May 26, 2018
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Anti-gay marriage group challenges reporting requirements

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — The biggest contributor to the group trying to overturn Maine’s gay marriage law is suing the state over its campaign reporting requirements.

The state ethics commission voted Oct. 1 to take a closer look at contributions by the National Organization for Marriage after it was accused of circumventing Maine law by not reporting the names of many donors. The group responded with a constitutional challenge filed Wednesday in federal court in Bangor.

The National Organization for Marriage is the biggest contributor to Stand for Marriage, which is leading a referendum drive to overturn Maine’s gay marriage law. Joining in the lawsuit is a second group, American Principles in Action.

There’s no practical impact to this election cycle because the ethics investigation won’t be completed until after the Nov. 3 election.

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