Michael Crawford

Mormon Church Spent More to Pass Prop 8 Than It Originally Reported

Filed By Michael Crawford | February 02, 2009 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Mormon

Props to Pam Spaulding for bringing this to our attention:

Six weeks into an investigation by California's Fair Political Practices Commission, the Church of Latter-Day Saints has admitted that it spent nearly $188,000 more on the campaign to approve Proposition 8 that it had initially stated.

The Mormon Church previously insisted that it spent only $2,078 to support the ban on same-sex marriage, something LGBT leaders said was implausible in light of a number of visits to California by high ranking church officials, ads allegedly produced with church funds and the large number of church staffers working on the campaign.

In November, Californians Against Hate filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission accusing the church of failing to report the value of work it did to support Prop 8.

...In a new filing with the state, the church now admits that among other expenses were $96,849 for "compensated staff time" for church employees who worked on the campaign, $20,575 for the use of facilities and equipment at its Salt Lake City headquarters, $26,000 for audio-visual production and travel expenses for church leaders to go to California.

"This is exactly what we were talking about when we filed the suit," Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate told the San Francisco Chronicle.


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steve tabarez | February 2, 2009 7:01 PM

It does sho what money can buy, huh? And stil, my feeling that every group has right to use their money against us if they choose to, clashes with my die hard belief in the separation of church and state. It is their right to spend as they so choose, and I'd be willing to bet they have undoutably spent large sums in other social/political fights. They have crossed a line, here. Cuz, I hope they lose tax-exempt status. AND APOLOGIZES FOR COMMITTING THAT GRAVE SIN OF LYING when they lose it.

My goodness, they lied?
Who'd have thought that a Church based upon the famous disappearing golden plates might find honesty difficult to practice?

The Mormon Church is far from being our biggest problem here in California. As I said in my 1/25 post at http://www.bilerico.com/2009/01/knowing_our_enemy_facts_about_the_yes_on.php, we need to look at the entire list of Prop 8 contributors, which has been published. Hundreds of churches, big and small, gave money to get Prop 8 passed. All of them should be losing their tax-exempt status, not just the LDS Church.

Patricia Nell Warren

A church should not be allowed to give money to any political process to BUY a vote! LDS should lose their tax exempt status and so should the other churches! By the way I am a Reverend.
Regina

I am telling ya, we need to go after churches tax exempt status...its called 'separation of church and state'.

We as a community will never have what we want until we take on organized religion and make the IRS do its job and take away their 'free money'.