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.

And the Democrat and Chronicle reports:

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."


  1. Kevin_BGFH says

    NOM’s Brian Brown: “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.”

    Does anyone know what’s going on in their districts? Has there been any local polling — on the election, or on same sex marriage in general? Will any of them face a credible primary challenger? What about the general election?

  2. says

    In fact, people are SO outraged that they are sending check after check to express their shock and horror, with angrily scrawled signatures under dollar signs viciously punctuated with multiple commas and zeroes.

    But I guess that’s what NOM’s three donors pay Brian Brown for! I can see the ad on Craigslist – “Misguided Non-profit seeks brown-shirted suck-up quisling to abandon all integrity, honor, and humanity while embarrassing anyone who ever carried the same family name. Compensation based on experience. References required”

  3. PDX Guy says

    It is funny the first thing NOM does in these situations is announce how much they are going to spend to defeat these representatives. But when it happens the other way, it doesn’t matter, it seems. Such stupidity and hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me. How can people be so gullible as to give this hate group money?

  4. George M says

    Good for these guy!! They deserve to win and the gay community in NY needs to create a fire wall around them. NOM will go at them hard

  5. Abel says

    NOM gets most of its money under the table from the Catholic Church and the Mormons. This is why they don’t want to reveal their donors. Brian Brown is a pathetic hog, isn’t he? Doesn’t he realize he’s on the losing side of history? Oh, he may win a battle or two still, but ultimately, justice will triumph. In the meantime, it will be fun to watch him “spin” things. Sad little piggy, go back to your sty and wallow in your hatred.

  6. Oliver says

    It’s no secret that the Mormon Church funds NOM and other anti-gay organizations.
    So then, based on this:
    “Romney has always been a major donor to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which requires that members “tithe,” or give 10 percent of their income to the church. His family charity, called the Tyler Foundation, has given more than $4 million to the church in the past five years, including $1.8 million in 2008 and $600,000 in 2009. But because Romney, whose fortune has been estimated at $250 million, has never released his personal tax returns, the full extent of his giving has never been public.”
    Isn’t it safe to say that Mr Mitten’s is funding the anti-gay movement? Did Mr Mitten’s fund Prop 8?

  7. says

    So unless there are some extreme right-wing primary challengers, the voters in these districts are going to show their anger over the passage of the same-sex marriage bill by voting for — Democrats?

  8. Hank says

    I live in Sen Saland’s district. After the weekend of the vote last week, there has been no mention of it in the local paper. Zilch. People have moved on