Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mormon Church Agrees to Pay $5,000 Fine; Failed to Report Donations to Support Prop. 8

The Ethics Daily website reports today that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will pay a $5,000 fine for not reporting non-monetary contributions in support of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission concluded the church "failed to timely report making late non-monetary contributions totaling $36,928" during the November 2008 election. It assessed a penalty of $5,539.

In a June 8, 2010 statement, the church acknowledged a reporting error.

The Latter-day Saints Church -- also known as the Mormon Church -- denied any intentional wrongdoing. "Claims that the Church misrepresented its contributions to the Protect Marriage Coalition are false," it said.

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