Proponents and opponents of the gay marriage amendment are sprinting toward Tuesday’s finish line with fundraising, advertising and word-of-mouth campaigning.
Both sides emailed pleas Sunday for money. Vote for Marriage N.C., the pro-amendment side, says it’s received about half of the $50,000 last-minute surge it sought.
On Friday, the group reported last-minute donations of $41,500, including $36,500 from a Baptist church in Charlotte and $5,000 from a Baptist church in Gastonia. It also received a late infusion of $125,000 from the National Organization for Marriage, bringing that group's total contributions to $425,000.
The anti-side, Coalition to Protect All N.C. Families, reported $146,610 in new money on Friday. That includes a $3,000 donation from movie star and North Carolina native Zach Galifianakis, and $5,000 from Capitol Broadcasting’s CEO Jim Goodmon.
It also received a late $125,210 gift from a Human Rights Campaign PAC. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign and the PAC have chipped in about half a million dollars.
On Monday, Vote for Marriage will have a rally with ministers in North Raleigh. The Coalition to Protect on Monday will get help staffing its phone bank from members of the cast of “Wicked,” the traveling Broadway show currently playing in Durham.