Campaign to Protect TransgenderNondiscrimination Law Raises more than $350K in 2017
Nearly 90% of contributions from in-state
BOSTON – Freedom for All Massachusetts (FFAM) – the bipartisan campaign fighting to protect the state’s transgender public accommodations protections law from repeal at the ballot in November – today announced it raised more than $350,000 in contributions in 2017.
“As the newest member of the campaign team, it is exciting to see the momentum that has been built before a campaign manager was even in place,” said Phil Sherwood, Freedom for All Massachusetts Campaign Manager. “This early fundraising sets our campaign up nicely as we begin the next phase in our multi-million dollar fundraising effort. We have set aggressive goals because we know what it will take to combat the misinformation promoted by our opponents.”
Additionally, the campaign benefitted from nearly $83,000 in in-kind services donated by partner organizations.
In total, more than 800 individual contributions were made to the campaign effort in 2017, with nearly 88% of contributions coming from in-state.
“What is especially exciting is that the majority of contributions come from ordinary people from across Massachusetts,” said Kasey Suffredini, campaign co-chair. “We didn’t ask for this fight, but this early financial support confirms what we’ve always known: When asked whether to continue protecting their transgender neighbors from discrimination, Massachusetts voters will vote yes.”
As FFAM prepares to defend the state’s transgender nondiscrimination law, it has opened a campaign office in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood and has hired 8 full-time employees focused on coalition building, field, and communications.
In 2016, Massachusetts became the 18th and most recent state in the countryto update its nondiscrimination law to include explicit protections for transgender people in public places. The law was endorsed and signed by Governor Charlie Baker in July 2016, and it went into effect on October 1. Opponents of the law have since submitted the low threshold of signatures necessary to force it onto the November 2018 ballot for repeal.
FFAM’s 2017 campaign contributions will be filed today, in compliance with state political finance regulations.