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Prop. 8 committee fined $49,000 for violations

By Josh Richman
Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 1:26 pm in 2008 November election, ballot measures, campaign finance, same-sex marriage.

California’s political watchdog agency today slapped the committee behind 2008’s Proposition 8 – the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage – with a $49,000 fine for campaign finance reporting violations involving more than $1.3 million in contributions.

According to the Fair Political Practices Commission, ProtectMarriage.com-Yes on 8 and its treasurer, David Bauer, “failed to file late contribution reports in a timely manner; failed to file in a timely manner, contributions of $1,000 or more received during the 90-day election cycle ending on November 4, 2008; failed to file contributions of $5,000 or more in a timely manner, in an online campaign report within ten business days of receipt; failed to properly dispose of an anonymous $10,000 contribution received on or about October 28, 2008; and failed to disclose occupation and/or employer information regarding persons who contributed $100 or more” – 18 distinct violations in all.

“The total amount of contributions not timely reported on these reports is approximately $654,424, which is approximately 2% of the total contributions received by Respondent Committee during the audit period,” commission staffers wrote of the late contribution reports, in an exhibit to the stipulation agreed to by ProtectMarriage.com. Staffers noted “there are no cases that are similar in size and amount of contributions received that have been considered by the Commission in the recent past.”

ProtectMarriage.com also “failed to disclose 188 contributions of $1,000 or more totaling $582,306 during 90-day period before the November 4, 2008 General Election within 24 hours of receipt in online campaign reports,” the exhibit said. It also failed to disclose contributions of $5,000 or more on or about July 21, 2008 and August 5, 2008, totaling $95,000.

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  • RR senile columnist

    The FPPC should donate the fine to worthy charities and then close up shop. They are nitpickers who do as much good as the Spare the Air geniuses who persuade two or three motorists not to use their cars on 100 degree days.

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    RR, currently there is no penalty for driving solo on a Spare-the Air Day. We should “marry” a fellow partner to carpool on a “100 degree day day,” and let the State of CA contribute this fine to the General Fund.