The Human Rights Campaign released financial documents today from the National Organization for Marriage (AKA NOM, the organization partially responsible for Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban) that show a staggering $10,000 donation from Governor Mitt Romney's PAC prior the November election in 2008. While Romney's views on civil rights and gay marriage are not terribly surprising (as you can have surmise, the GOP presidential hopeful is staunchly against two dudes getting married), how he went about making the donation should give voters pause for concern.
Huffington Post has more:
... [W]hen Romney eventually made his donation, he did so quietly, and through an unusual channel. Records filed by Romney's Free and Strong America PAC with the Federal Election Commission did not include details of that $10,000 donation. Nor did NOM's public 990 form. In fact, record of the payment was only uncovered Friday when the pro-gay rights Human Rights Campaign was sent a private IRS filing from NOM via a whistleblower.
The HRC shared the filing with Huffington Post, which you can view here.
Speaking of anti-gay efforts, HRC revealed that NOM has a new and frightening "divisive strategy," one that will pit one group against another. According to HRC's Fred Sainz, "HRC is calling on Mitt Romney to disavow the racially divisive tactics of the National Organization for Marriage, which HRC this week revealed to be engaging in a plan to 'drive a wedge between gays and blacks' and manipulate the Latino community."
In related gay marriage news, NOM wants you to "dump Starbucks" due to the coffee company's progressive stance on gay marriage. So, feel free to buy a round of Strawberry Frappuccinos for the entire office. Bugs be damned!