Why does the Montana Family Foundation even exist?
I mean, really. Is there great concern in Montana over what gender someone believes should be on their birth certificate? Folks don’t arbitrarily switch genders for chuckles. Not even a pervert is going to go through the legal hassle of changing the gender assigned them at birth so they can get a peep at some boy’s or girl’s privates.
Nobody approaches gender identity half-heartedly. Talk to any transgender individual and they will explain the trauma of transitioning from the gender on their birth certificate to the one they actually identify with.
Enter the Montana Family Foundation (MFF). Its recent crusade is twofold: try to make it more difficult for transgender people to change the gender dictated on their birth certificates, and an initiative to keep boys from changing out in girl’s locker rooms or girls changing out in the boy’s — The Montana Locker Privacy Act.
The ACLU is challenging the MFF initiative. From the AP:
“This proposed measure legalizes discrimination,” said Alex Rate, legal director for the ACLU of Montana.
The ACLU and the plaintiffs argue the Locker Room Privacy Act would deprive transgender Montanans of equal protection under the law and violate their rights to privacy, dignity and due process.
The lawsuit asks the court to declare the initiative unconstitutional and to prevent Secretary of State Corey Stapleton from placing it on the November 2018 ballot.
You can be sure SOS Stapleton will toe the GOP party line and weigh in against the ALCU and, as is his leaning, ignore the Constitution.
You’ve seen the headlines: “High school girls forced to shower in front of a boy.”
Are Montanans clamoring for the locker room initiative or a crackdown on birth certificate changes? I don’t think so.
I can only assume, then, that the Montana Family Foundation exists for the benefit of Laszloffy and his friends. Let’s take a look at 2013 IRS Form 990, filed as the Montana Family Institute (MFI). The institute raised $445,119 and spent $465,492, for a loss of $20,373. Executive compensation was $97,672 and other staff wages came to $125,188, for a total of $222,860 or about 48 percent of all expenditures.
MFI also has Form 990 for 2014 and 2015 on record but the returns, running 38 pages each, and are a bit more difficult for me to decipher. The abbreviated forms, as they appear on the website Nonprofit Explorer, have no executive or staff wages or salaries. But under compensation for all officers, directors, trustees (etc.) in Part VII of the IRS PDF, it shows Laszloffy getting $147,341 in 2015 from “reportable compensation from related organizations (W-2/1099-MISC).” I couldn’t find that W-2/1099 anywhere in the document, so I don’t now where that money came from. Nice chunk of change, though. And Laszloffy’s take in 2014 was $131,352.
I’m not an accountant, just ask my wife after I’ve butchered our taxes. I’d welcome any insight into the above documents. It seems there’s pretty decent compensation for advancing a platform of discrimination, though.
If the Montana Family Foundation is really about families, it would be fighting for access to affordable health care and against poverty, or maybe better funding for education or foster care. There’s obviously more, easy money in spreading fear and bigotry.