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Protect Maine Equality Leads in Marriage Battle Fundraising


Jeremy Hooper at Good As You has a great series of posts breaking down "Yes on 1"'s largest donor, the National Organization for Marriage...

Friday was a deadline to report contributions in the Maine marriage battle and groups on both sides turned in numbers. Protect Maine Equality, the group fighting to keep Maine's marriage equality law, raised $1.5 million more than the other side, and had many more donors — more than 20,000, in fact.

The AP reports: Maine "NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality said in its campaign finance report to the state that it has raised $4 million in its campaign to keep Maine's same-sex marriage law on the books. That compares to the $2.5 million raised by Stand for Marriage Maine, which forced the people's veto vote through a petition drive. Despite the fundraising advantage, NO on 1 was taking nothing for granted, said campaign manager Jesse Connolly. 'We know this is going to be a razor-thin election,' Connolly said. NO on 1's report to the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices showed multiple pages of donations in the $50-$1,000 range, with exceptions from some individuals, including Donald Sussman of Portland at $300,000."

The bulk of donations on the anti-gay side came from New Jersey-based NOM and the Catholic Church:

"On the other side, the National Organization for Marriage was by far the biggest contributor to Stand for Marriage Maine's political action committee, with $1.1 million during the latest reporting period. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland gave another $152,600. Throughout the campaign, the Princeton, N.J.-based NOM has donated a total of $1.5 million while the diocese has kicked in $550,000, which includes money from out-of-state dioceses and individual donors."

Some further breakdown of the anti-gay side here.

Protect Maine Equality still anticipates a very tight race. You can help them out HERE.

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  1. I think there is a typo above: I suspect "$1.5 million from the other side" should be "$1.5 million more than other side."

    We need to prevent this from becoming Prop 8 II.

    Note that if Yes on 1 wins, they will gloat, "We won even with a major fundraising disadvantage."

    If Yes on 1 wins -- and, per polls, and the Bradley Effect, that could easily happen -- it will be a disaster.

    Posted by: Nick | Oct 24, 2009 6:55:32 PM

  2. Nate Silver over at breaks it down amazingly as he and the team over there has with most of the polls to do with prop 1/71/8 etc..

    Posted by: matt | Oct 25, 2009 1:43:19 AM

  3. The Catholic Church gave $150,000.00 to the campaign, directly????

    Wait a goddamn fucking minute. THAT is illegal for a Non-profit, tax-exempt religious organization to do!


    Posted by: New Jersey Girl | Oct 25, 2009 2:03:29 PM

  4. I had the great good luck to go to college in Maine. What I learned from four years in that state is that Mainers are fiercely independent and see people for who they are, not what they are. They also have a deep sense of fairness. My fingers are crossed that the rest of the country will see these admirable qualities when the state upholds the right for gay men and women to marry who they love on November 3.

    Posted by: Ken | Oct 25, 2009 5:22:01 PM

  5. Tax the Church!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Ted | Oct 25, 2009 6:31:18 PM

  6. Voting stations are open NOW! VOTE NO! Get your NO on 1 friends and family to vote with you too. Once you do that go out and find other NO on 1 voters and bring them to the polls or give them a ballot.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 26, 2009 1:26:34 PM

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