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Supreme Court rejects appeal by NOM to hide donors

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined today to hear a constitutional challenge by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOW) regarding a legal ruling in Maine that it violated election laws.

After pouring almost $2 million into the 2009 campaign to overturn marriage equality in Maine, which was successful, NOM tried to hide from the public its list of donors. The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices investigated the case, ruling that NOM had violated state law. NOM sued, and both the District Court and the Appeals Court sided with the state.

The case was National Organization for Marriage v. McKee.

By refusing to take the case, the Supreme Court is saying that the lowers courts are correct in their rulings. Thus, the Maine law stands, and groups like NOM must make significant disclosures about who is funding their campaigns.