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    June 16, 2008

    HRC money and mouth go to HRC

    Posted by: Chris

    Hrcclintonsolmonese Gay and HIV activist-blogger Michael Petrelis is the best in the gay biz at following the money. This week he compiled a few data points about the Human Rights Campaign and Hillary Rodham Clinton that are as disappointing and they are not-surprising:

    FEC records show which 2008 Democratic contenders were lucky enough to take in dollars from the top people at HRC:

    Hillary Clinton: $4,300
    Chris Dodd: $3,000
    John Edwards: $ 750
    Bill Richardson: $ 500
    Barack Obama: $ 0

    Zero dollars for (and zero leverage with) the Democratic nominee is just about right from an organization that has made almost no effort to hide its siamese-twin (or should I say 'conjoined'?) relationship with the other HRC.

    HrcequalsAndrew Sullivan brings it home:

    Meanwhile, [Joe] Solmonese's record on Capitol Hill is, despite his breathless promises a while back, non-existent. They still haven't passed their hate crimes bill; the employment non-discrimination bill is still in limbo (they were insisting it should be the priority over marriage and the military two decades ago!), Don't Ask, Don't Tell still stands, and HRC didn't even ask the presidential candidates what their position was on the HIV immigration and tourism ban on their election questionnaire.

    One reason the US still has the same HIV immigration and tourism policies as Saudi Arabia and Yemen is because the US chief gay lobby group is more interested in selling tchotchkes than standing up for gay people or people with HIV.

    But fear not: they have persuaded Christian Siriano to design a "fierce, fabulous, flawless" t-shirt for the summer. This is what the suckers still give them money for.

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    1. Kevin on Jun 16, 2008 2:29:18 PM:

      I'd like to say 'amen' but that implies something is over. Clearly, both HRCs will sail ever onward on the same path.

    1. Lucrece on Jun 16, 2008 4:01:51 PM:

      I'm still appalled over this Christian Siriano fiasco.

      If I had one wish that could be fulfilled, it would be that Bravo TV and the gay culture that associates with it never existed. It's thoroughly toxic for the development of the gay community.

    1. Double T on Jun 16, 2008 7:18:16 PM:

      When Michael Petrelis "tracks" the money from top people at HRC, who is he talking about? A select group he hand picks?

      The Board of Directors?
      The Board of Governors?
      The Foundation Board?

      And Andrew Sullivan should talk. Exactly what contribution has he made? It's easy to sit back and second guess every move with nothing to loss.

      Thank you Sully, our lives are so much better now that you have graced us with your presence.

    1. Polar on Jun 17, 2008 4:14:34 AM:

      I don't know who Christian Siriano is, but I doubt very many transgender people could afford his tshirts. We also cannot afford HRC

    1. Polar on Jun 17, 2008 4:15:12 AM:

      I don't know who Christian Siriano is, but I doubt very many transgender people could afford his tshirts. We also cannot afford HRC

    1. Tim C on Jun 17, 2008 8:05:42 AM:

      It's gotten to the point that finding something to gig the HRC with is like hunting with baited field. It's so easy all the sport is gone.

    1. Jack Jett on Jun 17, 2008 10:37:20 AM:

      Now this is the same Andrew Sullivan, Head Cheerleader for the Iraq War, a former Bush man, a former raging Republican until he came down with HIV, a man who then claimed AIDS was a thing of the past, whose hatred for the Clintons is no different than his hatred of liberal gays.......

      This Andrew Sullivan?

      You do understand that Obama chooses not to take money from groups like HRC, so this is nothing more that a continued attempt to bash the Clinton's as it gets this dude more media time.

      Andrew Sullivan has done zilch for the gay community.
      ZILCH. He is the gay Tucker Carlson

      So why don't you Hillary bashers, get a life and move on unless you can figure out what your end game is. At this point the woman can't win for loosing.

      Do you want her to publically flog herself and would you prefer a lethal injection for ALL THIS EVIL she has caused the gay community?

      Worthless non entities make me wanna puke!

    1. Hawyer on Jun 17, 2008 11:35:27 AM:

      Quote Andrew Sullivan: "Meanwhile, [Joe] Solmonese's record on Capitol Hill is, despite his breathless promises a while back, non-existent."


      Andrew dearest, I can't think of a homosexual with less influence than you.


      XOXO

    1. keith.d on Jun 17, 2008 6:25:42 PM:

      HRC isn't a civil rights organization, its a political action committee that seems not capable of hewing to its stated goals. Why would they give so much money to Hilary Clinton who has stated that she won't repeal DOMA, and zero to Barack Obama who is on record that he will repeal DOMA.

      As far as Hawyer and others - you're attempt to take down commentators such as Sullivan doesn't make sense. It's the worst kind of rhetoric, because you can apply it so widely: If someone doesn't have influence and/or direct involvement in an organization [such as HRC] then they're opinion means nothing.

      That's non-nonsensical. You don't respond to the opinion with anything of interest - you simply state 'what have you done that's any better' and you move on.

      I don't get it, I guess it makes you feel smart.

    1. Charles J. Mueller on Jun 18, 2008 1:10:32 AM:

      Despite the fact that I have been a dues paying, card-carrying member for a number of years now, the HRC has yet to respond to even one of the many letters I have sent them over the years. The only time I hear from them, is when they are fund-raising. Only then do they remember my name and the fact that I am a member.

      In view of Andrew Sullivan's observations which pretty well describe the HRC's lack of effectiveness for championing gay civil rights, I will not be sending them a check at membership renewal time.

    1. Charles J. Mueller on Jun 18, 2008 1:12:28 AM:

      Despite the fact that I have been a dues paying, card-carrying member for a number of years now, the HRC has yet to respond to even one of the many letters I have sent them over the years. The only time I hear from them, is when they are fund-raising. Only then do they remember my name and the fact that I am a member.

      In view of Andrew Sullivan's observations which pretty well describe the HRC's lack of effectiveness for championing gay civil rights, I will not be sending them a check at membership renewal time.

    1. bux.to on Jun 18, 2008 10:23:40 AM:

      nice

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