Minnesota for Marriage, which is taking the lead in the effort to pass a constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex marriage, announced it’s raised more than half a million dollars so far this year.
MFM started the year with $428,000 in the bank. As of June 12, the organization raised $588,500 and spent $533,000. The result is $483,600 in cash on hand.
The fundraising sum is dwarfed by the anti-amendment campaign, called Minnesotans United for All Families, which raised $3.1 million as of June 12.
Among MFM’s biggest donors, Minnesota Catholic Conference Marriage Defense Fund contributed $400,000 and the Minnesota Family Council Marriage Protection Fund gave $150,000. The report also lists some individual donors, but not as many as were itemized on Minnesotans United’s report.
MFM has been trying to argue its case before the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board that it doesn’t have to disclose the identities of the individuals whose contributions are at the root of the money it receives, which are known as the underlying sources of the donations. In a letter dated June 19 to the Campaign Finance board, John Helmberger, MFM’s chairman, said his group is complying with the board’s guidance on disclosure “despite its belief that requiring organizations to identify the underlying sources of financial contributions given to ballot question committees or funds exceeds the board’s legal authority.”