Archive for November, 2008

New York Times Editorial Supports FPPC Investigation of Mormon Church

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Below is the link to today’s NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL in support of the investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) of the Mormon Church re Prop 8. I filed the complaint on November 13th and the FPPC agreed to launch an investigation this week.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/opinion/29sat2.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

Fred Karger
Founder
Californians Against Hate
http://californiansagainsthate.com
619-592-2008

Full Story:

Editorial
The Prop 8 Campaign Money
Published: November 29, 2008
California’s fair-elections commission is investigating a complaint against the Mormon Church’s role in campaigning for Proposition 8, which made marriage illegal between people of the same sex. Based on the facts that have come out so far, the state is right to look into whether the church broke state laws by failing to report campaign-related expenditures.

Proposition 8, which California voters passed on Nov. 4, overturned a ruling by the California Supreme Court and wrote discrimination against one particular group of people into the State Constitution. After it passed, tens of thousands of people rallied in cities across the country in support of same-sex marriage. The California Supreme Court said recently that it would review whether Proposition 8 was constitutional.

Mormons were a major force behind the ballot measure. Individual church members contributed millions of dollars and acted as campaign foot soldiers. The church itself also played an unusually large role. Michael R. Otterson, the managing director of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the full name of the Mormons’ church — said that while the church speaks out on other issues, like abortion, “we don’t get involved to the degree we did on this.”

Fred Karger, the founder of a group called Californians Against Hate, who filed the complaint, contends that the Mormon Church provided significant contributions to the pro-Proposition 8 campaign that it did not report, as state law requires. The Fair Political Practices Commission of California is investigating, among other things, commercials, out-of-state phone banks and a Web site sponsored by the church.

If the commission finds that the church violated state reporting laws, it could impose penalties of up to $5,000 per violation, and sue for additional amounts. The Mormon Church, which says it is sending information to the commission, says it did nothing wrong.

Churches, which risk their tax-exempt status if they endorse candidates, have more leeway in referendum campaigns. Still, when they enter the political fray, they have the same obligation to follow the rules that nonreligious groups do.

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All the News on Californians Against Hate – Read All About It!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

New York Times — http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/26/us/politics/26marriage.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=mormon%20investigation&st=cse

Fox News — http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,457086,00.html

Salt Lake Tribune — http://www.sltrib.com/ci_11064769

Sacramento Bee — http://www.sacbee.com/749/story/1425404.html

Los Angeles Times — http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2008/11/proposition-8-2.html

San Francisco Chronicle — http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=14&entry_id=33015

San Diego Union-Tribune — http://weblog.signonsandiego.com/news/breaking/2008/11/prop_8_opponents_announce_new.html

San Jose Mercury News — http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_11071952

San Jose Mercury News — http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_11065696?nclick_check=1

San Francisco Sentinel — http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=17624

GLT San Diego — http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=13533

GLT San Diego — http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=13504

GLT San Diego — http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=13535

Desert Sun — http://www.mydesert.com/article/20081121/NEWS01/811210343/1026/news12

Huffington Post — http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fred-karger/boycott-a-1-self-storage_b_145103.html

The Daily Princetonian — http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2008/11/19/22161/

Les Get Real — http://lezgetreal.com/2008/11/where-do-we-go-from-here.html

Mother Talker — http://www.mothertalkers.com/storyonly/2008/11/16/185426/35

Political Correctness Site — http://pcwatch.blogspot.com/2008_11_01_archive.html#7105213593601224553

Square State — http://www.squarestate.net/diary/7220/focus-on-the-family-cuts-200-jobs

Life in the Avenues — http://horseychicken.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is/

DigiActive — http://www.digiactive.org/2008/11/24/campaign-protests-against-proposition-8

Lavender Newswire — http://news.lavenderliberal.com/2008/11/24/ceos-hiding-proposition-8-donations-behind-wives-skirts/

Gateway Pundit — http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/11/unreal-california-courts-will.html

Out Impact – http://www.outimpact.com/gay-rights/californians-against-hate-who-were-the-top-12-contributors-for-prop-8

The Campaign Silo — http://campaignsilo.firedoglake.com/2008/11/24/probe-of-mormon-church-underway

Out Impact — http://www.inlookout.com/2008/11/24/california-commission-to-investigate-mormon-involvement-in-prop-8

Inside Looking Out — http://www.inlookout.com/2008/11/24/california-commission-to-investigate-mormon-involvement-in-prop-8

ALO News — http://news.aol.com/article/california-to-investigate-mormon-aid-to/205955

Lesbians of Color — http://lesbianofcolor.blogspot.com/2008/11/ongoing-1-storage-boycott.html

Pride and Shame — http://prideandshame.blogspot.com/2008/11/shame-alert-1-storage.html

America Blog — http://www.americablog.com

Pam’s House Blend — http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=8398

Catholic On Line — http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=30738

2015place.com ¬¬– http://www.2015place.com/2008/11/combined-gay-news-headlines-t5t-1_1503.html

ECCO — http://www.eccopac.org/2008/11/california-fair-political-practices.html

BGay.com — http://www.bgay.com/news/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=694&Itemid=23

Towleroad — http://www.bgay.com/news/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=694&Itemid=23

Godless Liberal Homo — http://godlessliberalhomo.blogspot.com/2008/11/mormon-church-under-investigation.html

Shakesville — http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2008/11/california-to-investigate-mormons.html

The Soap Box — http://theesoapbox.blogspot.com/2008/11/what-happens-if-youre-on-gay-enemies.html

Three Legged Stool — http://threelegedstool.blogspot.com/2008/11/mormons-to-be-investigated-over-prop-8.html

Daily Kos — http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/26/125059/17?detail=f

Queer Click — http://sticky.queerclick.com/post/12752?goto#12752

Freep.com — http://www.freep.com/article/20081125/NEWS07/81125096/1009

On Top — http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=2786&MediaType=1&Category=26

FPPC To Investigate Mormon Church Involvement in Prop 8

Monday, November 24th, 2008

NEWS RELEASE November, 24, 2008


California Fair Political Practices Commission to
Investigate Mormon Church Involvement in Prop 8

LOS ANGELES, CA – Fred Karger, Founder of Californians Against Hate received a letter today from the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regarding the sworn complaint that he filed on November 13, 2008. The complaint requested the FPPC investigate the alleged lack of reporting of numerous non monetary contributions to ProtectMarriage.com / Yes on 8, A Project of California Renewal I.D. #1302592 by the Mormon Church. The letter from FPPC Executive Director, Roman Porter, dated November 21, 2008 was received by fax. Below is the text of the letter from Mr. Porter.

Fair Political Practices Commission
428 J Street, Suite 629, Sacramento, CA 95814-2329
(916)322-5660 Fax (916)322-0886

November 21, 2008

Fred Karger
1278 Glenneyre, #20
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Re; FPPC File No. 08/735; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints aka the Mormon Church of Salt Lake City, Utah

Dear Mr. Karger:

This letter is to notify you that the Enforcement Division of the Fair Political Practices Commission (the FPPC) will investigate the allegation(s), under the jurisdiction of the FPPC, of the sworn complaint you submitted in the above-referenced matter. You will next receive notification from us upon final disposition of the case. However, please be advised that at this time we have not made any determination about the validity of the allegation(s) you made or about the culpability, if any, of the person(s) you identify in your complaint.

Thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention.

Sincerely,

Roman G. Porter
Executive Director

cc: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints aka the Mormon Church of Salt Lake City, Utah

“We are very pleased that the FPPC has agreed to launch an investigation based on our complaint,” said Fred Karger. “My 4 page letter to Chairman Ross Johnson and California and Utah Attorneys General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and Mark Shurtleff with all of the alleged unreported activities is available on our blog at: http://californiansagainsthate.blogspot.com/ We’re hopeful the Mormon Church will fully cooperate with the investigation, and that we will find out the full extent of their involvement in the Yes on 8 campaign.”

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