Minnesota Majority is not closing its doors. The conservative advocacy group says that an emergency fundraising pitch took in more than the $20,000 that was needed to pay its bills and remain in business.
“I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our grassroots members,” said Dan McGrath, the group’s president, in a statement. “Over the last several days, we have been receiving a steady stream of mostly small contributions, ranging from $5 to $25 each. I’m pleased to announce that we currently have sufficient funding to meet our immediate obligations.”
Last Tuesday, the group sent out an email solicitation with the subject line “Minnesota Majority has one week left to operate.” It went on to detail the various bills that Minnesota Majority needed to pay: “Rent, utilities, database administration, grassroots education, advocacy, lobbying, advertising, printing materials, lawsuits, accounting, media, events, exhibiting in county fairs and the State Fair all costs money and we’ve run out.”
Minnesota Majority is best known for leading the campaign to pass a constitutional amendment requiring that voters shot photo identification at the polls. The proposal received support from 46 percent of voters in 2012 and was defeated. The advocacy group has also been active recently in seeking to dismantle a new state law that allows in-home child care providers to join unions.
“For the time being we will continue to operate,” said John Rouleau, the group’s executive director. “We will continue to remain involved.”