Citing "the expense of waging a statewide political campaign in the midst of an economic crisis," Oregon's largest gay rights organization has announced that it will not pursue an equal marriage ballot measure in 2012. Democratic blog BlueOregon first reported
the announcement by Basic Rights Oregon earlier this afternoon.
From BRO's announcement
We have considered the possibility of putting this issue on the ballot for the 2012 election. However several factors, including the expense of waging a statewide political campaign in the midst of an economic crisis, led us to conclude that we are better off extending our education campaign and building momentum for a later election.
To reach this decision, we evaluated a variety of data including an online survey with over 1,000 respondents from across Oregon. We convened a group of community leaders and campaign professionals, and held town halls in communities around the state.
According to state campaign finance records, two BRO political action committees currently have $41,000 between them—a fraction of the amount needed to run a successful statewide ballot measure.
BRO isn't the only organization having a hard time fundraising. This week, WW
reported that the Democratic Party's fundraising for Oregon House candidates lags far behind their Republican counterparts