MN United, the campaign to stop the marriage ban, has reported excellent fundraising numbers. They've raised three times the amount that the marriage ban side have. So not only are polling number trending our way, so is the fundraising.
Minnesotans United for All Families, the main group lining up opposition to the amendment, raised $3.1 million in the first half of 2012, according to a report released Tuesday, June 19.
That brings the total raised since the start of the campaign in 2011 to $4.6 million. The group said it has taken in contributions from more than 19,000 individual donors over the entire campaign and that 85 percent of the money raised has come from within the state.
Total expenditures so far are roughly $3 million.
While the Pro-Amendment side could easily raise a couple of million from a few rich evangelicals, more than 16,000 Minnesotans believe so strongly that the so-called "Sanctity of Marriage" constitutional amendment is such a bad idea that they're willing to give money.
Furthermore, from Obama to local candidates, the DFL is going to be campaigning to defeat the marriage ban amendment.
I'm feeling cautiously optimistic.