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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
Lincoln NE Journal Star 31Oct00 T1
By Nancy Hicks: Lincoln Journal Star


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