Supporters of Proposition 8, California’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, are facing fines of up to $49,000 due to violating campaign disclosure laws.
The fines are proposed by the enforcement staff of the state Fair Political Practices Commission against the campaign committee ProtectMarriage.com—Yes on 8 for failing to properly file public reports disclosing late contributions and contributions over $5,000, as well as failing to properly dispose of an anonymous $10,000 contribution. More than $1 million in contributions were not properly reported.
In all, the campaign committee faces 18 counts of violating state campaign finance laws.
Prop 8 campaigners have apparently admitted to the violations and have agreed to the fines. However, the FPPC will make further deliberations at its August 16 meeting before making a final announcement.
Prop 8 supporters are currently defending the ballot initiative in federal caught, a process that is extremely costly and has led to the campaigners seeking urgent donations ahead of the anticipated showdown before the United States Supreme Court.
Those who have followed the Proposition 8 case closely may also remember that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was fined $5,539 by the Fair Political Practices Commission in 2010 due to having apparently concealed donations it made during the Proposition 8 campaign, though the Church maintained this was just an oversight. The Mormon Church would later report it gave an estimated $189,903 in donations to the campaign. The complaint in that case was filed by Fred Karger, a prominent conservative gay rights campaigner and, most recently, a Republican presidential nominee.