Minnesota for Marriage, the group working to pass the marriage amendment, said today that it has raised nearly $1.2 million since the beginning of the year to campaign for the proposal.
Two groups — the Minnesota Catholic Conference Marriage Defense Fund with $600,000 and the Minnesota Family Council Marriage Protection Fund with $250,000 — were responsible for much of that pro-amendment fundraising.
The amendment supporters say they’re not worried that the group opposing the marriage amendment has raised much more money. Minnesotans United for All Families reported Tuesday that it has raised $5.96 million since the beginning of the year, and a total of $8.2 million since late last year.
Said John Helmberger, Minnesota for Marriage chairman, in a statement today:
“We’ve never been surprised by the amount of money wealthy same-sex ‘marriage’ activists are willing to pour into their attempt to change the minds of Minnesotans on the definition of marriage. In fact, we predicted over a year ago that we would be outspent 3 or 4 to 1. We are confident that as we continue our final outreach effort, the voices of the majority of Minnesotans will speak louder at the polls than the amount of money wasted in a futile attempt to convince people that men and women are interchangeable, and the Marriage Amendment will pass on November 6th.”
The Catholic bishops in Minnesota continue to do their part to pass the marriage amendment, sending out fundraising letters this week to 400,000 households urging them to contribute to pay for ads to persuade Minnesotans to vote yes on the proposed constitutional amendment, which would prohibit gay marriage.