ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lawmakers who took a political risk by supporting same-sex marriages in Minnesota have seen big increases in their campaign coffers.
The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1gDZvGT ) that House members whose 2013 votes went against most in their party took in double, triple or even quadruple the cash they raised in 2011.
Richard Carlbom is a spokesman for Minnesota United, which lobbied for same-sex marriages. He says the group and its allies helped raise $500,000 to support officials who voted for same-sex marriage.
Reports released Saturday show the fundraising clearly impacted some.
For example, Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington supported same-sex marriage, against the majority of his district. The Republican took in nearly $54,000 last year — four times what he raised in 2011. The cash could help against a potential challenger.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com