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Prop 8 organizers face fines for violating California campaign finance laws

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Proponents of Proposition 8, California’s 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, have been ordered to pay $49,000 in fines after failing to report contributions received for the campaign.

The California Fair Political Practice Commission ordered the fines against the “ProtectMarriage.com Yes on 8″ campaign for allegedly failing to report several donations over $5,000, and for failing to properly dispose of an anonymous $10,000 contribution.

According to the Commission, more than $1 million in contributions were not properly reported.

In total, the marriage equality opponents face 18 counts of violating California campaign finance laws.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the campaign committee has admitted to the violations and agreed to the fines.

Proposition 8, which defined marriage in California as between one man and one woman, was struck down by a federal court in a decision that has since been upheld by a federal appeals panel. Proponents have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling.

Andy Pugno, an attorney who has represented the campaign committee, was not immediately available for comment.

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