Friday, July 06, 2007

Wealthy Homosexual Donors Swaying Local and State Elections

From "Report: Wealthy homosexual donors swaying local, state elections" by Jim Brown, posted 7/3/07, at

Peter LaBarbera says what he calls "big gay money" is becoming a huge force in state and local politics in America. The pro-family activist is urging grassroots conservatives to counter those contributions that are being used to finance the campaigns of candidates who favor same-sex "marriage."

Former Washington Times reporter Peter LaBarbera says many grassroots Americans are unaware that pro-family lawmakers who support state marriage amendments are being targeted by wealthy homosexual donors. National Public Radio (NPR) reports that last year, wealthy homosexual activists "funneled millions of dollars into dozens of carefully selected campaigns." One of those donors was Denver software mogul Tim Gill, who according to NPR, targeted 70 state-level races in more than a dozen states.

That report says Gill's staff confirmed his launching of an "under-the-radar political giving campaign." It also names another major contributor -- philanthropist and Michigan billionaire Jon Stryker -- who was "inspired" by Gill's efforts. Their goals, says NPR, was "to elect gay-friendly governors and state lawmakers."

LaBarbera, who is now director of the group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, wonders why the media appears to be treating this admitted outside influence in local and state elections differently than they have in the past.

"When the Christian evangelicals did it -- Ralph Reed and the Christian Coalition years ago -- the media was up in arms about 'Christian right stealth tactics,'" says LaBarbera; "but when the homosexual activists do it, somehow it's okay or they become good citizens when they use stealth tactics to unseat good pro-family, Christian lawmakers."

...Homosexuals tend have a great deal of disposable time and money for political activity, says LaBarbera, because they do not have children and their partners often provide them with a second income.

Read the rest of this report.