By Kent Larsen
LDS-backed Coalition Raised Most Funds for Nebraska DOMA Vote
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA -- With the November US elections less than a week away,
campaign finance disclosures show that the pro-Defense of Marriage forces in
Nebraska have raised five times that of the state's anti-DOMA group. The LDS
Church-supported Coalition for the Protection of Marriage reported that it
has raised the most, about $730,000 so far, most of which appears to have
come from out-of-state LDS donors.
The campaign disclosures show that those opposed to Nebraska's Initiative
416, which would amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages,
have raised just $158,000 as of October 23rd and spent $106,000 of that
during the previous three weeks.
However, that effort ran into a hurdle when the local ABC affiliate
cancelled the anti-416 ad scheduled for Saturday's Nebraska-Oklahoma
football game. The affiliate rejected the ad because it contained Nazi
swastikas. This leaves the anti-416 effort without the $83,000 it paid
upfront, since it will take 5 days for them to receive and clear the check
from the affiliate.
Meanwhile, the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage raised an additional
$238,000 during the first 3 weeks of October, while the other pro-DOMA
group, the Defense of the Marriage Act Committee, has raised another $22,000
during the same period, for a total of $80,000.
The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage was formed by LDS Church
members, the Nebraska Catholic Conference and a non-profit group Family
First specifically to get donations from out-of-state donors. The Defense of
the Marriage Act Committee, with whom the Coalition is cooperating, refused
to accept money from out-of-state sources.
416 foes may not get ad refund in time
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By Nancy Hicks: Lincoln Journal Star