Bloomberg Says 'Thanks' with Donations to GOP Senators Who Voted for Marriage Equality
Donations in the amount of $10,300 (the maximum allowed) from Michael Bloomberg have landed in the coffers of Sens. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga), Stephen Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) and James Alesi (R-Rochester) for their "yes" votes which helped propel passage of marriage equality in the state.
Buffalo News notes that Grisanti has received at least $50,000 in new funds for his marriage vote:
$10,000 from Colorado resident Tim Gill, who heads a group that has promoted gay marriage laws here and in other states.
Other donors to Grisanti who have publicly backed gay marriage rights include $5,000 from Miami-area resident Jonathan Kislak, $2,000 from Carol Master of Massachusetts, $10,000 from Albany-area resident Frank Selvaggi and $5,000 from Manhattan real estate developer Donald Capoccia.
Gay and lesbian couples will begin marrying in New York on Sunday, July 24.
As I mentioned yesterday, anti-gay activists are not giving up in the state and groups like NOM have announced that they are planning a financial assault on lawmakers who voted for the measure.