Wednesday, February 1, 2012

National Organization for Marriage's defiance of Maine campaign disclosure law to be taken to US Supreme Court by Citizens United attorney James Bopp

James Bopp, Jr.
The lawyer who eviscerated McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation by initiating the Citizens United case that has turned U.S. politics into a cesspool of incessant televised character assassination by secretly financed SuperPACS will now help the National Organization for Marriage thumb its nose at Maine's campaign disclosure laws.
     James Bopp, Jr., whose specialty is overturning campaign finance legislation, will attack Maine's by casting gay marriage defenders as a menace to those who would deny or revoke the legality of same sex relationships and as so much a threat that those who fund the opposition must be protected by anonymity.
 "We already know that the homosexual lobby has launched a national campaign of harassment and intimidation against supporters of traditional marriage, so there's a good reason to keep these names confidential," said Indiana lawyer James Bopp Jr., who's representing the NOM.
     Mary Bonauto, an attorney with Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, said Bopp's claims are an attempt to divert attention from NOM's failure to follow Maine disclosure rules.
     "Courts have said it's important for voters to know who the donors are for each side since that information may help them decide how to vote. Everyone else abides by the disclosure rules and so can NOM," she said Tuesday in an email statement.
     The ruling by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, like its earlier decision, will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Bopp said.

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