03/24/2014 09:43 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

A Very Open Letter to NOM President Brian Brown

Mr. Brian Brown
National Organization for Marriage
2029 K Street, NW # 300
Washington, DC 20006

Dear Brian:

First, I wanted to let you know that thanks to you I was able to raise a near record amount of money in one week for my Legal Fund, Five for Fred. We met our goal by putting your photo on my fundraising appeal. It was the picture of you not looking too happy as you testified before the Maine Ethics Commission. That coupled with the fact that NOM was responsible for my being subpoenaed and deposed by the U.S. Justice Department, helped to raise enough money to cover our legal bills. Most of our contributions were for $5.00. That's a far cry from how NOM raises money. Last report, nearly 90 percent of the $16 million you raised came from just 5 donors.

But the main reason for writing you today was to let you know just how poorly served you were at last week's deposition of me by your star attorney, NOM Chairman, John Eastman.

Mr. Eastman was not as bad as Cleta Mitchell was on last summer's 51-minute conference call with the Iowa Ethics Board (CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO), but close. When Ms. Mitchell was representing NOM as your attorney in the proceedings, she managed to offend the entire Ethics' Board and its Executive Director over and over again by questioning their impartiality. Take a listen if you haven't heard the entire meeting: CLICK HERE

John Eastman Was Just Plain All-around Awful

Your attorney was totally unprepared, wandering, perplexed, seemed confused, disorganized and generally discombobulated. He had trouble finding dozens of exhibits that he kept trying to introduce while continually digging through stacks of papers that were strewn all over the conference table and floor.

At least half of Mr. Eastman's questions to me during the deposition were way beyond the scope of your lawsuit and were objected to by the defense attorney with the Department of Justice and my attorney.

He was repeatedly asked where he was heading with his line of questioning because it was so far off the mark. He kept saying that we would see, but we clearly never did. Wonder if he was just wasting everyone's time to run up his billable hours to NOM with all those oddball questions?

Anyway, the transcript will be available soon and you can see for yourself. Since you were not in Los Angeles for the deposition I thought you'd want to know.

If you are attempting to scare me, Brian, like you hoped to five years ago when you tried to subpoena and depose me in a case that I was not a party to either, you are barking up the wrong tree. CLICK HERE

Mr. Eastman was trying to make the point over and over again in the deposition that I did not like NOM and all the hate that you spew. That point was on the mark.

As far as I am concerned you and your NOM are hell-bent on destroying the lives of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people all over the world.

Know that while you undertake all your evil deeds, I will continue to monitor NOM and do everything in my power to make sure that you obey state and federal laws and play by the rules.


Fred Karger
Rights Equal Rights