Now that it’s facing an investigation into it’s behaviour prior to the passage of Prop 8, it looks like the Mormon church has decided to fess up:
The Mormon church has revealed in a campaign filing that the church spent nearly $190,000 to help pass Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that banned gay marriage in California.
The disclosure comes amid an investigation by the state’s campaign watchdog agency into whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints violated state laws by not fully disclosing its involvement during the campaign.
While many church members had donated directly to the Yes on 8 campaign – some estimates of Mormon giving range as high as $20 million – the church itself had previously reported little direct campaign activity.
But in the filing made Friday, the Mormon church reported thousands in travel expenses, such as airline tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals for the campaign. The church also reported $96,849.31 worth of “compensated staff time” – hours that church employees spent working to pass the same-sex marriage ban.
This filing is, of course, in direct opposition to Scott Trotter, a spokesman for the sect, who stated that the allegations made against the church were false. The allegations?
That the church was lying about it’s involvement and that it had used it’s money as well as it employees to support the drive to pass Prop 8 into law.