26 January, 2009

California's Prop 8 Funding

OK, So I'm having a Twiscussion with this self-proclaimed geek from Salt Lake City, UT who developed a really cool social networking app. Seeing that he (and his company) were from Salt Lake City, UT, and knowing how the Mormons provided a massive amount of funding to support California's Proposition 8 I sent him a simple question:
Did you (or your corporation) provide any funding to support CA's Prop 8?
And thus began our Twiscussion (I'm coining a lot of new words these days ...).

I'm glad to say that Jesse has not provided any funds in support of Prop 8; however, in our discussion, he raised a really good, and valid, point:
[W]hat studies have been done to show there was money against Prop 8 in SLC? I'd venture to say none that are public.
I don't know about the money but I do know that there was a rally opposing Prop 8 in SLC last year.

So my fellow blogophiles, since I'm kinda spending the vast majority of my time dealing with personal and family issues, can someone else out there pick up the ball and run with this? Just how much money did come out of Salt Lake City, UT to oppose Prop 8 and how does that amount compare with the amount in support thereof?

Twiscussion: (c) 2009 by Peter C. Frank, a portmanteau of "Twitter Discussion" i.e., a discussion among individuals taking place over Web 2.0 / social networking web sites, such as the Twitter social networking web site, via (twitting) SMS-styled and lengthed messages. For example, holding a discussion via Facebook status updates, Twits on Twitter, etc.

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At Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 8:28:00 AM EST, Blogger Joann Prinzivalli said...

Peter, you seem to think that LDS money had to come from Utah. About 2% of the California population is LDS, so when the Mormon elders sent out the word to donate, they (the LDS folks in CA)were *very* generous - see them crow at the website:


At Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 8:43:00 AM EST, Blogger Joann Prinzivalli said...

Two more observations:

“About 45% of out-of-state contributions to ProtectMarriage.com came from Utah, over three times more than any other state.” According to a Wikipedia article on prop 8, which cites to an article in the San Jose Mercury News that is now “archived.”

It appears that the Mormonsfor8 website I previously noted, while originating in Utah, may have been an effort to "out" Mormon donors rather than a brag.

At Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 11:42:00 PM EST, Blogger L. Stephen said...

Try looking at the list.... on the Website http://mormonsfor8.com/

The complete list to date is there. Including locations.....

At Friday, January 30, 2009 at 12:17:00 AM EST, Blogger PCF said...

L. Stephen, thanks for the link but ... that Mormons = huge contributors in support of Prop 8 is not really news. The question presented to me, and what I think would be interesting to know, is how much money came out of Salt Lake City OPPOSING Prop 8, vs. the amount in support of Prop 8. :)

At Friday, February 6, 2009 at 2:41:00 PM EST, Anonymous Jared J. H. Catapano said...

If these numbers come out to the sum that we're all fearing (a bit fewer than $100,000), then this is a huge Constitutional issue. We cannot allow ANY religious faction to sway political propositions, especially one that takes away the rights of others.


-Jared J. H. Catapano (ology.com)


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