Lesbians Create SuperPAC to Flex Political Muscle

A new group of donors is getting into the SuperPAC game. Yahoo calls them"high-powered lesbians" but this group of businesswomen, actresses, athletes and other lesbians who want to make their voices heard in politics is convening a SuperPAC that will endorse candidates and also wade into fights over ballot initiatives, too.

LPAC, as the independent super PAC was christened, will be launched Wednesday with the freedom to spend unrestricted amounts of money for or against candidates.

"Being a woman and being gay is really a unique position in our society," said [Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura] Ricketts, a co-chair of the Democratic National Committee's LGBT Leadership Council and one of President Barack Obama's fundraising bundlers. "I know in my experience of activism, oftentimes it makes a difference if something is women-focused. It's likely to get the attention of women much more easily."

At an exciting moment when US Rep Tammy Baldwin's run for senate could make her the first openly LGBT US Senator and a number of ballot initiatives on same-sex marriage could actually swing towards equality, the new group aims to differentiate itself from the (forgive the pun) PAC pack:

However, the group's aim to give lesbians an influential voice in mainstream politics is ground-breaking, said chairwoman Sarah Schmidt, a scion of the family behind Midwest petroleum distributor U.S. Venture Inc.

Unlike the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which supports gay candidates, and Emily's List, which is dedicated to electing Democratic women who support abortion rights, LPAC plans to promote men and women from either major party as well as ballot initiatives...

Along with Schmidt and Ricketts, the committee is led by veteran gay rights activist Urvashi Vaid and Alix Ritchie, former publisher of the Provincetown Banner. Jane Lynch and Billie Jean King also have pledged support.



AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at July 11, 2012, 4:57am

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