FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2015
HOUSTON – Today, Houston Unites submitted its financial report to the City of Houston showing the campaign raised more than $1.2 million in less than seven weeks, from August 12, when the campaign launched, through September 24.
More than 80 percent of all contributions came from Houston residents.
“We have certainly done well on the money front so far and appreciate the grassroots groundswell from hundreds of Houstonians who have contributed to this effort,” said Richard Carlbom, Houston Unites campaign manager. “But, there is a great sense of urgency around fundraising this week and next. We know from past ballot campaigns that equal rights opponents spend significant dollars in the final weeks. We must remain competitive with them in what will, no doubt, be a close election.”
Highlights of the report include:
- More than 80 percent of the almost 700 total donors to Houston Unites were from Houston.
- Total raised, including in-kind donations, was $1,264,503.
- Houston Unites spent the bulk of its finances on television and radio ads, direct mail and field organizing.
Opponents of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance expect to spend at least $2 million.
Houston Unites is the campaign working to win a “Yes” vote on Proposition 1, Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, in November. The leading partners include: ACLU of Texas, Equality Texas, Freedom for All Americans, Human Rights Campaign, NAACP Houston Branch and Texas Freedom Network.