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Politico: McCain Never Returned Cash from former Manhunt Chairman

Last month, the Boston Herald reported (the article is now archived but here's a duplicate) that John McCain had returned a $2,300 donation from Jonathan Crutchley, the former Chairman of the nation's largest gay sex hook-up website Manhunt.

ManhuntManhunt co-founder Larry Basile, told the Herald that Crutchley was informed the money would be returned. Said Basile: "Politically, it was just off-base, with the whole feeling over here at Manhunt. Boy, was I embarrassed when I found out he gave $2,300. [Crutchley] said, 'If John is too good for my money, I’ll give it to (presumptive Democratic nominee) Barack (Obama).'"

That never happened, according to Politico's Ben Smith: "Last month's campaign finance reports don't show a refund to Crutchley."

Crutchley was forced to step down from the board of the company, which OUT magazine reported pulls in $30 million a year from its mostly gay members, after news of the donation was revealed. Larry Basile, Manhunt's co-founder, released a statement saying that the "entire board was in disbelief" that Crutchley made the donation.

At the time, Crutchley defended his donation in a thread at Online Personals Watch. That comment has since been mysteriously deleted from the thread. Here's a screenshot we captured of it in August.

Crutchley

So, if Smith is correct, Crutchley's donation still sits in McCain's coffers, working hard to defeat gay rights.

Crutchley contribution not returned [politico]

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(image - OUT magazine - "Has Manhunt Destroyed Gay Culture?")

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  1. Never give manhunt another dime, fawk them. Maybe they are working in league with the christian right to make us look like sex crazed perverts.

    Posted by: ex-jock | Sep 22, 2008 5:38:05 PM


  2. man, this is so discouraging ... Manhunt should be out of business by now but seems to be thriving ...

    I'm ashamed that so many guys can't even be bothered to move to a different hook-up site ... what's going on, my brothers, are our rights that unimportant to you?

    Posted by: mike in manhattan | Sep 22, 2008 5:44:19 PM


  3. THE COUNTESS: Could this mean McCain does accept homosexuality after all? Deep down inside? (where it really counts!)

    THE QUEEN: Maybe. First it was Mark Buse and now this. Things are looking up, Countess.

    THE COUNTESS: If only the queens here would have faith in their fellow man. I always say just give 'em some time, dear, and they'll come around.

    Posted by: the queen with the countess de gooch | Sep 22, 2008 5:44:49 PM


  4. Uh-oh, here we go again . . .

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 22, 2008 5:48:27 PM


  5. Ugh. It's his money, so he's free to spend it how he wishes- even if we don't agree with it.

    But Manhunt- period?! BLECH!! No thanks!

    Posted by: ETC. | Sep 22, 2008 5:59:20 PM


  6. Not much more we can do other than to cancel the subscription... already done... weeks ago.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Sep 22, 2008 6:31:49 PM


  7. Wow whoever this very un-funny bitchy Queen is ,it must think its clever and funny,but its really just another self loathing rightwing gay person who has to justify why he votes and defends the gop who is very clear about their attacks on gay people. How pathetic and sad,really.

    Posted by: Chad | Sep 22, 2008 11:28:51 PM


  8. Wow whoever this very un-funny bitchy Queen is ,it must think its clever and funny,but its really just another self loathing rightwing gay person who has to justify why he votes and defends the gop who is very clear about their attacks on gay people. How pathetic and sad,really.

    Posted by: Chad | Sep 22, 2008 11:30:13 PM


  9. Hah! Manhunt is a X-tian plot to make all gay men look like perverted, hedonistic, immature sex addicts! "Gays shouldn't be allowed to marry. They are incapable of fidelity!" Plus, it promotes risky sex so more will catch HIV and die of AIDS. cue diabolical laughter Seriously, though dump Manhunt. Don't be an Uncle Tom Log Cabin Republican.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Sep 22, 2008 11:42:32 PM


  10. And what's wrong with log cabin republicans? Most of the log cabins I've met actually know more about politics than the typical liberals gays. But seriously why is this even news? if gays really believed in freedoms we would just respect that he has different views than the rest of us

    Posted by: Drew | Sep 23, 2008 12:47:42 AM


  11. manhunt and mccain are both disgraceful in my eyes now.

    Posted by: KFLO | Sep 23, 2008 1:41:37 AM


  12. @DREW: I completely believe in freedom. I believe Jonathan Crutchley should have the freedom to donate money he earned off the gay community to politicians who support homophobic legislation. And I also believe the members of the gay community should have the freedom to boycott and speak out against business owners who support homophobic politicians.

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 23, 2008 2:56:20 AM


  13. Not that I am a fan of McCain AT ALL, but exactly how has Obama been any more supportive of gay rights, other than paying them enough lip service to get our votes? He talks a good game, but he has yet to do more than talk as a Senator to follow through on the policies he claims he'll support as president.

    Posted by: Doug | Sep 23, 2008 8:19:00 AM


  14. You all are a bunch of losers lol. What he do with his monies and or personal decisions has nothing to do with a site he owns. if it wasn't for him, half of you all wouldn't even get a DATE lolz.

    Posted by: wOw | Sep 23, 2008 9:11:03 AM


  15. Manhunt is so tired anyway. all the hotties are on ADAM4ADAM.
    fuck, manhunt.

    Posted by: mike nyc | Sep 23, 2008 10:34:47 AM


  16. Like I've been saying for months if fags weren't so self loathing Manhunt.net would be taking a serious hit now, but we seem to have a real problem standing up for ourselves.

    My friends just don't get why I'm so upset about this. I'm upset that it needs explanation that it does MAKE A DIFFERENCE if we support our own oppression. In this instance it's a no-brainer. It seems our dicks and our brains are in different bodies.

    BOYCOTT MANHUNT.NET NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stopmanhunt.net check it out - volunteer!

    Next stop Rainbows and Triangles on Eighth Ave - shopping there is giving money to McCain/Pailin.

    They sell Obama buttons up front but maintain their Manhunt.net room in the back. I have asked them to close it but they never respond to my emails or phone calls. So they make money off both the Republicans and the Democrats - great, make a buck however you can, fuck the consequence, do you guys even have any morals? Fuck caring about your community - or does what this really point out is that the idea of community is flawed and we don't really have anything in common that any of us would all agree on is worth fighting for? If supporting a presidential ticket that HATES us and wants are rights curtailed isn't enough - then I ask you what is?

    Posted by: liberal | Sep 23, 2008 12:26:09 PM


  17. "Not that I am a fan of McCain AT ALL, but exactly how has Obama been any more supportive of gay rights, other than paying them enough lip service to get our votes? He talks a good game, but he has yet to do more than talk as a Senator to follow through on the policies he claims he'll support as president."

    Given the power of the Internet, it's not hard to do research:

    McCain: A Record of Opposing the Interests of GLBT Americans

    OPPOSED Ending Discrimination Against GLBT Americans in the Workplace.

    OPPOSED Protecting GLBT Americans from Hate Crimes.

    PROPONENT of Discriminatory Military Policy.

    OPPONENT of Equal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples.

    ACTIVELY SUPPORTED State Ban on Domestic Partnerships.

    SUPPORTED the Confirmation of Anti-GLBT Equality Judges.

    SUPPORTED a Discriminatory HIV/AIDS Policy.

    Source: http://www.hrc.org/equality08/mccain.htm

    Posted by: alex | Sep 29, 2008 3:27:43 AM


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