Focus on the Family Spent $100k on Prop 8, Then Laid Off One-Fifth of Its Workers

Created: February 11, 2009 11:18 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

The Mormon church was widely credited with bankrolling the Proposition 8 campaign to ban gay marriage in California last November. But Focus on the Family actually spent considerably more, including a $100,000 check just days before the Colorado Springs-based evangelical group laid off 20 percent of its employees, reports TWI’s sister site, The Colorado Independent.

In total, Focus on the Family spent $727,250 on the campaign, compared to the $189,000 donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, according to records just released by the state of California.

A benefactor of Focus on the Family and an offshoot lobbying group also donated several hundred thousand dollars, bringing the total amount contributed by Focus on the Family and its associated organizations to $1.251 million — just shy of the leading donor, the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization based in New Haven, Conn.

Read the full story at The Colorado Independent.

Correction: This post initially misstated the amount contributed by Focus of the Family and its associated organizations. The total was $1.251 million, not $1.275 million, as originally stated. Apologies for the error.