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Celebs try to tip balance in gay marriage money battle

September 23, 2008 | 10:44 am

Stevenkate_2 Last week, Brad Pitt gave $100k to help defeat Prop 8. Yesterday, director Steven Spielberg added another $100k to coffers of activists trying to beat the Nov. 4 ballot measure, which would write a gay marriage ban into the California constitution. Last month, the Knights of Columbus weighed in on the issue with a $1-million contribution in favor of Prop 8.

According to our database, which tracks Prop 8 contributions, supporters of the measure raised $16.2 million, with $4.1 million of it coming from outside the state.  Those who want to preserve California's gay marriage laws have donated $10.8 million, with close to half of that coming from outside the state.

Check out today's story, by Dan Morain and Jessica Garrison, about the Prop. 8 money race and why donors on both sides of the issue feel compelled to vote with their pocketbooks.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Reuters