Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Prop 8 supporters set up legal defense fund

A Yes on Prop 8 campaign lawyer announced December 10 that a legal defense fund has been established to help prevent the measure from being repealed by the state Supreme Court.

“To protect the people’s vote for Prop 8, the expenses of this litigation will likely exceed $350,000,” Andrew Pugno, the fund’s general counsel, wrote in an e-mail blast.

In an apparent reference to the fact that anti-Prop 8 forces have targeted individuals and businesses that donated to Yes on 8 by using public records of reported donations that the campaign is required to file, Pugno noted that in the case of the legal defense fund, “Your privacy will be protected.”

“Since this is not a political campaign, donations to the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund are not publicly reported. Also, your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law.”

He informed potential donors they could mail personal or corporate checks. Many businesses, including the Cinemark Theatre chain, have come under fire after same-sex marriage supporters learned of executives financially backing Prop 8.

Thanking supporters for helping overcome “the $40 million flood of attack ads against Prop 8, the opposition of virtually every statewide politician, and the ‘political machine’ of gay activist campaign workers that came from all across the nation to defeat Prop 8,” Pugno warned “the battle is not over yet.”

“Just as in the Prop 8 campaign, your decision to donate will determine whether or not we have the resources needed to win,” Pugno wrote.

In an e-mail to the Bay Area Reporter, Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, a key Prop 8 opponent, said that EQCA sent out a fundraising e-mail Tuesday, December 9 for its marriage political action committee.

All funds from that PAC go to support a repeal of Prop 8 at the polls if efforts to overturn it in court aren’t successful, or to defend officials who might face a backlash if they support repeal, Kors said.

The group has proposed putting a repeal on the ballot as early as 2010.

“Having money set aside now will enable us to be prepared for whichever scenario we are faced with,” Kors wrote.

He also wrote, “Considering that the Alliance Defense Fund, a huge right-wing nonprofit legal organization based in Arizona, is working on this case, it is difficult to imagine why the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund would have $350,000 in costs associated with this litigation. We must wonder what that money might eventually go for.”

– Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, December 10, 2008 @ 5:38 pm PST
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