LEWISTON — Catholics gave more than $41,000 during a second collection taken in churches to support the campaign seeking to overturn Maine’s law allowing same-sex marriage, according to a campaign finance report.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, which registered with the state as a ballot question committee, filed a report Friday outlining fundraising and spending based on its efforts targeted at repealing the law.

No parishioner contributed more than $100 directly to the plate, according to the report, which must include individual donor information for donations of that size. 

Other dioceses and bishops, ranging from Portland, Ore., to the Virgin Islands, contributed about $215,000 to the effort, according to the report. The largest donations, $50,000 each, came from the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Phoenix and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

All monies were passed over from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to the Stand for Marriage Maine political action committee.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland also made $33,000 worth of in-kind contributions, including the salary for Marc Mutty who is on a leave of absence from his job with the diocese to help lead the Stand for Marriage Maine effort.

Previously, the diocese contributed $100,000 to Stand for Marriage Maine. That money was drawn from a donation made to the diocese by someone who earmarked it for “causes such as these,” Mutty had said.

Campaign finance reports from ballot question committees and PACs covering activity from July through September are due Oct. 13. 


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