Thursday August 30, 2012 | 04:07 PM

At least a couple of times a week, both sides in the gay-marriage campaign are sending out emails asking for money.

Today, Protect Marriage Maine stepped up the appeal by claiming that advocates put the question on the ballot this year "because the national media would be distracted with the presidential race."

"The pro-Gay Marriage groups have raised millions of dollars, and the lack of national media on this important ballot initiative have stunted the fundraising of groups that are fighting to Protect Traditional Marriage," the email reads.

It then goes on to warn that if gay advocates win in Maine this year, "they will have the momentum and funds to pass Gay Marriage Amendments in more than 30 other states in the next two years!"

Officially, gay-marriage advocates have said they chose 2012 for a number of reasons, including that they hope a presidential year will mean more young, progressive voters will head to the polls. They've also spent nearly three years talking to voters about the issue and believe they have changed enough minds to overturn the 53 percent to 47 percent rejection of gay marriage from 2009.

As an aside, the letter from Protect Marriage Maine is signed "Matt Raymond," although a quick call to campaign headquarters confirmed that as a typo. The letter is from Campaign Director Matt Hutson.

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