WHAT STARTED late this summer as a straightforward effort to compensate Catherine Stauffer--who sustained injuries nine years ago at the hands of an OCA member--has turned into a potentially full-scale dismantling of the OCA's financial machinery.

On Monday, Lon and Bonnie Mabon--leaders of the OCA--took the stand in a Multnomah County courtroom to defend themselves against a charge of fraud. They were accused of sending OCA donations back to donors instead of handing them over to Stauffer. What's more, over the past year, the Mabons have been steadily collecting money for the Yes on 9 campaign, yet during this time have refused to pay Stauffer, whom they owed $18,000 for the injuries she sustained.

Hiding behind technicalities, the Mabons have avoided honoring this award. Stauffer's judgement nine years ago was leveled against the Oregon Citizens Alliance Education Foundation (OCAEF) an organization the Mabons claim is unrelated to their current Yes on 9 campaign.

But, nearly a decade later, Stauffer may finally see a piece of her judgement. In court, the Mabons admitted to being responsible for $1 million flowing through the OCAEF account, and returning over $800 in donations.

"I wanted our donors to know who they are giving money to," said Bonnie Mabon while on the stand. Even after acknowledging her debt to Stauffer, she explained she "would rather be able to give the money back than have it go to Ms. Stauffer."

Though the judge will spend the next few weeks deliberating over the verdict, Brent Foster and Thane Tienson, buoyed by recent evidence and the Mabon's own testimonies, are feeling "extremely hopeful" about their chances for winning.

Even as Stauffer edges closer to finally gathering her long-overdue damage award, her attorneys did not rest. Instead, on Monday, they set in motion another round of legal assaults against the OCA.

Unlike the current case, which charges only one of the many OCA organizations with Stauffer's debt, the newly filed case holds the OCA Education Foundation, the Yes on 9 campaign, and the Mabons' personal business, BJM Technical Support Services, responsible for what is owed.

"Our feeling is that these organizations are extremely closely related," explained Foster. He and Tienson will make the argument that because of the shared mission between all of the organizations--to slow the "promotion of homosexuality"--any money held by any of the Mabons' organizations technically belongs to Stauffer.

If this second case is won, the Mabons' additional fine could financially cripple both the Yes on 9 campaign and the entire OCA body.