"Give us money or else!"

Posted on 24 Oct 2008 at 12:54pm

Supporters of California’s Proposition 8 — which would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage — have been getting pretty aggressive with their fundraising efforts, sending out letters to companies that have donated to the No On Prop 8 campaign that basically amount to blackmail, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

After noting that the addressee has donated to the No On 8 efforts, the letters say: “Make a donation of a like amount to ProtectMarriage.com which will help us correct this error. Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. … The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published.”

The letter was signed by four members of the group’s executive committee: campaign chairman Ron Prentice; Edward Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference; Mark Jansson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Prentice confirmed the letter did actually come from ProtectMarriage.com, but said he is “not familiar” with any organized attack against those who have donated to No On Prop 8 and did not know of any plan to name those donors publicly.

But Sonya Eddings Brown, a ProtectMarriage.com spokeswoman, said about 36 companies were targeted to receive the letter and that those that do not respond with a contribution would be highlighted in a press release and on the campaign Web site.

She told the Chronicle the letters were “a frustrated response” to the intimidation felt by Proposition 8 supporters, who have had their lawn signs stolen and property vandalized in the closing days of the heated campaign.

Go here to read the entire Chronicle article.

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