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Anti-Gay Ohio Campaign Hid $2 Million

by The Associated Press

Posted: October 27, 2005 3:00 pm ET

(Columbus Ohio) Two Cincinnati attorneys say several organizations that pushed for the state's ban on gay marriages hid more than $2 million in campaign contributions.

They filed a complaint Thursday with the Ohio Elections Commission.

The complaint cites last year's campaign for a state constitutional amendment on same-sex marriages and the battle in Cincinnati over repeal of an ordinance that prohibited passage of a gay rights law.

Filing the complaint are former Cincinnati Mayor Bobbie Sterne and Gary Wright, chairman of Equality Cincinnati, the successor to the group which led the successful repeal effort.

Named in the complaint are Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values and its president, Phil Burress; officers of Equal Rights, No Special Rights, and Focus on the Family, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

The complaint claims that only $13,000 of $2.4 million spent by the groups was disclosed on campaign finance reports as required by state law.

"This is a witch hunt," Burress said Wednesday. "This is pure politics at its dirtiest moment and nothing short of harassment. We have complied with every law."

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