CA Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Lead Foes in Fundraising Race

The Mercury News reporters that anti-gay Proposition 8 supporters are falling behind their opponents in efforts to raise funds in the California same-sex marriage battle:

Californiarainbow“A Mercury News analysis of campaign fundraising reports filed Thursday shows gay marriage supporters raised about $1.6 million since the May 15 court ruling – almost three times more than the lead groups supporting a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage raised in late May and June. The flurry of donations pushed the lead groups fighting Proposition 8 slightly ahead of their opponents in fundraising efforts over the first half of 2008. And that total does not include several large donations a major gay-rights group – Equality for All – received in July that were not included in the latest campaign filings. All told, Equality for All and a related organization raised about $2.6 million in the first half of 2008. That’s about $300,000 more than Prop. 8’s major backers – Protect Marriage and the National Organization for Marriage-California – raised through June 30.”

There’s some interesting, though not surprising, geographic information on the fundraising as well: “Contributions in favor of a ban flowed in from conservative San Diego and Orange counties, while Los Angeles and San Francisco counties produced some of the largest tallies in opposition to constitutional ban.”

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