The Utah-based Mormon Church
put $190,000 into the campaign to pass vile, backwards, bigoted, evil, hateful Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage ballot measure that recently passed in California. The problem, of course, is that it didn't disclose its contributions until after the November election was over. This could mean that the church violated California's campaign disclosure laws.
While many church members had donated directly to the Yes on 8 campaign - some estimates of Mormon giving range as high as $20 million - the church itself had previously reported little direct campaign activity.
But in the filing made Friday, the Mormon church 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 that church employees spent working to pass the same-sex marriage ban.
"As I read this report, it seems to raise more questions than it answers," said Fred Karger, who filed the initial complaint against the church with the Fair Political Practices Commission in November.
The California Supreme Court will revisit Prop 8 on March 5.