The other day, we reported on Louis Marinelli, who used to run the social media and bus-touring departments of the National Organization for Marriage, and who has now had an about-face and declared his support for full civil marriage equality for gays and lesbians. In a new post today, Marinelli continues to express his support, by telling the gay community just how small and imaginary NOM’s “grassroots” support for anti-gay hate really is. This has got to twist the knife for Maggie and Brian:
For many my actions have been a source of hope for the future of marriage equality. I wanted to take this opportunity to reinforce that hope.
Tax records show that the vast majority of the National Organization for Marriage’s financial support comes from a handful of donors. This information is public and the Human Rights Campaign exposed it quite a while ago.
In my work with the National Organization for Marriage, I, like you have seen on multiple occasions how fundraisers, which are matched dollar for dollar by an undisclosed source pulling the strings from behind the shadows, have met their goals. I shared the suspicion many did when gaps of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations were suddenly closed in the final hours running up to the deadline.
I can’t explain these fundraising miracles, only NOM’s inner circle could.
I am sharing this with you because I want you to realize that NOM is a small group of devoutly religious Catholics supported by a couple of undisclosed sources. NOM is essentially made up of Brian Brown, it’s President, Maggie Gallagher, the CEO, a handful of other Board members (who are scattered across the country involved in other matters), a couple of advisors to Mr. Brown and a small and largely incompetent office staff.
OUCH. Read it all.