(Minneapolis Star-Tribune) ST. CLOUD - After a grinding day of meetings, Richard Carlbom was streaking across the prairie in a Ford Fusion stuffed with boxes of blue and orange "Vote No" T-shirts.
Racing toward a speaking engagement at a gay and lesbian Pride festival, he couldn't shake the relentless demands of raising money for the intensifying campaign to defeat the marriage amendment.
"All right, where are we going to find $1 million?" asked Carlbom, looking out the side window. "Where are we going to find it?"
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Carlbom, the campaign manager of Minnesotans United for All Families, is at the helm of the largest and most expensive constitutional amendment fight in state history. In the final, frantic weeks of the campaign his team often pulls in $100,000 a day as it strings together an eclectic coalition of supporters and adds new volunteers by the day.
The super-sized campaign, which is dwarfing the efforts of every candidate campaign in the state, is aimed squarely at making Minnesota the first state to defeat an amendment that would effectively ban same-sex marriage. Across the country, 30 states already have such a ban.