California Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund Wants Donations to Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the anti-gay Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund is seeking some $2 million in donations to continue its fight in the U.S. Supreme Court against the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.  The organization has disclosed that the cost of its battle so far is an estimated $10 million!

Imagine what serious good works could have been funded with $10 million, folks.  Youth centers, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, support for battered women … but I digress.

Tax documents obtained by HRC revealed that the bulk of the organization’s funding came from a handful of donors.   Six contributors donated $3.3 million (of a total $4.3 million) in 2010 and five contributors donated  $1.7 million plus in 2009, totaling over 50% of the group’s annual revenue.

Millions of dollars were donated to force discrimination on loving, committed same-sex couples.  Again, I must ask why all of that cash wasn’t earmarked for something that might actually have benefited humanity?

Interestingly, HRC reports that Andy Pugno, the general counsel for Prop 8 who is currently running for state office in California, is involved with the fundraising efforts — which (surprise, surprise) have also netted him a significant benefit. The The Law Offices of Andrew Pugno received more than a half million dollars from the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund in the two-year period 2009 and 2010.  Interesting.

View Prop 8 Defense Fund’s 2009 990 here.  For still more shake-your-head fun, view the organization’s 2010 990 here. 


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