FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)
"The promise of money in exchange for official action is a serious felony that undermines the very integrity of the legislative process itself." — John Eastman, Chairman of NOM —
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today called on Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller to investigate whether the former Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, Jim Kittle, offered the Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives a bribe in exchange for making the proposed marriage amendment then pending before the House to, "go away." The Associated Press reported on March 2nd that Kittle was the individual whom Speaker Brian Bosma was referring to when he told the media that someone had offered him unlimited campaign funding to make the issue go away.
"The promise of money in exchange for official action is a serious felony that undermines the very integrity of the legislative process itself," wrote John Eastman, NOM’s Chairman and a prominent law school professor and former dean. "Any credible allegation that the legislative process may have been subjected to improper influence threatens the integrity of government and must be treated seriously."
Eastman made his comments in a letter to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, in which he asked that a formal investigation be launched to examine the matter.
When HJR3, the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, was pending before the state House of Representatives, House Speaker Brian Bosma told the media that he had been offered "unlimited campaign funding" if he would make the issue "go away." Bosma refrained from identifying the individual who made the offer, saying at the time that the individual may have violated state or federal law.
On March 2nd the Associated Press reported that the individual who reportedly made the offer to Bosma was Kittle, the former state GOP Chairman.
Eastman wrote in his letter, "Mr. Kittle is a politically sophisticated individual. Surely a person with his experience knows that an offer of money in exchange for official legislative action is a serious criminal offense. It simply strains common sense to think that he was unaware of the implications of what he was apparently proposing to the top member of the House."
Eastman made clear that NOM was not alleging that Kittle had committed a crime, but rather requesting that the serious allegations originally raised by Bosma and recently reported by the media be investigated. "To safeguard the integrity of government, the people of Indiana are entitled to a fair and transparent examination of the facts by way of an independent, official investigation of this matter," he said.
To schedule an interview with John Eastman, Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.
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