December 12, 2011
By Jacob Combs
As you may recall, NOM’s been facing an uphill legal battle in Washington to keep the identities of individuals who signed its anti-gay petitions secret. In an article published today, The Washington Independent brings us the not surprising but still telling revelation that the overwhelming majority of NOM’s financial contributions come, in fact, from just two individuals.
2010 was a good year from NOM in terms of dollar signs–the organization reported its greatest individual donations since its creation in 2007. But NOM’s donor pool, while deep-pocketed, is extremely small. According to NOM’s own IRS filings, which were obtained by the Independent, just two donors gave over $6 million to NOM’s political operations, accounting for almost two-thirds of the organization’s operating costs. Single donations of less than $5,000 made up just 8 percent of reported revenue.
Even more revealing is the fact that NOM’s donor base seems to be shrinking. In 2009, contributions over $5,000 made up around 78 percent of contributions; last year, they made up 92 percent. This is the kind of duplicity we’ve come to expect from NOM, and it just goes to show how laughable their attempts to portray themselves as a ‘grassroots’ organization really are. Don’t forget, this is the group that used an Obama rally photo as part of its press releases to pretend its events could actually draw crowds. NOM may rich and powerful, but representative of a broad community of like-minded individuals it is not.