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Prop 8 organizers face fines for violating California campaign finance laws

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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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6 more reader comments:

  1. They should be fine just for being stupid asses in the first place!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 8:21pm
  2. “Protecting the sanctity of marriage” when they dont “play fair” they probably did it on purpose.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 8:29pm
  3. I say collect the money and open a LGBT shelter and treatment program for those recovering from the hatrid of these religious fanatics.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 8:48pm
  4. anyone else see the silhouette of a woman’s torso in the logo? the parents heads are the nips

    Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 8:59pm
  5. right?! totally boobs!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 9:08pm
  6. Considering that the proposition was actually written by a catholic pastor who is now a bishop, I think the whole thing should be thrown out on the basis that it was a religiously planned animus-based initiative to usurp rights on a religious basis, violating the constitutional rights of those so denied those rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 10:11pm