New conservative lobbying push for gay marriage

By PATRICK CONDON,Associated Press Updated at 2013-04-27 05:41:15 +0000

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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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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