Just out from the Human Rights Campaign – The number of individual donors that gave financial support for marriage equality in the past election cycle – 133,000 – was vastly larger than the number of individuals who donated – an estimated 10,500 – to groups opposing it -
HRC gathered this info from tax release forms from their own organization and others that supported marriage equality and compared it to groups such as NOM – The National Organization for Marriage – that oppose it.
In a press release, HRC’s Fred Sainz, Vice President of Communications, said the data they collected represented feelings they had held for years. “… the anti-gay movement is powered not by the grassroots but by a relatively tiny donor base… The gulf between donors who support LGBT equality and those who oppose it is stunning. And it’s growing larger by the day, as financial giving is following public opinion on the issue of marriage.”
According to HRC, pro-equality groups raised over $34 million in states where marriage amendments were on the ballot, where anti-marriage equality groups raised only about $12 million. Additionally, tax documents showed NOM’s fundraising had decreased by about 1/3 in 2011, and 75% of the organization’s funding came from only 2 donors.
It’s just after 4 PM on a semi cloudy December afternoon. I’m at Lamplighter again, because the coffee is good and the atmosphere is easy going. I’m sipping from a mug and keeping an eye on my phone’s clock. I’m meeting with a police officer in a few minutes, and I don’t want to muck [...]