Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Fred Karger, the California man who filed the original campaign finance complaint in 2009 against the National Organization for Marriage, is raising new questions with the Maine ethics commission.
Last week, Karger asked the commission to look into allegations that the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation of Ada, Michigan, gave $500,000 to NOM in 2009 that was not reported as a contribution.
"It is impossible for us to determine if the DeVos contribution was used to pass Question 1 in Maine, but through the subpoena power of the Maine State Attorney General's office, the exact date of the donation and where the $500,000 ended up might prove helpful to the investigation," Karger wrote.
All along, NOM has argued that it simply transferred funds from its general fund when it contributed nearly $2 million to the fight against gay marriage. Karger has disputed that, saying the group solicited funds specifically for the campaign, and therefore, the sources of the funds should have been disclosed.
The issue is still pending in state and federal courts. Ethics officials said Monday that they'll look into the new allegations, but that the information doesn't change their investigation.Tweet
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