Marriage group to ask state to dismiss complaint

Posted June 21, 2010, at 9:08 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A group that helped fund a successful effort to repeal Maine’s gay marriage law is going to ask the state ethics commission to dismiss an investigation into the fundraising techniques it used prior to last year’s vote.

An attorney for The National Organization for Marriage, Barry Bostrom, tells the Portland Press Herald the group doesn’t want to reveal the names of donors because they fear harassment and because there is a constitutional privilege not to.

Maine law says groups that raise or spend more than $5,000 to influence elections must register with the state and disclose their donors.

The Organization for Marriage donated more than $1.9 million to Stand for Marriage Maine, a political action committee that helped repeal Maine’s same sex marriage law.