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LGBT Donors Begin To Hold Back Money From Dems Until They Stand Up and Do What’s Right

Not One Gay Cent!

Many LGBT Democratic supporters have had it.  Fed up with everything from being thrown under the bus with the removal of LGBT protections in immigration reform to President Obama’s stubborn and stupid refusal to sign an Executive Order barring LGBT workplace discrimination for companies who hold government contracts LGBT donors are beginning to hold back money and support over the fact that the Obama administration and the Democratic party in general is proving itself to be all talk and no action.

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One of the growing many of the the disenchanted includes prominent gay Democratic Party donor Jonathan Lewis  who provides fund LGBT groups such as Freedom to Work and gave the maximum amount of $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee and the maximum amount of $2,500 to President Obama’s re-election campaign in the last election cycle.

Said Lewis:

During the immigration reform debate Senate Democrats had the opportunity to reverse some of the harm caused by DOMA and they buckled under pressure, essentially taking LGBT families for granted.  With the president failing to deliver on his promised federal contractor executive order and with Senate Democrats caving to Republican threats, now is the time to stop investing in Democratic cowardice and stand proud by withholding donations until we see our friends’ actions and deeds align with their rhetoric — I will be withholding my donation and asking all of my friends and family members to do the same until such time.”

Steve Ralls, a spokesperson for Immigration Equality, said he’s heard from Democratic donors that they’re “rethinking the political contributions and priorities” following the exclusion of the amendment for gay couples from immigration reform.  “I can assure you that in private conversations, significant Democratic donors have had with our executive director and with other people working on this said they were very disappointed in what happened last week, and they’re looking at where they invest their donations moving forward,” Ralls said.
Its well  past time to flex some muscle, not only withhold not only contributions, but also to shame them and  let them know that we won’t vote for them unless they keep their promises.
No more support on “sweet words and promises”.  ENOUGH!
Support in both money and votes should only come AFTER the Democratic party actually does something substantial for us
HRC are you listening?

Dems Move ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) Back To July or Later

ENDAAfter facing a major setback this week by the Democratic party when the Senators caved to Republican bullying and moved to keep protections for same-sex couples and LGBT dreamers out of immigration reform, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has announced  that the LGBT community will now have to wait until after the Fourth of July holiday to see any action on one of its most important and longest fought for piece of bill ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) which would ban workplace discrimination against LGBT people.

According to Harkin he has ““I’ve got a couple, three things on my agenda right now” but Harkin would not go into specifics of what exactly is more important than the civil rights of American citizens.

Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, had hoped that ENDA would have had its mark up by May or June.  Tico Almeida executive director of Freedom to work called the delay “disappointing.” adding that policy makers in Washington, D.C. have a philosophy that nothing should be done on any gay rights issue until after the Supreme Court rules in the marriage equality cases,  “[M]any people in this town have decided to put all LGBT issues on hold until the Supreme Court rules.”

Meanwhile the Human Rights Campaign that has led the most disastrous campaign to get ENDA passed over the past 20 years would not push Harkin or criticize the move.  Michael Cole-Schwartz told Chris Geidner of Buzzfeed, “We have been pressing the chairman to bring up for a markup and have every confidence that he will make good on that pledge. We expect that ENDA will be marked up with plenty of opportunity for the majority leader to bring it for a vote as well. Our hope is that ENDA will receive a floor vote this year.”

It has been no secret that HRC wants to wait until after midterm elections before ENDA hits the Senate floor and moves to the House in hopes of Democrats taking over Congress.  But also now after this weeks spineless display of key Democrat Senators throwing the LGBT community under the bus in order to move on immigration reform. and allowing themselves to bullied by Republican thugs not only is Congress taking the lets wait until SCOTUS rules attitude it’s also quite possible that this move is being done to assure that gay money and gay votes get behind them in the midterms knowing quite well that many in the LGBT Community are getting very disgusted with the Democrats all talk, no action on the most important issues facing the LGBT community like ENDA and the FULL repeal of DOMA.