Bil Browning

Maine anti-marriage leader tied to several pro-gay companies

Filed By Bil Browning | November 13, 2009 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: anti-gay, California, Coca Cola, Ford Motor Company, Frank Schubert, gay marriage, Maine, marriage equality, Prop 8, Schubert Flint Public Affairs

Schubert Flint Public Affairs, a Sacramento, Calif.-based consulting firm, worked extensively on California's Proposition 8 and Maine's vote to overturn the new marriage equality law. Schubert_1.jpgTwo companies listed in the HRC's Corporate Equality Index with excellent scores, however, are currently contracting with the anti-gay firm on non-LGBT issues.

Both Reynolds American, the parent company of cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds, and Ford Motor Company currently employ the firm to hawk cheaper cigarettes and Ford Fiestas respectively. This year's HRC index rated Reynolds at 88% and Ford at 100%.

NOM, which contributed $1.8 million of the $2.5 million raised for Yes on 1's Stand for Marriage Maine, hired Schubert Flint to create a media campaign modeled largely after the firm's California ads that focused on gay marriage being taught in public schools. NOM leaders are currently looking ahead to potential gay marriage fights in New Jersey and New York, which could pass marriage legislation by year's end.

Schubert, a seasoned political strategist whose firm earned the American Association of Political Consultants' 2009 Excellence Award for Public Affairs Team of the Year, took an aggressively visible role in both the California and Maine antigay marriage campaigns -- unusual for a political strategist in state ballot initiatives.

"I've never seen a consultant become the person leading the victory lap on election night, praying and thanking God for the victory," said one consultant and election observer from Maine's Question 1 campaign. "Once you put yourself out in that position, you're locked into it. You can never be half pregnant."

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thanks for the info. i have written to both companies to express my concern with the business they do with him and his company.

i send regular email blasts to family and friends
along with forum posts at sites where i am a member asking that others write to hurt H8Rs where it hurts the worst - in their wallets...


There is more than that... there are other companies that do business wit his firm... Quite a few.

I hope that one of the big orgs will fund a short term project or assign a staffer to track down, research and initiate a nation-wide coordinated boycott against any company,firm or agency that works with his firm...

EQCA??? HRC???

I notice he took down his website, but oh Google! Love Google...