Four GOP NY Senators Who Supported Marriage Equality Make Bank
The NYT reports that the New York GOP state Senators who voted to pass marriage equality have been rewarded by donors:
State Senator Roy J. McDonald, a Republican who is a Vietnam veteran from Saratoga County, became a momentary folk hero for many gay people when he blurted out that people who were unhappy with his support for same-sex marriage “can take the job and shove it.” He raised about $447,000 in the six months following the vote, about 27 times more than he had raised in the same period in 2009.
Senator Stephen M. Saland, a Republican lawyer from Poughkeepsie whose decision to support same-sex marriage became clear only when he rose to speak during the vote, raised $425,000. For rank-and-file lawmakers in Albany, those are large sums — both men raised more in the latter half of 2011 than did the Senate majority leader, Dean G. Skelos, a Long Island Republican.
Senator Mark Grisanti, a first-term Republican from Buffalo, raised $325,000 in the six months after the vote.
The first Senate Republican to voice his support for same-sex marriage was handsomely rewarded when it comes to his campaign account, collecting $454,903 in contributions over the past six months. Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County, took in more than any other state lawmaker from mid-July to mid-January, according to NYPIRG campaign finance whiz Bill Mahoney.
NOM's Brian Brown isn't impressed: “All the money in the world isn’t going to buy them out of the fact that they’re about to lose an election. People are outraged by what they’ve done, and they are going to be held accountable."