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NYC Mayor Gives $500k to Gay Marriage Campaign

by Associated Press
Mayor Bloomberg

Jim Gillooly, flickr

Bloomberg donates to gay marriage campaigns in three states.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he'll spend $500,000 of his personal fortune on gay marriage campaigns in Maine, Minnesota and Washington state to help them raise an equal amount.

Monday's announcement follows up on a political spending push the billionaire businessman-turned-politician announced last week. He said then that he planned to spend at least $10 million before Election Day promoting moderate candidates and ballot measures supporting gay marriage.

Bloomberg has pledged a total of $325,000 to groups backing ballot initiatives that would legalize gay marriage in Maine and uphold it in Washington.

He's giving another $125,000 to a group working against a Minnesota constitutional amendment that would strengthen an existing law against same-sex marriage.

Bloomberg announced a $250,000 contribution to a Maryland gay marriage initiative earlier this month.



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