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Pro-gay Republican Super PAC Planning Major Campaign Finance Push For Midterm Elections

SingerAmerican Unity Super PAC, which was launched in June 2012 by hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, has announced plans to spend at least $2 million between now and Election Day to help protect and promote Republican Congressional candidates who support LGBT equality.

USA Today reports:

"For many years, there's been a huge fear from Republican elected officials that if they showed courage on issues like this, would they be able to survive politically?" [AU PAC senior adviser Jeff] Cook-McCormac said.

"What American Unity PAC is committed to doing is ensuring that as these courageous elected officials follow their conscience and do the right thing, that there is a political network in place that's there to defend them."

American Unity has been successful this year protecting pro-LGBT Republicans in various state races and plans on backing at least seven congressional candidates this November including moderate Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent and openly gay Massachusetts contender Richard Tisei.  

Singer, who was also a major supporter of Mitt Romney, has a married gay son. He has donated nearly $2 million of his own money to the PAC so far.  

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  1. a hedge fund manager... you mean he's donated 2 million dollars of other people's money so far.

    Posted by: woody | Aug 17, 2014 6:05:27 PM

  2. Gay or straight, Republicans are scum.

    Posted by: Ivan | Aug 17, 2014 6:18:00 PM

  3. I'm sure there are a lot of gay people that would be republican if not for the anti-gay animus. They're just beaten into submission by the little kiwi's of the world.

    Posted by: Carmelo | Aug 17, 2014 6:27:26 PM

  4. Ivan you nailed it!

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Aug 17, 2014 6:35:51 PM

  5. Carmelo, you're next to get tickled into submission.....

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Aug 17, 2014 6:36:37 PM

  6. Even if they were not anti-gay, Republican is still a bad idea. They are good in Economics is just some kind of legendary accretion. Bush, Clinton and even Obama proved the opposite.

    Posted by: simon | Aug 17, 2014 6:50:49 PM

  7. They are opposed to every progressive concept of government: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Equal rights for women, gays, racial minorities, miniimum wage, family leave act, five day work week, child labor laws, unemployment benefits, pension protections. Sure, I will vote for Republicans--when hell freezes over...or maybe a centry or two after that.

    Posted by: jmartindale | Aug 17, 2014 7:00:25 PM

  8. Yeah, right... Look what this lovely chap is doing in my country... PR coincidence?

    Posted by: Juan Cruz | Aug 17, 2014 7:10:04 PM

  9. Paul Singer, aka The Vulture, is the scum of the Earth.
    google: paul singer vulture
    or check out Greg Palast

    Posted by: GreatLakeSailor | Aug 17, 2014 7:10:34 PM

  10. I don't care how "pro-gay" a repub says he is. I will NEVER vote for any candidate that belongs to the racist, homophobic, bigot party ever! Their behavior over the last several decades has proven to me they can never be trusted in anything they say or do. Repubs = the party of the rich and corporations. Period.

    Posted by: B | Aug 17, 2014 7:14:07 PM

  11. @ Carmelo - are you saying you support voter suppression and anti-woman legislation?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Aug 17, 2014 7:32:55 PM

  12. so how many candidates is that, TWO?

    Posted by: mymy | Aug 17, 2014 9:02:04 PM

  13. "American Unity Super PAC ... has announced plans to spend at least $2 million ... [Singer] has donated nearly $2 million ..."

    So basically the Super PAC is himself.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 17, 2014 9:29:50 PM

  14. Even if an individual Republican legislator is fine on every issue personally, (s)he will still vote for and back Republican leadership.

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Aug 17, 2014 9:44:42 PM

  15. Very glad to see some GLBT folk are not fooled by this!

    Also, if not for Paul Singer, Argentina would be out of debt right now.

    Posted by: HEN | Aug 18, 2014 12:10:17 AM

  16. When I think of Republicans I think of a certain republican President in the eighties that refused to recognize AIDS and the countless friends and friends I didn't know that had to die before anything ever got done. Yes, their lives matter and for that I will never forget.

    Posted by: Troy | Aug 18, 2014 12:13:27 AM

  17. Yes, the Republicans need the votes of gays, blacks, Hispanics, and women in order to consolidate power to oppress all these groups.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Aug 18, 2014 1:34:03 AM

  18. Paul Singer is simply trying to remove this issue from the Republican Platform and make the party seem more modern when the real intent is simply to pacify the voting public so that the Republicans can get back to their real business of fleecing America and providing corporate welfare for the 1%...

    Posted by: Robert M. | Aug 18, 2014 2:01:34 AM

  19. I rather see Republicans that support gay rights run as independents or switch parties.The Republicans that call themselves LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS have several things in common,They are rich,mostly white and ultra conservative. I have no hope for them to do the right thing when needed.

    Posted by: jerry pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Aug 18, 2014 2:17:50 AM

  20. If they had a conscience, they'd be democrats

    Posted by: r | Aug 18, 2014 4:35:22 AM

  21. This is in line with the koch brothers Pr campaign to
    show how much they care about the 99.9%

    Think about the next scotus appointment under Christie, bush, or other republican. We can wait another four years, or longer, for equality. The rate of income disparity will increase dramatically, the environment will be destroyed even more, and the middle class will continue its transition toward poverty even faster

    What good have republicans ever done for the middle class?

    Democrats stand between us and calamity

    Posted by: r | Aug 18, 2014 5:07:32 AM

  22. The US government is a government of the corporations, by the people, for the corporations.

    Until there is a democratic electoral system put in place then voting is a waste of time.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 18, 2014 5:19:25 AM

  23. Democrats are Republicans are Democrats and there are no serious differences between them.

    Those who claim otherwise are simply falling for a scam.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Aug 18, 2014 6:54:39 AM

  24. How do we bring democracy to the US.

    This 2 party system we have is a grotesque joke that seems to have no solution other than a democratic revolution.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 18, 2014 7:24:41 AM

  25. You only have to have half a dozen members of Congress in your pocket to control legislation. Big money manages to do this because money is so vital to getting elected. Once you have them they provide a shield for the rest of them to hide behind while they pass the legislation written by special interests. The Republicans of late have been the obstructionists. There is a difference between political parties.

    For example, in the last decade or so the Republican military adventures in the Middle East have cost trillions. At the same time the wealthy pay less taxes and have more wealth now. So where did the trillions come from? From the pockets of the middle class consumer. That's why the economy can't get going without special help from the Federal Reserve to try and make up for the missing money supply taken from the middle class and spent in the Middle East.

    Posted by: james street james | Aug 18, 2014 8:01:05 AM

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