California activists targeting a law that aims to protect transgender students were aided by a flurry of late contributions, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state Monday.
Privacy For All Students, proponents of the referendum to overturn Assembly Bill 1266, announced this weekend they had gathered enough signatures to qualify the repeal for the 2014 ballot. Organizers previously said they were confident about reaching the requisite number of signatures but endeavored to get thousands more to serve as a cushion.
Final determinations from county elections officials are due within the next week.
Over the last two weeks, the group raised more than $79,000 from donors across the state, including $50,000 from Sean Fieler, president of the New York hedge fund Equinox Partners and regular supporter of traditional marriage.
The group also raised $1,000 each from Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, and committees controlled by Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, and Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber.
The bill allows transgender students in public schools to join athletic teams and access facilities such as bathrooms that correspond with their gender identities. Authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, it was heralded by supporters as a necessary protection for students who regularly suffer humiliation and bullying.
Opponents, including a sizable contingent from the religious community, contended the law would make students uncomfortable and infringe on the will of parents. A spokeswoman described the effort as an issue of safety and privacy.