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posted Friday, August 17 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 33
Freedom to Marry adds $500k to Approve R-74 campaign
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Freedom to Marry adds $500k to Approve R-74 campaign

Total investment in state campaigns up to $3 million

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The national marriage equality advocacy group Freedom to Marry announced on August 13 that it would make up to $500,000 in matching funds available to Washington United for Marriage for the Approve Referendum 74 campaign.

The contribution to the Approve R-74 campaign means Freedom to Marry 'has met its initial 2012 goal of raising and investing $3 million in three key states where marriage is on the ballot in November,' the group said in a statement announcing its contribution.

'Freedom to Marry now intends to continue working to raise more funds toward the more than $10 million still needed by the three campaigns,' the statement added.

Speaking to SGN by phone, Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson said the contribution furthers his organization's plan for winning equal marriage rights nationally.

'Freedom to Marry's national strategy has always been to grow a majority, to win more states, and build a national majority,' Wolfson told SGN. 'To build momentum that can influence other decision makers - not just legislators and voters, but even the Supreme Court if they hear the [DOMA] case.'

MAJOR IMPACT
'It's hard to overstate the impact of this match by Freedom to Marry,' Washington United for Marriage campaign manager Zach Silk said. 'Early money has never been more important than in 2012, and this much-needed contribution will go a long way in our fight for marriage in Washington State.'

Silk announced the new contribution from Freedom to Marry in a statement to supporters. He also revealed that the Approve R-74 campaign has already raised $92,670 toward the $500,000 matching-fund goal.

In response to questions from SGN, Silk said his organization was tracking new contributions and would update the community regularly.

'We are able to track contributions day-to-day,' Silk told SGN in an e-mail. 'We will release more numbers early next week.'

The matching funds will come from Freedom to Marry's Win More States Fund, which was announced in March of this year.

This latest donation means that the group will meet its goal of contributing $3 million to pro-marriage campaigns in Maine, Minnesota, and Washington more than two months earlier than originally projected.

'Early and strategic support shows that our movement has evolved into a sophisticated campaign equipped to win at the ballot box in November,' Wolfson said.

'In an election season where candidate campaigns and Super PACs are snapping up television airtime, Freedom to Marry is especially pleased to be able to provide crucial early funding to support TV buys and other ways of making the case for the freedom to marry. We will continue to raise dollars and channel them into campaigns to ensure we get family stories in front of the voters and make the most personal and powerful case for why marriage matters.'

TV TIME GETTING SPENDY
Because of competition for airtime in an election season that features presidential, senatorial, gubernatorial, and state legislative races, the cost of TV advertising is rising rapidly. In the Seattle market, rates have nearly doubled over the last few months.

In his email to SGN, Silk stressed the importance of TV ad buys to the Approve R-74 campaign.

'Even in today's increasingly digital world, television is one of the most powerful storytelling mediums,' he said. 'We are planning to run a very competitive television advertising campaign. It will be a multi-million dollar campaign and will run statewide.'

In its statement, Freedom to Marry also said the group's money should be used for 'field campaigns in all three states to support one-on-one conversations with voters about the importance of the freedom to marry for all committed couples.'

Silk told SGN that the Approve R-74 field campaign is already up and running, and would expand with new funds from Freedom to Marry.

'Our field campaign is going great,' Silk said. 'We have opened action centers across the state and have hundreds of volunteers taking time to talk to voters almost every night. These extra resources will allow us to open more offices and hire more staff to work with the thousands of volunteers who want to help.'

Wolfson told SGN that the group's decision to invest significant resources in ballot campaigns this year was based on a belief that pro-equality forces could win.

'We can win one or more of these ballot measures in November,' he said. 'That will take away the last talking point of our opponents - that we can't win.'

'But money alone, or one organization alone, can't do it,' Wolfson cautioned, 'unless people take action. Absolutely we can win if we all step up and do the work of making the case - enough times to enough people before Election Day. Each of us has to be part of the work of persuasion. It's all hands on deck!'

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