We Did It: $42,530 Raised Online

When we first started fighting the ban back in early 2004, I was one of only a few people being paid to work on this full time. Every month, I'd drive to meetings or other events in Stevens Point, La Crosse, Superior--all around the state. The goal was to start early, building awareness about the ban and growing our base of supporters one by one. Our email list was so much smaller at the time--never could we have raised $10,000 online, let alone $42, 530. But we did it. You did it.

Here are just a few of the people who made this possible.

Katherine and Carol from Sun Prairie shared the β€œ30 by the 30th” email they received with their three daughters. And after hearing about the civil unions and marriage ban, Alex, Dani and McKenzie (ages 14, 10, and 6) decided to give all their allowance money to the campaign. And thanks to them, we made it $120 closer to our goal.

When David Seitz graduated from Wauwatosa East High School a few weeks ago, he took his support even further. Instead of asking for any graduation gifts, David asked his friends and family to donate to Fair Wisconsin.

One of our most faithful volunteers, Diane Wensel, went out again to knock on doors as part of a canvass a few weeks ago. Diane spoke to a supportive father at one home, and also got to meet his seven-year-old son, who asked his dad if they both could volunteer for the campaign. He then went inside and brought back his piggy bank – which he emptied and gave to Diane as a donation to Fair Wisconsin.



At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's pretty sad that some people are giving away all their money to something that stands a very good chance of passing anyway. $42,000 isn't going to prevent the passage of the ban. Well, I hope it passes.

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Mike Fitzpatrick said...

And the day's not over yet... Anyone for hitting 50K?

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous KrisP said...

...alright, I'll take the bait....

What's sad is that what registers with you, and many others I'm sure, is that folks are parting with money to help this cause.

You are right though. No amount of money will prevent this amendment from passing - it will be the goodwill of this state, it's people, and God that gets the job done.

50K people?!?

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Anonymous (a cowardly way to blog, by the way), the Fair Wisconsin fight against banning gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships is a just one. Some day, your children and grandchildren will look back at this time with shame that some Americans wished to strip the rights of other Americans away.



At 1:53 PM, Anonymous debbie said...

Well, I'll donate an extra $10 today in "honor" (defiance) of the first comment.

Anyone with me?

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Ingrid Ankerson said...

I'm with you, Debbie.

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Kyle said...

People have the right to believe in what they want. However, I feel strongly that you need to be open to express your opinion. Anonymous posts on blogs are disappointing.

Anonymous, we can and we will make a difference for Wisconsin voters through FairWisconsin. We believe strongly in stopping a baseless, inflamatory ban and raising money certainly does help to get people educated. As long as there are those who use this money and believe in the cause, it can happen. People like yourself only increase our resolve to try harder.

We envision a Wisconsin of conviction, of personal freedoms, progressivism, and equal opportunity. Sorry you don't stand for that.

That is wonderful Debbie. I'll try my best to save a dollar each day until I leave for college in the middle of August. Or do what I can do beyond interning and canvassing that I already do.

At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Steve said...

Actually everyone, i went down as anonymous because ive never posted anything on here before so i didn't know what I was doing.

Anyways, I actually only wanted to see what kind of responses I would get from people who are fighting the amendment. While I don't agree with you and probably would support it, it doesn't matter because I don't even live in Wisconsin. It's nice to know that there are people fighting for what they believe in though.

But heres a tip: telling people like me that we don't care about personal freedoms and equal opportunity, as Kyle did, is kind of insulting and isn't going to win people over. Just because someone doesn't agree with you on a marriage amendment doesn't mean that they don't believe in freedom. Also, don't say you are trying to "educate" people, because it sounds a little arrogant. Not trying to be rude, just honest...this is coming from someone who supports the amendment. Using language like that isn't going to help you win in November. Well, good luck

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous David Seitz said...


Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. While I don't agree with you, it's good for people to engage each other, and I thaink you for doing that.

Simply put, I don't understand how "educate" sounds arrogant.

I don't think I'm condescending or judging when I say that there are a lot of people who have busy lives, and haven't had a chance to get all the information about the ban and its consequences.

Most Wisconinites favor civil unions. If they don't know that the ban would cover civil unions, that's a problem. And it's not a problem of persuasion, it's a problem of information.

Obviously, "to educate" is to share information with people who didn't have it before, and that's what Fair Wisconsin is doing.

I'm glad they are, and I'm happy to support them in doing so.

Again thanks,


At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Kyle said...


We are educating people. There is nothing arrogant I see in this. We are actually providing people who may be unaware or confused about the ammendent with the ammendment itself, with information about it, and legal consequences of similar legislation. We aren't trying to convert anybody. It not as if we stand by doors, bother bother, or anything like that. Certainly it would be nice if we spark thought and consideration in those that support the ammendment. But our primary goal is to reach out to undecided or unfamiliar people with our message.

I think many people would agree with me that gay marriage is not the issue with this bill. Gay marriage is already illegal by state statutes. The issue becomes in banning civil unions, threatening domestic partner benefits, and causing many years of legal rangling to come.

On a more ideological level, I feel that those that support this ban go against Article 1, Section one of the Wisconsin state consitution:

"All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

So I guess, in essence, those who have voted for the government officials that supported this are debasing and devaluing the first selection of the declaration of rights. By supporting for and voting for this ban, you are effectively limiting personal freedom, equality, and the rights of people to live a life of choice and of happiness. There are many personal stories that can help to illustrate how devastating the ability of same-sex couples or otherwise not to be allowed legal rights together. I am sure you are aware of these (or at least I would hope so).

I also do not support this ammendment because of how and when this ammendment was planted. Why now in 2006? Why not 2005? 2007? I think political campaign is a definite motivation. A similar try to get this to the ballot in 2004 was tried, but proved unsucessful. Jim Doyle, Herb Kohl, other democrats are up for office. It makes you wonder if there are underlying motivations by politicans at least.

I have other reasons, but I'll try not to make this post much longer.

Before I go Steve, I am curious to know why you support this? I always like to hear other opinions. It would be nice of you to explain.

Best to all! And thanks Dave. I completely agree with you.


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