New conservative lobbying push for gay marriage
National conservative group mounts new lobbying push for gay marriage in Minnesota, elsewhere
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A national group of prominent GOP donors that supports gay marriage is pouring new money into lobbying efforts to get Republican lawmakers to vote to make it legal.
A spokesman for American Unity PAC tells The Associated Press the group has established a lobbying operation called American Unity Fund. It already has spent $500,000 on lobbying since last month.
Half that came in Minnesota, which could hold votes on gay marriage as early as next week. Money has also been spent in Rhode Island, Delaware, Indiana, West Virginia and Utah.
In Minnesota, the money has gone to state efforts to lobby Republican lawmakers and for polling on gay marriage in a handful of suburban districts represented by the GOP.
Billionaire Republican donor Paul Singer started American Unity PAC last year.