Institute for Marriage and Public Policy

I’ve been seeing the name of this so-called Institute flying around the last week.  They are totally opposed to marriage equality.  I’ve seen the president of this organization, Maggie Gallagher, on tv defending her ‘right’ to take away the rights of people who are different from her.  I’ve seen another organization that she heads, the National Organization for Marriage, as well.  I thought I would take a look at the finances of these two non-profits.  And as I was writing this, I received an email from Courage Campaign with a new video done by Gallagher’s organization that is built on fear.  However, I can’t find the NOM on even though their website claims it is a non-profit.  Kind of fishy, but I’m not sure exactly why they aren’t there.  However, IMPP is (at least their 2006 tax forms–the latest).  This information is free and open to the public.  You can see it here

Another thing to remember about this Maggie Gallagher is that she was a syndicated columnist who was paid thousands and thousands of dollars by the Bush administration and who then testified before Congress about ‘healthy marriages’–but never bothered telling Congress that she was being paid by the government.  You can read about it here.  This tells you a bit about the president of the NOM and IMPP. 

In 2006 this non-profit brought in $305,000.  They spent ~$21,000 more than they brought in that year, but they also had a surplus from 2005. 

So where did this money go?  They spent almost $200,000 on salaries–yes, that is correct.  They brought in $300,000 and spent $200,000 on themselves. 

Maggie Gallagher made $125,000 alone.  The Treasurer, Neil Corkery, made $24,000.  So the President of this non-profit takes over 1/3 of their entire collection to pay herself.  Not bad!

So where else did it spend its tax-free money?

$5,000 on accounting fees

$3,000 on supplies

nearly $3,000 on telephone charges

~$780 on postage, ~$730 on printing and publications

~$29,000 on travel.

$35,000 on consultants

$37,000 on public relations

~$2,600 on website maintenance

There are some other things I haven’t listed here. 


What is interesting about their 2006 tax filings is that there is a section that asks the organization:  During the year, did the organization attempt to influence national, state or local legislation, including any attempt to influence public opinion on a legislative matter or referendum, through the use of (and it makes a long list).  Maggie Gallagher answered no to the entire part of this form, which means that in 2006 the IMPP did not do any of these things.  However, further down the form, the "institution" listed what it did over the course of the year.  Not only did it file amicus briefs against gay marriage in California and Connecticut, but it also acted as an advisor to the Georgia State Supreme Court.  That sounds like it was trying to influence public opinion of legislative matters.  I think the IRS should look more closely at this group. 

And just a few notes about their 2005 tax forms:  they brought in about $413,000 and spent about $160,000 on salaries (Gallagher received about $118,000 and Corkery $24,000), $29,000 on accounting fees and over $33,000 on travel.  In 2004 Gallagher was paid $102,000 and Corkery $12,000. 

Interestingly enough, Gallagher is also the president of the National Organization for Marriage and Corkery is the Treasurer.  It will be interesting to see how much they are paying themselves for that.  The IRS paperwork wants to know how many hours people work for what they are paid.  In 2006 Gallagher stated she worked 40 hours per week at the IMPP.  The NOM started in 2007.  I will like to see how many hours she works at NOM.  I suppose there just isn’t enough hours in the day to discriminate against those who don’t like…

Neil Corkery also seems to run the National Organization of Marriage Education Fund (started in 2008). His wife (I assume) also runs two non-profits–the Wellspring Committee and the Catholic Views Foundation (which seems to bring in no money).This Wellspring Committee, run by Ann Corkery, is very interesting as well.  It was reorganized (apparently) in 2008, and in 2008 they gave $41,120 to an organization called the Susan B Anthony List Inc on May 16, 2008.  This Susan B Anthony List Inc is another non-profit.  I will be interested in seeing the tax forms of this group and see the flow of money through these various organizations.Something called the Founding Principles Political Action Committee gave Wellspring INC $1,026 on July 10, 2008.  Why would a Political Action Committee give money to a non-profit??? I wonder what this non-profit did with this political action committee contribution?

As you can see, it really pays to demonize other people.  And I can tell you this:  I’ll be waiting for the 2007 and 2008 tax returns from the IMPP (and NOM). If they say they haven’t done any influencing of public opinion on anything, I will do my best to make sure the IRS knows the truth. 

And every time you hear the name of these organizations and especially the name of Maggie Gallagher, you need to remember who she is and what she stands for. 

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