Marriage amendment opponents have raised $8.2 million

Minnesotans United for All Families announced on Tuesday night that the group had raised $8.2 million in its efforts to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and woman, MPR reports. The group has raised $2.5 million since it filed its last campaign finance report in July, and a total of $5.96 million in 2012. The leading group in support of the amendment had not yet filed its fundraising figures.
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Minnesotans United for All Families announced on Tuesday night that the group had raised $8.2 million in its efforts to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and woman, MPR reports.

The group has raised $2.5 million since it filed its last campaign finance report in July, and a total of $5.96 million in 2012.

In campaign reports filed Wednesday, Minnesotans United reported about $751,000 in cash on hand, the Associated Press reports. The leading group in support of the amendment, Minnesota for Marriage, has almost $484,000 in cash, the AP says.

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A group opposing a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between and man and a woman has raised $3.1 million since it last reported its finances in January. Minnesotans United for All Families, a group formed solely to defeat the proposed change to the state's constitution, has collected more than $4.6 million since the campaign started last year.

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