The campaign committee for Proposition
8, the 2008 referendum which banned gay marriage in California, will
pay $49,000 in fines for failing to properly report more than $1
million in contributions.
According to the Los Angeles Times,
the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) determined
that ProtectMarriage.com – Yes on 8 failed to properly report late
contributions and contributions over $5,000.
The fines, based on 18 counts of
violating state campaign finance laws, were proposed by the
enforcement staff of the FPPC, and were given final approval on
paper added that ProtectMarriage.com has admitted to the
violations and agreed to pay the fines.
The commission was urged to investigate
further but commission enforcement chief Gary Winuk said the
investigation had turned up no further wrongdoing.
Proposition 8 put an end to the
marriages of gay and lesbian couples taking place in the state after
the California Supreme Court ruled against the state's ban on such
unions. Approximately 18,000 gay couples married before Prop 8 went
have asked the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court
decision declaring Prop 8 to be unconstitutional.