini makeovers for unsuspecting New York girls. A handful of fortunate female pedestrians in Manhattan on February 10 and Lapis lazuli 11 could find themselves invited by Montano into the luxurious, fully customized motor coach for a mini spa practical experience, recommendations on achieving younger hunting skin and also the chance to experience our skin assessment tool. Montano might be searching for makeover candidates on West 57th St. on February 10 and on 42nd St. on Feb. "ARTISTRY is possibly the greatest skin care and cosmetics brand that you have under no circumstances heard of and I'm so excited to assist them spread the word about their amazing merchandise, specifically their age defying skin care," says Montano. "Helping ladies appear as youthful as you can can be a passion of mine and this brand has some outstanding tools that every woman really should have in her anti aging toolkit."

The partnership between ARTISTRY and Subsequent and affiliation with Montano are just the newest in a series of efforts to elevate awareness of the ARTISTRY brand. These efforts started final year with advertising plus the North American tour of a mobile ARTISTRY brand knowledge. Most not too long ago, the ARTISTRY brand announced that it can be the official skin care and cosmetics sponsor in the Miss America Organization.

ARTISTRY is usually a global leader in prestige beauty, offering unprecedented skin care solutions backed by dermatologist testing, probably the most sophisticated science, unparalleled proof of functionality, and customized service unmatched by any beauty counter on the planet. ARTISTRY generates more than $1 billion in annual global sales and has been among the world's prime 5, largest promoting, prestige brands of facial skin care and colour cosmetics for over ten years

Primarily based in Ada, Mich., Amway Worldwide is part of the Alticor group of providers, founded by the DeVos and Van Andel families. Alticor Inc. is led by Steve Van Andel, Chairman, and Doug DeVos, President. Worldwide sales for the Alticor group of firms, which include things like Amway, Access Organization Group, LLC, Alticor Corporate Enterprises (ACE), and Amway Worldwide (formerly Quixtar), reached $8.2 billion in fiscal 2008.