Who Bought Prop 8? Court Rules Campaign Fianance Records Should Remain Public

The names of the donors behind California’s prop 8 initiative will stay on the secretary of state’s website.

The L.A. Times reports,” A federal judge in Sacramento ruled against ProtectMarriage.com and the National Organization for Marriage in a nearly 3-year-old lawsuit, saying the groups failed to prove they should be exempt from state campaign disclosure laws.”

According to the Times,” ProtectMarriage.com is a coalition of religious and conservative groups that sponsored and campaigned for the state constitutional amendment known as Proposition 8, which was approved by 52% of California voters and has been subject to continuing court challenges by same-sex marriage supporters. The National Organization for Marriage solicited donations that were used to qualify the measure for the November 2008 ballot.

The two groups, which between them raised the lion’s share of the $43.3 million spent in support of Proposition 8, said their donors were targeted for boycotts, hate mail and threats after their names appeared on the secretary of state’s website as part of required campaign finance reports. They filed a suit in January 2009 to have them removed.”

San Fransisco’s Deputy City Attorney says the winners in the case are the people of California.

Like everything Prop 8, you can expect an appeals to be filed soon.

An anti-marriage group in Washington recently lost a similar case there as well.


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