Quiet support for Proposition 8

Palo Alto Daily News/September 11, 2009

Local real estate developer, philanthropist and Mormon leader Boyd Smith isn't shy about giving money to causes he supports. But two donations he made last campaign season are now going to cost him a little more than he anticipated.

The state Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday fined Smith $4,200 for failing to disclose the contributions in a timely manner.

The gifts, which totaled $28,000, went to two sources, according to Roman Porter, executive director of the FPPC: a committee for Abram Evans, a Republican state Assembly candidate from San Ramon, and ProtectMarriage.com, a site that backed the anti-gay marriage ballot measure Proposition 8.

As it turned out, the slip-up might have bought him some post-election peace and quiet: Many businesses and individuals who supported Prop 8 complained after the election of harassment and boycotts by protesters who found their information on campaign finance disclosure records.

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