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ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 09:29 AM
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The Mormon church found to have spent almost $200,000 on Prop 8, but didn't report it
Mormon church officials, facing an ongoing investigation by the state Fair Political Practices Commission, Friday reported nearly $190,000 in previously unlisted assistance to the successful campaign for Prop. 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

The report, filed with the secretary of state's office, listed a variety of California travel expenses for high-ranking members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and included $20,575 for use of facilities and equipment at the church's Salt Lake City headquarters and a $96,849 charge for "compensated staff time" for church employees who worked on matters pertaining to Prop. 8.

"This is exactly what we were talking about when we filed the suit," said Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate, which opposed the same-sex marriage ban. "They spent money on the campaign and were supposed to report it."

Church officials were not available for comment Friday night.

Up until Friday, the Mormon church had denied any direct financial support for the campaign beyond a reported $2,078 spent for bringing church Elder L. Whitney Clayton to California.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/0...
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bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 10:19 AM
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1. Tax Time
Tax em.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 10:21 AM
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2. Meet Joe Black.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 10:34 AM
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3. So the Mormons lied about it all.
And they lied with impunity, thinking they were above the law and beyond ethical behavior. The leadership of LDS told an organized and rehersed set of public lies, false testimony, false witness.
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 10:55 AM
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5. Lying is a strong indicator they knew what they were doing was wrong
if they truly did it because of their religious convictions (wrong though they were), they would have professed it loudly to the world.
so, this indicates to me even they knew this act was neither legal nor moral.
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 10:54 AM
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4. Mormon "Church"?
Don't you mean: Mormon Fucking Bigoted Cult?

:grr:
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Lochloosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 11:18 AM
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6. "Fuck"
Mitt Romney reading the morning paper.
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 11:44 AM
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7. This is very important - All religious organizations that supported Prop 8 should pay taxes!
From this website http://www.fadedyouthblog.com/62240/proposition-8-passe... /

Blogger Thelea Draganic reported:

Religious organizations that support Proposition 8 include:

Roman Catholic Church],
Knights of Columbus,
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons,
Group of Evangelical Christians led by Jim Garlow and Miles McPherson,
American Family Association,
Focus on the Family Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, Californias largest,
The Bishops of the California Catholic Conference released a statement supporting the proposition.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) has publicly supported the proposition and encouraged their membership to support it, by asking its members to donate money and volunteer time. The First Presidency of the church announced its support for Proposition 8 in a letter read in every congregation. Latter-day Saints have provided a significant source for financial donations in support of the proposition, both inside and outside the State of California. About 45% of out-of-state contributions to Protect Marriage.com has come from Utah, over three times more than any other state.
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 12:59 PM
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8. Mormons lie -- gee what a surprise -- it's a religion based lies
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Hassin Bin Sober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 01:33 PM
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9. Mormon Church = Cult
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nikkos_71 Donating Member (19 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 02:30 PM
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10. My email exchange with a mormon re: an article in Dallas Voice
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nikkos_71 Donating Member (19 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 02:46 PM
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11. Here is my rebuttal
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-31-09 06:49 PM
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12. This would be great for LBN, no?
:evilgrin:

There's another article in the LA Times if you want to use a different source for it. You could also have someone else post it so you don't get accused of "crossposting".
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