August 26, 2015 at 12:17 pm EDT | by Staff reports
NOM releases Maine donor names
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The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) fought efforts to identify 2009 supporters. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

AUGUSTA, Maine — The National Organization for Marriage on Aug. 24 released the names of donors who contributed to its 2009 campaign that overturned Maine’s same-sex marriage law.

The Portland Press Herald reported seven people donated $2 million to the campaign against the gay nuptials law. These include Richard Kurtz of Cape Elizabeth and the Knights of Columbus, which contributed $140,000 to the effort.

The release of the names caps off a four-year battle the National Organization for Marriage waged against Maine election officials over the release of the names.

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices in 2014 fined the National Organization for Marriage more than $50,000 over its failure to register as a ballot question committee or file campaign-related reports. The Portland Press Herald reported the anti-gay organization has paid the fine and “filed as a ballot question committee, under protest.”

Maine voters in a 2012 referendum approved marriage rights for same-sex couples in the state.

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