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Minn. lawmakers who voted in favor of same-sex marriage raised more cash

Sunday, February 2, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers who took a political risk by supporting same-sex marriages have seen big increases in their campaign coffers.

Jim Mone, APGay marriage supporters outside the Minn. state capitol on May 14 to witness Gov. Mark Dayton sign the marriage equality bill into law.

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Gay marriage supporters outside the Minn. state capitol on May 14, 2013, to witness Gov. Mark Dayton sign the marriage equality bill into law.

The Star Tribune analyzed reports made public Saturday and found that House members whose 2013 votes went against most in their party took in as much as quadruple the cash they raised in 2011.

The influx of cash could be helpful if these lawmakers face strong challengers or backlash for their votes.

Richard Carlbom, a spokesman for Minnesotans United, which lobbied for same-sex marriages, said his group and its allies helped raise $500,000 to support officials who voted for same-sex marriage. The new reports show that some lawmakers saw a clear impact.

When comparing all funds raised by House members in 2011 with those in 2013, the numbers double.

But 13 lawmakers who voted for same-sex marriage in Republican districts or in districts where voters didn’t approve of legalizing gay marriage brought in 2½ times as much in 2013 as they did in 2011.

For example, Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, supported same-sex marriage against the majority of his district. He took in nearly $54,000 last year – four times what he raised in 2011.

The cash could help against a potential challenger, he said, and could also help other Republicans as the GOP tries to take majority in the House this year.

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4 more reader comments:

  1. Ya think!!! Now it is time to send a message to the hateful GOP and the Toilet Paper group a message and send them all packing!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:03am
  2. As a activist, volunteer and citizen lobbyist with this campaign I feel obligated to inform you that your article has got a couple of things wrong. 1) Richard Carlbom is not just a spokesman as the article may imply. He is was the executive director of Minnesotans United for All Families and currently holds the same position for the next phase of the campaign in which 2) Your article calls it “Minnesota United” which is false. The name is “Minnesotans United” a take from the former campaign. Thank you…

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:47am
  3. That’s great. Money going for something good finally.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:26am
  4. So proud of my state!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:38am