HRC Gave How Much Money
to Dems Since 1998?
I decided to see what data on the Human Rights Campaign's donations to Democratic and Republican federal candidates and PACs was available for public inspection at the OpenSecrets site.
The data stretches back only to 1998. I extracted amounts given by HRC to Senate and House incumbents and challengers, and PACs, then added them up by party for a given election cycle. Here is the rough breakdown:
Dems = $1,200,800
GOP = $192,835
Dems = $1,191,151
GOP = $114,850
Dems = $776,424
GOP = $79,835
Dems = $1,294,504
GOP = $52,789
Dems = $646,500
GOP = $18,838
For the most recent twelve-year period, HRC gave $6,891,865 to national Democrats and assorted party PACs.
Over that same time, HRC's donations to GOP politicians and PACs came to $708,072.
What did the gay community get from HRC funneling nearly $7 million to the Democrats since 1998? A hate crimes bill that has greatly benefited Matthew Shepard Inc, but done so little to prevent attacks against gays and nothing to move employment or housing protections forward.
And the $708,072 to the GOP side bought us nothing of lasting value, but allows HRC to maintain the fiction that they're a bipartisan org.
To be fair, some of those millions helped lift the HIV travel and immigration ban, and that is something I applaud HRC and AIDS organizations for accomplishing.
What about your thoughts on HRC contributing almost $7 million to Democratic candidates and PACs? Are you satisfied with what those seven million gay dollars bought us?