Jessica Cast was one of Amazon.com's early employees. A lesbian mother of four children, she's now fundraising to support same-sex marriage in Washington.
Last week, she sent an e-mail to her former boss, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, asking him to support the campaign and suggesting a $100,000-$200,000 donation, similar to the amounts donated by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer.
Two days later, Cast got a surprising response from Bezos.
"He wrote back a couple of days later with an e-mail that said, 'Jen, this is important for many reasons. We're in for 2.5 million.'"