I just received this press release via e-mail from Californians Against Hate:
California Fair Political Practices Commission to Investigate Mormon Church Involvement in Prop 8
LOS ANGELES, CA – Fred Karger, Founder of Californians Against Hate, received a letter today from the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regarding the sworn complaint that he filed on November 13, 2008. The complaint requested the FPPC investigate the alleged lack of reporting of numerous non-monetary contributions to ProtectMarriage.com/Yes on 8, A Project of California Renewal I.D. #1302592 by the Mormon Church. The letter from FPPC Executive Director, Roman Porter, dated November 21, 2008, was received by fax. Below is the text of the letter from Mr. Porter.
Fair Political Practices Commission
428 J Street, Suite 629, Sacramento, CA 95814-2329
(916)322-5660 Fax (916)322-0886
November 21, 2008
Re: FPPC File No. 08/735; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a.k.a. the Mormon Church of Salt Lake City, Utah
Dear Mr. Karger:
This letter is to notify you that the Enforcement Division of the Fair Political Practices Commission (the FPPC) will investigate the allegation(s), under the jurisdiction of the FPPC, of the sworn complaint you submitted in the above-referenced matter. You will next receive notification from us upon final disposition of the case. However, please be advised that at this time we have not made any determination about the validity of the allegation(s) you made or about the culpability, if any, of the person(s) you identify in your complaint.
Thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention.
Roman G. Porter
cc: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a.k.a. the Mormon Church of Salt Lake City, Utah
“We are very pleased that the FPPC has agreed to launch an investigation based on our complaint,” said Fred Karger. “My four-page letter to Chairman Ross Johnson and California and Utah Attorneys General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Mark Shurtleff with all of the alleged unreported activities is available on our blog at: http://californiansagainsthate.blogspot.com/. We’re hopeful the Mormon Church will fully cooperate with the investigation, and that we will find out the full extent of their involvement in the Yes on 8 campaign.”
This is good news. Of course an investigation is just an investigation, but my hunch is that the Mormon cult was so sure on its hatred and bigotry that it probably overlooked lots of fair political practices laws.
Best-case scenario, of course, would be that the Mormon cult loses its tax-exempt status for having inappropriately involved itself in the political process.
Citizens of the United States of Amnesia forget how their own fucking government is supposed to work, but here’s a reminder: we’re not supposed to be a fucking theocracy. Reminds me of that anti-Prop 8 protest sign: “Prop 8 = American Taliban”…