August 7, 2012
By Jacob Combs
The Los Angeles Times reports that the campaign to pass California’s Proposition 8 in 2008 could face $49,000 in fines for improperly processing and reporting the contributions it received in the lead-up to the 2008 election:
The fines are proposed by the enforcement staff of the state Fair Political Practices Commission against the campaign committee ProtectMarriage.com—Yes on 8. The staff found that the group had failed to properly file public reports disclosing late contributions and contributions of more than $5,000, as well as for not properly disclosing an anonymous $10,000 contribution.
In all, the campaign committee faces 18 counts of violating state political laws. The group has agreed to the violations and the fines, but the commission will still consider its staff’s recommendation at an Aug. 16 meeting.
Proposition 8 has been struck down twice by the federal courts: once in 2010 by a district court in California and a second time in 2012 by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prop 8′s supporters have petitioned the Supreme Court for an appeal of the lower courts’ rulings, which the high court will decide to take up or reject this fall.
Throughout the Proposition 8 campaign, opponents of marriage equality used divisive tactics that bended or distorted the facts and used scare tactics to dissuade Californians from upholding their fellow citizens’ access to equal rights. They pushed the district court to keep from having to testify in public, and petitioned the Supreme Court to stop a pilot program that would have televised the Prop 8 trial for the public. These latest fines are just one more indication that the campaign they ran, and continue to run, against equality is not, and never has been, a clean one.