New York Republicans Who Voted For Marriage Equality See Sharp Increase In Fund Raising

The four Republicans who broke ranks and voted for same-sex marriage in the New York Senate have “sharply increased their fund-raising in the six months after the marriage bill passed, in many cases raising money from people they had never met,” the New York Times reports this morning. According to financial disclosures filed Tuesday night, State Sen. Roy J. McDonald raised “about $447,000 in the six months following the vote, about 27 times more than he had raised in the same period in 2009,” Stephen M. Saland took in $425,000, Mark Grisanti raised $325,000 in the six months after the vote and James Alesi “said more than half of his new donations came from same-sex marriage supporters.” Conservative groups like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) have pledged millions to unseat the Republicans and are still predicting defeat. “All the money in the world isn’t going to buy them out of the fact that they’re about to lose an election,” said Brian Brown, the president of NOM. “People are outraged by what they’ve done, and they are going to be held accountable,” he said. A majority of New Yorkers still support the state’s marriage equality law and a recent Sienna College poll found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who lobbied for the same-sex marriage bill — remains overwhelmingly popular among registered voters in New York, with a solid 73 percent approval rating.