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Last-minute donations made in R-71 campaign

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OLYMPIA — More money is flowing into the campaigns for and against Referendum 71.
R-71 asks voters to either approve or reject the Legislature’s latest expansion of domestic partnership rights for gay couples. Monday was the deadline for state campaign contributions of more than $5,000 from any single source.
The campaign in favor of R-71, called Washington Families Standing Together, now has nearly $1 million in the bank.
Big donations include $60,000 from a special fundraising committee set up by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights group. Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer and co-founder Bill Gates each gave $25,000.
The campaign against R-71 also has some last-minute donors. A relatively new committee called Vote Reject on R-71 has collected about $200,000 from the Family Policy Institute of Washington, a Lynnwood-based conservative religious group.
Story tags » StateCivil RightsGay marriage

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