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  1. Leslie
    February 6, 2014

    I will be linking to this article so that my marriage equality group in CA can contribute to this effort. But I hope that better polling, etc. in the past 13 years will get a better result than we had with Mike Marshall on Prop 22. I worked on that campaign and it was a disaster — our message never worked, even with our supporters.

  2. Dave
    February 8, 2014

    Thank you for this interesting and informative article. There are a number of questions that I would have posed to Marshall, and which you might want to pose to him in a future interview:

    - Why has the signature gathering proceeded at such a slow pace. The target is a mere 116,000 valid signatures. That is not that heavy a burden. The antigay side gathered 250,000 signatures in 6 weeks in 2004 to put their marriage amendment on the ballot. If OR United has 4,000 volunteers, then why have they been at this for 6 months and why do they still not have enough signatures? Right now, they have the bare minimum number, and are now working on building a cushion to account for invalid signatures. At their current glacial pace, they won't have enough "cushion" signatures until May. Why does it take from August 2013 to May 2014 to get 116,000 valid signatures (or about 150-160,000 total signatures) if they have 4,000 volunteers, and hundreds of religious groups, unions, etc?

    - Is Marshall from Oregon? What experience does he have running a statewide campaign other than losing Prop 22?.

    - Some of the numbers don't add up. OR United's campaign finance disclosure reports do not show "$2 million raised so far". If you are including the $250K pledged from the 6 unnamed groups, then it does add up, but a pledge of money in the future is not the same thing as money raised.

    - I would have asked him to name the 6 groups that pledged $250K. Is NGLTF one of those groups? They outrageously went AWOL in 2012, giving virtually no money to any of the campaigns. Their only significant financial contribution was a Maryland mailer, which was later revealed to have been funded by a casino and had more to do with keeping a competing measure off the ballot. I hope that GCN will give some attention to the undercovered story of how NGLTF went from being a leader in fighting for civil rights at the ballot to a nearly inactive outfit, draining millions from donors while providing little value.

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