News Release – Dishonor Roll Posted

For Immediate Release September 11, 2008
Contact: Fred Karger 619-592-2008

Dishonor Roll Up on Californians Against Hate Web Site
Top 112 Donors to Yes on 8 Campaign
Now Available New Web Site Launched, Too

LOS ANGELES, CA – The much anticipated release of the major donors to Yes on Proposition 8 was published today on the Californians Against Hate web site:

The announcement came in a post by Campaign Manager Fred Karger on the Huffington Post. Proposition 8 changes the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. The top 10 donors are now up on the front page of Californians Against Hate’s newly redesigned web site, and the remaining 102 donors can be found by using the link directly below the “Top 10.”

The list is current as of August 5 for all donors of $5,000 and more. Donors of $25,000 and more are current as of September 1, 2008. Leading the pack is the Knights of Columbus of New Haven, Connecticut with $1.275 million. This is the political arm of the Catholic Church. Second is the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) of Princeton, NJ which gave $941,000, with the bulk of their money coming in the first 6 months of this year. Their funds were used to hire hundreds of professional signature gatherers in order to qualify the constitutional initiative for the November 4th ballot.

Third is John Templeton, Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania who gave $900,000. John, Jr. is the son of the founder of Templeton Funds.

Fourth is Howard “Howie” Ahmanson of Newport Beach who gave $600,000. Ahmanson is the heir to the Home Savings & Loan fortune, now owned by Washington Mutual (NYSE: WM). Ahmanson gave his money between February and August.

Fifth is Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association (AFA) of Tupelo, Mississippi which gave $500,000 on July 22nd.

Sixth is Mrs. Elsa Prince of Holland, Michigan who recently gave $450,000. She is on the board of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and his Washington, DC based political operation, the Family Research Council. Her late husband, Edgar invented the light-up visor vanity mirror, and her son is Erik Prince of Blackwater fame.

Seventh is Dobson’s Focus on the Family of Colorado Springs, Colorado, which gave $412,000 beginning in December 2007. They came though with most of it, $250,000 to jump-start the Yes on 8 campaign when it was broke, after spending $2.3 million to qualify the initiative.

“These people are pouring money into California to eliminate our freedom to marry, like we’ve never seen before,” said Fred Karger, Campaign Manager of Californians Against Hate. “They have put these hateful ballot measures before the voters in 27 states, and have won all but one; Arizona 2 years ago. Now this year they are back on the ballot in Arizona, in addition to Florida and California.

They want to bully us and crush us and end any possibility of same sex couples having the freedom to marry throughout the United States. They are willing to spend tens of millions of dollars to do just that.” The Yes on 8 campaign is now averaging nearly $500,000 per day in contributions of $1,000 or more, according to the California Secretary of State’s office; that’s $2.5 million per week.

Californians Against Hate was formed in July of this year to act as a truth squad monitoring the contributors to Yes on 8. It has led efforts to draw attention to these major donors, and in some instances take action against them.

On July 18th, a boycott of Doug Manchester’s hotels was begun because of his $125,000 contribution. Manchester owns the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Grand Del Mar Hotel, both in San Diego, CA. The next action was against Terry Caster, owner of A-1 Self Storage who along with his immediate family gave $293,000 to qualify this initiative. A “Call Terry Caster” campaign was launched and so many calls came in that a separate phone line was installed to field all the calls.

“We will be announcing another action in the next week or so,” said Karger. “We want to make sure that the gay and lesbian community, our families, friends, co-workers and neighbors know exactly who is giving this obscene amount of money to take away our freedom to marry here in California. Then people can decide whether they want to give their hard earned money to these businesses or not.”

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3 thoughts on “News Release – Dishonor Roll Posted

  1. I think you’re extrapolating a little too far by calling prop 8 a “hateful bill”. Those of us in support of prop 8 don’t hate anyone, we just believe in a particular moral standard. Publishing something called a “dishonor roll” is just as hateful if you ask me. Kind of ironic considering you claim to be “against hate.”

  2. I have never been so embarrassed to be a resident of New Haven, CT. I can’t believe that half of the top 10 donors are from OUTSIDE California (#1 being from my home city). You would think they would have better things to spend their money on… maybe something a little more “local” instead of promoting hate on the west coast. I know there are several programs in New Haven that could use some of that KofC money.

    And to respond to Matt: YES this is a HATEFUL BILL. The Constitution should NEVER be used to promote discrimination against a minority group… that is exactly what this proposition does. So tell me Matt, you don’t hate gay people, you just think that they should be treated with less respect and have less rights than you, because you are straight? How does giving me and my partner the same rights as a straight married couple take anything away from their marriage? Does it reduce their rights as a couple? NO! Does it diminish the love they have for each other? NO! So why do the straight people care so much about my relationship being legally recognized when it doesn’t affect them in the least? PLEASE THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE… allowing gay people to get married DOESN’T AFFECT ANY OTHER PERSON, except the two people who want to get married. People just need to start living their own lives and stop trying to dictate how other people live theirs.

  3. If I understand correctly, the state allows the institution of marriage because the state is interested in the benefits it receives by encouraging said unions. Homosexual marriages, from what I can see, don’t offer the state very many benefits, and in fact, the splintering and destruction of the nuclear family would certainly harm the state. Just because allowing homosexual marriages doesn’t disallow or harm heterosexual marriages does not mean it will not ever affect them. For example, we want our children to be raised in an environment most conducive to their development (be it physical, spiritual, moral, etc.), and diminishing the value and strength of marriage between a man and a woman (and therefore the structure of the family) will be harmful to their development. Since you are challenging a status quo that has worked for many thousands of years, the burden of proof that homosexual marriages are beneficial to the state lies with you, and I and many others are far from convinced. Trying to push it as “equal rights” raises all sorts of other issues. The unanswered question on that topic to me still is why should the state be interested in investing in things that can’t help it?

    This argument has and probably will go on forever, but back to my original point… this blog and its associated website is looking more and more hateful and less accepting of its opponents’ viewpoints. If you’re going to push so hard to get proponents of Prop 8 to understand your viewpoint (especially on a site “against hate”), I suggest trying to understand ours as well in less belligerent and contentious ways.

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