Tuesday, July 13, 2010

HRC's 'gAyTM' is Open for Democrats

(How would Harvey Milk spend, or withhold, gay dollars at election time?)

The Human Rights Campaign, a Democratic gay org with pitiful examples of accomplishments to toss around the hundreds of millions of gay dollars they've raised and spent, and its gAyTM is dispensing big bucks to our supposed friends in the Democratic Party.

As of July 11, HRC has donated $72,000 to Democratic PACs, and $1,000 to a GOP PAC, that of Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, according to federal records at OpenSecrets. HRC gave $20,000 to the DNC's Congressional Campaign Committee, and $15,000 to the DNC's Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Here's the HRC breakdown for donations to federal candidates:

Total to Democrats: $392,320
Total to Republicans: $14,838

Total to Democrats: $62,499
Total to Republicans: $2,000

Sub-total for amount given to Congressional incumbents and challengers comes to $454,819, add that to the $72,000 in PAC-to-PAC donations, and the figure for what HRC has given to the Democrats so far this year comes to $526,819.

That robust amount is a steep decline from previous election cycles, and HRC's peak year for money raised and spent was the 2004 election. I expect HRC will take in addition money in the next four months leading up to the mid-term elections, with practically all of the funds going to Democratic PAC and candidates.

Click here if you want to read the list of names of big and small donors to HRC's PAC.

I didn't waste a moment's time thinking HRC would play hardball with our alleged friends and at least publicly broach the subject of potentially withholding gay dollars this election cycle, because the Democrats have failed to deliver on so many promises to us for too long.

With America's richest and largest professional gay advocacy org operating as a gAyTM for the Democrats, it's the same damn losing gayja vu all over again. The Democrats don't deliver, they still get money from HRC, and average gays get screwed out of federal and legislative advances.

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