The American Civil Liberties Union is conducting its largest fundraising campaign ever.
The liberal group announced Monday plans to raise $335 million for a mass expansion into generally conservative states. The money will be used for social justice efforts like homosexual rights in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico and Tennessee.
"The purpose is to build a civil liberties infrastructure in the middle of the country, where battleground states are often under-resourced and our efforts are most needed," Executive Director Anthony Romero said.
He added that the ACLU will focus on police brutality, rights for homosexuals and immigrants, and opposition to the death penalty.
Opponents of the group say no good will come out of the expansion.
"[The ACLU] already has been an anti-family, and in some cases anti-religious, liberty and anti-life organization," said Mathew Staver, founder of the Christian group Liberty Counsel. "Any future expansion would simply increase its destructive presence and be concerning to people of conservative, moral values."
Already the ACLU has raised $258 million over the past year. The fundraising campaign marks the group's largest in its 88-year existence.
Source: Associated Press