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BUSTED! – Prop 8 Campaign Against Same Sex Marriage Faces $49,000 In Fines

The enforcement staff of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission is set to fine the campaign committee for Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure banning gay marriage in California up to $49,000 for failing to properly report and handle political contributions it received.

The campaign committee ProtectMarriage.com—Yes on 8 for failing to properly file public reports disclosing late contributions and contributions over $5,000, as well as failing to properly dispose of an anonymous $10,000 contribution. More than $1 million in contributions were not properly reported.

ProtectMarriage.com—Yes on 8 has pleaded guilty on the failure to file and report and 18 counts of violating state campaign finance laws.

Proposition 8, , was approved by California voters but struck down by a federal appeals court. Andy Pugno, the lawyer who has represented Prop 8 committee  received $200,473.79 from ProtectMarriage.com,  Pugno’s had previously worked for  Alliance Defense Fund, which litigates cases involving religious liberties for Christians. ADF insists that it’s not a law firm and is instead a ministry, which means it won’t hire anyone who is not Christian. It was founded by conservative radio pastor and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson in 1994.

ADF was the major legal arm of the Prop. 8 campaign and defended the measure in court.

Of course Pugno was not available for comment.

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Will Kohler

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