Wednesday, April 14, 2010

7th Largest Donor to Ex-Rep Massa? HRC

The troubles for disgraced and clearly-closeted former congressman Eric Massa, according to the Towleroad site, have expanded and surely very unlikely to disappear in the near future:

More than two dozen interviews and internal documents compiled by the Washington Post reveal that former Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) was doing far more than "snorkeling" and behaving inappropriately at tickle parties. [...]

Massa's chief of staff Joe Racalto claims he himself was a victim of Massa's advances. Racalto also said "he pulled Massa out of a Dupont Circle bar in December when he could not get Massa to stop making inappropriate comments to a 21-year-old intern and another male staffer."

Also: "One gay male staffer said he complained to Racalto in spring 2009 that Massa routinely made sexualized remarks to him. The staffer told Racalto he had grown distressed, because of two incidents he had heard about involving Massa allegedly making unwelcome sexual advances when sharing a hotel room with staffers. The staffer said that Racalto assured him that Racalto would talk to Massa and put a stop to this kind of conversation. [...]"

Massa also requested to take an intern with him on trips to the West Coast but was blocked by Racalto after staffers begged him. He also solicited sex from a bartender at the funeral of a Marine slain in Afghanistan which became the incident which led to his resignation. [...]

Now, none of Massa's male-on-male propositions with staffers and others was widely known before he resigned his seat representing New York's 29th congressional district, so I can't say any of his donors should have known better than to give this politician of questionable character any money.

But we know now, and out of curiosity I searched for a listing of Massa's top donors, and found this list from the OpenCongress site:

ActBlue $375,555

Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $16,000

Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte $14,204

Jana Partners $13,800

Sheet Metal Workers Union $13,500

Service Employees International Union $10,750

Human Rights Campaign $10,500

Given the many corruption allegations and sexual harassment charges that have emerged since Massa stepped down from his seat, I'd like to hear from HRC. What do they think of the charges? Does HRC feel their donations to him benefited the gay community? If so, let's hear how.

Frankly, I'm not at all surprised HRC supported this politician. Same goes for HRC's silence about their donations to him.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OK, when will everybody learn that HRC is USELESS? They are nothing if not defensive, rich, WHITE, gay men, who are interested in protecting themselves and "playing at" advocacy, when really they are just collecting a fat paycheck while they make nice and rub elbows with "oooh, prestigious!" Washington (Democratic) elite for their own individual fun and profit. It's a joke, it's not advocacy. Advocacy is burning down the fucking Capitol if Don't Ask/Don't Tell isn't repealed or ENDA isn't passed. Or at least people forming a human chain and shutting down Congressional office buildings for a few days until we're listened to. Or throwing dog shit at Republican Congresspeople as they arrive for work in the morning. Grow some balls, people! Rich, White, elite, gay male "lobbyists" in nice clothes and nice cars collect "our" gay community money and use it to line their jockstraps and laugh and drink cocktails and eat brie on Capitol Hill. Fuck that. Down with HRC, once and for all. STOP donating and let them buy their own goddamn brie. Get real about activism and stop fooling yourselves that HRC will EVER (!!) be anything different. Accountability will NEVER be in their vocabulary! Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? Shame on me! DE-FUND HRC!!