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Maine’s “Yes” Side Claims LGBT Groups Contributed $5 Million to Defeat Question 1

Jim Burroway

October 25th, 2009

This is amazing. Stand for Marriage Maine’s web page says this:

Your support will help us stand up to the vast network of wealthy homosexuals with seemingly unlimited resources from places like Hollywood, New York and Massachusetts. Washington, D.C.’s largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization has already pledged to spend as much as $5 million to try to defeat us.

Five million dollars from the Human Rights Campaign? Let’s review. According to campaign filings by both sides, Protect Maine Equality’s three largest donors are:

  • Portland resident Donald Sussman, $500,000.
  • The Human Rights Campaign, $220,000.
  • The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, $140,000.

These three contributions altogether make up only 22% of Protect Maine Equality’s total budget. The rest has come from ordinary contributors like you.

Now let’s look at Stand for Marriage Maine. Their top three contributors are:

  • National Organization for Marriage: $1.5 million.
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland: $550,000.
  • Focus On the Family: $114,500.

Altogether, these three organizations alone have provided 83% of Stand for Marriage Maine\’s total budget.

Who’s trying to buy an election while pulling the wool over the eyes of Maine voters?



Emily K
October 25th, 2009 | LINK

“network of wealthy homosexuals”? Honey, come down to MY apartment, take a walk in MY neighborhood, and look at MY tax returns and MY bank statements, and we’ll see how “wealthy” this donor is.

I donated $5. People can judge all they want but it’s what I can afford, plain and simple. If I had the resources of someone like my parents, I’d donate probably more like $100. The minimum suggested is $35. And I’m guessing a lot of “little” donations are what is making this thing happen.

October 25th, 2009 | LINK

Again this reeks of the sort thing that colors anti-Semitism.

Gays/Jews, smaller in number, but somehow extra nefarious due to their “networks of wealth.”

October 25th, 2009 | LINK

Wealthy gays with unlimited resources my backside. My wife and I both live below the poverty line. Even in my better days I could never be classified as “middle class”, let alone wealthy–and that with multiple jobs and/or substantial overtime. If we’re so wealthy and powerful why don’t we have our rights yet?

October 25th, 2009 | LINK

Inspired me to make another $35 donation–I’m way over my non-deductible (and deductible, too) budget for the year and there are two months to go…

October 26th, 2009 | LINK

Unbelievable, but true to form. The facts are right in front of them, and they still lie.

I would like to see an ad that shows a kid being bullied in school because his family is “different”, and have the question asked if this is what you want your child taught in school. Turn it around on them. Those who don’t care one way or another if gays marry need a reason to get off their butts and go vote.

October 26th, 2009 | LINK

I hate liars. Despicable, miserable people.

Joe in California
October 26th, 2009 | LINK

The news media should be reporting the facts about what has been contributed and by whom to these campaigns and let the people see the liars for who they really are. These lies need to be exposed!

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