Mary Cheney, With Karl Rove, Backs Another Anti-Gay Candidate

6a00d8341c730253ef01348648e307970c-300wi Just when you thought it was safe to go to the ballot box, more details drip out about Karl Rove's behind-the-scenes machinations.

The legendary right-wing operative has been hard at work amassing $32 million for his tax-exempt organization American Crossroads and its network of ideologically identical allies. 

"When Mr. Rove left the White House in 2007, Democrats rejoiced at what they believed would be the end of his political career and the brand of Republicanism he espoused. This election season is proving that he is back — if he ever really left at all," writes Jim Rutenberg for the New York Times writes.

"[Rove is]  playing a leading role in building what amounts to a shadow Republican Party, a network of donors and operatives that is among the most aggressive in the Republican effort to capture control of the House and the Senate."

And guess who's helping Rove in his GOP-loving crusade? Mary Cheney, of course! She's currently working with the murky 527 group Alliance for America’s Future. And, yes, Dick Cheney's out lesbian daughter's again going against the gay grain by supporting an anti-equality candidate.

Considering the Alliance and American Crossroads don't have to disclose their activities, it's difficult to track all of their money. There is, however, at least one record of the Alliance's electoral involvement, in New York, where they have given $90,000 to Randy Altschuler, a New York Republican Congressional candidate who opposes gay marriage and Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and recently received a boost from out GOP insider Ken Mehlman.

The Atschuler money only further cements Cheney's reputation as an anti-equality crusader: the 41-year old gave gay opponent Kelly Ayotte a $500 personal donation for her New Hampshire Senate race this year, and the Alliance aided discriminatory Florida Gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Bill McCollum, by attacking his primary opponent. Their efforts failed.