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HRC States That Anti-Gay Politicians Made Gains in the 112th Congress – Is The HRC Doing Its Job?

According to the Human Rights Campaign’s latest Congressional Scorecard overall support in Congress for LGBT rights has decreased significantly over the past two years.

For the 112th Congress, the average score for members of the House of Representatives stands at 40 percent compared to 50.8 percent two years ago. Senators scored an average 35 percent compared to 57.3 percent two years ago.

Of coarse part of the drop in support for LGBT rights can be credited to Republican gains in the 2010 midterm elections but is something else a foot here.

But is the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the largest LGBT equality-rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States doing its job and spending your contributions wisely?

HRC raises roughly between 25 and 35 million dollars a year.  Yet in political lobbying arena on Capitol Hill, HRC spends only between 1 -2 million dollars a year on  over 40 specific issues which not only covered LGBT issues but also on immigration reform and women’s rights issues.

To be fair HRC has spent much money in 2012 fighting for State Marriage ballot questions.  But in reality even if these do get passed are they not still  separate and not equal marraige laws as long as the Federal Government will not recognize them and give gay married couples the same benefits and respect as they so to opposite married couples while DOMA still stands?

According to HRC’s 2011 990 Tax Return  HRC spent over 20 million dollars on land, building and equipment costs, over 4.5 million in mortgages and notes, and almost 4 million in general salaries but spent only spent 1.7 million dollars lobbying on Capitol Hill for LGBT Equality.

In my opinion the Republican increase during the 2010 midterms is only partially to blame for our decreasing lack of LGBT support in Congress.

Its about time people see and understand what thier donations are really going to when they donate to the Human Rights Campaign.

Perhaps is more money was used on lobbying and less on swanky office space and bloated salaries we might be further along than we are today in our queast for equality.

 

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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