Dishonor Roll – Top 11 “Yes on Prop 8” Donors


On October 20th, Fred Karger who runs the Californians Against Hate web site revealed on the Huffington Post in Mormon Power Grab: It’s Tearing Families Apart that:

Despite tough economic times, an amazing 59,000 Mormon families have succumbed to substantial pressure from church elders, and have given huge amounts of money to California’s Yes on 8 campaign. These Mormon families have given a staggering $18.6 million since June 1st and the total grows daily. This represents 77% of all money raised and 88% of all individual money raised (not including funds from the big out of state organizations). In Arizona where a gay marriage ban is back on the ballot after losing just two years ago, Mormon families have contributed nearly all of the $6.9 million to the Yes on 102 campaign. What is going on here?

While the combined donations of members of the Church of Latter Day Saints (aka the Mormon Church, headquartered in Utah) make up the largest source of donations, individuals and companies outside the LDS organization are contributing massive funds as well.  The top 10 individual donors to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign are listed below. Many of them are public companies.  I suggest we boycott those companies and tell them why.  There are millions of gay people in California, and millions more of our friends and family who support our right to marry.  Vote on November fourth against proposition 8, but vote with your wallet as well.  Hit them where it hurts – boycott companies making donations to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign or you’ll help pay for the campaign against your own rights.

Update 11/16/08:

Click here for a list of all mormon donors to the “Yes on Prop 8” campaign, who gave $1,000 or more.  The site is owned and operated bu the Mormon church.



1. Knights of Columbus – $1,425,000
KOC is the political arm of the Catholic Church

2. John Templeton / Josephine Templeton – $1,000,00
Sound familiar? Check your 410k… you may own Templeton Funds

3. Howard Ahmanson, Jr. – $995,000
Major contributor to numerous far right political causes.

4. National Organization for Marriage – $941,134.80
Sizable, early support for www.protectmarriage.commakes NOM chiefly responsible for the qualification of Prop 8.

5. Robert Hurtt – $550,000
Former Orange County Senator

6. American Family Association – $500,000
According to its website, the “AFAexists to motivate and equip citizens to change the culture to reflect Biblical truth and traditional values.”

7. Elsa Prince -$450,000 (from Holland, MI just like Joe the Plumber)

Her husband invented the lighted sun visor mirror making them billionaires. Her son Erik is best known for being the co-founder and CEO of Blackwater Worldwide (remember Blackwater, Iraq?)

8. Focus on the Family – $439,643,66 (I thought this number would be higher, frankly)

Founded in 1977 by James Dobson, FOTF is the most powerful evangelical ministry in the Country.

One of James Dobson’s more famous quotes: “Communities do not let prostitutes, pedophiles, voyeurs, adulterers, and those who sexually prefer animals to publicly celebrate their lifestyles, so why should homosexuals get such privileges?”

9. Concerned Women for America – $409,000

Founded by the wife of Christian Coalition founder Timothy LaHaye.  She was quoted in Ms. Magazine as saying “Yes, religion and politics do mix.  America is a Nation based on biblical principles.  Christian values dominate our government.  The test of those values is in the Bible.  Politicians who do not use the Bible to guide their public and private lives do not belong in office.”

10. Terry Caster & Family – $293,000

The Caster family owns A-1 Self Storage.  Interestingly, they don’t mind taking money from queers needing to store their belongings.


Remember being really careful about where you spent your money to avoid supporting Apartheid in South Africa?  We need to know where the money we spend is going now.  Boycott these businesses!  Here is a suggestion from another blog:

Many Californians Ski Utah, where tourism is big business.  Consider canceling reservations there, tell them you’re not coming back, and tell them why. Someone may get the hint.


14 Responses to Dishonor Roll – Top 11 “Yes on Prop 8” Donors

  1. It boggles my mind that no one is SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS:

    “It is NOT acceptable to have a fundamental right UP FOR A VOTE.”

    “It is NOT acceptable to have FUNDRAISERS to either PURCHASE a civil right OR to EXCLUDE American families FROM a civil right.”

    “Children are hurt by Marriage Inequality.”

    (the Christian Right thinks their children will be “traumatized” when faced with the REALITY of the existence of LGBT families; they have no idea

    what cruel traumas their family COULD experience if they lacked the rights & protections of civil marriage).

    Oh yeah, and also “No Taxation Will Happen UNTIL Representation”.

  2. Diane says:

    Thanks for your comments John. I couldn’t agree more.

  3. Nick says:

    I support Proposition 8.

    This is how our democratic system is supposed to work! The people of California spoke in 2000, and they deserve the right to make their voice heard again in 2008. The fact that the “In re marriage cases” decision was only a 4-3 vote shows that this is not as clear an issue as some people believe.

    Regarding “purchasing” power alleged above, has anyone noticed that the No campaign has raised MORE out of state money than than the Yes campaign?

    I respect all people and encourage those eligible to vote on Nov. 4. Ultimately, every person has to make an individual decision. I’ve made mine.

    YES on Proposition 8!

  4. Cain Hamm says:

    The Mormon “Church” is America’s most dangerous group. Please see for the truth!

  5. Dave Land says:

    In the name of Jesus Christ, who would not even allow a group of self-righteous men to stone a woman caught red-handed in adultery, they do this. Shameful.

  6. Angela says:

    Your argument would be a lot more backed up if you were picking on EVERY religious group/organization that donated to voting YES on prop 8. But you are not, so you just look foolish and bitter that more people didn’t vote NO despite the fact that the campaign raised more money than ours. It was voted on and the people decided. Move to another country if you don’t like what other citizens of this country vote for.

  7. Stephen says:

    Lodge a complaint at the California Attorney General’s office about The Knights of Columbus. under California law, it is illegal for a charity to misrepresent itself by raising money for one purpose and directing those funds to another organization. The Knights of Columbus diverted millions of dollars by raising money for charitable works, including Hurricane Relief efforts, and then diverted that money to the Yes on 8 Campaign. That’s fraud. It’s illegal.

    Use this form to complain:

    The Knights of Columbus information is (you need this for the form):
    Knights of Columbus Headquarters
    1 Columbus Plaza
    New Haven, CT 06510
    (203) 752-4000

    You also need to know the amount of money they diverted, according to some sources over $2 million… some was diverted from their headquarters and other money was diverted at the local level by individual councils.

    Copy this into an email and mail it to everyone you know. The more complaints the CA Attorney General receives, the more action his office will take against the Knights.

  8. achievementgap says:

    Thanks Stephen. I will pass this on.


  9. Rey says:

    It’s a pity that the Mormons didn’t pour all that money into helping the poor and needy, which would have been the real Christian thing to do. Instead, they used it to play God, and to purposefully go out of their way to remove the rights of one particular sect of our country’s population. How they can sleep at night is beyond me, but I guess when you have no conscience, that is how you can do it?

  10. Brett says:

    It’s a pity that the gay supporters don’t spend all their money stopping aids. You obviously have no idea how much the Mormons give to the needy. Katrina? Iraq? Africa? The Mormons will be the ones to bring you food and help when your town floods, burns, whatever. Mormons don’t sleep well at night because there is a certain population that is trying to destroy them. C’mon, this has nothing to do with “rights”. Thought the opposition was able to lie and deceive people into thinking it was. They share ALL the same rights under a domestic partnership. It is a direct attack on religion and morals. What is our world coming to? The people said, again, that they don’t want marriage to be degraded. Let it go! We will never accept your immorality, whether you call it marriage or not!

  11. achievementgap says:

    Hello Brett,

    Just a few points of clarification… AIDS is not a gay disease (FYI) but the LGBTQ (that’s short for “gay”) community has led the AIDS/HIV awareness, aid, research and funding effort for almost 30 years. Everything we know about AIDS and everything we do for folks living with AIDS and HIV has its roots in the early protest of (mostly) gay activists. Check your facts Brett.

    Your point however, while it is poorly made, is not totally wrong.

    The Mormon church does many good, charitable things, as does the Catholic church and I would presume evangelical Christian churches (although I have no personal experience with this). I think Rey’s point was that the money spent on the Yes on Prop 8 campaign would have done more good if spent charitably rather than to deny approximately 300,000 California the right to marry.

    As to your comment “they share all the same rights under a domestic partnership.” Perhaps you were told that by someone, but it is not true. We do not, in fact, share all the same rights under state law as married couples. And, we are not protected at all under federal law.

    And last but not least, you do not have to accept our “immorality.” You don’t have to like queers, or hang out with them, or understand them. You can think to yourself, and say as loud as you like, exactly what you think about our community. One thing you cannot do is use your religious institutions to influence laws which deny civil rights. In the long run it will not work. You will see this issue in the courts and on your ballot again. And, while you may have won the battle, you will not win the war.

    Thanks for your comments,

  12. Tracy says:

    Thank you, Diane, for your very clearly and patiently rendered response to Brett. My own reaction to his kind of thinking is to throw up my hands and turn away from such an apparently lost cause. I realize that kind of response won’t help us at all, and I aspire to offer one more like yours, next time the opportunity arises. – Tracy

  13. achievementgap says:

    No Thank You! Tracy. I got a slew of really painful comments today, and seeing your’s made it all worthwhile. Being “respectful” is terribly hard, arguing with ignorant people is even harder. So, give yourself a break. And really, thanks again.

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