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California Teachers, HRC Lead to $2.25 Million for No on 8

Donations From
California Teachers, HRC Lead to $2.25 Million for No on 8


No on 8 logs a big payday thanks to major donations from the California Teachers Association, the Human Rights Campaign and Hollywood producer and real estate tycoon Steve Bing. Combined, $2.25 million has been raised to fight the attempted California marriage ban in the last 24 hours.

When No on 8 campaign director Patrick Guerriero urged LGBT Americans that we have to match the opposition dollar for dollar if we want to win at the polls in November, people sat up and took notice. In the last 24 hours No on 8 has managed to raise more than $2.25 million, due to a trio of sizable donations.

Early this morning The Advocatereported a half-million-dollar donation from real estate tycoon and Hollywood producer Steve Bing, marking the largest non-LGBT gift to the campaign.

A hour later the Human Rights Campaign announced it was contributing $750,000, bringing the HRC's total contribution to Equality for All to $3 million. This latest donation was made thanks in part to an incentive gift of $120,000 from longtime marriage equality champions Tom Bombardier and John Fowler.

And the California Teachers Association Issues poltical action committee, which in July donated $250,000 to No on 8, upped their support for marriage equality yesterday by $1 million. The previous donation sent Yes on 8 activists into a blogging frenzy.

In addition to the major donations, several smaller donations in and around the entertainment community have poured in over the past few days. Will & Grace star Eric McCormack and Desperate Housewives' Dana Delany each wrote checks for $5,000.

Today, co-owners Larry Basile and Jonathan Crutchley donated a combined $10,000 -- Crutchley came under attack by gay blogger Andy Towle for donating the maximum amount allowed by law, $2,300, to presidential candidate John McCain.

The recent influx of donations beings the amount of money raised by No on 8 significantly closer to matching money raised by the opposition. As recently as last week, Yes on 8 was outraising No on 8 by a 3-to-2 ratio, according to Equality California.

During yesterday's conference call with LGBT media, Guerriero said he expected to see several major donations over the next few days. (Ross von Metzke, The Advocate)

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