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‘Yes On 8′ Campaign Facing Hefty Fines Over Political Contributions

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 campaign committee was facing $49,000 in fines for its handling and reporting of political contributions.

The enforcement staff of the state Fair Political Practices Commission proposed the fines on 18 counts against ProtectMarriage.com—Yes on 8.

The committee failed to properly file public reports disclosing late contributions and contributions of more than $5,000. The committee also failed to properly disclose an anonymous $10,000 contribution.

The Fair Political Practices Commission would consider the enforcement staff recommendation on Aug. 16.

The committee had agreed to the violations and fines.

Proposition 8, passed by voters in 2008, amends the state constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman. It was struck down by a federal appeals court.

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