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Yes on 8 Campaign Blackmails No on 8 Donors

by: Robert Cruickshank

Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 17:55:19 PM PDT

Sorry to push Brian's excellent post down the page a bit, but some breaking news needs to be shared. The Yes on 8 campaign is admitting to having sent letters to companies that donated to No on 8 and Equality California demanding that the companies provide a matching donation to Yes on 8 - or that the would be "outed." From the AP:
Leaders of the campaign to outlaw same-sex marriage in California are warning businesses that have given money to the state's largest gay rights group they will be publicly identified as opponents of traditional unions unless they contribute to the gay marriage ban, too.

ProtectMarriage.com, the umbrella group behind a ballot initiative that would overturn the California Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage, sent a certified letter this week asking companies to withdraw their support of Equality California, a nonprofit organization that is helping lead the campaign against Proposition 8.

"Make a donation of a like amount to ProtectMarriage.com which will help us correct this error," reads the letter. "Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. ... The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published."

The letter was signed by four members of the group's executive committee: campaign chairman Ron Prentice; Edward Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference; Mark Jansson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Andrew Pugno, the lawyer for ProtectMarriage.com. A donation form was attached. The letter did not say where the names would be published.

CBS 8 in San Diego has the money quote from Yes on 8:

Yes on 8 confirms they sent around 30 companies the letter. A spokeswoman told News 8 they are just trying to hold their ground in a passionate race. She added that No on 8 supporters picketed the Manchester Grand Hyatt after Doug Manchester donated $125,000 thousand. The publicity caused at least one very large group to cancel its event at the hotel.

She also pointed to a popular blog that asked readers to dig up dirt on Yes on 8 supporters, see if they've contributed to less than honorable causes, or have done something otherwise egregious, with the hope they can force the Yes on 8 campaign to return their contributions, or face a bunch of negative publicity.

If you're sick of these intimidation tactics, the Courage Campaign is asking you to sign a petition calling on the Mormon church leadership to stop funding and supporting these kinds of intimidation tactics, lies, and other efforts to take away basic rights.

Note: I work for the Courage Campaign

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organized crime tactics (8.00 / 1)
From the mob, I'd expect this.

Yep (8.00 / 1)
I wish I could say I was surprised by this...

But I'm not.

It's not a big step from openly advocating the taking away of fundamental rights of human beings to aggressive intimidation tactics like this.

You can check out any time you like but you can never leave

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Yep, excellent point (8.00 / 1)
And it couldn't happen to a better bunch of shakedown artists, whether they're trying to shakedown Californians to eliminate marriage rights or shakedown businesses to pass their proposition, by any means necessary.

Let the blowback on these bigots begin...

Disclosure: I work for the Courage Campaign. These opinions are my own and are not necessarily those of my employer.  

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Nice Bidness You Got Here... (8.00 / 1)
Be a real shame if sumthin' were to happen to it...

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That's it. (0.00 / 0)
If the Mormons wanna play hard, that's fine. But the blowback on them and their members long term ain't gonna be pretty.

They're free to be as hard as they like. But when they're in trouble some day, they best not come crying to me with their troubles.


It seems ... (0.00 / 0)
the Mormons are no longer a church.  They are now a political organization masquerading as a church.  Time to treat them as such.  

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Three points (0.00 / 0)
First, I'm not a lawyer but this smells like criminal activity.  Notify the Public Inquiry Unit of California Attorney General Jerry Brown at (916) 322-3360, toll free at (800) 952-5225, or fax at (916) 323-5241.  

Also, contact California Secretary of State Debra Bowen at (916) 653-6814.  That is the General Information number for the California Secretary of State.  The Elections Division numbers are (916) 657-2166 (Main), (800) 833-8683 (TDD only), and (800) 345-8683 (Voter Fraud Hotline).

Second, any business that caves into these SOBs needs to be boycotted.  

Third, any business that supports the No On 8 campaign AND does not give in deserves our full-time support.

This is absolutely rotten, and it looks as though our Attorney General has just been handed a dream case to prosecute.

Extortion is a crime, isn't it? (0.00 / 0)
The FBI needs to get involved in this escapade.  Demanding money not to expose someone's activities is a criminal act.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I think ... (0.00 / 0)
... you are right.  Is it a state crime, or federal, or both?  Since letters were sent through the U. S. Mail, that should get the federal government involved.  If blackmail is a state crime (too), I would like to see Jerry Brown lead the prosecution (see above comment).  

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It should be noted... (0.00 / 0)
...that the LDS church itself does not "fund and support these kinds of intimidation tactics". Obviously at least one member of the LDS church did, but you cannot fairly say that this one man is representing the entire LDS church here.

So... (0.00 / 0)
Not the LDS Church, just a prominent member of the LDS Church, a hierarchical church which as a matter of policy and planning is supporting the anti-justice campaign for Prop 8 and telling its members to contribute and volunteer, with an official position in the anti-justice campaign for Prop 8 in California.

Yeah, I really see how the leadership of the LDS Church isn't implicated here.

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