Dear Marriage Supporter,
Each year NOM makes plans to influence elections so that we can capitalize on opportunities and meet challenges in a strategic way to advance the cause of marriage. We did that in 2013 and 2014 in the lead up to the November 2014 midterms. Our assessment was that marriage could play a role in defeating two incumbent Democrat US Senators. At the time we laid our plans, the Democrats held a 55-45 majority.
NOM targeted Mark Pryor in Arkansas and Kay Hagan in North Carolina. Both Senators attempted to portray themselves as moderates, and Pryor even claimed to be a supporter of traditional marriage. But we knew neither could be trusted to defend marriage and both were vulnerable on the issue. Accordingly, working with allies, we mounted independent expenditure campaigns aimed at unseating each of them. This included a statewide television buy, direct mailers and extensive social media activities. Both Pryor and Hagan were defeated. We helped Republican Tom Cotton win in Arkansas and Thom Tillis win in North Carolina. And their election was a material part of the Republicans regaining control of the US Senate. Today the GOP has a 54-46 majority.
I remind you of our 2014 success because its importance is now being felt: as long as the Republicans hold together, Barack Obama is powerless to secure the lifetime appointment of another justice of the US Supreme Court. Anyone he appoints simply cannot be confirmed. Therefore, control of the US Supreme Court will rest with the next president.
If we had not been successful in Arkansas and North Carolina, and if the results in two other states had been different, Obama would have carte blanche today to appoint a radical liberal to the Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
I am asking you to consider making a contribution to NOM to help us advance the cause of marriage in the 2016 elections. We need to elect a marriage champion as president and maintain control of Congress. Your contribution of $25, $50, $100 or $500 or more will help us be effective advocates for marriage in Congress, in the courts and in the court of public opinion.
Think about the damage a US Supreme Court with a confirmed liberal majority could do! Every issue that is important to conservatives would be at risk of being undermined — restoring marriage, protecting the preborn, controlling our borders, fighting terrorism, guarding against voter fraud, reigning in the IRS and the federal bureaucracy, etc.
Because you were generous in 2014, we had the resources we needed to be effective in helping gain control of the US Senate, and we're reaping that benefit today by preventing President Obama from radically shifting the Supreme Court to the left, damaging conservative policies for generations to come.
I am asking you to be generous again this year because the stakes are so high. It's imperative that NOM secure the resources we need to advance the cause of marriage in the 2016 elections. Your contribution of whatever you can afford — some can only give a few dollars while others can give $1,000 or more — is the key to us being successful. We don't have billionaires supporting us; we rely on people like you in the grassroots.
I don't want to even think about the idea of a president Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, nor do I want to contemplate the difficulty a Republican president would have in moving his agenda forward in the presence of an obstructionist US Senate controlled by the Democrats.
We owe it to the cause of marriage to do everything in our power to ensure that a proven marriage champion is elected president and that a pro-marriage Congress is returned to Washington to help him. We're counting on you to help us make that happen by making a generous contribution today.
Thank you for your support.