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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

List of donors to Prop. 8 campaign released

The report revealed that donors to the campaign to support Proposition 8 included Jeff Kent, a retired second baseman for the L.A. Dodgers; the Knights of Columbus; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and others including a janitor, homemakers and priests.
Nearly 14,000 donors — including homemakers, priests and a former member of the Los Angeles Dodgers — poured millions of dollars into the last two weeks of the campaign to pass Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California. According to a campaign finance report made public on Monday, in all, both sides spent more than $83 million.

The report came just days after supporters of the ballot measure lost a suit in Federal District Court in Sacramento that sought to prevent the names of donors from being revealed. The suit argued that past disclosures had led to donors’ receiving harassing e-mail, death threats and boycotts of businesses. The court said the release of the names was particularly important in such expensive campaigns.

Frank Schubert, campaign manager for Protect Marriage, the leading group behind Proposition 8, said he had received no reports of harassment on Monday.

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