California Opens Formal Investigation of Mormon Church’s Role in Financing Proposition 8

California flagUtah flagCalifornia’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has officially opened an investigation in the role of the Church of Latter Day Saints in financing and failing to report nonmonetary contributions to support Proposition 8 — the successful resolution that barred same-sex marriage. The investigation was requested Californians Against Hate.


The group alleged that the church failed to report money invested to organize phone banks, send out direct mailers, provide transportation to California, mobilize a speakers bureau, send out satellite simulcasts and develop Web sites as well as numerous commercials and video broadcasts. The Mormons are believed to have contributed as much as $22 million to the effort.

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6 thoughts on “California Opens Formal Investigation of Mormon Church’s Role in Financing Proposition 8

  1. I think there is a difference between individual members of the Mormon church personally donating money to a political cause and the actual religious institution donating money to a political cause.

    I have seen the reported figures on how much was donated, but I don’t know if those figures indicate cash and checks actually written out by the entity of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or if the figures are the aggregation of personal donations by members of that church. I think that will make a huge difference in the investigation. Even if the Church encouraged its members to personally donate, personal donations are different from the actual institution donating funds.

    Just a thought.

  2. I think it’s obivious which group has deeper pockets!

    It’s not right that the church failed to report their monetary contribtions, they are not above the law.

  3. Buddha,
    As usual you are spot on. Malo and his fellow trolls do protest too much. The Mormons have the right to express their political beliefs,but if the church is doing the expressing and the donating, they lose their tax-exempt status. In Malo’s words, that is Democracy in action. By the way Malo, why don’t you spend your free time actually researching what “illegal” funds Soros donated as you allege above? I also want to give you a heads up that Soros isn’t a religion, just in case you are confused. But, I don’t know if he wears magic underwear like the Mormons or pain inducing items under his clothes like the Opus Dei advocates.

  4. What’s the matter, Malo? Upset because your man-love has to move underground? Your hate filled agenda shows most when you use less words to obscure it. Keep up the good work.

    As for the Mormons, I’ll defend their right to practice. I’ll defend their right to express political opinion even when wrong headed and ultimately doomed to failure. But the price they pay for that is I’ll also defend my right to make fun of their magic underwear and the Osmonds. The Beauty of the Constitution!

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