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Romney PAC Gave Money to Race-Baiting Anti-Gay Group

Romney PAC Gave Money to Race-Baiting Anti-Gay Group

 

A state political action committee for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave $10,000 to the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-gay group who it emerged last week had used race-baiting tactics in order to fight marriage equality.

Reports The Washington Post:

Free & Strong America PAC Alabama, one of a network of state-level PACs that has raised and disbursed money on Romney’s behalf, gave the donation in 2008 to the National Organization for Marriage, which at the time was working to pass Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage in California, disclosure records show.

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The Romney campaign says the donation to NOM is hardly surprising given the candidate’s opposition to same-sex marriage and his avowed support for Proposition 8, which was approve by California voters.

“Gov. Romney believes marriage is an institution between a man and a woman and his PAC made a donation to a group supporting that view,” campaign spokesman Andrea Saul said Friday.

Romney’s donation came on Oct. 14, 2008, just weeks before Californians voted to pass Proposition 8.

The HRC notes that Romney’s PAC did not disclose the contribution in its Federal Election Commission filings:

HRC reviewed copies of Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC’s filings with the Federal Election Commission — and no contribution to NOM was disclosed in those documents. The filings are available from the FEC. But, HRC did discover an Alabama-based “Free and Strong America” PAC that in 2008 does disclose the $10,000 contribution to NOM.  Available on page 3 at: http://arc-sos.state.al.us/PEL/SOSELPDF.001/E0090860.PDF.

The evidence continues to pile up and is painting a very clear picture of Mitt Romney’s anti-LGBT associations. A candidate can’t claim to be “better for gay rights than [Ted] Kennedy” when it’s convenient, but then fund a far-right anti-LGBT strategy to keep other interest groups happy.

“Mitt Romney’s funding of a hate-filled campaign designed to drive a wedge between Americans is beyond despicable,” Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese also said in a statement. “Not only has Romney signed NOM’s radical marriage pledge, now we know he’s one of the donors that NOM has been so desperate to keep secret all these years.”

As Care2 reported last week, the Human Rights Campaign secured unsealed documents from a court case into NOM’s campaign funding in Maine.  NOM had stridently resisted releasing these documents, and it soon became clear why. Page 13 of the document showed NOM at its race-baiting worst, saying:

“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks–two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots…”

The document, which we broke down for you in considerable detail, also revealed NOM’s plans for fighting marriage equality internationally and its plan to recruit “elite” kids to take up the fight.

The LDS church’s contributions to the pro-Proposition 8 campaign have been known for some time now, and given Romney’s religious and political affiliations his PAC’s donation to NOM is, as his spokesperson says, perhaps no surprise.

However, just as some NOM affiliates have denounced the group since revelations of their divide and conquer tactics came to light, the onus is now on the Romney campaign to state unequivocally that, with this fresh information, it does not support how NOM sort to pit Americans of color against gay rights groups in order to fight their culture war against marriage equality.

Anything less and Romney risks appearing to condone NOM’s actions.

To read our full coverage of the NOM race-baiting scandal, please click here.

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5:33AM PDT on May 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:31PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Romney is a pitiful plastic puppet. He's the worst political prostitute on one side and pimp on the other, that's ever stood behind a podium and that's saying something after the G.W. years of corrupted politics and puppet masters. It doesn't surprise me that a Romney "PAC" would give money to groups that want to sell hatred and divide this Nation. He/they actually think they can play the "bait and switch" with any "group" of voters and then walk away to turn the other butt cheek when he needs to. In his eyes and concept of America - All American voters are dumb as hell, don't cha know. He's nothing more than a pandering piece of silly putty to be molded and then re-molded time after time devoid of any real core integrity or principles. If he somehow gets elected, kiss it good-by unless you're white, rich and one of the "chosen" self-righteous elites.

5:05PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Romney the pitiful plastic puppet. A shell of a human that will take money from anyone, anytime for anything. He's the biggest, most incredibly ignorant and shallow political prostitute ever to stand behind a podium and that's saying something after living through the horrid puppet masters of the G.W. years.

10:15PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Is anyone surprised by this? It's run-of-the-mill repub and romney.

5:39AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

A common refrain among those arguing against allowing same-sex marriage is that doing so would alter a long-standing trans-cultural definition of marriage.Rick Warrentold Ann Curry in an NBC interview that, "For five thousand years, every single culture and every single religion has defined marriage as a man and a woman."
Hogwash.
The prerequisite for this sort of absolute declaration is absolute ignorance of what one is talking about. In fact, the world is teeming with innumerable examples of marriage that would be unrecognizable to Warren and other so-called traditionalists.
The Mosuo people of China practice a form of courtship and sexual interaction anthropologists have called walking marriage, which consists basically of women being completely free to sleep with whomever they like, with children being cared for by the woman's family -- her brothers being paternal figures. Biological paternity is a non-issue. Every night is seen as an independent event, with no expectation of permanence or even continuity.
Anthropologists living with the Aché of Paraguay define a man and woman sleeping in the same hut as being married. But if one up and takes his or her hammock to another hut, they're not married anymore. That's it. Talk about your no-fault divorce!
Two spirited ones (formerly known as berdache) were commonly found in many Amerindian cultures. They were either biological males who felt the presence of a female soul so strongly that they chose to live their liv

2:52AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Not at all surprising.
This twit is a big-time hater--not something we should look for in a president!

7:53PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

hey mit, why dont you give money to an organization that wants to give people jobs instead of one that goes against people's civil rights?

5:00PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Yes...and Jesus would be REALLY proud of MITT....because we ALL know how Jesus felt about homosexuals. And we ALL know how Jesus spoke in favor of those who judge others!


Don't we?

2:54PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Just found out that Mitt asked his wife to marry him when she was just 16. Oh, they waited until she was 19 to marry, but I think that sends the wrong message to teenagers. If anyone had proposed to my Daughter when she was still a minor, I would have run him off, and I wouldn't care how wealthy his daddy was.

2:20PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

"Gov. Romney believes marriage is an institution between a man and a woman"

Is THAT right? He's not a very good mormon, then- in a religion that supports marriage between a man... AND MANY WOMEN!

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