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Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund Seeks Millions to Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund is offering new insight into how much it costs to continue pushing their discriminatory agenda against LGBT Americans, and the numbers are high. The organization is soliciting supporters for an additional $2 million to defend Prop 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court, and claims that it’s already spent $10 million on efforts to prevent loving, committed same-sex couples from marrying. According to tax documents obtained by the Human Rights Campaign, the group reported approximately $7.6 million in revenue over the course of 2009 – 2010. While figures for this year and last are not yet available, it would appear they’ve spent another $2.4 million to date.

According to the tax documents, that funding is coming from a very small group of donors – just five to six contributors. In 2010, six contributors donated nearly $3.3 million of the group’s $4.3 million for the year. In 2009, the organization pulled in more than $1.7 million from just five contributors, or well over 50 percent of its revenue.

Prop 8 General Counsel Andy Pugno, who sent the most recent fundraising ask and is currently running for state office in California, also appears to be benefitting personally from the money the organization raises. According to the tax documents, the Law Offices of Andrew Pugno has received well over half a million dollars from the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund – nearly $130,000 in 2009 and $464,000 in 2010.

You can view the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund’s 2009 990 here, and their 2010 filings here.

The U.S Supreme Court is expected to decide this fall whether it will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8.

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