The conference, one of the largest ever gatherings of gay donors, is being organized by the Gill Action Fund, one of the country’s leading gay political organizations, which has played a quiet but pivotal role at the state level in recent years on gay marriage and other issues, including working to defeat lawmakers who oppose gay marriage. The fund is keeping quiet the details of the gathering, hoping to shield potential donors from unwanted scrutiny or attacks from opponents, and a spokesman for the fund declined to comment on the plan.
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Tim Gill has named a gay Republican the new head of his Action Fund, the Denver Post reports:
Fordham spent most of his political career on Capitol Hill, where he said he was part of a "gay Republican SWAT team" that worked with moderate Republicans to push back on anti-gay legislative efforts. When former U.S. Rep. Joel Hefley of Colorado Springs sought to overturn a Clinton administration directive to protect federal employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, the team helped defeat the bid.
The Victory Fund adds:
Fordham’s appointment was met with praise from national political leaders who have worked with him, including Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee. ”Kirk practices a bi-partisan approach to problem-solving that has earned him the respect of many friends on both sides of the aisle. As we continue our march forward to protect the right of every LGBT person to enjoy every opportunity this nation has to offer, I look forward to working with Kirk to build on the progress that has been made by groups like Gill Action,” said Wasserman Schultz.
At the beginning of September I posted about a gay fundraiser for the Republican senators in New York who supported marriage equality. Looks like they're going to make some bank:
This week, the four Republican state senators who provided the decisive votes to pass the marriage bill are to get a big financial boost from those donors, including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. A fund-raiser planned for Thursday night in Manhattan is expected to raise about $1.25 million to help finance their re-election bids next year.
The senators have come under heavy criticism from conservatives since they cast their votes in June. A national group that opposes same-sex marriage has purchased billboards in each of their districts, vowing to unseat the lawmakers, and the senators have been eagerly raising money in an effort to defend themselves against possible challengers.
The fundraiser is also being hosted by gay philanthropist Tim Gill, and prominent GOP donor Paul Singer, who is throwing his money behind Romney in the GOP primary.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, philanthropist and political strategist Tim Gill, and hedge fund manager and marriage equality supporter Paul Singer are chairing a fundraiser on October 13 for Republican New York Senators James Alesi, Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald, and Stephen Saland, whose votes were instrumental in passing same-sex marriage, at the Union League Club in New York City.
Tickets for the reception run $250 to $16,800.
Check out the invite obtained by Towleroad, AFTER THE JUMP...
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) this week launched a "You're Fired!" billboard campaign against McDonald and has promised to unseat all the pro-equality lawmakers. The NY Conservative Party has made similar threats.
Fight Back NY, the new political action committee started by gay advocate Tim Gill and others that plans to aggressively target New York state senators who voted against the recent marriage equality bill, has officially launched.
The group also has a Facebook page.
Jeremy Peters wrote about it in a NYT piece published last night. As Peters noted, the group's first target is state senator Hiram Monserrate, and Towleroad can show you four of the fliers going out to voters in Monserrate's district as the first wave against him.
Check them out, AFTER THE JUMP...
Tim Gill and some other well-funded advocates have funded a political action committee, Fight Back New York, that plans to aggressively remove New York State senators who have opposed marriage equality, the NYT reports.
"The committee will start going after Mr. Monserrate, who was convicted of assaulting his female companion in a confrontation that left her requiring more than 20 stitches, by mailing fliers this week to voters in his district. The flier shows still frames of a surveillance video that shows him dragging his companion, Karla Giraldo, through the hallway of his apartment building in Jackson Heights, Queens. He was acquitted of a felony assault charge by a judge, who convicted him of misdemeanor assault...In the three weeks that remain before the election, Fight Back New York expects to send out at least five different fliers, upwards of 100,000 pieces of mail."Fight Back New York's website is scheduled to go live tomorrow.