Financial backing is "one indicator of the support that an issue has" in the community at large, and Maine Won't Discriminate has a lot more contributors than the other side does, said Ted O'Meara of Maine Won't Discriminate.Of course, he's a tad biased. The group he speaks for leads the pro side.
The PAC numbers are over two to one. The pro-rights folks have taken in over $490,000 to the repeal folks' $220,000. Cash on hand runs $276,000 to $19,000.
The largest contributors are:
SUPPORTERS OF THE LAW
- $60,000 - Human Rights Campaign, Washington, D.C.
- $25,000 - National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Washington, D.C.
- $7,000 - Diane Sammer, Harpswell
- $5,000 - Maine Education Association, Augusta
- $20,000 - Christian Action League (affiliated with the Christian Civic League of Maine in Augusta)
- $10,000 - Linda Bean Folkers, Falmouth
- $10,000 - Christian Civic League of Maine (two $5,000 contributions)
- $5,479 - TABOR (taxpayer bill of rights). Largest of several gifts from the Garland-based group seeking referendum to cap government spending.