Mormon Church To Be Investigated For Illegal Involvement in Prop 8 Campaign
November 25, 2008 by Bryan
The Mormon Church played a key role in Prop 8’s passage. Without them there is no question it would have failed. More than half (roughly $20 million) of Yes on 8’s money came from the pleading Mormon Church. An official complaint has been filed against them based on their actions. Those action include organizing phone banks, sending direct mail about Prop 8, organizing canvasses and distributing thousands of lawn signs and deceptive campaign materials to California voters. That’s not all. They also produced commercials and created pro-Prop 8 websites.
California’s political watchdog agency is investigating a complaint alleging the Mormon church failed to report non-monetary contributions to the Yes on 8 campaign, a state official said Monday.
The sworn complaint by a group called Californians Against Hate contends The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organized phone banks from Utah and Idaho and sent direct mail to voters.
The complaint, filed four days after Californians voted to end gay marriage in the state, also alleges the Utah-based church transported people to California to walk precincts and distributed thousands of lawn signs and other campaign materials.
The church is also accused of establishing Web sites and producing commercials and other video broadcasts geared toward non-members.
Roman Porter, executive director the state Fair Political Practices Commission, said the agency sent a form letter last Friday to Fred Karger, founder of Californians Against Hate, informing him it would investigate the complaint.
“At this point, the commission hasn’t made any determination relative to wrongdoing or any individual’s culpability in matters raised by the complaint,” said Porter, cautioning the agency receives hundreds of complaints each year.
Californians Against Hate has also organized boycotts of businesses that contributed to the Yes campaign. If the FPPC determines fault, the Mormon church – whose members contributed more than $20 million to the campaign – could be fined up to $5,000 per violation.
via The Sac Bee