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Referendum 74 draws record number of financial supporters

Timothy Kincaid

September 5th, 2012

Supporters of Referendum 74 have now raised 7.3 million dollars to help keep Washington’s marriage law inclusive. And while this is an amazing number, I’m even more impressed by a different statistic:

WUM now has 13,866 individual contributors, believed to be the largest number of donors in any Washington state ballot campaign. According to the Public Disclosure Commission’s online records dating from 2000, only 2008’s I-1000 came close, with approximately 9,500 contributors.

And those are not out-of-state voters.

The average median gift in August was $50, with 84 percent of those donations coming from Washington state. Additionally, those 5,000-plus new contributors in August constitute a 47% increase over the 8,900 individuals who had donated to the campaign by the end of July.

Our opponents like to see these contributions in terms of their worldview: a handful of very wealthy out-of-state homosexuals and their ultra-liberal friends are coming in to try and force their views on the citizens.

But when more average hard-working Washingtonians than ever before contribute $50 because they believe in the rightness of equality, something kinda phenomenal is going on. Something very cool. Something I don’t think our opponents are prepared for.

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AlexND
September 5th, 2012 | LINK

What’s even cooler about the numbers above that you didn’t point out is how MANY of them (84%) was above that $50 mark. So it’s not just the big wealthy corps donating to the cause either (unlike for the opponents side).

Gene in L.A.
September 6th, 2012 | LINK

They are absolutely not prepared. It’s become an article of faith with them that popular votes will always support their side. The first time a state supports our right to marry by a vote of the people, they will not be able to stand it. The fact that this may be it is very sweet.

Hunter
September 6th, 2012 | LINK

The very wealthy out-of-state donors are going to come in on the side of Preserve Marriage — if they can keep their donations secret.

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