Secrets and lies: NOM Exposed!


Human Rights Campaign

Don’t believe the lies:
NOM is not a respectful, tolerant group.

NOM Exposed

Sign the petition at
www.NOMexposed.org

Are you tired of the National Organization for Marriage, a.k.a. NOM, putting on a mask of tolerance for the media?

Are you sick of their claim that they speak for a majority of Americans – while they support extreme anti-gay zealots and keep their donors secret?

Well, we are. And today, along with our friends at the Courage Campaign, we’re launching a website that pulls back the curtain on NOM for everyone to see.

NOM Exposed uncovers shocking secrets so people can get the real facts as NOM throws its weight around in race after race this election cycle. We’ll post up-to-the-minute dirt on NOM over the coming months and years, so bookmark the site and come back often.

NOM recently released a slick new ad on behalf of Tom Emmer, the candidate for governor of Minnesota with ties to a group that condoned the execution of gays. The ad disguises NOM’s anti-LGBT agenda behind a fake claim of protecting civil rights.

NOM even had the gall to compare itself to Martin Luther King, Jr., flashing images of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

It’s a flagrant distortion of reality – the latest in a history of deception since NOM opened for business during the Prop. 8 campaign.

NOMexposed.org is about spreading truth. We’ve spent months digging into NOM’s funding, shady ties, ethics violations, and more. We created this site so that every time someone searches for NOM – voters, elected leaders, reporters – they’ll get the real story. They’ll find out that:

  • Brian Brown, NOM’s President, has said that “allowing gay marriage is akin to allowing polygamous marriage.”
  • Not to be outdone, NOM founder Maggie Gallagher has said same-sex marriage is worse than polygamy.
  • NOM has close ties to the powerful and secretive right-wing religious group Opus Dei.
  • Robert George, the “reigning brain of the Christian right” and Chairman of NOM’s board co-authored the Federal Marriage Amendment that would have written anti-gay discrimination into the U.S. Constitution. He also believes that repealing antiquated laws banning sodomy will lead to incest.
  • To hide its political activities, NOM has blatantly flouted campaign finance laws.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve tracked NOM’s financial ties, showing how huge, secret donations have swelled its budget from $500,000 to $10 million in just three years. We’ve connected the dots to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church.

Now we need your help to get the word out – share shocking facts on Facebook and Twitter or spread the truth by simply passing this email along.

If you believe that strong families aren’t about “straight” or “gay” but about love and commitment; if you’re a person of faith; if you’re straight or LGBT, married, partnered or single – add your name and say “NOM Doesn’t Speak for Me.” We’ll share this petition with officials and the media in states where NOM is at work.

We’ve called NOM out before, whether revealing the audition tape for “Gathering Storm” or alerting the press to their lies. But NOM Exposed goes deep into the organization’s roots and represents a commitment to keep tabs on their activity and connect the dots for voters.

NOM wants to claim the middle ground. But people don’t know who they really are. We are not going to sit by and let them dictate the terms of the debate. We’re going to expose the lies – not just today, but every day.

Won’t you join us?

Thanks,

Joe Solmonese
Joe Solmonese

worrisome Wednesday …&some News


Folks we are just five weeks from a pivotal moment in the process of moving into the 21st Century.

20 months have gone by and change has been slow

I have been listening, reading and hearing comments about Obama having taken a great first step toward change but hasn’t gone far enough to sedate or fulfill the promises he made to the young voters or progressive groups during his campaign but the reality is that most if not all the folks with those attitudes are not being truthful about what this President actually campaigned on. Yes, he is far more liberal than the Republican party maybe even the other options we had but then again any law or legislation needed to solve the issues at hand have been in major conflict with the rules in both Chambers in Congress. That conflict has been an issue that has blocked stalled or scaled back the real progress needed to get our economy back on track. Negative comments are becoming bold, louder and more frequent …

change takes time … it takes cooperating with Congress and since that is not happening …the change we need will take those who supported this President to Call your member of Congress then call the others to tell them that we may have a huge tent but damn we are also a Political Party that is sabotaging ourselves with all the nonsense ….not getting done the things that will get people back to work, help and get the middle class back where they should be because the rich are way ahead of all of us. The issues facing Americans are non-partisan but the Republican Tea Party is making a political game of our lives …people are suffering

**Environmentalist… like Phil Radford, exec director/Greenpeace USA stated among other things,” Obama is missing in action” as it relates to global warming …in an article written by Bryan Walsh from Time Magazine… instead of pointing fingers get together and ask for a meet up with all the major folks needed globally again again  until folks get it but don’t blame the President we need a movement that will impact the entire country as well as overseas then maybe people will want to make our lives livable and sustainable not to mention create new green jobs right here in the USA and prove that progress is a patriotic thing to do.

**Gay/Lesbian leaders… are starting to make comments about Obama not going far enough on don’t ask/don’t tell but today he announced he will enact federal benefits for same sex couples …moving too slow?  too little too late? come on… People of colour  know what being impatient means maybe getting organized to vote true supporters in November is what will get this finalized.

**Health-care liberals… are impatient and talking about how they put Obama in office and threatening a change in 2012 … this is attitude is unacceptable. The conflict on the floor meant compromise so we got some of what we want; what liberals and independents need to do is organize around what we have in common and get more true democrats in both Chambers of Congress instead of trying to take each other down just because the end result just was not far enough …HCR was the most sweeping effort ever

**Wall Street … flexed their muscles to show Obama who really is in charge of the market … bad behavior needs to be Regulated and now we not only have Liz Warren but a new Financial reform laws and this is in direct response to what Wall Street did to Americans and a great achievement of President Obama’s

change will happen, President can’t do it all himself, we need to call, write and march to let Congress know what We the People voted for

The change we believe in is definitely one that we must all take part in.

Thursday …


In 48 hours, the world will know how committed we are to standing together and fighting together in these final five weeks to retain our strong Democratic House Majority.

On Thursday at Midnight, we will come upon one of the most critical FEC deadlines that we have ever faced. It is the final quarterly deadline of this campaign and one of the last times to effectively expand our advertising in battleground districts. Your support will make the difference between victory and defeat.

My strategists inform me that we are now just $242,668 away from making this crucial goal. I am asking you to stand with me before Thursday and answer President Obama‘s $1 million dollar call to action for House Democrats.

Please contribute $5, $10 or more in the next 48 hours and our matching program will provide an unprecedented triple match by a group of committed Democrats.

35 Days Until the Election

As President Obama said last week, when he issued his urgent call to action: “We simply cannot afford to spend the next two years wishing we had done more in this final push.”

There is no doubt in my mind that we will maintain a strong Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives — the people’s House — if we work together in these final five weeks.

Contribute $5, $10 or more in the next 48 hours and our matching program will provide an unprecedented triple match by a group of committed Democrats.

With just 48 hours left, there has never been a more urgent time to contribute.

Thank you,
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House

P.S. In the next 48 hours, the final quarterly deadline of this campaign will pass. This is the last time to effectively expand our advertising in our battleground districts. Your support will make the difference between victory and defeat. Please contribute today and a group of Democrats will triple your contribution.

Russ Feingold



Donate now to keep Russ Feingold in the Senate


All too often, those who proclaim to have strong principles regarding free speech or domestic spying or torture when “the other guy” is in power abandon those concerns when it’s their own party’s turn at the helm.

Not Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold. He’s the rare person of conviction who stood alone and heroically voted against the Patriot Act when every other member of the Senate voted “aye.” And his principles don’t change just because there’s a new resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

But Russ is in a tough battle. He’s trailing his well-funded opponent by a wide margin. If Russ loses, while party bosses on both sides of the aisle can conspire to keep Joe Lieberman in the Senate, it sends a message to every member of Congress that there is no popular support for those who put themselves on the line in defense of our first amendment rights.

Our country can’t afford for Russ Feingold to lose this election.

Please donate $5 or more to Russ Feingold and fight for our civil liberties. It’s critical we keep his voice in the Senate. Click here to donate:

http://action.firedoglake.com/feingold

Feingold voted against TARP under Bush, and he voted against it again under Obama. He can’t call on the fat cat bankers to fund his race like so many others can.

There’s only one yardstick, and Russ applies it to everyone.

Feingold’s opponent, Ron Johnson, has more “flexible” principles. He’s a millionaire installed by the party chieftans over the objections of local activists. When Wisconsin activists asked Johnson whether he supported the Patriot Act, he said “I wasn’t overly concerned with George Bush in power. I’m a little more concerned about the Patriot Act when you have Barack Obama.”

Johnson, like Joe Lieberman, is no fan of free speech either. Lieberman famously said that “in matters of war, we undermine presidential credibility at our nation’s peril.” Likewise, Johnson said that Feingold was “undermining our troops” by speaking out against the war in Afghanistan, and that it was “extremely harmful to our nation.”

Russ needs your help. Can you please donate $5 or more to help Feingold fight back against his Lieberman-lite opponent?

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Russ Feingold is the best defense of civil liberties in the Senate. His defeat would be an enormous blow to the tenuous wall holding back things like biometric ID programs that Joe Lieberman’s Department of Homeland Security is simply salivating over.

The time is coming when Americans will have to decide: do we stand and fight for our right to privacy and individual freedom, or do we capitulate to the continued erosion of our civil liberties?

If you choose “fight,” then join me in fighting for Russ Feingold. Click here to donate $5 or more to Russ Feingold now.

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Thank you for standing up for our civil liberties, and for all you do.

Best,

Jane Hamsher
FDL Action PAC

What the Small Biz Jobs Act will do for you!!!


Organizing for America

President Obama just signed the Small Business Jobs Act into law — providing immediate incentives for businesses to make new investments, expand, and hire new employees.

Starting today, millions of small business owners will be eligible for up to eight new tax cuts, and within weeks, thousands of businesses will finally have access to the credit they desperately need.

The bill also includes key provisions the President has fought for since the beginning of this year:

— Small businesses receive a tax write-off on the first $500,000 of new equipment investments;
— More than a million eligible small businesses will be able to make key long-term investments that are subject to zero capital gains taxes;
— Entrepreneurs who take a chance on a new idea can deduct the first $10,000 of start-up costs; and
— The self-employed can deduct 100 percent of the cost of health insurance for themselves and their families from self-employment taxes.

You can read more about the legislation here, on the White House’s website.

This legislation is an important part of President Obama’s and the Democrats’ plan to move our economy forward — and it reinforces the crucial choice facing voters in the upcoming election.

Will you forward this email to the small business owners you know to help spread the word about the change we’re making?

Last week, Republicans chose to unveil their “Pledge to America” at the site of the small business Tart Lumber Company in Sterling, Virginia.

Although their pledge mentions small businesses 18 times, it took less than five hours for congressional Republicans to return to the Capitol to vote against this relief for small businesses.

During this difficult time, it’s critical that we continue to fight for every American job, every American small business, and every chance to boost America’s economy.

Instead, Republicans have shown they’re comfortable putting partisan politics ahead of hard-working families and businesses — even those, like Tart Lumber, that they happily use for political grandstanding.

It’s wrong. But we’re proving once again that, together, we can defeat partisan obstructionism, and today we celebrate a great victory for America’s small businesses.

Thanks for all you do,

Mitch

Mitch Stewart
Director
Organizing for America

P.S. — Have questions about the bill? This Wednesday, September 29th, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the White House and OPEN Forum are holding a live Q&A on the impact of this and similar legislation on small businesses. Tune in Wednesday at this link: http://www.openforum.com/whitehouse