California’s Fair Political Practices Commission has approved a $49,000 fine against ProtectMarriage.com, the backers of the state’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban.
The 4-0 vote came this morning (Thursday, August 16) at the commission’s monthly meeting. The fine is for campaign reporting violations.
Protect Marriage helped raise millions of dollars to support the anti-gay measure, which state voters passed into law in November 2008.
The FPPC case originated as a Franchise Tax Board audit.
ProtectMarriage.com – Yes on 8, A Project of California Renewal, a state primarily formed committee, and its treasurer, David Bauer, failed to file late contribution reports in a timely manner, according to the commission.
Protect Marriage also failed to file contributions of $5,000 or more in a timely manner, failed to properly dispose of an anonymous $10,000 contribution received in October 2008, and failed to disclose occupation and/or employer information regarding people who contributed $100 or more, among other violations, the state panel said.
Andy Pugno, Protect Marriage’s attorney, wasn’t available for comment.
Gloria Nieto, a lesbian in San Jose who helped coordinate efforts in the South Bay to oppose Prop 8, called the fine inadequate and said the backers of the antigay measure should have to pay a larger amount.
“That’s a wrist slap if I ever saw one,” Nieto told the Bay Area Reporter.