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Gay Republicans See Progress, Setbacks in Party’s Stance on LGBT Rights

Posted on: July 19, 2016

Platform includes provisions viewed by many activists as discriminatory By Beth Reinhard Wall Street Journal July 19, 2016 CLEVELAND— Len Olds and Hugh Rouse went to their first California Republican Party convention in 1982, when passersby mistook their gay-rights brochures for sex-club ads. They attended their first national convention in 2000, cheering then-Rep. James Kolbe »

Gay Republicans push for pro-LGBT language in platform

Posted on: July 11, 2016

By Sarah Wheaton Politico July 11, 2016 While a high-profile fight is brewing over same-sex marriage, gay Republicans and their allies are looking instead to the national security section as their best hope for pro-LGBT language in a document long dominated by social conservatism. A letter to platform committee members calls for the party to »

Caitlyn Jenner is Headed to Cleveland During GOP Convention

Posted on: July 9, 2016

By Asawin Suebsaeng The Daily Beast July 9, 2016 Caitlyn Jenner will be in Cleveland, Ohio, during the Republican National Convention. However, when the sports and transgender icon touches down there later this month, she won’t be headed to the Quicken Loans Arena to show support for the GOP or Donald Trump. She’ll be headed »

Evangelicals step back from gay marriage fight

Posted on: November 15, 2014

From CNN.com:  GOP leaders are eyeing those polls closely and in the last two years, four Republican senators have announced their support for same-sex marriage. This year, the GOP fielded two openly gay Republican candidates for Congress — though neither won. Some, like Republican strategist and LGBT activist Margaret Hoover, say the party is changing »

U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth, MD: New York’s 18th Congressional District

Posted on: October 31, 2014

Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY) is an accomplished physician, working Mom and independent leader committed to representing all of her constituents.  Hayworth is focused on issues that unite like stopping discrimination in the workplace, good-paying jobs and making government more efficient and effective.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman: Colorado’s 6th Congressional District

Posted on: October 29, 2014

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) is a leader with the courage to do what’s right.  He worked across the aisle to help pass the Violence Against Women Act, led the way to end insurance discrimination against women in Colorado and helped strengthen legislation that protected women in the military from sexual assault.  In Congress, Coffman is »

Dr. Monica Wehby: Oregon Senate

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Dr. Monica Wehby (R-OR) is a working mom and a trusted doctor who spent her career caring for Oregon families.  Wehby understands that hard work, common-sense and diversity make Oregon great.  She will reach across the aisle to rebuild a healthy economy and be as independent as Oregon.

U.S. Rep. Bob Dold: Illinois’ 10th Congressional District

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) is a proven independent-minded leader.  A pragmatic problem-solver, he was rated one of the most independent Members of Congress.  Dold is endorsed by the Chicago Tribune and will reach across the aisle to stop Washington gridlock.  

Richard Tisei: Massachusetts’s 6th Congressional District

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Richard Tisei (R-MA) is an independent-minded problem-solver who will work across the aisle to get things done.  Tisei is a lifetime resident of the North Shore who knows his community and shares their priorities.  As a small businessman, he knows what it takes to create jobs.

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson: New York’s 19th Congressional District

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) calls New York’s Hudson Valley home.  That’s why Gibson works so hard for common-sense solutions that put his constituents first.  He’s focused on good-paying jobs, a healthy economy and a better future for Hudson Valley families.  Gibson is someone who knows leadership means working across the aisle and thinking independently.

Carlos Curbelo: Florida’s 26th Congressional District

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) will bring honest leadership back to South Florida.  Curbelo championed transparency and parental involvement in Miami-Dade public schools and represents a new generation of leaders that will unite rather than divide.

John Katko: New York’s 24th Congressional District

Posted on: October 28, 2014

John Katko (R-NY) was a federal prosecutor who dedicated his career to fighting crime and stopping gang violence.  He understands we need strong leadership and peace through strength to keep America safe.  In Washington, Katko will fight to control wasteful spending and make government more efficient and effective.

Trio of new ads sound off on Mike Coffman, Andrew Romanoff in CD6 race

Posted on: October 20, 2014

From the Denver Post The final recent ad comes from American Unity PAC, an interest group that sprang to prominence as a GOP ally to groups fighting to expand same-sex marriage rights. In this case, Coffman doesn’t support gay marriage, but he has stepped forward to support some gay-rights measures. Among his actions is signing »

Why gay marriage never became a midterm issue

Posted on: October 20, 2014

From the Washington Examiner:  “The dynamics on this issue have changed incredibly since 2004, when the issue was used as a wedge on the opposite side,” said Jeff Cook-McCormac, a senior adviser to the American Unity PAC founded by billionaire GOP donor Paul Singer to encourage Republican candidates to support gay marriage. Now, growing numbers »

Republican Poll Shows Dead Heat Between Tisei, Moulton

Posted on: October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014- The race for outgoing Massachusetts Democratic Rep. John Tierney’s seat is neck-and-neck, according to a poll conducted for a Republican group that plans to spend $500,000 on the race. American Unity PAC, a super PAC that backs Republicans who support same-sex marriage, released a poll conducted by Voter Consumer Research showing Republican former »

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Florida’s 27th Congressional District

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is South Florida’s proven leader.  The first Hispanic woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Ros-Lehtinen is a passionate advocate for a strong American foreign policy that respects and emboldens individual freedoms.  She is a leading voice for reducing wasteful government spending and balancing the budget so future generations can »

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent: Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) stands out as a common sense leader with the right priorities for Pennsylvania families.  He is focused on creating good paying jobs in the Lehigh Valley and leading the fight for lower taxes, more effective government and less wasteful spending.  A recognized leader on transportation and homeland security issues, Dent provides »

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins: Maine Senate

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Susan Collins (R-ME) puts people ahead of politics and reaches across the aisle to forge solutions benefiting all Mainers. Collins stands up for Maine taxpayers, for small businesses and for our men and women in uniform. She is part of the solution and that’s what we need more of in Washington.

Dan Innis: New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District

Posted on: September 4, 2014

Dan Innis (R-NH) is an independent-minded conservative, a successful small businessman and an educator who will fight to get wasteful spending under control, reduce the size of government, reform the tax code and repeal Obamacare.  Innis is not another typical politician, and if we want to change Washington, we have to change the kind of »

2 super PACs spending $750K on Innis leading up to Sept. 9 primary

Posted on: August 25, 2014

Posted By John DiStaso on Aug 25, 2014 CONCORD — New Hampshire Priorities PAC and American Unity PAC announced “major investments” in New Hampshire television, radio and direct mail advertising to help Dan Innis win bid for the Republican primary nomination. In a joint statement, the two PACs said they will have separate independent expenditure efforts with »

USA TODAY: GOP super PAC plans gay-rights push this fall

Posted on: August 17, 2014

A Republican group tied to hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer plans to spend at least $2 million up to Election Day to boost congressional candidates who share its views in favor of gay rights. American Unity’s midterm push comes after a string of recent victories, including little-noticed state contests in Illinois, Nevada, Minnesota and Hawaii, »

U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna: New York’s 22nd Congressional District

Posted on: August 6, 2014

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) recently prevailed in a close primary for his Central New York district with the strong independent backing of American Unity PAC.  Hanna is not afraid to follow his conscience and do the right thing for all of his constituents, which includes supporting both individual and economic freedom for all Americans. Hanna »

TIME: American Unity PAC plays a decisive role in New York GOP primary

Posted on: June 28, 2014

The decisive issue in the contested NY-22 primary that concluded Tuesday was the one hardly anyone talked about: gay marriage. In the weeks leading up to the vote, the race between challenger Claudia Tenney and incumbent Rep. Richard Hanna had taken on the nationwide Tea Party vs. establishment narrative, with Tenney trying to claim she »

Jeff Cook-McCormac Statement on Richard Hanna’s Victory

Posted on: June 25, 2014

Jeff Cook-McCormac, Senior Advisor to American Unity PAC, released the following statement in response to Congressman Richard Hanna’s victory tonight in the NY-22 Republican primary: “New York Republicans rejected the politics of division and chose Richard Hanna tonight because they know who he is and they know what he stands for.  Richard is exactly the »

In NY-22, Giuliani Endorses Hanna

Posted on: June 20, 2014

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is endorsing Republican Rep. Richard Hanna in his GOP primary against Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. “America needs strong leaders more than ever,” Giulaini says in the 30-second ad. “That’s why I’m proud to endorse my friend, Richard Hanna.” The ad was paid for by American Unity PAC, a super »

Politico: PAC to back pro-gay rights Republicans

Posted on: April 24, 2014

{{unknown}}The pro-gay rights group American Unity PAC has decided its initial congressional targets to support this year, with plans to spend at least $500,000 in both Massachusetts and California, officials with the group said. The initial expenditure by the Republican-leaning group will be on behalf of Republicans Richard Tisei in Massachusetts’s 6th District, and Carl »

MSNBC: The 52%: Republican support for same sex marriage is growing

Posted on: March 27, 2013

American public opinion is in transition on the issue of the freedom to marry, and nowhere is that transition more apparent than within the Republican Party. In 1996, I was a high school student in socially conservative Southern Illinois knocking on doors for local Republican candidates. Listening to Christian radio, I can remember President Bill »

Politico: Republicans see cash opportunity in gay marriage shift

Posted on: March 27, 2013

Republican fundraisers say the changing views of gay marriage in their party could unlock big money from GOP donors in places like New York, California and Florida — where some Republicans have kept their checkbooks closed over what they saw as misplaced priorities, at best, or intolerance, at worst, at the highest ranks of the »

American Unity Backs Hayworth in Close Race (Advocate.com 11/06/2012)

Posted on: November 6, 2012

The hot contest in the state’s 18th Congressional District pits Sean Patrick Maloney, a gay Democrat, against Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, a Republican who has signaled some support for equality measures. One of the most closely watched Congressional races in the country finds Sean Patrick Maloney, an openly gay Democrat, in a highly competitive challenge against »

Pro-gay marriage super PAC makes final House expenditures (Politico.com 10/25/2012)

Posted on: October 25, 2012

American Unity PAC, the super PAC that was co-founded by hedge fund executive Paul Singer and which generally supports candidates with the goal of advancing gay marriage, is making its final round of House endorsements: American Unity PAC has announced its final round of congressional races targeted for independent expenditures, and eight candidates are slated »

Outside groups spend heavily in Mass. House race (Boston.com 10/23/2012)

Posted on: October 23, 2012

BOSTON (AP) — Outside groups have poured more than $4.5 million into the hotly contested congressional race between incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei, according to the most recent Federal Election Commission records. The independent expenditures total more than the combined amount of campaign cash raised by the 6th District »

The conservative case for same-sex marriage (Star Tribune 10/12/2012)

Posted on: October 16, 2012

By: KEN MEHLMAN What do Clint Eastwood, Dick Cheney, Ted Olson, and John Bolton have in common? All are strong, lifelong conservatives. Each has fought on behalf of smaller government. And all support the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. As Minnesota voters consider the proposed constitutional marriage amendment, right-leaning voters should consider why these prominent conservatives believe »

Gay-rights super PAC throws big money behind Biggert (Crains 9/25/2012)

Posted on: September 26, 2012

By Paul Merrion September 25, 2012 (Crain’s) — A pro-gay rights Republican super PAC plans to put $500,000 into the state’s hottest congressional race, supporting GOP U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert with ads attacking Democratic candidate Bill Foster. That’s by far the biggest outside independent money so far in the west suburban race, which polls show »

Gay Conservatives See Progress Beyond 2012 Platform (Advocate.com 8/28/2012)

Posted on: August 28, 2012

Gay Conservatives See Progress Beyond 2012 Platform Despite backward-looking views in the Republican Party platform, gay conservatives and their allies report significant progress toward equality over the past decade. BY JULIE BOLCER AUGUST 28 2012 4:00 AM ET When the Republican Party campaigned on a federal marriage amendment in 2004, it sparked an outcry among »

Pro-gay rights super PAC backs 3 GOPers (Politico 8/16/12)

Posted on: August 16, 2012

By: Maggie Haberman August 16, 2012 05:06 AM EDT The super PAC created by one of the Republican Party’s most prominent donors to move candidates toward backing gay marriage is about to invest in its first three House races, POLITICO has learned. American Unity PAC, launched by Elliott Associates hedge fund executive Paul Singer earlier »

Big GOP Donors Back Freedom to Marry (Financial Times, 7/25/12)

Posted on: July 27, 2012

Rich donors back gay marriage By Matthew Garrahan A group of wealthy pro-Republican hedge fund managers is backing efforts to legalise same-sex marriage in four US states that will vote on the issue in November, as the party’s more socially liberal donors try to regain ground ceded to social conservatives. The campaign to win same-sex »

Singer Launches American Unity PAC (New York Times, 6/9/12)

Posted on: June 9, 2012

The G.O.P.’s Gay Trajectory FRANK BRUNI OVER the past year, the main story line in the push for marriage equality has been the ardor and success with which leading Democratic politicians have taken up the fight. The Democratic governors of New York, Maryland and Washington all promoted and signed same-sex marriage laws, for which President »

Republican Donor to Fund Pro-gay Super PAC (Slate, 6/9/12)

Posted on: June 9, 2012

Republican Donor To Fund Pro-Gay Super PAC American Unity PAC will give GOP candidates financial incentives to support marriage equality. By Daniel Politi Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer is one of the country’s most important Republican donors. The 67-year-old is also a big supporter of gay rights, giving more than $10 million of his own »

GOP Donors to Fund Pro-gay Super PAC (Politico, 6/9/12)

Posted on: June 9, 2012

Paul Singer to fund pro-gay GOP super PAC By ALEXANDER BURNS | 6/9/12 11:47 AM EDT Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer is one of the GOP’s most sought-after donors, and has also been a driving force in New York State’s push for gay marriage. Along with Michael Bloomberg, Singer has used his financial resources to »

GOP Donors Defend Pro-Marriage New York Republicans (New York Times, 1/17/12)

Posted on: January 17, 2012

Money Flows to Republican Backers of Gay Marriage By DANNY HAKIM ALBANY — Gay rights advocates from Wall Street to Hollywood poured donations into the coffers of four little-known Republican state senators after the lawmakers provided the decisive votes for same-sex marriage in New York last June, according to new campaign finance filings released on »

The Financiers Who Helped Back New York Marriage (New York Times, 6/26/11)

Posted on: June 26, 2011

The Financiers Who Helped Back N.Y. Gay Marriage Campaign BY MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED Much of the attention around the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York has revolved around the back-room politicking involved: the deals, the cajoling, the organizing. But as The New York Times reported over the weekend, a crucial fount of »