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Minnesotans United Raises More than $8.2 Million from 44,000 Donors to Defeat Marriage Amendment

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More than Ninety Percent of Donors Came from Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Brickman, Press Secretary
Phone Number: 612-460-1219

September 25, 2012 – St. Paul, MN – With just six weeks until Election Day, Minnesotans United for All Families released its latest financial reporting, boasting more than 44,000 individual donors to the efforts to defeat the amendment that would limit the freedom to marry for gays and lesbians in Minnesota.

The report filed tonight shows $2,560,449 raised since the last report in July, coming from more than 25,000 individual donors, with 98 percent from within Minnesota.

“We are incredibly proud of the support Minnesotans are showing for our efforts,” said Richard Carlbom, Campaign Manager for Minnesotans United. “Real Minnesotans would be hurt by this amendment, including thousands of families who are being devalued by supporters of the amendment. Minnesotans know this amendment is wrong, and they’re making a personal investment in the efforts to defeat it.”

The latest report brings the total fundraising for 2012 to $5.96 million and the campaign total to just over $8.2 million. That money comes from 44,350 individual donors, with 92 percent from within the state.

“We know that soon, the special interests pushing this amendment will flood the state with money to fund incredibly hurtful, misleading and divisive television ads,” continued Carlbom. “We are humbled by the incredible energy of this grassroots coalition that is making it possible for us to spread a powerful message of freedom and how no one should be told it’s illegal to marry the person you love. Together, we will stand united for all families in Minnesota.”

Minnesotans United for All Families is the official campaign to defeat the proposed amendment that would limit the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Minnesota.

Minnesotans United by the numbers

Campaign to Date:
Total: $8,201,572

In State: $6,228,245

Out-of-state: $970,734

Percentage In State: 87 percent

Total individual donors: 44,350

Total individual donors from MN: 40,965

Percentage of individual donors from MN: 92 percent

Total Receipts: $7,198,979

Total In-kind contributions: $1,002,593

Total Expenditures: $6,447,581

July 24 – September 18:
Total: $2,560,449

In State: $1,563,884

Out-of-state: $783,630

Percentage In State: 67 percent

Total individual donors: 25,482

Total individual donors from MN: 24,959

Percentage of individual donors from MN: 98 percent

Total Receipts:  $2,347,514

Total In-kind contributions: $212,935

Total Expenditures:  $2,459,852

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