According to documents filed with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, the Minnesota Family Council gave $346,994.05 to Minnesota for Marriage and the pro-amendment campaign in 2011 through its political fund, Minnesota Family Council Marriage Protection Fund, which it set up to pass an anti-gay marriage amendment. That’s almost twice what the Minnesota Family Council received in revenue in 2010 and the group hasn’t disclosed where that influx of money has come from.

According to forms filed with the IRS, the Minnesota Family Council only took in $219,973 in 2010 and $178,079. The group listed assets of $232,000 in 2010 as well. It’s expenses were $126,000 in 2010. The $350k that the group donated to Minnesota for Marriage is well beyond the group’s typical budget.

The campaign finance forms merely list the amounts that the Family Council passed on to its political fund and the amounts that the political fund passed on to Minnesota for Marriage.

So where did it come from? And more importantly, should the sources of this money be disclosed?

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Andy Birkey
Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.


  1. Perhaps the better question is why don't we have robust disclosure laws that mandate transparency and prevent this kind of political money laundering?