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McCain Takes $2300 Contribution from Owner of Gay Sex Site Manhunt


You may have read about Manhunt.net founders Larry Basile and Jonathan Crutchley (above right) in Michael Joseph Gross' OUT article entitled "Has Manhunt Destroyed Gay Culture?"

Crutchley's political leanings are pointed out near the beginning of the piece:

"Crutchley, a liberal Republican with a tight white beard, admits that he felt anxious during Manhunt’s first years, before his and Basile’s initial investment of $800,000 bore fruit. Now, seated at his desk and surrounded by giant photographs of body builders’ glutes, Crutchley says the company brings in at least $2.4 million per month -- almost $30 million a year -- not counting ad revenues, and prospects for growth are strong. Manhunt’s success measures the extent to which online cruising has changed gay urban social life. Is it changing gay politics too?"

Crutchley's right-leaning ways have been reported on before, in the Huffington Post, which reported on a contribution he made to the McCain campaign. Last week, Crutchley defended his contribution in the comments section of an April 2007 interview (which he apparently monitors) with Online Personals Watch:


And here's the amount, via Open Secrets:


It appears John McCain has accepted the maximum individual campaign donation from the owner of America's largest gay sex hook-up website.


After one of our irate readers emailed Manhunt informing them that they had cancelled their account, he received the following email from the company:

Dear Sir,

We are always happy to hear from our members, thank you for taking the time to
express your concerns. The subject that you have brought to our attention is a personal matter and is
not representative of MANHUNT. We thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely, Team MANHUNT

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  1. Let me get this straight. The guy who owns and runs ManHunt doesn't consider himself liberal? I guess running a gay hook-up site is the epitome of Conservatism.

    Posted by: Raybob | Aug 13, 2008 1:07:43 PM

  2. "Massachusetts Republican" = "Alabama Democrat"? You've got to be kidding. A Republican is a Republican (in this day and age) no matter how you try to spin it. Hello guys, time to rethink who you are giving your $ to when you are trying to hook up on Manhunt.

    Posted by: michael | Aug 13, 2008 1:09:29 PM

  3. Disgusting. Cancel those MANHUNT accounts NOW!

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Aug 13, 2008 1:09:49 PM

  4. I cannot wait to hear the Towleroaders comment on this story....!

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 13, 2008 1:09:57 PM

  5. I am going to close my account.

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 13, 2008 1:14:29 PM

  6. Those curtains are hideous.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 13, 2008 1:16:57 PM

  7. man cunt indeed.

    Posted by: alguien | Aug 13, 2008 1:18:43 PM

  8. Yeah time to close the account. I read about him in the out or advocate this month but if he's giving my bucks to McCain well, we can't have that. What other sites are there? Not A4A, too many twinks.

    Posted by: Jersey | Aug 13, 2008 1:22:37 PM

  9. If this doesn't influence McCain's thinking on gay issues, nothing will!

    Posted by: anon | Aug 13, 2008 1:22:45 PM

  10. gross.

    Posted by: ryan | Aug 13, 2008 1:24:06 PM

  11. CRISPY - lol

    Posted by: Nathan | Aug 13, 2008 1:24:35 PM

  12. unfortunately while I live in a nice part of Brooklyn, it's not full of too many single gay guys, so Manhunt, A4A, craigslist . . . it's all hopeless. i think i'm going to become celibate. :(

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 13, 2008 1:25:54 PM

  13. Pathetic! Talk about fag hating fags! How dare they. More rich gay guys giving money to keep the hate going. BOYCOTT MANHUNT!

    Posted by: Leo90068 | Aug 13, 2008 1:26:35 PM

  14. I'm sure they'll be getting their money back from the McCain campaign shortly now that the story is out.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | Aug 13, 2008 1:27:15 PM

  15. Pathetic! Talk about fag hating fags! How dare they. More rich gay guys giving money to keep the hate going. BOYCOTT MANHUNT!

    Posted by: Leo90068 | Aug 13, 2008 1:28:16 PM

  16. Crutchley is a big fat fucking insult. A greedy hypocrite. Is he really worried about the safety of this country -- or the safety of his 30 million per month? Think of all the honest good that could be done with even a fraction of that money.
    "The hallmark of aristocracy is RESPONSIBILITY." He makes me sick.

    Posted by: Ciminello | Aug 13, 2008 1:29:07 PM

  17. He looks out of shape. Hopefully he has a heart attack and dies very soon. Selfish fat fuck.

    Posted by: Nick | Aug 13, 2008 1:32:04 PM

  18. This is ridiculous, they make $30 million a year on membership. I hope gay men know better and not to fuel this website anymore. I have to agree, those 2 old manCunts. Everyone should start word of mouth and not to let these 2 guys ruin our future!

    Posted by: ee | Aug 13, 2008 1:36:09 PM

  19. I don't know if this is more pathetic or HIGHlarious.


    Posted by: OTTO | Aug 13, 2008 1:37:06 PM

  20. Put this freak's feet to the fire when Prez McCain expands online obscenity laws and REQUIRES proof of age for anyone that registers on this scumbag's wweb site. Watch him squirm when he loses 70% of his monthly income. THEN block him from ever entering PTown again. Oh, and Crutchley? You're not allowed to get married. Ever. Because your fugly ass paid for people who work against it. And anyone you love will not allowed to be married either.

    You don't get the privilege of being called gay, let alone liberal, you useless dickhead.

    BOYCOTT. Spread the word.

    Posted by: JoJo | Aug 13, 2008 1:37:22 PM

  21. It figures that a self-hater would have started Manhunt :) Wonder if he's aware McCain doesn't want us to adopt. Probably not, those folks have an amazing ability to hear only what they want. Oh well, I'm not really using MH anymore. In Seattle it's become just a place for people to find other tweakers to do Meth with.

    Posted by: DJSauvage | Aug 13, 2008 1:38:14 PM

  22. Yes, they will both either die with a heartattack or a stroke soon! Hope they have good health insurance cus mcCain's plan probably wont cover them!

    Posted by: ee | Aug 13, 2008 1:39:18 PM

  23. Ugh. I'm sure it's hoping for too much that word of this spreads like wildfire and Manhunt folds.

    Posted by: John | Aug 13, 2008 1:43:40 PM

  24. Gay Agenda?? I guess he really is a right winger. Does he take orders from Focus on the Family? Is James Dobson his hero?
    More people need to read about this

    Posted by: jack | Aug 13, 2008 1:44:29 PM

  25. Giving up your subscription is a portion of their revenue stream. Stop visiting the site altogether.

    Manhunt's high page views and minutes per session (the highest rates among all Internet sites) are stats they quote to advertisers to sell Web ads. Manhunt's execs are literally raking in the dough every hour we spend there.

    Anyway, I've been disallusioned with Manhunt, A4A, online personals and dating, tired of people who don't follow through or stand you up, done with strange people with little class or manners. I was thinking of giving up on such sites. This is the icing on the cake for me.

    Posted by: JTlvr | Aug 13, 2008 1:44:46 PM

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