August brings big donations for marriage amendment opponents

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August 29, 2012 by Sarah M

By Nick Halter

Minnesotans United for All Families collected $575,000 from two donors in August, as money continued to flow into the pro same-sex marriage group’s coffers this summer.

The group last released its finance reports in June, but is required to report donations of over $1,000 within 24 hours of receiving them. Over 50 donations of $1,000 or more have come in since then, compared to just three for the group supporting the same-sex marriage amendment.

On Aug. 8, Freedom to Marry Minnesota PAC, which is based in New York, gave $325,000 to Minnesotans United for All Families. Paul Singer a Republican donor who supports same-sex marriage, has made large contributions to Freedom to Marry. 

On Aug. 6, Human Rights Campaign, a GLBT group based in Washington, D.C., gave $250,000 to Minnesotans United for All Families.

Another notable donation came from Laura Ricketts, the co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and CEO of ecotravel.com. She gave $25,000 to help defeat the amendment.

According to a June 20 Star Tribune article, Minnesotans United for All Families had raised $3.1 million from January to June.  The group supporting the amendment to ban same-sex marriage had raised $1.4 million in the same time period.

 

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