Filing: Mormons Spent at Least $190,000 to Pass Prop 8

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints waited until late Friday, one day before the filing was due, to turn in the first report detailing non-monetary expenditures related to the passage of Proposition 8:

Mormontemple“The disclosure comes as the church is being investigated by the state’s campaign watchdog agency for violating state laws by not fully disclosing its involvement in the campaign before voters cast ballots on Nov. 4. While many church members had donated directly to the Yes on 8 campaign – some estimates range as high as $20 million – the church itself had previously reported little direct campaign activity. But in the filing made Friday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints reported thousands in travel expenses, such as airline tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals for the campaign. The church also reported $96,849.31 worth of ‘compensated staff time’ – hours church employees spent working to pass the gay marriage ban.”

Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate notes discrepancies between amounts disclosed by the Mormon church and those disclosed by (the official Yes on 8 committee), and asks:

“Where are the rest of your non-monetary expenditures Mormon Church? What about the phone banks, precinct walks, all the slick videos and commercials, direct mail, busses, legal bills from your California political law firm, etc.? They could not all have occurred until late September and October. It is clear that you began your work in June. And why didn’t report any earlier non-monetary contributions from the Mormon Church? Their report does not match up with yours.”

The Fair Political Practices Commission, which is investigating complaints about the church’s involvement, declined to comment on the report.


  1. ty says

    People who worship at Snow White’s castle should NOT throw stones, and should pay taxes for their involvement in matters of the state!!

  2. says

    It’s also interesting to note the Mormons who were reimbursed by the Yes on 8 campaign for their efforts:

    Expenditures made:

    Lawrence Research (Gary Lawrence, Mormon pollster and Meridian contributor): $528,877.35

    Eagle Foundation (a Mormon PAC set up by Bart Marcois and David Parker): $135,912.76

    Glen Greener (former Salt Lake City Police Commissioner, Meridian contributor, and now a GOP operative and sometime Cali property developer): $50,236.42

    Sonja Brown ( communications director): $41,844.00

    Zion Multimedia Corp.: $2,000.00

    Rob Wirthlin: $768.18

    These kinds of campaigns are cash cows for the “grassroots organizers” and Prop 8 no doubt helped Gary Lawrence, Bart Marcois, David Parker and their LDS buddies to position themselves to be even bigger players the next time a similar initiative comes around. I’ve heard in comments over at my place that these guys were overheard gloating in the ward (church) hallway about the awesome lists that they now have in hand because of the Prop 8 effort.

    There could very well be other Mormons in that list of payees, but I’ve mentioned the ones I recognize.

  3. Codswallop says

    When you look at the lists of individual donations there are many who have never donated to political causes before who suddenly, supporting Prop 8, donated tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Perhaps it’s paranoid, but I can’t help but wonder if at least some of that was money directly from the Mormon Church essentially laundered through its members.

    Certainly the Mormon Church is not above such tactics and since “lying for the Lord” to protect the Church from legal exposure is a recognized part of the doctrine, they would never admit it.

  4. says

    I hope the American public has finally begun to realize that mormonism isn’t just some odd little fringe religion but is in fact a very formidable cult with deep pockets and a powerful networking system.

    We underestimated their involvement when it came to Prop 8 just as they underestimated what would be our response to their involvement. Now both sides know what they’re dealing with and hopefully that will mean that our choices in the future will be wiser ones when it comes to doing “business” with the mormons.

    Don’t ever be fooled by them. They want us to believe they’re a mainstream all-American religion with goodness at their core, when in fact they are anything but.