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WPRI.com: The political action committee trying to elect state lawmakers who support same-sex marriage is going all-out to defeat Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Michael McCaffrey. But Paul Jabour, the committee’s vice chairman, isn’t getting the same treatment.
NY Times: 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.
Concord Monitor: “The Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., has vowed to do ‘whatever it takes’ to repeal gay marriage in New Hampshire. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders in Boston is promising to do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop them.”
Politico: “Last spring, a low-profile Colorado millionaire, Tim Gill, and other gay donors financed a quiet wave of polling in a state Senate district in Buffalo and another in a Hispanic section of Queens . . . The results gave courage to Gill and other top gay donors, producing a campaign that helped unseat three incumbent state legislators and opened a new phase in the politics of the gay rights movement that could have an even larger impact on the 2012 cycle.”
The Huffington Post: “Philanthropy is vital to fill the gaps in a fraying safety net and keep arts organizations afloat, especially in hard times. But this giving can also bankroll sharply ideological groups or fund large-scale efforts to revamp public policy – allowing the rich to exert influence on top of the vast sums they already spend to sway elections . . . a handful of wealthy gay funders, most notably the software entrepreneur Tim Gill, have helped to legitimize same-sex marriage through tens of millions dollars in targeted philanthropy and political giving.”
“[A] cursory review of this study (funded by the Gill Foundation and the Lesbian Health Fund of the Gay, Lesbian Medical Association) demonstrates significant flaws that most first-year graduate students would quickly recognize.”
Reuters: “A group called Fight Back New York, created with money from software entrepreneur and openly gay philanthropist Tim Gill, is pledging to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get pro-gay marriage candidates elected to the state Senate in November’s elections. Advocates aim to bring the issue of same-sex marriage to the Senate floor as early as next year. The legislature voted three months ago to reject a similar bill.”
GayPolitics.com: “Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe said Brand’s return to a key leadership role comes at pivotal moment in gay politics. ‘Electoral politics is an important and growing part of the fight for LGBT equality.’”
“Weber Shandwick and Gill Foundation Release ‘Business of Change’ – A Resource Guide for Effective Corporate-Nonprofit Collaboration on LGBT Equality”
Weber Shandwick: “Weber Shandwick and the Gill Foundation have released ‘Business of Change,’ a resource guide focused on corporate-nonprofit collaboration to promote equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The 104-page guide, available free to download, is a first-of-its-kind collection of best practices with actionable and practical ideas to help nonprofits and corporations advance LGBT equality . . . ”