Conservative LGBTQ group weighs in with anti-Strickland ad

Posted on: August 30, 2016

By: Alan Johnson
The Columbus Dispatch
August 30, 2016

A conservative organization devoted to advancing LGBTQ rights has launched a $1 million digital ad buy in Ohio’s U.S. Senate Race.

The American Unity PAC, a nonprofit organization, has launched an online ad – “Leverage,” attacking former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland for supporting the Iran deal.

This is the first Senate race the organization has weighed in on this cycle. American Unity PAC treasurer Margaret Hoover said the group weighed in in support of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, because Portman was the first Senate Republican to speak in support of gay marriage after his son, Will, came out in 2013.

The ad focuses on Iran’s human rights violations, arguing that the deal sends support to a country that oppresses gays and brutalizes women.

The ad, said Hoover, “is demonstrating that Republicans can be for LGBTQ freedom and conservative.”

She said the digital ad will appeal to 18-49 year olds, and will be “our first, but not our last” effort in the Senate race. The organization is also eyeing support for embattled Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, who is hoping to be re-elected in Illinois.

Much of the ad buy will go through Google.