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04/19/2007


Out DNC Treasurer Andrew Tobias Is Top Obama Fundraiser

TobiasbundlerPresident Obama regularly cites small donors as an integral part of his 2008 campaign success. And, yes, nearly half of his political donations come in the form of $5 or $10 gifts, but the other half, as The New York Times reports today, comes from deep-pocketed donors hoping to see the commander-in-chief stay in the White House.

"All told, Mr. Obama’s top 'bundlers' — people who gather checks from friends and business associates — raised or gave at least $200 million for Mr. Obama’s re-election bid and the Democratic National Committee through the end of May, close to half of the total up to that point," writes Nicholas Confessore.

At the top of the list of most efficient, productive Obama fundraisers is openly gay author and Democratic National Committee treasurer Andrew Tobias, who helped rake in more dough than any other bundler during the 2011 and 2012 seasons so far, thanks in part to his connections to gay donors.

But documents obtained by the Times only reveal a small portion of Obama's big money donors.

Mr. Obama’s publicly disclosed categories stop at the $500,000-and-up level, however. The internal documents show that at least 60 individuals and couples reside in an even more elite club, having raised more than $1 million for Mr. Obama and the party.

They include Frank White Jr., a technology entrepreneur who has raised $2.3 million for Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign; Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, who has raised $2.7 million; Robert Wolf, a former executive at UBS Americas, the banking company, who has raised about $1.3 million; and Reshma Saujani, a lawyer who is running for New York City public advocate next year and is active among young larger donors, who has raised about $1 million.

Of all the hundreds of bundlers flung from coast-to-coast, Confessore points out that 260 of them did not raise money for Obama during his 2008 race against Hillary Clinton.


Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) Wins Democratic Primary in Night of Wins for Several Other LGBT Candidates

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) (pictured), one of four openly gay members of Congress, won his primary last night against Anthony Gemma whom he faced in his first run for the House and will now face anti-equality Republican Brendan Doherty this November, the Victory Fund reports.

CicillineThey also report on two more big races that saw favorable results yesterday.

Two candidates seeking seats in the Delaware legislature could become the first LGBT candidates to fill them, as both won their primaries last night. " Andy Staton is seeking a seat in the Delaware Senate, while Marie Mayor is running for State House seat," the VF reports.

And New Hampshire has elected an openly gay state Senator: "[David] Pierce is the first openly LGBT candidate to be elected to the state senate as a freshman.  Two other gay state senators came out while in office, but none are currently serving."

Congrats to all.


Barney Frank Defends Assertion That Gay Republican Role Model is 'Uncle Tom'

In a recent interview with Michelangelo Signorile at the DNC, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) caused a stir with remarks about the gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans.

B_frankSaid Frank: "For 20 years now I’ve heard how the Log Cabins are going to make Republicans better, but they’ve only gotten worse. I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom."

The remarks caused leaders at various LGBT groups like HRC and NGLTF to distance themselves from Frank and inspired a fierce response from LCR Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper which you can read HERE.

Today, Frank sent out a statement explaining and doubling down on his remarks.

Frank's statement, follows in full:

I am not surprised that members of the Log Cabin Republicans are offended by my comparing them to Uncle Tom.  They are no more offended than I am by their campaigning in the name of LGBT rights to elect the candidate and party who diametrically oppose our rights against a President who has forcefully and effectively supported our rights.
 
That is the first reason for my admittedly very harsh criticism.  This election is clearly one in which there is an extremely stark contrast between the two parties on LGBT rights.  The Democratic President and platform fully embrace all of the legal issues we are seeking to resolve in favor of equality.  The Republican candidate for President and the platform on which he runs vehemently oppose us in all cases.  On the face of this, for a group of largely LGBT people to work for our strong opponent against our greatest ally is a betrayal of any supposed commitment to our legal equality.
 
But my use of “Uncle Tom” was based not simply on this awful fact that they have chosen to be actively on the wrong side of an election that will have an enormous impact on our right to equality, both in fact and in the public perception of the popularity of that cause.  If the Log Cabin Republicans – or their even more outlandish cousins, the oddly-named GOProud –were honestly to acknowledge that they let their own economic interests, or their opposition to strong environmental policies, or their belief that we need to be spending far more on the military or some other reason ahead of any commitment to LGBT equality, and on that ground have decided to prefer the anti-LGBT candidate to the supportive one, I would disagree with the values expressed, but would have no complaint about their logic.

CONTINUED, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Hitch, Bumps, And Ballers (VIDEO)

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Towleroad-roadicon The Times neatly sums up the sudden eruption of pro-equality sentiment from the NFL:

“I think it’s a transformational moment and seismic shift to see so many folks in the world of sports stepping up and speaking out in support of equality and fairness and, in this instance, marriage equality,” Ellner said. “It really demonstrates what we know, and what’s apparent in the polls, and that the world has changed.”

Towleroad-roadicon And another such summary from CNN.

Towleroad-roadicon Muslims, Jews, and Christians find common ground:

Around 500 mainly Jewish but some Christian and Muslim protesters gathered in Berlin on Sunday to demand the right to circumcision after a disputed court ruling in Germany outlawing the rite.

Some protesters were draped in Israeli flags, others wore orthodox Jewish dress for the peaceful demonstration on Berlin’s Bebelplatz, infamous as the site of book-burning ceremonies carried out by Adolf Hitler’s Nazis.

One banner at the demonstration accused Germany of reverting to a “colonial power” while another read: “Foreskin? No thank you!”

Towleroad-roadicon Next year likely to be the hottest on record.

Towleroad-roadicon Obama gets a great big convention bump:

The latest daily tracking poll showed Obama, a Democrat, with a lead of 4 percentage points over Romney. Forty-seven percent of 1,457 likely voters surveyed online over the previous four days said they would vote for Obama if the November 6 elections were held today, compared with 43 percent for Romney.

... Obama increased his lead over Romney in certain favorable characteristics. Asked who was more "eloquent," 50 percent of the 1,720 registered voters questioned in the poll favored Obama, compared to 25 percent for Romney. Asked about being "smart enough for the job," 46 percent sided with Obama compared to 37 percent for Romney.

In fact, Obama led Romney in a dozen such favorable characteristics, such as "represents America" or "has the right values." The only such category in which Romney had an advantage was being "a man of faith," as 44 percent picked Romney, who is Mormon, compared to 31 percent for Obama, who is Christian.

Towleroad-roadicon The GOP sues to keep third-party candidates off the ballot in November.

Towleroad-roadicon Al Pacino as Joe Paterno?

RajonRondoTowleroad-roadicon There are a lot of big books coming out this fall. The Times' has a preview:

Fall is traditionally the biggest season in the book business, the time that publishers reserve for their most high-profile authors. But this year it is especially crammed with writers who are both household names and have not released a book in several years, like the octogenarian Mr. Wolfe, whose last novel, “I Am Charlotte Simmons,” was published in 2004, and Mr. Díaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which came out in 2007.

Salman Rushdie, the author of “Midnight’s Children,” will release a memoir ... [J.K.] Rowling, best known for her phenomenally best-selling Harry Potter series, has written her first novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy.”

In November Nan A. Talese/Doubleday will release Ian McEwan’s “Sweet Tooth” ... Michael Chabon’s new novel, “Telegraph Avenue,” is scheduled for release on Sept. 11 ...

The pileup has left publishers jostling for shelf space and publication dates, and critics wondering how they can review all of the elite writers worthy of attention ...

Towleroad-roadicon The NBA's Rajon Rando, point guard, millionaire, and noted cutie, goes to work as an unpaid fashion intern.

Towleroad-roadicon AFTER THE JUMP: See the ordinarily private Carol Blue, Christopher Hitchens's widow, speaks to Charlie Rose about her late husband's last book, Mortality, and his "year of living dyingly."

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Sarah Palin Forgets She's Famous: VIDEO

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Here's a fantastically awkward bit of brand-burnishing from Sarah Palin, delivered while she was being interviewed on FOX Business Network Thursday evening, shortly after John Kerry mentioned her during his speech at the DNC:

I think he diminished himself by even mentioning my name. How does he even know my name? I mean, aren't these guys supposed to be these bigwig elites who don't waste their time on the little people like me? Me representing the average American?

Sen. Kerry mentioned Palin's name while tossing a zinger at Mitt Romney -- something about how Sarah Palin once said she could see Russia from her house, while it seems like Mitt Romney's only ever seen Russia in Rocky IV. Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto gave Palin a minute to respond to the joke, and then mercifully stepped in to formulate a response on her behalf -- something to the effect that it's a shame how Democrats are still taking Palin's Russia comments out of context, while complaining about their own words being similarly misused. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

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This Is What Inclusion Looks Like: VIDEO

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A highlight reel of all the LGBT mentions at the Democratic National Convention, via HRC.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Jeremy Hooper at Good As You has the LGBT mentions in text here, here, and here.

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