February 3, 2009
California's Proposition 8: $83M Price Tag
The opponents of California's Proposition 8, which place a ban on gay marriage, raised more money than the measure's sponsors, according to a new report.
The Associated Press reports that campaign filings released Monday show that more than $83 million was donated to support or oppose the ballot initiative.
Opponents: $43.3 million
Proponents: $39.9 million
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which took the heaviest beating from protesters after it passed, gave nearly $190,000 to promote the measure. Focus on the Family gave more than three times the amount as the LDS Church, reportedly giving $657,000 in cash and services to promote Proposition 8.
The new round of reports also list about 530 small and late donors whose contributions in support of the same-sex marriage ban had not been publicly available until Monday. Proposition 8's sponsors had sought permission to keep the identities of those contributors secret, arguing that the identifying information in previous campaign reports had led to donors being harassed.
The measure passed on Election Day with 52 percent of the vote.