Putin Sanctioning Pro-Gay Obama Campaign Donors

The Daily Beast is reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin has expanded his secret “black list” of Americans banned from Russia to include both senior Congressmen and top Obama campaign fundraisers tied to the LGBT community.

Sources say the expansion was in retaliation to the Obama administration’s March sanctions on certain Russian officials over their involvement with the crisis in Ukraine. Among them was Yelena Mizulina, author of Russia’s ban on ‘gay propaganda.’

PutinDiplomatic sources confirmed to The Daily Beast that the expanded and still-secret Russian sanctions list includes five top Obama campaign bundlers as well as about a dozen top Senators and Congressmen who were not included in the first list. The names of the specific bundlers remains a secret, but a focus was put on those with ties to the gay and lesbian community; it’s a reflection of the ongoing fight between the Kremlin and the White House over Russia’s laws punishing the promotion of LGBT “propaganda.”

Because the Russian list is secret, the only way a bundler or lawmaker can determine if he or she is on the sanctions list is to apply for a visa to visit Russia. If the visa is rejected without explanation, the applicant is on the list. Early last year, well before the Ukraine crisis, Rep. Chris Smith discovered he was on Russia’s black list when he applied for a visa. Smith has been a harsh critic of Russia’s record on human rights.

Last week, the U.S. released a third list of Russian officials, businessmen, and institutions subject to sanctions

Comments

  1. anon says

    This might curtail some of the overseas fundraising that’s popular now, but Obama is not running again, so the impact should be slight. It’s a tit-for-tat emotional response.

  2. Esther Blodgett says

    This is the 21st century equivalent of Nixon’s Enemies List–people are proud to be on it.

    President Botox needs to just calmly introduce the world to his boyfriend and then take a step back.

  3. me says

    Here’s an indication of how dumb that country is:
    I’m at the airport in Moscow and I go into one of their duty-free shops and pile up a bunch of caviar – about $500 or $600 worth. Go to pay. They only take cash, no credit cards.

  4. BrokebackBob says

    So, the contributors can’t go to Russia and why exactly is that a problem for them? I mean, would they really even want to. Let’s contrast that with the thousands of Russians who would give their eye-teeth to come to America.

  5. Arrow says

    Or the American gays who would give their “eye teeth” to adopt a Russian baby. And Russian men work out their legs to give the body symmetry–not like their top heavy, chicken legged American counterparts.

  6. Bill says

    If you apply for a visa, have to pay a fee, if they put you are a “no visa” list, reject your application, and keep the fee, but refuse to tell you if you are on the list if you ask first, does that constitute bait and switch?

    Sounds to me like this is a scam to make money without having to do any real work.

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