The main group supporting same-sex marriage in Maryland has raised $3.2 million and still has $1.2 million in its war chest to defend the law in the Nov. 6 referendum, according to a disclosure filed last night with the State Board of Elections.
Among the largest donors to Marylanders for Marriage Equality was New York
Meanwhile, the Maryland Marriage Alliance — leading the charge in opposition to the extension of civil marriage rights to gays and lesbians — reported that it has raised $838,000 and had a cash balance of $328,000.
More than half its total was accounted for by two large contributions — $400,000 from the National Organization for Marriage in Washington and $250,000 by the Knights of Columbus in
The disclosures came late on the day of the deadline for ballot committees supporting or opposing Maryland ballot questions to file disclosures with the elections board.
Supporters of a law extending in-state tuition rates to some children of illegal immigrants were expected to disclose that they have raised $1.5 million to defend the measure thanks to five six-figure donations, including one from a group founded by the widow of Apple pioneer
Travis Tazelaar, campaign manager for Educating Maryland's Children, said the group will report that it received its largest contribution — $500,000 — from the Service Employees International Union. He said an organization founded by liberal billionaire
The Emerson Collective, an organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, gave $100,000 to support the measure, known as the
Opponents of the act — who successfully petitioned the measure to referendum — have not established a ballot committee and have been unable to mount a high-profile campaign.
The main opposition committee in the fight over Question 7, which would expand gambling in Maryland, reported it collected $21.6 million by Oct. 7 – all of it from
Meanwhile, a new player entered the gambling fight as Wayne K. Curry, a former
Curry's committee, "Maryland First NOW - Vote Yes On 7," is separate from the ballot committee financed largely by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment.
MGM is the prospective operator of a casino that could be built at National Harbor in Prince George's if Question 7 is approved by voters. Curry was the transition team chief for current Prince George's County Executive
Messages sent to Curry's email addresses Friday were not returned. A spokeswoman for the MGM-backed committee said she had not heard of the new entry into the high-stakes campaign, which has become the most expensive political contest in Maryland history.
A fourth referendum fight, involving redistricting, apparently will be a low-budget affair.
A committee set up to oppose Gov.
Supporters of the map have not formed a ballot committee.