Money totals for lead groups in amendment fight

Posted April 30, 2012
Updated May 1, 2012

Today is the deadline for political candidates and committees supporting or opposing the marriage referendum to report their first quarter receipts and expenditures. The State Board of Elections is doing the heavy lifting of getting all that data online today, and were still ripping through tons of envelopes when I visited this afternoon.

That said, the reports for the two biggest spenders in the May 8 constitutional amendment fight did go online today. The following numbers come from the state board's summary reports.

Vote for Marriage (pro-amendment)

Raised in first quarter: $1,178,903.59
Total raised for campaign: $1,192,278.59
Total Q1 Expenditures: $1,070,125.32
Cash on hand: $121,271.38
Amount from individual contributors: $310,962.62
Contributions from nonprofits: $852,429.72

Coalition to Protect All NC Families (anti-amendment)

Raised in first quarter: $2,035,613.90
Total raised for the campaign: $2,261,849.63
Total Q1 Expenditures: $1,827,475.68
Cash on hand: $293,523.41
Amount from individual contributors: $1,405,166.53
Contributions from nonprofits: $367,742.12

The long and the short of all those numbers: The anti-amendment forces have out-raised and out-spent the pro-amendment forces. They also have more cash on hand for the final push toward May 8. 

We'll be digging into the contributor lines as we're able to access them.

Update:  I just added numbers for individual versus nonprofit contributors. From the top line numbers, it looks like amendment opponents got more money from individuals, while backers got the bulk of their money from nonprofits.

Vote for Marriage Contributors

 The top contributors to Vote for Marriage (pro-amendment) are:

Christian Action League $309,652.70

National Organization for Marriage

Phil Drake$250,000.00
NC Values Coalition$55,800.00
Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte $50,000.00
Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh $50,000.00
American Family Association $20,000.00
Bayleaf Baptist Church $19,130.00
First Baptist Church (Charlotte)$15,000.00
Aggregated Individual Contribution$10,862.62
AMDG Medical, LLC $10,000.00

 Coalition to Protect All NC Families Contributors

Top contributors to the Coalition to Protect All NC Families (anti-amendment) are: 

Contributor Amount
Jon Stryker$200,000.00
Human Rights Campaign$196,081.08
Aggregated Individual Contributions$155,359.05
Replacements Ltd.$130,015.50
Blueprint NC$104,612.97
Todd Stiefel $100,000.00
HRC NC Families PAC $55,000.00
* Center for Community Self Help $35,857.24
Ann B. Goodnight$25,000.00
John Campbell$25,000.00
Michael Edwards $25,000.00

* Note: Theses are first quarter numbers and do not reflect information in 48 hour reports. That's why in an earlier post, I wrote about Center for Community Self Help giving more money than is reflected in this table.


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  • captioning May 2, 2012

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, The Bayleaf Baptist Church, and the First Baptist Church of Charlotte have contributed a total of $135,000 to a political campaign. Did they use 501(c)(3) funds to make these contributions? I hope that WRAL or The News & Observer will find out. My understanding is that 501(c)(3) funds cannot be used for political purposes, and I would like to know whether these donors reported the source of their money. Should these donors claim that these are not 501(c)(3) funds, they should prove that they have set up the accounting systems necessary to avoid comingling 501(c)(3) and advocacy funds. They should be able to prove that their donors will not be able to claim these as deductible gifts. Some of us will be keeping an eye on this for the next several years.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 1, 2012

    This certainly shows us who supports bigotry & hate...churches and Christian non-profits. Where's the love?

  • normson7 May 1, 2012

    Looks like organized churches and big buck Republicans vs. individuals to me. I don't think that the state (even with church backing) should be able to say what anyone does in their own bedroom in their own house (as long as no one is being harmed).

  • faperrigo Apr 30, 2012

    Good job. It will be interesting to see what groups outside of NC are contributing.