I have a few theories as to why the LDS church keeps miscalculating their Prop 8 donations. But first, let's review:
First, the LDS Church reported donations of $2,078.97.
Then after the election, Fred Karger (founder of Californians Against Hate) filed a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, alleging that the LDS Church had underreported its donations to the Prop 8 cause. I have no idea if he had any evidence or just suspicion but he believed that the Church had actually donated the equivalent of "hundreds of thousands of dollars."
Then a little over a month ago, another amendment was filed (due to pressure because more evidence that popped up) that added an additional $19,715.08 to the grand total.
Then a couple of days ago, the Church, facing an intense investigation from the FPPC, reported an additional $190,000 worth of donations, previously unreported.
Now while naysayers would point fingers of scorn as to why the Church wasn't more forthcoming in their expeditures or why Church officials had declared from the beginning that they were in full compliance with California regulations regarding the reporting of political contributions, not I, oh no.
The explanations are simple:
1. They just misplaced the receipts but have found them now. The receipts were found bookmarked in the Doctrine and Covenants section 134, verse 9. They had been placed there as a reminder to come up with an explanation for the Mormons who believe in the Constitution and the scriptures, as to why we would be ignoring this doctrine during the Prop 8 campaign.
“We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied.”
Maybe they will get to it after their next political contribution amendment.
2. They simply didn't have the legal counsel to inform them of these silly California laws. Oh wait, the Church is full of lawyers, especially in the governing leadership. Elder Oaks was a justice on Utah's Supreme Court. The two most recently called apostles are both well-educated lawyers (Cook and Christofferson).
Besides, the Church isn't frugal when it comes to obtaining high quality legal services (I mean, it hired Kenneth Starr to write its amicus brief for the California Supreme Court in In re Marriage Cases). Should the claim even be made that required disclosures were simply overlooked, even if it is true, it is inexcusable.
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3. Though I sarcastically jest, we should all keep in mind that the FPPC has not yet made a determination as to whether the Church did indeed violate any laws. But let's be honest, in light of how this is unfolding, it doesn't look good.
Anyone else have any other theories? Apologists are welcome, you don't have to be a malcontent like me to comment...