Californians Against Hate
Karger filed a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) in November 2008 which says that the LDS (Mormon) Church failed to report nonmonetary contributions to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign.
In the complaint, Karger says that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints failed to report money it invested to "organize phone banks, send out direct mailers, provide transportation to California, mobilize a speakers bureau, send out satellite simulcasts and develop Web sites as well as numerous commercials and video broadcasts."
A spokesperson for the LDS Church said that the church had "fully complied with the reporting requirements of the California Political Reform Act" and that "any investigation would confirm the church's full compliance with applicable law." The church spokesperson also said Karger's complaint had "many errors and misstatements."
If the FPPC determines that a violation occurred it can levy a fine of up to $5,000 per violation and can also file a civil lawsuit, which could lead to remedies amounting to three times the amount of unreported or misreported contributions.
The New York Times editorialized in favor of the FPPC investigation.
Karger was served him with a subpoena on September 5, 2009 that requires him to produce all emails, correspondence, faxes and web site information dealing with his Californians Against Hate activities going back to January 1, 2008. He is also required to provide financial records, details on how he obtained information for his research on supporters of California Proposition 8 (2008), and how he disseminated his research. The subpoena is a result of a complaint Karger filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, asking the FPPC to look into his belief that supporters of Proposition 8 engaged in "money laundering." Proposition 8 supporters filed a lawsuit in response to Karger's complaint, and it is their lawsuit that led to the subpoena.