Mormon church reports higher spending on gay marriage ban

Associated Press

Sunday February 1, 2009

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Mormon church officials say they spent $190,000 more supporting the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban than they previously reported.

They previously listed just $2,078 to support the ban.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being investigated by the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

The report filed Friday with the secretary of state lists church leaders' travel expenses; $20,575 to use facilities and equipment at the church's Salt Lake City headquarters; and $96,849 to pay employees who worked for the ban.

Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate says the disclosures show the church previously failed to properly report spending. His group, which opposed Proposition 8, filed the complaint with campaign watchdogs in November.

Church officials aren't immediately commenting.

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