People Wonder, How Does 2% Exercise So Much Influence?


Politico reports on "Gay Donors Fuel[ing] Obama's 2012 Campaign":

President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign is banking on gay donors to make up the cash it’s losing from other groups of wealthy supporters who have been alienated and disappointed by elements of Obama’s first term.

... the [Obama 2012] campaign’s new fundraising apparatus appears designed to capitalize on their enthusiasm: Obama’s finance committee included one gay man in 2008; there are 15 this year, a source said.

... Professional gay men, with a personal stake in politics and less likely to have children or college funds that would consume their disposable income, have long been key to Democratic fundraising. A rarely-told story of Howard Dean’s 2004 rise, for instance, was his early, blockbuster fundraising from gay donors who appreciated his support for civil unions, then a cutting-edge policy.

Donating to the politicians of your choice is perfectly fair play, of course; part of the rules of the game for both sides, we believe (although gay marriage activists don't).