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Following the publication of a new full-page ad from the Log Cabin Republicans attacking Chuck Hagel's nomination as Defense Secretary, more voices are chiming in with questions about who might be behind the funding of the group's ads.

Andrew Sullivan was asking the question over the holidays when LCR's NYT ad went up, and got a tepid response.

Now, David Mixner and John Aravosis are scratching their heads.

Writes Mixner:

Can't help but wonder if their funds wouldn't be better spent running a full page ad asking the House Republicans to cease and desist from financing the opposition in the legal battle for DOMA. Or maybe the Log Cabin Republicans can take all their newly discovered wealth and pay for full page ads demanding the Republicans support a trans-inclusive ENDA. Surely we would welcome them using their money to pay for an ad that lists all the Republicans who now support marriage equality?

Nope, they run an ad that omits key information, says Hagel apology is not sincere enough and that this issue is the most important ever for the Log Cabin Republicans. Really, this is what we should be spending our time on? This is how we should be spending tens of thousands of dollars?

Let's be honest here. Someone is using the Log Cabin Republicans for another agenda and financing these ads. The Log Cabin Republicans in order to have credibility must show us who are financing these ads. That kind of money sure hasn't been sitting in their accounts all year long. I promise you that is a fact. Show us the money!

Writes Aravosis:

I will say that I have growing concerns, not about Hagel, but about the gay Republican group Log Cabin Republicans, and whether we are witnessing another gay organization in a payola, pay-for-play, -type scandal that we previously had with GLAAD (and AT&T) and the NGLTF (and gambling interests), where both gay groups weighed in on an issue that didn’t seem to have a terribly gay angle, only to later found out that a not-gay-at-all outside interest was pulling their strings, and undermining our own community and its ongoing credibility...

...What makes Log Cabin’s new-found interest in anti-gay Republicans so curious is Log Cabin’s long-standing disinterest in standing up to anti-gay Republicans.  Log Cabin had no problem defending John Ashcroft, when he was attacked for his anti-gay comments about Hormel.  And Log Cabin had no problem getting in bed with Mitt Romney, when the GOP presidential candidate renounced pretty much every pro-gay position he had previously ever held.

Log Cabin’s tag line on the ad is “Chuck Hagel’s apology: Too little, too late.”  One could use the same tag line about Log Cabin’s sudden interest in standing up to anti-gay Republicans.

Watch LCR interim executive director Gregory T. Angelo on CNN yesterday,
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  1. Excellent question.....follow the money trail
    ......either Log Cabin Republicans have too much money or they are being manipulated by a right wing front group.
    This seems to be a very marginal issue they are spending so much money on.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 8, 2013 10:17:24 AM


  2. Excellent question.....follow the money trail
    ......either Log Cabin Republicans have too much money or they are being manipulated by a right wing front group.
    This seems to be a very marginal issue they are spending so much money on.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 8, 2013 10:17:26 AM


  3. LCR's interest in derailing Chuck Hagel definitely seems disingenuous to me, considering that in the past the group has consistently defended Republicans who said much worse things about our community. It seems to me that LCR's real issue has more to do with Hagel getting into bed with a Democratic president (oh, the humanity!) -- and if they got outside funding, then who the heck knows what the donors' agenda is?

    Which is not to excuse Hagel in the slightest, but LCR's rather blemished record on this kind of stuff doesn't exactly inspire confidence that they're really being honest about their motivations.

    Posted by: Craig S | Jan 8, 2013 11:01:27 AM


  4. Too little too late indeed

    Posted by: Michael Graye | Jan 8, 2013 11:40:02 AM


  5. The Monies which LCR have now spent on TWO major ad campaigns to de-rail an appointment by POTUS would have been better spent by donating those funds to The Ali Forney Center for example..... Scum is Scum....

    Posted by: aj | Jan 8, 2013 12:02:21 PM


  6. It is not easy for the self loathing bottom feeders at Log Cabin to reach a new low, yet the continue their ever downward march.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Jan 8, 2013 12:22:18 PM


  7. It is not easy for the self loathing bottom feeders at Log Cabin to reach a new low, yet the continue their ever downward march.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Jan 8, 2013 12:22:20 PM


  8. the plot thickens. werk.

    this is an embarrassingly bad situation for them. it's funny how the gay conservative-types are always complaining about how "other gays are making us look" - no, honeychild: you're making yourselves look like masochistic doormats who'd self-flagellate if only you could reach around.

    and what's their goal? i mean, truly. what IS their goal in this?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 8, 2013 12:48:24 PM


  9. They've *finally* decided to do an ad campaign? Just what positions (other than Little Kiwi's "masochistic doormat") can they possibly tout? Besides, where will all that money come from? Aren't we entitled to see a government filing of a summary of their donations - just like we've heard about for NOM and its two major donors?

    @Little Kiwi: Look up the torture devices some members of Opus Dei use. IIRC there's some sort of barbed wire bracelet for one's knees.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 8, 2013 2:35:04 PM


  10. When did 'dishonest' become 'disingenuous'? I always thought that dishonest was a perfectly good word, just enough letters, to the point. But what's up with 'disingenuous'?
    Fellow Americans- use plain English, please.

    Posted by: scotsyank | Jan 8, 2013 8:02:19 PM


  11. I am a former Republican and former member of LCR. I know for a fact that Tim Gill has had a history of sending money LCR's way...

    Posted by: Lee | Jan 8, 2013 11:00:55 PM


  12. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that it is the Washington "CHICKEN HAWK" Republican Neocons who are behind the effort to derail the Hagel nomination. Hagel is a wounded veteran who sees war as the last resort in foreign policy. And most of the Neocons who never wore their countries uniform love war. As long as they don't actually have to put their own lives on the line. They don't give a s*it that Hagel opposed Hormel to be an ambassador because he is gay. They are just using the sorry a$$ LCRs. They are being played and they so want to be on the inside of the Republican establishment that they will do anything.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 8, 2013 11:11:33 PM


  13. Sheldon Adelson.

    Posted by: christopher | Jan 9, 2013 1:03:42 AM


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