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Big money flowing into campaigns for and against amendments

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger under Funding, Minnesota campaigns, National campaigns Updated: October 27, 2012 - 1:01 AM

Within the past three days, almost $1 million has flowed into the campaigns for and against the two constitutional amendments Minnesota voters will face on their ballots.

According to public records, two big donors have given Minnesota for Marriage, the main effort to pass the amendment to define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman, $550,000. Grace Church in Eden Prairie gave the group $50,000 and the Minnesota Family Council, which works in conjunction with Minnesota for Marriage, transferred over $500,000.

Minnesota United for All Families, the main campaign against the amendment that would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage, also picked up some big gifts. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $125,000 and CREDO SuperPAC, a California independent spender that has been working to defeat Republican U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack, gave $65,000.

The campaign to defeat the voter ID amendment, called Our Vote Our Future, has also seen a large influx of cash in the last few days. St. Paul's TakeAction Political Fund, which has been working closely with the anti-voter ID campaign, transferred over $23,000 on Thursday; America Votes, out of Washington, DC, ponied up $100,000 and the national arm of the AARP donated $12,000 on Tuesday.

ProtectMyVote.com, which supports the voter ID amendment, reported just three large gifts during the last three days totaling $8,000.

Candidates and campaigns have had to publicly report all large donations within 24 hours of receiving them since Oct. 23. Minnesotans will get a closer look at all their fundraising up through Oct. 22 next week. 


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