OBAMA GAINS PERVERTS AT THE EXPENSE OF MAINLINE AMERICA....
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- Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2012 20:00:57 -0700 (PDT)
Obama Sees Rise in LGBT Fundraising But Small Donors Stay on Sideline
By Paul Stanley
Christian Post Reporter
June 7, 2012
While many previous donors to President Obama's campaign are choosing
to sit on their wallets this time around over a faltering economy and
lingering war in Afghanistan, the president has found newly motivated
donors within the homosexual community.
Since publicly announcing his support for same-sex marriage in May,
several celebrities who are gay or support gay marriage have forked
over large sums of money for Obama's reelection efforts.
While Obama has always received substantial support within the LGBT
community in recent weeks, their support was seen as lukewarm during
the president's first campaign when he said marriage was "a union
between a man and a woman." Now that Obama has "evolved" and publicly
embraced same-sex marriage, the motivation within the gay community
A fundraiser in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, attended mainly by gay
activists and supporters including Ellen DeGeneres and Cher, raised
over $5 million for Obama and the Democratic Party. Recent fundraising
reports released on Thursday show that the Obama campaign raised over
$60 million during the month of May.
In a glowing endorsement of Obama's support for homosexual issues, he
received a standing ovation during the Los Angeles event from the 600
in attendance when he confirmed his commitment to refuse to reinstate
the military's ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military.
"That is not something I will tolerate," Obama told the audience.
But gay supporters and their allies aren't just giving money; they are
also raising it from other friends and supporters.
Donors are required by law to provide their name, address and
occupation, but sexual orientation is not required and therefore more
difficult to measure. However, many of the supporters who gather and
raise larger sums of money, known as "bundlers," are increasingly
identified as homosexual and their contribution to the Obama campaign
has been significant.
An analysis by several news sources such as The Washington Post and
CNN estimates that anywhere from one in six "bundlers" are homosexual
and their combined contributions have exceeded $8 million during this
Homosexual activists such as Fred Eychaner of Chicago have contributed
over $1.2 million to Obama and super PACs that support him. Software
entrepreneurs Tim Gill of Colorado, along with his partner Scott
Miller, have donated in excess of $600,000 to Obama.
But outside of the gay and Hollywood glamour circuit, Obama is
struggling to attract many of the more blue-collar, working class
contributors he attracted during his first campaign.
In 2008, Obama had more than 550,000 donors who contributed $200 or
more to his campaign, giving him the longest fundraising list of any
politician. But a recent analysis of campaign finance records by
BuzzFeed shows that 88 percent of those same 550,000, have yet to
contribute for the 2012 election cycle.
According to interviews conducted among many of Obama's former
contributions, a lack of enthusiasm based on the president's inability
to end the recent economic recession, combined with the fact that
Obamacare doesn't go far enough in meeting the needs of the middle
class are primary reasons why fundraising has suffered.
"Where is the change I can believe in?" Lisa Pike, a small business
owner in Virginia, asked BuzzFeed. "I wish he was the socialist they
accused him of being. I wish we had the tons of change that would
justify the right freaking out … but I'm disappointed that he's not
the change-agent I had hoped for."
Obama campaign spokesperson Katie Hogan disputed the analysis, saying
that 98 percent of donors have given less than $200 and that the
campaign is ahead of its 2008 one at this point.
Nonetheless, President Obama and his team still have work to do in
order to convince some of his most ardent supporters to get back on
their donor list.
"Mostly, the thing is we want more," noted Kirsten Leitzinger, saying
that Obama's performance over the past three years has left her
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