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04/19/2007


Anti-Gay Military Wingnut Elaine Donnelly's Group Exposed for Misleading IRS, LAX Oversight

Elaine Donnelly (with her group 'Center for Military Readiness') has for years been one of the leading crusaders against repealing the military's ban on gays in the military. She has attended numerous hearings to speak out against it and placed herself on the news as a talking head, as well as gathered thousands of signatures of retired, anti-gay military officials to try to prove that opinion is against repeal of the ban.

Donnelly Now, it appears, she's in a bit of hot water:

The leading opponent of repealing the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and a decades-long critic of expanded opportunities for military women runs a nonprofit organization that watchdog groups say has filed inaccurate and misleading reports to the IRS, lacks a credibly independent board and is operating uncomfortably close to the line that separates education from lobbying.

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An examination of a decade's worth of CMR's 990 tax forms and interviews with several nonprofit experts reveal a mom-and-pop operation that has repeatedly failed to comply with standard rules required of 501(c)3 groups like CMR.

"It seems very loosey goosey, not best-practice," said Ken Berger, president of Charity Navigator, which rates nonprofits. "They need to tighten up the way they're operating."

Andrea Stone's HuffPost piece goes on to expose the flaws in the group's governance, oversight, and advocacy. Everyone should give it a read.


Navy Revokes Guidance Allowing Same-Sex Marriages on Bases

Following outrage from social conservatives like hate group leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and anti-gay military crusader Elaine Donnelly, the Chief of Navy Chaplains Rear Admiral Mark Tidd has (likely temporarily) revoked guidance it issued allowing ue of base facilities for same-sex marriages in states where it is legal, and allowing Navy chaplains to perform such services.

Tidd The Washington Post reports:

Despite the decision, military officials said Tuesday night that the Defense Department may still eventually permit gay troops to use military chapels in states that recognize homosexual marriages for same-sex weddings after President Obama lifts the ban on openly gay service members known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

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Tidd said he issued the revised guidance after chaplains asked about same-sex marriage ceremonies during mandatory training sessions about the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

But he reversed course late Tuesday, saying he was suspending his guidance “pending additional legal and policy review” and closer coordination with the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network released a statement in support of Tidd's earlier decision, saying it was entirely consistent with the administration's position on DOMA.

Expect this to be addressed at today's meeting of the House Armed Services Committee, along with the amendments from the GOP which hope to derail repeal efforts.

More on that to come but you can get caught up below.

Previously...
GOP Proposes Amendment to 'DADT' Repeal to 'Protect' Religious Homophobes [tr]
GOP Serves Anti-Gay 'DADT' Amendments to House Defense Panel [tr]


Gen. Wesley Clark On 'This Week:' DADT Puts Military In 'Culture War Crosshairs'

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Christiane Amanpour devoted most of ABC's This Week today to the seemingly endless debate over Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and hosted pundits and professionals from both sides of the repeal dispute.

Among them was former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark, a supporter of repeal who contends DADT unfairly thrusts service men and women into the "culture war crosshairs."

"What we need to do is take the military out of the crosshairs of the culture wars," said Clark. "Let this policy be decided and give the men and women who are leading the armed forces the opportunity to do their job, get the policy implemented." Indeed: there are bigger wars to fight than those surrounding people's private love lives.

Clark also said he agrees with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, and the group's Vice Chairman, Gen. James Cartwright: wartime is the right time for repeal. "I do agree with the point that the chairman and the vice chairman made," explained Clark. "If the military's focused on war, this is the ideal time to do it, because we're talking about building teamwork around a common purpose."

Meanwhile, on the opposing side of the divide, Elaine Donnelly from the conservative Center for Military Readiness, harped on statistics suggesting 67 percent of combat Marines  think a repeal would hurt their unit's effectiveness.

"For anyone to say that it's OK to make military life more difficult and more dangerous, I don't think that's really fair, because it's like putting stones in someone's rucksack," she insisted.

Here are links part one and part two of the discussion, which also included Sergeant First Class Stacy Vasquez, who was discharged under DADT, the Log Cabin Republicans' Clarke Cooper, Tammy Schultz from the Marine Corp War College, as well as Bob Maginnis, a retired Army Lt. Col. who now works for the Family Research Council.

Not surprisingly, Maginnis echoed Donnelly's "burden" argument, while also trying to shift blame to Bill Clinton, DADT's signatory president.

Of course a right winger on the wrong side of history would try to make "Slick Willy" the center of attention, rather than the cold, hard facts, as reported from our troops themselves: repeal would have little to no on unit cohesiveness.


Watch: Hatebot Elaine Donnelly Brings Her Anti-Gay Bile to MSNBC, Rants Against 'DADT' Repeal

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This is what bigots look like when they realize they're being unmasked.

Longtime anti-gay military crusader Elaine Donnelly of the wingnut group 'Center for Military Readiness' actually makes the claim that allowing gay troops to serve openly is as dangerous as not giving their fellow troops body armor.

Later, Tamron Hall was joined by Former Air Force Major Mike Almy and former Air Force Staff Sergeant David Hall, both discharged under DADT, who responded to Donnelly's charges.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Wingnut Brigade Presser in Support of Military Gay Ban

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Via HRC Backstory comes this video from today's CPAC conference.

A group of right-wingers led by their fearless wingnut leader Elaine Donnelly had a press conference to rally against repeal of the military's failed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Donnelly, along with Tom Minnery, Vice President, Public Policy, Focus on the Family, Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council, David Keene of the American Service Union, Penny Nance of the Concerned Women for America, and Retired Admiral James Lyons presented their bigoted arguments (that according to all the latest reports have no basis in reality) in support of the ban.

The highlights, AFTER THE JUMP...

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AC360: Dan Choi and Elaine Donnelly Face off on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

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Anderson Cooper took on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" last night, hosting discharged former Lt. Dan Choi and anti-gay crusader Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness. 

As you may remember, Donnelly is the right-wing bigot nutjob assigned to this case. She dutifully brings up the 1,000 signatures of anti-gay retired military officers she presented last March to argue her case.

Responds Choi: "You can go to senior citizens center all the time and collect all the signatures you want, but they are so detached from reality. Those soldiers that are on the ground right now, they know people that are gay in their units...You can spend all the time that you want getting these petitions. But there are gay and lesbian soldiers that are serving right now. They don't have time to collect petitions like you do. And they are serving so they can protect your freedoms, so you can actually say the things that you're doing."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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