Originally published on Advocate.com November 29 2008 12:00 AM ET
Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate the
Mormon Church's allegedly unreported contributions to the
campaign to eliminate marriage equality in the state.
Californians Against Hate filed with the commission
after Proposition 8 was passed on November 4, according to
the Salt Lake Tribune. Organization leader Fred
Karger charges that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints did not report investments in phone banking,
direct mailers, transportation into California for
out-of-state Mormon volunteers, commercials, video
broadcasts, and a mobile speakers bureau.
Karger said this
step by the commission is a good sign, since the
commission takes on less than 5% of complaints. While Roman
Porter, the commission's executive director, said the
move isn't indicative of anything, he added
that the church could be fined up to $5,000 per
violation if found at fault.
Against Hate calculated in October that LDS followers had
contributed more than $24 million in support of gay marriage
bans in California and Arizona.
The LDS Church
says it has approximately 770,000 members in California,
accounting for about 2% of the state's population. (Michelle
Garcia, The Advocate)