2012 Election | Barack Obama | Gay Marriage | Mitt Romney | NY marriage equality | Paul Singer | Republican Party

Top Republican Fundraiser Starts Marriage Equality Super PAC

Paul E. Singer, billionaire and massively influential Republican donor and fund-raiser, has committed $1 milion to creating a pro-marriage equality "super PAC."

From the New York Times's Frank Bruni:

Named American Unity PAC, its sole mission will be to encourage Republican candidates to support same-sex marriage, in part by helping them to feel financially shielded from any blowback from PaulESinger
well-funded groups that oppose it.

In an interview on Tuesday, [Singer] told me that he’s confident that in Congressional races, which would most likely be the super PAC’s initial focus, there are more than a few Republicans “who could be on the verge of support” or are “harboring and hiding their views.”

“And this kind of effort could be catalytic in generating some more movement,” he said.

As Andy previously reported, Singer is straight, but has a married gay son. Singer has contributed massive sums to pro-equality efforts before -- he was instrumental in bringing Republican support to the cause of marriage equality in New York -- but he's also contributed to the campaigns of anti-gay political candidates. He's a big Mitt Romney fan, and last month hosted a Romney fundraiser which brought the candidate $5 million.

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  1. Name
    I forgot the word article... Now what the two talk about between them is between them
    At this point I want to know what Romney would do with DADT
    DOMA is going to be around for a while, marriage will come state by state and court. A constitutional amendment will not pass and Romney knows it. ENDA is going to be a hard fight, it has been for years not enough support on either side.

    DADT is the one he can screw us with right out of the gate.

    Bri good point. For me I'm fiscally conservitive, pro military, less welfare state but vote social issues because I'm gay. If republicans Ever really changed I would be at a crossroad

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jun 9, 2012 10:09:08 PM

  2. It's been a BEST MONEY CAN BUY Republican campaign and maybe this can be just what the GOPHEADS needs to change their spots. However, it will only work if the tea bags and Christian right wing of the party chased out and not bought out!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jun 10, 2012 3:04:53 AM

  3. Wake up! This is NOT "good news".

    This is just another devious attempt to peel off a few gullible gay votes in a close election & deliver them to the GOP.

    Once the Republicans regain power, you can bet they will move forward with the anti-gay rightwing fundamentalists' agenda. They are beholden to their base...not to us.

    If you are gay and vote Republican, you may be selfish, but you have no self-respect.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Jun 10, 2012 3:48:48 AM

  4. NULLNAUGHT - "It can't understand you" - I laughed out loud. Just such and like kinds of remarks are the real reason I read this blog...it's too funny. Or insightful. Or wonderful. For me how people say things is often as great as what they say.

    Just spent the day at the beach and lay there head proped on a drift log smiling at all the engaging sweethearts, dolls, pricks and pinheads I relish hereon - YOU(fun and arch), MARY(she's changed!), OS2GUY(a prince and have you read his blog?), ERNIE, ANDY himself (first rate gentlemen), RICK (delicious, oh ya), even LITTLE FRANKENFEM (awesome/awful)- altogether the best circus in town. Though I would never call it a community since we don't have to actually try to get along (and no one does), "On line" is an enlargement of life.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 10, 2012 6:27:27 AM

  5. The best way to wean the GOP off its evangelical base is to offer moderates an alternative, and to provide incentives to get away from them. This PAC will help do that.

    I agree that the religious right wing has too much power in the GOP. All moderate conservatives agree with that. But you have to BUILD an alternative to them, and that takes time and money. It won't happen overnight, just as the evangelicals didn't take it over overnight.

    But at the end of the day, the fact remains that the Democrats don't have enough votes or spine to vote our rights in. And even if we do, it would require a majority in the House, and a SUPER majority in the Senate, meaning that we need 61 seats in the Senate, plus a Democratic White House.

    That is nearly impossible to achieve, and the few moments we DO achieve it, the Dems never seem to get around to our issues. Therefore, we NEED some GOP votes to get any thing passed.

    That's just the reality of the situation. You may not like it, but tough. If we want our rights, we first need to recognize reality.

    It's all fun and good to harbor resentments toward the GOP, to be suspicious, to not trust their motives, etc. However, I find it difficult to believe that this man is putting up his own money just to screw with his own son's marriage. That just doens't make sense.

    The purpose of this PAC isn't is to get more votes for the GOP -- if you actually read it, you will see that it is to give more money to existing GOP reps so that when they DO buck their leadership and vote pro-gay, they will not suffer the consequences of retaliation rom their leadership or the evangelical base.

    How anyone can spin this as a bad thing is either stupid, or doesn't understand basic politics in Washington. And if you are either, you shouldn't be weighing in on this issue.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 10, 2012 10:27:07 AM


    Posted by: steve | Jun 10, 2012 11:10:23 AM

  7. Alan, it's not my fault that your party and your family vote against Equality for LGBT people.

    my "hatred" is "disgusting"?

    I'm not the one voting against your rights and freedoms and promoting anti-gay bigotry in America. Your own parents are. And no wonder.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 10, 2012 4:07:21 PM

  8. I have an idea! How about you gay republicans actually PROVE us "gay liberals" wrong. or rather, prove yourselves RIGHT.

    take advantage of social media. get together with your republican family and friends, and make a video, post it youtube, where you share your support message for the LGBT communities, and show us all how one can be Republican and pro-Equality.

    i mean, what possible reason could you have for not doing such a thing? after all, your friends and family are pro-Equality, and thus you have nothing to hide, since the republicans you all claim to know are, uh, "pro-Equality" or "pro-gay" and have never treated you with any form of disdain or discrimination.

    So, rather than tell people on here that we're "wrong", put your money where your mouth is - SHOW US that you gay republicans and your family and friends are actively promoting Equality within the GOP.

    share the URL or youtube link. after all, you have nothing to hide.


    i look forward to seeing from you!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 10, 2012 4:10:29 PM

  9. for once, just once, it would be remarkable if any of these so-called Gay Republicans with Pro-Equality Family and Friends could actually show us that they are what they claim they are.

    anonymous claims are worth less than s**t.

    got a great family and republican community that supports Equality? Show us, and show us what specific work you guys are doing to promote Equality for LGBT citizens within the GOP.

    for real.

    prove your reality with facts. URLs, please.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 10, 2012 5:04:55 PM

  10. The Supreme Court in its "wisdom" has ruled that we are a nation to be governed by the billionaires. Of course the average American still has a vote. However, the average American is about as politically savy as a brick and will vote the way the television ads tell him/her to vote. "Hail to the Chief": Romney.The progressive movement is going to be stopped in its tracks. Look forward to lots of new conservative Supreme Court, Appeals Courts an U S District Court Judges.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 10, 2012 5:08:09 PM

  11. I agree totally with Kiwi about the gay Republicans. They're really a lot like that "Jeebus" character that all the Christianists worship. Asking us to believe in someone we haven't seen or heard only FELT? Doesn't this guy/spirit know that it's the age of social media? He can die for the sins of mankind,...but he can't send out a tweet? (I mean he could just write what he did in the Bible - "It is finished." - it fits in a tweet, right?) And how are we supposed to know he turned the water into wine? What brand was it? How much was "turned"? Truly. This guy has to grow a pair and start proving himself. You would think that a guy who sits at the right hand of the Father could do some text-messaging! What are they short of digitial equipment in heaven?

    Yeah, he was born of a virgin, but so what? Did she ever march in a Christian pride parade with him? This guy is LAME.

    Let him have the cojones to show himself. I mean what good in crucifixtion if we can't see it?

    Youtube ressurection video, please!

    Posted by: Kiwi's ghost | Jun 10, 2012 8:34:52 PM

  12. I'll will NEVER vote for a Repubulican to federal office.

    Posted by: CHRIS DA CHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Jun 11, 2012 12:16:15 AM

  13. The assumption that anyone with friends that are Republicans IS a Republican is as idiotic as insisting that everyone make themselves as much of a methed-out media whore as they are.

    Posted by: NVTodd | Jun 11, 2012 6:38:14 AM

  14. the fact that GOP-defenders can't put their money where their mouth is and show us just exactly what specific pro-Equality work their Republican friends and family is doing speaks volumes.

    calling me a methed-out media whore (HA!) won't change the fact that you have no testicles.

    prove me wrong, Todd. ten bucks says your wimpy-@ss can't :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 11, 2012 8:50:32 AM

  15. Kiwi, the "Kiwi's ghost" post was written by me. I can't help it, Ray. Poking fun at you is so enjoyable. And you make it so damn easy! I hope you're not offended - seriously.

    Posted by: Mary | Jun 11, 2012 9:07:17 AM

  16. nothing a faceless anonymous troll says, or does, can "offend" me.

    by all means - continue to live vicariously though the comments you can only make from a place of complete anonymity.

    whatever you need to do to distract yourself from the reality of your cowardly life. lord knows without a place for your anonymous brand of commenting you'd likely take your own life. wow. what a tragic loss *that* would be.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 11, 2012 9:19:20 AM

  17. I swtich my position and now support full equality for LGBT citizens, including marriage rights. And yet I'm still a "troll?" Some people can't take "yes" for an answer, can they?

    Is nothing ever good enough for Little Chihuahua (as someone once called him?) He's probably angry at the founders of the Mattachine Society for being "wusses" and not demanding gay marriage in the 1950's.

    Life must be so easy when all you have to do is denounce everyone else for being secretive and not being militant enough.

    Posted by: Mary | Jun 11, 2012 11:17:33 AM

  18. Republicans: 57% have a family member or close friend who is gay or lesbian, 48% don't think they can change, and yet 72% do not want marriage equality for them.

    Posted by: Task | Jun 11, 2012 12:50:03 PM

  19. How amaaaazzzing. No Republicans will ever openly..ha..support same sex marriage. I live in SC which is the a@@hole of the US always. While any gay supportive Repubs. rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic, the Repubs. continue to contrive their gain of power, political or otherwise.
    We will have civil war soon between the haves and havenots, as the gays, the blacks, the older medicare and soc.sec. benefit recipients try to hide from the goose stepping Republican army death squads. We cannot agree enough to fight them as one unit with power, so we will continue to lose it all. There is NO debate. It draws near whether you see it or not. Most voters do not realize it is even happening in the USA. The Repubs sell us out, then a Dem is voted to remedy their mess, and when the Dem cannot, they go back to another Repub. to make even a greater mess, and so on and so on. It's all political. There may be gay and black and Jewish Repubs. but after they are used, they will be turned on by those who still hate them underneath their false Repub. faces. Here in SC, our church pastors preach against us, and teach their Jesus congregations to hate us all and to vote against us in Christ's name...hallelujah. If only I were a straight Republican, I could expose my neighbor, hate them and cry, crucify them, crucify them. We, however, should start building our party and our own army. Don't forget the populace government of Germany, killed gays, gypsies, and Jews and all they labeled as degenerate. It will happen again. They do not respond to the truth about people. They need someone to blame and that is us. What is the solution? Tell me. Only if we match their tactics will we be a viable foe. When we trust they can be changed or reasoned with, we are lost already. The Repubs use us and we are to blame. Do not give them an inch. Fight them in every way,on every front. If our lives are worth saving, be militant. They are. What is YOUR solution?

    Posted by: Listening | Jun 13, 2012 10:47:01 PM

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