Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Did Anti-Gay Gen. Pace Give to Sen. Helms in 1991?

Gen. Peter Pace yesterday told the Chicago Tribune that he doesn't think courageous gay and lesbian people should serve in the U.S. military because they're supposedly "immoral" and incompatible with the armed services. Well, you know me, I like to check newsmakers' donations to federal candidates, so I did a search for "Pace, Peter" and his FEC records.

This is what came back at both NewsMeat.com and PoliticalMoneyLine:

Name: Pace, Peter
Location: Raleigh, NC

Date: August 8, 1991
Donation: $250
Candidate: Sen. Jesse Helms

Since there's nothing indicating this man may be the same military leader today trashing gay and lesbian soldiers, and the original paper FEC report from the Helms committee is not on the web, to see if there's anything in it showing the 1991 donation was from a military officer, I'm not sure this donation was from Gen. Pace. Anyone know if Pace has made federal or state political donations?

On the other hand, another military officer in the news today, Major General Gale Pollock, appointed as Acting Surgeon General of the Army, gave $250 on December 6, 1999, to a health care related PAC, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Fund.

Of course, Pollock's political giving, such as it is, gives no indication of her political leanings.

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