Marriage Amendment Campaign Most Expensive Ballot Fight in MN History

By KBJR News 1

November 5, 2012 Updated Nov 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - According to officials with Minnesotans United for All Families, the "vote no" organization has raised $11.2 million, including in–kind donations--92 percent of which have come from in–state individuals.

The "vote yes" organization Minnesota for Marriage says they've raised just over $5 million, a major portion of which has come in October.

While the polls are still showing Minnesotans almost evenly split on the issue, both organizations claim their financial support shows Minnesotans are on their side come voting day.

When Minnesotans think about what this amendment really is about, they realize that voting no is the right thing to do. So, polls have shown us neck and neck, and we are optimistic that we're going to do everything we can, and we will defeat the amendment on November 6th," said MN United for All Families spokesperson, Kate Brickman.

"[We knew] this would be a close race, but the majority of Minnesotans agree that kids need a mom and a dad, and that marriage is between a man and a woman; it's been that way for thousands of years, and the reason that government is involved in the marriage business in the first place is because of kids," said Minnesota for Marriage Spokesperson Autumn Leva.

The Voter ID Amendment figures are also in the millions.

According to the "vote no" group, Our Vote Our Future, they've been able to raise about $2.6 million so far.

The "vote yes" group, Protect My Vote, says they've raised about $1.5 million, give or take $15,000.