Ethics commission fines anti-gay group $2,000 for late report

The Bangor Daily News
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November 28, 2012

The Maine Ethics Commission fined the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage $2,000 for the late filing of a campaign finance report that detailed $800,000 in contributions from the Washington, D.C.-based group to the lead campaign opposing Maine's ballot initiative on marriage equality. The Maine Ethics Commission initially levied an $8,000 penalty on the group based on penalty guidelines detailed in state election law, but commission staff members recommended a 75 percent reduction in that amount after an NOM lawyer asked for a waiver of the fine.