Summarized by Kent Larsen
Anti-gay ballot money pours in
San Francisco CA Examiner 3Aug99 L1
By Zachary Coile: Examiner Staff
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA -- Disclosure reports filed with the state of
California show that those in favor of the Knight initiative have
raised four times the money that those who would like to defeat the
controversial anti-gay-rights amendment. The reports show that the
two campaign committees supporting the Knight initiative have raised
$839,000 this year, while the campaign against the amendment has
raised only $223,000.
While the vote on the initiative will not be held until March 7,
2000, early receipts may indicate that supporters of the initiative
will enjoy a monetary advantage during the campaign. Political
analysts believe that the intitiative could be one of the most
controversial and bitterly fought issues on the California ballot.
The initiative has already raised a wave of controversy as the LDS
Church sent a letter from the Area presidency over California to
every congregation in California, suggesting that members support the
initiative. The letter was to be read in Sacrament meetings.
Those against the initiative are already assuming that they will not
have as much money to fight as supporters, "They will raise more
than us," says Mike Marshall, campaign manager for the No on Knight
effort. "If we raised $10 million, they'd raise $15 million."
Marshall thinks his efforts will raise about $5 million.
"Our opponents have vowed on numerous occasions to raise $10 million.
We take them at their word," says Rob Stutzman, spokesman for the
initiative campaign. He says that the supporters are pleased with the
early fund-raising lead.
While the disclosure forms don't give any indication of the religious
affiliation of the donors, backers of the initiative assume that
funds have come from conservative donors with ties to the religious
right. The two largest donors where conservative political supporters
Roland Hinz and Richard A. Riddle, who gave $50,000 each. The
campaign against the measure received its largest contribution from
John Goldman of Goldman Insurance and his wife, who gave $25,000, and
from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest US gay and lesbian
political advocacy group, which also gave $25,000.
The article gives many details of the donations, none of which could
be tied to Mormons.