Catholic Church, NOM register PACs in Minn. ahead of same-sex marriage amendment campaign
The Minnesota Catholic Conference, the policy wing of Minnesota’s Catholic bishops, and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) have registered political action funds (PACs) with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. The two funds join the Minnesota Family Council Marriage Protection Fund in hopes of raising money to convince voters to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
The PACs will allow the groups to raise money for political activity surrounding the 2012 ballot initiative. NOM’s PAC is registered in Washington, D.C., under the name of the group’s president Brian Brown. The Minnesota Catholic Conference was registered by that group’s head, Jason Adkins.
In addition to NOM, MCC and MFC, the Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign has registered a fund to defeat the amendment.
Other groups have registered ballot initiative campaigns, including It’s Personal to Me Campaign, a north Minneapolis group; Minnesota For Marriage, a coalition of MCC, MFC and NOM; Minnesotans United for All Families, the main coalition in opposition to the amendment; OutFront Minnesota Marriage Equality, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization; and Republicans Against the Minnesota Marriage Amendment.