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Money Pouring In For AZ Marriage Ban

Jim Burroway

September 8th, 2008

Money is pouring in for Arizona’s backers of the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage:

While many of the citizens initiatives on Arizona’s November ballot have been bankrolled by special interests, a measure to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman has received an influx of campaign contributions from individuals in recent weeks.

The Yes for Marriage campaign pulled in more than $2.3 million from 160 donors across the state since the secretary of state’s reporting period that ended Aug. 13. That brought the campaign’s total to about $3 million.

Most contributions have been between $10,000 and $25,000. But Jeff and Holly Whiteman of Mesa gave $100,000, as did Gary and Lori Wagner of Peoria and the Pete King Corp. of Phoenix.

We desparately need your support. The longer LGBT’s and allies sit on the sidelines, our 2006 victory will turn into a 2008 loss. Which means that Focus On the Family will be able to draw the conclusion that if they don’t like how voters decide one year, all they have to do is come back again the next time.

Please give TODAY, as generously as you can.

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Samantha Davis
September 8th, 2008 | LINK

Is that most dollars contributed came from donations between 10,000 and 25,000 or is that most donations are between 10,000 and 25,000?

If it’s the latter that’s great news! It means that Suzie Q and Joe Shmoe couldn’t give two cents about the marriage ban, literally.

Lynn David
September 8th, 2008 | LINK

Stand for Marriage, Inc. appears to be an out-of-state contributor through the “Protect Marriage Committee” in Arizona. Both are named on the Newt Gingrich (hypocritical) video -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Q4V8WNF6k . Stand for Marriage, Inc. is at 1 South 6th Street; Terre Haute, IN 47807. It is also known as the James Madison Center for Free Speech – JMC. But more correctly known as the law offices of Bopp Coleson & Bostrom. James Bopp Jr. is the general counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech and likely also for Stand for Marriage, Inc. Legal services are provided to the Madison Center by the law firm of Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom in Terre Haute, Indiana.

James Bopp Jr. is well known up here fighting against gay rights. He is also the General Counsel, National Right to Life Committee, Inc., 1978-Present, and Special Counsel, Focus on the Family, 2004-Present. He has also represented National Right to Life Committee, Focus on the Family, Christian Broadcasting Network, Traditional Values Coalition, Home School Legal Defense Association, Vision America, National Organization for Marriage, Common Sense America, Catholic Citizens Committee, Life Issues Institute, the Christian Coalition, Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Concerned Women of America, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Republican Governors Association, the Libertarian Party, Republican National Committee, and the state Republican Parties of Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont.

Check out his resume:
http://www.jamesmadisoncenter.org/Documents/Boppresume0208.pdf
My guess is Stand for Marriage is a Focus on the Family shell, so it can spread its money around.

Jim Burroway
September 8th, 2008 | LINK

I believe the threshold for reporting individual contributions is $10,000 (although it may be $5K). The secretary of state doesn’t report out smaller individual contributions, so we don’t know the proportion of the total that consists of small vs. major contributions.

Overall, the budget for pushing the yes vote is massive. This is no time for complacency. Please give TODAY.

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