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Prop 8 defense fund seeks millions to continue anti-marriage equality fight

Monday, July 30, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund is offering new insight into how much it costs to continue advocating against marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, and the numbers are high.

The organization is soliciting supporters for an additional $2 million to defend California’s Proposition 8 — the 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage — before the U.S. Supreme Court, and claims that it’s already spent $10 million on efforts to prevent committed same-sex couples from marrying.

According to tax documents obtained by the Human Rights Campaign, the group reported approximately $7.6 million in revenue over the course of 2009- 2010. While figures for this year and last are not yet available, the HRC reports they’ve spent another $2.4 million to date.

The tax documents also indicate that funding is coming from a very small group of donors – just five to six contributors. In 2010, six contributors donated nearly $3.3 million of the group’s $4.3 million for the year. In 2009, the organization pulled in more than $1.7 million from just five contributors, or well over 50 percent of its revenue.

“Once again, the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund is pushing the falsehood that it’s simply a grassroots organization relying on the donations of everyday Americans,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz.

“In reality, it is a well-funded, anti-gay organization that relies on the support of a few donors to ensure it can continue its work to prevent committed and loving same-sex couples from marrying. The Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund does not reflect the views of the majority of Americans who support marriage equality, and is nothing more than a bastion for people with extremist agendas aimed at demeaning LGBT people.”

Prop 8 General Counsel Andy Pugno, who sent the most recent fundraising ask and is currently running for state office in California, also appears to be benefiting personally from the money the organization raises.

According to the tax documents, the Law Offices of Andrew Pugno has received well over half a million dollars from the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund – nearly $130,000 in 2009 and $464,000 in 2010.

You can view the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund’s 2009 990 here, and their 2010 filings here.

The U.S Supreme Court is expected to decide this fall whether it will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8.

Via: HRC.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. i say they should spend money on better things they just cant stand to see everyone happy and in love

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:01pm
  2. these people dont have a chance in hell if doma is struck down

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:03pm
  3. Prop-8 = Mormons = Romney.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:03pm
  4. if the gummit didn’t stop wasting so much money, maybe this country wouldn’t be in the shape that it is in.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:04pm
  5. What a waste of money and energy. Just imagine what $12M could do when used for good.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:05pm
  6. Id like to know how much in millions have been wasted by all 50 states and the fed’s on anti-gay issues?

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:08pm
  7. It is not just Mormons, the christian extremist are even worse.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:14pm
  8. These people need a new hobby.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:15pm
  9. AMEN Steven, imagine how many people that kind of money could help out that really need it!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:18pm
  10. Get over it already. Spend your money helping the poor.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:22pm
  11. Good Luck. Calif. is the most populous state, and I believe people have seen the damage done there through the likes of the haters.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:23pm
  12. you get over it Dennis….you must be a straight christian man

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:27pm
  13. your a douche bag Dennis

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:29pm
  14. I think Dennis was talking about the people wasting money to support prop 8.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:41pm
  15. Straight AND clearly a bigot.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:42pm
  16. Dennis wasn’t saying anything hateful, so I don’t get the hostility. I for one totally agree with what he had to say.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:43pm
  17. despicable! why are they so against everyone being equal? the world hasn’t come to an end and won’t if marriage equality goes worldwide.

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:59pm
  18. Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 8:11pm
  19. I am “Sam” in the article ..we need to take charge on this issue since it relates to marriage for equality !!!

    Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 8:12pm