U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled that organizers of the campaign for Proposition 8 must turn over “all e-mails, memos and reports dealing with its strategy, voter messages and rationale for preventing gay couples from marrying” to the Ted Olson and David Boies legal team.
Olson and Boies are pursuing a federal court challenge to Proposition 8, led by political consultant Chad Griffin and backed by Hollywood figures like Rob Reiner and Bruce Cohen.
Andrew Pugno, the attorney for Protect Marriage, which ran the Prop 8 campaign, tells the AP that the ruling is like “Alice in Wonderland” and says he may appeal.
Griffin says that Walker’s ruling “gives us the opportunity to seek evidence that will help prove that in a court of law.”
Journalist Karen Ocamb, who this week launched a new blog centered on LGBT issues in Southern California, reports that it was a big day for advocates of campaign disclosure. In Maine, the group National Organization for Marriage has been campaigning for a same-sex marriage ban on the November ballot, but the state ethics commission there agreed to launch an investigation into the group’s fund-raising practices. Fred Karger, a Southern California activist, sought the investigation as he has been tracking down who is funding their efforts.