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Washington State's Preserve Marriage Site Advises 'Bundled' Donations

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The group seeking to overturn the state's gay marriage law has been advising churches to do special collections and send them to the campaign, something the state's campaign finance watchdog said earlier this week is not allowed under state law.
    
On its website, Preserve Marriage Washington has a "church tools" section, where it asks churches to collect envelopes and forward them to the campaign.
    
Lori Anderson, a spokeswoman for the state Public Disclosure Commission, says that what the campaign is asking churches to do is what federal laws refer to as "bundling," and that isn't allowed under state law. Earlier this week, the PDC said it would be reaching out to the Yakima Diocese and the Washington state Catholic Conference after the bishop in Yakima announced last week that a special collection would be done for Preserve Marriage.

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