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Minnesotans United for All Families -- the primary group opposing the gay marriage amendment -- has raised $3.1 million so far this year, with roughly 90 percent of that money coming from in-state donors.

MN United raises more than $3 million to fight gay marriage amendment

Richard Carlbom

Minnesotans United for All Families — the primary group opposing the gay marriage amendment — has raised $3.1 million so far this year, with roughly 90 percent of that money coming from in-state donors.

That brings the group’s total haul to $4.6 million from more than 19,000 individual contributors. It ended the filing period with $946,000 in the bank.

“What this report shows is that the conversation we are having across this state is working, and that more and more, Minnesotans are coming to the conclusion that limiting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples is not how we do things in Minnesota,” said Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, in a statement.

Minnesota for Marriage, the main group supporting the gay marriage ban, has not yet released its report. The filing deadline is Tuesday. At the end of 2011 the group had raised $830,000.

James, Robert and William Pohlad are the largest individual donors to Minnesotans United in 2012. The sons of Carl Pohlad, the late-banker and Minnesota Twins owner, contributed a total of $305,000

Donors with the last name Dayton have contributed almost $70,000. That includes roughly $50,000 from Andrew and Eric Dayton, the sons of of Gov. Mark Dayton. However, the state’s top executive, who is hosting a fundraiser for the group tonight in Minneapolis, is not listed as a donor.

State legislators contributing to the anti-amendment group included Minneapolis DFL Reps. Phyllis Kahn ($160), Joe Mullery ($210), Marion Greene ($208) and Frank Hornstein ($160).

Lobbyists supporting  Minnesotans United included Cristine Almeida ($5,000), Lawrence Redmond ($2,500), Ross Kramer ($250) and Ted Grindal ($500). Almeida also serves as board chair of the organization.

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