In Minnesota, the battle over a proposed amendment that would ban same-sex marriage has become the most expensive constitutional amendment campaign in the state’s history, with both sides raising a combined $16 million.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
Minnesotans United for All Families raised about $3 million from Sept. 19 to Oct. 22, and has received about $536,000 in contributions since. That brings the total haul for the opponents of the marriage ban to more than $11 million since forming in 2011.
Minnesota for Marriage raised about $2.4 million from Sept. 19 to Oct. 22, and took in another $692,000 since. In all, Minnesota for Marriage has collected about $5.1 million.
The majority of Minnesotans United’s largess comes from over 62,000 individual, mostly in-state, donations, though New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently donated $125,000 to the effort. The pro-equality group reported about $309,000 left of their funds, with donations still flowing in.
Minnesota for Marriage received over $1 million from Minnesota’s six Catholic dioceses, $100,000 of which was received this week. Conservative group, the Minnesota Family Council donated $500,000 last week, on top of $476,000 in previous donations. Minnesota for Marriage did not report what money they still had on-hand.
Both organizations have used the bulk of their cash cache to pollute the airwaves with ads for the amendment and subsequently wash the lies away with ads against it. Though gay marriage won’t be legalized whether the amendment gets passed or not, Minnesotans United maintained that “the constitution shouldn’t be used to deny rights to loving couples who want to get married, regardless of gender.”
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