C.D. Kirven: HRC, Dell, and Viacom – history of political contributions to marriage equality foes

This post at LezGetReal is a lot to chew on, and will no doubt generate discussion and perhaps some soul searching inside the Beltway, particularly after we’ve featured Richard Lyon’s series “HRC: Following The Money” here on the Blend over the last few days. C.D. Kirven:

The HRC hasn’t historically been known for making tremendous progress on LGBT legislation and is why I was suspicious about the HRC’s support of Target, Hyatt & Bestbuy boycotts. I hoped if they were talking the talk then surely they were they walking the walk. I began to wonder about the identities of the candidates who benefit from Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) PAC contributions. What about PAC donations by companies rated 100% by the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI)? I decided to investigate and was very surprised by my findings.

HRC’s PAC has donated thousands to House Republicans over the years. They’ve given political contributions to Mark Kirk, Deborah Pryce & Mark Foley’s campaigns.

Recipients Year HRC Rating Donation Amount

Rep. Mark Kirk 2006 76% 00

Rep. Mark Foley 2006 75% ,000

Rep. Deborah Pryce 2006 38% ,525

Link to check out HRC PAC donations:

http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/toprecips.php?id=D000000158&cycle=2010

HRC has sworn to support candidate’s who support full equality for LGBT citizens and have gone on record with various media outlets to discontinue financially supporting Rep. Mark Kirk but the LGBT non-profit continued to contribute to his campaign. (Below shows a ,000 contribution in 2010)

Who is watching the watchdog? Rep. Mark Kirk’s opponent Alexi Giannoulias supports full marriage equality. So, why is the HRC financially supporting Rep. Kirk who only supports civil unions when Mr. Giannoulias supports gay marriage?

Is it fair for the LGBT community to boycott Target, BestBuy or Hyatt because of political affiliations when LGBT organizations donate to anti-gay marriage candidates? Why does the HRC continue to finically support a candidate who continues to vote against repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

…I guess HRC’s anti-gay marriage contributions are simply a bad business decision but as a representative of the LGBT community the organization should commit to upholding the standards they ask others to uphold. I believe the LGBT community needs an independent oversight board monitoring PAC contributions similar to Tea Party’s PAC monitoring groups.

Well that was a shot across the bow by Kirven. There’s a lot more to read, so surf over and share your thoughts in the comments. BTW, check out who Dell — with a HRC 100% CEI score — gave to:

Dell’s PAC – Political Donations:

* Rep. Virginia Foxx – 00 contribution (She believes Matthew Sheppard’s murder was a hoax and not a hate crime)

* Rep. Lamar Smith – ,746 contribution (He recently drafted amendment to condemn reversal of Prop 8 and plans to introduce legislation in Texas to define marriage as between a man and a woman)


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California commission fines Mormon church $5K for failing to report Prop 8 contributions

Fred Karger
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The California Fair Political Practices Commission has ordered the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pay a $5,538 fine after the church failed to properly report its contributions — about $37,000 — to the 2008 campaign to pass Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that successfully amended the state’s Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

The vote happened in November 2008, about five months after the California State Supreme Court ruled that a ban on gay marriage violated the California Constitution.

The fine came in response to a complaint filed by Fred Karger, a California gay man who fought against Prop 8 and who earlier this year launched his own campaign for president.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a statement on the website on the Salt Lake City-based church’s website said it “unintentionally failed to file daily reports detailing approximately $37,000 in non-monetary contributions. The amount of contributions not reported represented the cost of staff time spent by church employees on activities to help the Yes on 8 committee during the final two weeks of the election.”

CBS News reports: “While the Fair Political Practices Commission could have assessed a $5,000 fine for each violation, it reportedly opted for a streamlined process that resulted in a deal with the church for the $5,539 fine.”

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