Church issues Prop 8 rebuttal to news reports

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 3 2009 12:09 a.m. MST

The LDS Church issued a statement Monday that is repeated below in its entirety. The original presentation of the statement is posted on LDS.org/Newsroom.


Today The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints clarified erroneous news

reports following the filing of its final report on donations to the

ProtectMarriage.com coalition.On Friday, 30 January, the Church filed

the final report of its contributions (all of which were non-monetary) to the

ProtectMarriage.com coalition. The report, submitted in advance of the 31

January deadline, details in-kind donations totaling $189,903.58.

The value of the Church's in-kind

(non-monetary) contribution is less than one half of one percent of the total

funds (approximately $40 million) raised for the "Yes on 8" campaign. The Church

did not make any cash contribution.

Because media coverage about this filing

ran without a comment from the Church, the following statements of fact from the

Church add context to this story and should help correct the record:

Fox13 (Utah):

"The documents show the amount spent by the Mormon Church is greater than

what was initially stated."

Fact: The Church, like other

organizations on both sides of the ballot issue, was required to publicly file

these donations by the 31 January deadline. The Church has been filing required

contribution reports throughout the campaign. Those earlier donations "initially

stated" were filed for specific time periods prior to this last reporting

period, as required by law. Other groups are also filing their final

contribution reports to meet the same deadline.

San Francisco Chronicle

: "Mormon church officials, facing an ongoing investigation

by the state Fair Political Practices Commission, Friday reported nearly

$190,000 in previously unlisted assistance to the successful campaign for Prop.

8, which banned same-sex marriage in California."Sacramento Bee :

"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."Fact: This filing is in no way

prompted by an investigation by the California Fair Political Practices

Commission. Many organizations are filing this week to meet the deadline

required by law. We believe we have complied with California law.

KFMB 760 AM (San

Diego) :"Mormon Church Misstated How Much It

Spent in Prop 8 Fight." "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day

Saints previously claimed only about $2,000 was spent in support of the

measure."365Gay : "Mormon

Church admits it spent 100 times more for Prop 8 than reported"Fact: Again, the previous

disclosure of an in-kind donation was to meet an earlier deadline. In fact,

previous filings detailed over $50,000 out of the total non-monetary

contribution of $189,903.58.This week's filing reported donations that fell

within a different time period and required reporting by the 31 January

deadline. Other groups also made their final contributions reports this week.

Understanding the extent of donations

from other organizations may help the media and the public better understand the

context in which the Church's donations were made.

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