A work in progress:
One of the group’s first public acts was to campaign in support of a 2007 Massachusetts constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, which failed to pass. Notably, the campaign included a billboard comparing representative Angelo Puppolo to Judas Iscariot and Benedict Arnold after he changed his position to oppose the amendment.
New Jersey (2007-2008):
PolitickerNJ (October 2007):
… Common Sense America, which is headed up by Brian Brown, the former executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut. The group is calling 14th district voters seeking their views on gay marriage in addition to other issues …
Politicker NJ (October 2007):
Conservative activist Brian Brown didn’t back down this week from what he says is his Constitutional right to run ads against Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein, despite calls by both Democrats and Republicans in the 14th District for him to desist.
“It’s attacking the integrity of the clean elections program,” said Greenstein’s Democratic running mate, Seema Singh.
“They need to stay out of the district,” said Assemblyman Bill Baroni, Singh’s Republican opponent and co-sponsor with Greenstein and others of the clean elections pilot program here, which required each of the candidates to collect $10 contributions from voters in order to qualify for the same amount of public funding.
Now Brown is on the outskirts of town, calling up to 20,000 voters in the 14th District and refusing to back off of a $125,000 radio buy with WKXW 101.5 FM that targets Greenstein.
“The radio advertisement purchase and push-polling is a clear violation of the Clean Elections program which prohibits expenditures by independent entities,” said [Greenstein spokeswoman] Meyers.
PolitickerNJ (May 2008):
Remember Brian Brown, the anti-gay marriage activist who moved to New Jersey in 2007 and spent more than $400,000 to oust Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein in District 14? Brown has seemingly dropped his interest in New Jersey politics and is now in California as the Executive Director of the National Organization for Marriage. Same sex marriage is a hot issue in California these days, and Brown seems to go where the action is.
Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate filed a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission alleging that the National Organization for Marriage was established by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a “pass-through committee” to direct two million dollars in church funds toward the passage of proposition 8.
Connecticut (April 2009):
… this week, homes in CT have been robo-called by Brian Brown, the former head of FIC [Family Institute of Connecticut]. His telephone message is deceptive. Brown acts like he is polling listeners, but he is actually trying to recruit troops and money for his anti-gay beliefs.
Iowa (September 2009):
The state’s largest gay-rights group, One Iowa, and the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa filed a formal complaint Monday alleging that NOM’s refusal to disclose its donors is in violation of election law.
Last week, Charlie Smithson, executive director of the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, said in a letter to NOM Executive Director Brian Brown that if his organization continues to engage in express advocacy in Iowa, the group would have to form a PAC and disclose its donors.
A Washington, D.C.-based organization under investigation for its financial role in the campaign to repeal Maine’s gay marriage law has fired back with a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of a state election law.
The National Organization for Marriage is the largest contributor to the Question 1 ballot initiative, which seeks to overturn Maine’s same-sex marriage law.
New York (2009):
NOM has pledged to build a war chest to force a primary contest on any GOP state senator in New York who votes to support gay marriage.