| New filings add detail to Utah's Prop 8 involvement, 02/09/2009
Recent campaign financial disclosures paint a more complete picture of Utah's heavy involvement in passage of California's Proposition 8, the successful state initiative that banned same-sex marriage. Opponents and supporters together raised at least $83.1 million, according to documents filed with the California Secretary of State. Click here for the story.
Utah's share reached 3.7 million, a number boosted significantly by dueling $1 million donations two each side from ex-Word Perfect executives Alan Ashton and Bruce Bastian. Only California residents gave more than Utahns to support the measure, which passed on Election Day and is now being challenged before the California Supreme Court.
The searcheable database below includes all donations to the 14 groups registered in California to raise money on the ballot measure, four supporting and nine opposing. The database contains all donations reported to California elections officials and made between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2008.
For completeness, the database includes records on donations by groups that accepted contributions and then re-donated the funds to affiliated organizations. However, those re-donations were not included in The Tribune's totals to avoid double counting.
California law does not require reporting of donations under $100 but many of those donations are included in the filed reports, at the request of donors.
-- Tony Semerad