Paul Singer’s Pro-Gay Super PAC Betting On GOP Trio

PaulSingerPaul Singer, the Republican hedge fund manager who uses his billions to fight for marriage equality in New York, Maine and elsewhere, quietly joined the super PAC club earlier this summer by using $1 million to start the American Unity PAC. Now that group is spreading some donations among Republicans that may be willing to back same-sex marriage.

Politico reports American Unity PAC will back three Republican candidates in the 2012 election: Reps. Mary Bono Mack of California, New York's Richard Hanna and Judy Biggert of Illinois, none of whom are vocal equality advocates.

From Politico:

A source familiar with the effort said that the group’s aim is to ensure “a counterbalance on the right,” adding that for “the long-term success of the [Republican] party, it must be able to reach gay and lesbian Americans and “the millions of Americans who are related to them.”

The PAC initially decided to enter these three races, the source said, because the incumbents are rank-and-file Republicans with a mixture of economic and tax records the group considers strong, but who also have been solid on specific gay rights issues.

Hanna is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, was a co-sponser of the gay rights bill ENDA, and opposed all four Defense of Marriage Act amendments.

Biggert supported ENDA as well, backed hate crimes legislation and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and opposed three of four DOMA amendments. And Bono Mack favored the DADT repeal, supported hate crimes legislation and also opposed three of four DOMA amendments.

In addition to Singer's money, American Unity PAC has received about $1.6 million in donations, including Cliff Asness and Dan Loeb, both of whom collaborated with Singer on his work in the Empire State's gay marriage fight.


  1. Brian says

    Maybe something got mangled here, but I don’t understand why you say none of these people are vocal equality advocates, then list a bunch of pro equality things they’ve done. Particularly in the Republican party, I would say their track record certainly marks them as equality advocates.

  2. mark says

    I wonder how long its gonna be till he comes out of the closet. I don’t understand why someone would oppose gay marriage this much unless, of course, they’re deep down in the closet!

  3. Brian says

    OK, so I (the first brian) pointed out that the post is confusing, but it’s not that confusing, Mark. The headline “Paul Singer’s pro-gay super PAC” should give you an idea that he’s for, not against, gay marriage. His son is gay, not him, and he’s put considerable resources behind the gay marriage movement. So in sum, he’s pro, not anti gay, and straight, not gay. Hope that’s clear enough.

  4. Patric says

    The post says that these three are not vocal equality advocates because they are not vocal equality advocates. To be one would be suicide in the party to which they belong. It is true that their votes have been better than their Republican colleagues but none is a vocal advocate of our equality.

    More significantly than whether they’ve been vocal or not, they’ve been opposed in general elections by Democrats who presented better alternatives for our community. For instance, Bono Mack, who is married to the virulently anti-gay current Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Florida, represents the district in the entire country which includes the highest percentage of LGBT people of any currently represented by a Republican House member. As such, self-interest alone dictates that she not adopt the virulently anti-gay positions adopted by her husband in Florida. Nonetheless, she did vote to ban adoption in D.C. by same-sex couples in 1999 and, more recently, in 2010 she unfortunately defeated an openly gay Democratic opponent in a race in which she refused to take a position on marriage equality. She also refused to take a position against Prop 8 in 2008. Even this year, while attending the GLAAD awards with Cher and Chaz, she still was refusing to endorse marriage equality. In all of these instances, she’s only looking out for her own electoral prospects. It’s simply a fact that Palm Springs deserves a Representative who supports marriage equality and Bono Mack is not that person.

    I can understand why a heterosexual fiscal conservative who is generally OK with gay rights but who does not view gay rights as a priority of equal importance with fiscal issues would donate to this PAC but I cannot imagine how any self-respecting gay or lesbian person (thus, not including any LCR or GOProud supporter) would do so. I’ll hope that these Republican members continue to show progress if they remain in Congress but what would be even better is if one or more of them is upset this fall by a far more progressive Democrat.

  5. andrew says

    The republicans are in the process of stealing the 2012 election right now. About 19 states have enacted photo I D laws as a requirement for voting. This will dampen down democratic turn out especially among blacks. The republican billionaires like Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers and many others are committed to spend whatever it takes to convince American voters that Obama is unAmerican, he is not one of us etc. Stand by it is going to be a bumpy ride and the result will be President Romney.Don’t you folks get it, the American establishment loathes a democrat in “their” White House.

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