Names of All 16 Members of No on 8's
Executive Committee Made Public
Since September, I've tried with no luck to learn the names of the gay leaders on the No on 8 executive committee, the folks behind the passage of Prop 8 and the rescinding of gay marriage in California. A lot of other bloggers and gay reporters also wanted the names, but our state's supreme leader, Geoff Kors, ruled that the names should be kept in a closet. Like practically everything Kors and No on 8 touched, the closet and non-transparency ruled.
In December I filed a public records request with Debra Bowen, the secretary of state, for the original filings and declarations by the No on 8/Equality for All campaign. Today, the secretary's public affairs office called me and walked me through the maze of filings, to FPPC Form 410, the Statement of Organization Recipient Committee for the campaign, and, lo, there were the names of the executive committee members.
On January 12, the No on 8 committee filed the Form 410, and called no attention to the filing, even though many activists thirst for the names of the excutive committee.
I've said it before, and it needs repeating: it's easier to locate the names of the Chinese politburo than the name of the ruling body of No on 8. Just because the secretary of state has made public Form 410, regular visitors to her site won't know the info exists, never mind how to drill down for it.
Forthwith, the 16 names, plus the treasurer's, of the No on 8 executive committee:
Oscar De La O
SF City Attorney
DC, Human Rights Campaign
May they all spend the next year sweeping the streets of their gay neighborhoods and doing many acts of penace for squandering $45 million of gay community dollars and losing gay marriage equality in California.
Lesson learned for me? It always pays to file a FOIA/public records/sunshine request, sometimes on paper as with the secretary of state, when looking for basic info, if you can't find it on the web.