Money a concern in Maine gay marriage fight

Posted Oct. 14, 2009, at 3:03 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The campaign to repeal Maine’s gay marriage law says the latest campaign finance reports make one thing clear: It needs to raise money and raise it fast.

Tuesday’s reports show that supporters of same-sex marriage have raised $2.7 million, compared to the $1.1 million raised by Stand for Marriage Maine, which wants voters to repeal Maine’s gay marriage law on Nov. 3.

Mark Mutty of Stand for Marriage says the campaign is under budget and needs to raise some serious dollars soon.

University of Maine political science Professor Mark Brewer says the fundraising gap is a serious problem for the repeal side. But Brewer adds that money alone, while important in elections, doesn’t win them alone.

Brewer also says the shortfall could signal a last-minute flood of donations to Stand for Marriage.