Archive for September, 2008

Californians Against Hate in the News — A Lot

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Wanna get caught up on all that has been happening with Californians Against Hate over the past several weeks? Simply click on the links below for world-wide coverage of our effort to draw attention to the major funders to the Yes on California’s Proposition 8 campaign.

Television

KPIX – CBS San Francisco — http://cbs5.com/video/?id=39024@kpix.dayport.com
San Diego Cha 6 (and click on the video of the Boycott) –www.sandiego6.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=5c4607b8-6cb7-46a0-b036-b7350e942816

Newspapers

Wall Street Journal — http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121979337416974603.html?mod=googlenews_wj

San Diego Union-Tribune — http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20080827-9999-1n27boycott.html

San Diego Union-Tribune — http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20080822-9999-1m22pension.html

Sign ON San Diego — http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20080824-9999-lz1m24theweek.html

Contra Costa Times — http://victorsfile.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!4B284F802E60547F!3628.entry

Bay Area Reporter — http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=3264

GLThttp://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=12955

GLT Guest Commentary — http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=13029&session=96730a64854ab3aa085d334c1c9cb935

Magazines

On Top Magazine — http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=2375&MediaType=1&Category=26

PR Week — http://www.prweekus.com/Campaign-targets-supporters-of-CA-Prop-8/article/116179/

Blogs

Huffington Post — http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fred-karger/californians-against-hate_b_125727.html

Morbid Symptoms — http://morbidsymptoms.blogspot.com/2008/09/knights-of-columbus-ride-to-rescue.html

Silobreaker –http://www.silobreaker.com/DocumentReader.aspx?Item=5_901628672

The Scoop — http://vancouver-newspaper-16335.blogspot.com/2008/09/fred-karger-californians-against-hate.html

Queers United — http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2008/09/dishonor-roll-when-it-comes-to-prop-8.html

Ray’s List — http://rayslistglbtnews.blogspot.com/2008/09/glbt-digest-september-12-2008.html

DRN News — http://drnnews.blogspot.com/2008/09/colorado-media-matters-koa-news-team.html

Politickershttp://poplife.biz/politics/?p=19221

Box Turtle Bulletin — http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2008/09/03/2841

Good As You — http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2008/09/manchesters-ban.html

Joe My God — http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2008/08/san-diego-hyatt-cfo-gay-boycott-could.html

Gawkerhttp://gawker.com/5042452/businesses-to-gays-hate-the-player-not-the-game

Pink News Co UK — http://www.pinknews.co.uk/aroundtheworld/2008/08/gay-activists-target-anti-gay-businesses/

Good as You — http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2008/08/checkout-time-g.html

GLBT News — http://rayslistglbtnews.blogspot.com/2008/08/glbt-digest-august-22-2008.html

CUNY Law Blog — http://cunylaw.blogspot.com/2008/08/cuny-law-week-in-review_25.html

Gay News Blog — http://gay_blog.blogspot.com/2008/08/gay-activists-target-anti-gay.html

Gawkerhttp://gawker.com/5042452/businesses-to-gays-hate-the-player-not-the-game

German Blog — http://dokmz.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/prop-8-briefs-protesters-greet-guests-at-yes-on-8-fundraiser/

To Form a More Perfect Union — http://samesexmarriage.typepad.com/weblog/2008/08/4000-law-profes.html

Straight Talk on Marriage — http://straighttalkonmarriage.blogspot.com/2008/08/4000-law-professors-move-convention.html

San Diego City Beat — http://lastblogonearth.com/2008/08/20/hotel-boycott-having-an-impact/

California Gay Marriage Blog — http://cagaymarriage.blogspot.com/2008/08/donors-that-fund-campaign-against.html

SeaQWahttp://seaqwa.com/blogs/qnews/archive/2008/08/27/gaynews-bites-bakker-and-straight-nights-conn-court-delay-prop-8-boycotts-gop-rogue-s-gallery-cruise-voluntourism.aspx

Red Country — http://www.redcounty.com/sandiego/2008/08/san-diego-news-roundup-august-20/

Mimegasitehttp://www.successmtgs.com/mimegasite/articles/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003848091

Gay Agenda — http://www.gayagenda.com/contact-us/#results

Chemistry.com — http://gay_blog.blogspot.com/2008/08/gay-activists-target-anti-gay.html

Marriage Equality — http://blog.protectmarriageequality.com/2008/08/27/ca-companies-tied-to-prop-8-backers-pulled-into-fray/

California Majority Report — http://www.camajorityreport.com/index.php?module=articles&func=display&aid=3440&ptid=9

San Francisco Bay Times — http://www.sfbaytimes.com/?sec=article&article_id=8878

Ravenhursthttp://ravenhurst-ravenhurst.blogspot.com/2008/08/whats-new-in-california-on-thursday-08.html

Venkey the Blogger — http://venkey.blog.co.in/2008/08/28/gay-activists-target-businesses/

Lavender Newswirehttp://news.lavenderliberal.com/2008/08/28/california-wall-street-journal-takes-note-of-proposition-8-boycotts/

Smartbriefhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB121979337416974603.html?mod=dist_smartbrief

Sfisthttp://sfist.com/2008/09/11/foreigners_attempting_to_seize_cont.php

NGBloghttp://nlsngrc.blogspot.com/2008/09/friday-this-and-that.html

Facebookhttp://www.new.facebook.com/posted.php?id=17558919762

Protect Marriage Equality — http://blog.protectmarriageequality.com/2008/09/13/marriage-equality-proponents-expose-anti-gay-money-trail/

BNEThttp://industry.bnet.com/travel/1000205/politics-economics-boycott-at-hyatt-hotel/

NewsaRamahttp://blog.newsarama.com/2008/09/15/revisiting-convention-rules-and-boycotts/

Gay News Blog — http://gay_blog.blogspot.com/2008/09/gay-marriage-proponents-expose-anti-gay.html

News Release – Dishonor Roll Posted

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

For Immediate Release September 11, 2008
Contact: Fred Karger 619-592-2008

Dishonor Roll Up on Californians Against Hate Web Site
Top 112 Donors to Yes on 8 Campaign
Now Available New Web Site Launched, Too

LOS ANGELES, CA – The much anticipated release of the major donors to Yes on Proposition 8 was published today on the Californians Against Hate web site: http://www.californiansagainsthate.com/

The announcement came in a post by Campaign Manager Fred Karger on the Huffington Post. Proposition 8 changes the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. The top 10 donors are now up on the front page of Californians Against Hate’s newly redesigned web site, and the remaining 102 donors can be found by using the link directly below the “Top 10.”

The list is current as of August 5 for all donors of $5,000 and more. Donors of $25,000 and more are current as of September 1, 2008. Leading the pack is the Knights of Columbus of New Haven, Connecticut with $1.275 million. This is the political arm of the Catholic Church. Second is the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) of Princeton, NJ which gave $941,000, with the bulk of their money coming in the first 6 months of this year. Their funds were used to hire hundreds of professional signature gatherers in order to qualify the constitutional initiative for the November 4th ballot.

Third is John Templeton, Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania who gave $900,000. John, Jr. is the son of the founder of Templeton Funds.

Fourth is Howard “Howie” Ahmanson of Newport Beach who gave $600,000. Ahmanson is the heir to the Home Savings & Loan fortune, now owned by Washington Mutual (NYSE: WM). Ahmanson gave his money between February and August.

Fifth is Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association (AFA) of Tupelo, Mississippi which gave $500,000 on July 22nd.

Sixth is Mrs. Elsa Prince of Holland, Michigan who recently gave $450,000. She is on the board of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and his Washington, DC based political operation, the Family Research Council. Her late husband, Edgar invented the light-up visor vanity mirror, and her son is Erik Prince of Blackwater fame.

Seventh is Dobson’s Focus on the Family of Colorado Springs, Colorado, which gave $412,000 beginning in December 2007. They came though with most of it, $250,000 to jump-start the Yes on 8 campaign when it was broke, after spending $2.3 million to qualify the initiative.

“These people are pouring money into California to eliminate our freedom to marry, like we’ve never seen before,” said Fred Karger, Campaign Manager of Californians Against Hate. “They have put these hateful ballot measures before the voters in 27 states, and have won all but one; Arizona 2 years ago. Now this year they are back on the ballot in Arizona, in addition to Florida and California.

They want to bully us and crush us and end any possibility of same sex couples having the freedom to marry throughout the United States. They are willing to spend tens of millions of dollars to do just that.” The Yes on 8 campaign is now averaging nearly $500,000 per day in contributions of $1,000 or more, according to the California Secretary of State’s office; that’s $2.5 million per week.

Californians Against Hate was formed in July of this year to act as a truth squad monitoring the contributors to Yes on 8. It has led efforts to draw attention to these major donors, and in some instances take action against them.

On July 18th, a boycott of Doug Manchester’s hotels was begun http://www.boycottmanchesterhotels.com/ because of his $125,000 contribution. Manchester owns the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Grand Del Mar Hotel, both in San Diego, CA. The next action was against Terry Caster, owner of A-1 Self Storage http://a1storage.com/ who along with his immediate family gave $293,000 to qualify this initiative. A “Call Terry Caster” campaign was launched http://www.callterrycaster.com/ and so many calls came in that a separate phone line was installed to field all the calls.

“We will be announcing another action in the next week or so,” said Karger. “We want to make sure that the gay and lesbian community, our families, friends, co-workers and neighbors know exactly who is giving this obscene amount of money to take away our freedom to marry here in California. Then people can decide whether they want to give their hard earned money to these businesses or not.”

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Huffington Post Column

Thursday, September 11th, 2008
Californians Against Hate Releases its Dishonor Roll
Top 112 Donors to Yes on 8 Campaign Posted

The much anticipated release of the $5000 and above donors to California’s Yes on 8 Campaign is now posted on our web site: www.CaliforniansAgainstHate.com

Leading the pack is the Knights of Columbus of New Haven Connecticut with $1.275 million. This is the political arm of the Catholic Church.

Second is billionaire John Templeton, Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania who gave $900,000. John, Jr. is the son of the founder of Templeton Funds.

Third is the National Organization for Marriage of Princeton, NJ which gave $941,000, with the bulk of their money coming in the first 6 months of this year. Their funds were used to hire hundreds of professional signature gatherers in order to qualify their constitutional initiative for the November 4th ballot

Fourth is Howard “Howie” Ahmanson of Newport Beach, who gave $600,000. Ahmanson is the heir to the Home Savings & Loan fortune, now owned by Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE: WM). Ahmanson gave his money between February and August of this year.

Fifth on the list is Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association (AFA) of Tupelo, Mississippi who gave $500,000 on July 22nd.

Sixth is Elsa Prince of Holland, Michigan who gave $450,000 just recently. She is on the board of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family as well as Dobson’s Washington, DC million per year lobbying operation, the Family Research Council. Her late husband, Edgar, invented the light-up visor vanity mirror.

Seventh is Dobson’s very own Focus on the Family of Colorado Springs, Colorado. This $127 million per year operation gave 7 separate contributions totaling $432,000 dating back to December 2007. They came though with $250,000 of that amount to jump-start the Yes on 8 campaign when it was broke, after spending $2.3 million to qualify the initiative.
These mega donations are mostly from out of state organizations and individuals that are pouring money into California to end marriage equality.

They are trying to crush us by flooding the state with far, far right money like I have never seen before. They have put these hateful ballot measures before the voters in 27 states, and have won all but one; Arizona 2 years ago. Now this year they are back on the ballot in Arizona, in addition to Florida and California. Their big spending and bullying ways send a terrible message to an entire generation of young people in California and around the world.

The top 10 donors are now posted on the home page of our newly redesigned web site. They can also be viewed with expanded information on each donor, along with the other 102 donors, by using the link directly below the “Top 10.” This list of $5,000 contributors and up is current as of August 5th. Additional contributors of $25,000 and more are current as of September 1, 2008.

These major funders of the Yes on 8 campaign say that the institution of marriage is threatened by same-sex marriage.

What harm is the marriage of my friends Scott and Todd causing these people? They are both executives with big companies in Los Angeles who have been together for 7 years, and were finally able to legally marry. Their wedding and reception was one of the most loving and happy of any of the dozens of straight ceremonies that I have been to.

Their families were all present, as well as over 120 other guests including many co- workers, neighbors and lots of friends. 25 of their wedding guests flew in from all over the U.S to attend their ceremony. It was a wonderful and emotional day for every single person that was lucky enough to witness this couple’s happiness.

We here in California should be extremely proud to know that once again, we are leading the way. History shows that we did so in 1911 by being one of the first states to extend voting rights to women. California also led the way in 1948, when we became the first state to allow interracial marriage; a full 19 years before it became the law of the land.

I am proud to be a Californian, and know that once again we are leading the way. We Californians can hold our heads high with pride, and wonder why so many businesses, people and organizations from far away places like New Jersey, Michigan, Connecticut, Washington, DC and Mississippi are giving so many millions of dollars to strip away equality for all.

We will track this money and publish it on our web site for the world to see. If they want to spend tens of millions of dollars to take away our rights, then we will let everyone know exactly who is doing so. Then fair-minded people can decide if they want to spend their hard-earned money patronizing businesses that then turn around and use that money against them.