John M. Becker

Pro-Gay GOP Super PAC Plans Major Push

Filed By John M. Becker | August 18, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: American Unity, gay marriage, GOP 2014, marriage equality, Paul Singer, Republican Party, Republicans, same-sex marriage, super PAC

gay-republican-rainbow-elephant.pngAmerican Unity, a pro-marriage equality GOP super PAC founded by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer, is pledging to spend at least $2 million this fall on Republican candidates who support gay rights.

USA Today reports:

American Unity's midterm push comes after a string of recent victories, including little-noticed state contests in Illinois, Nevada, Minnesota and Hawaii, where it helped Republican candidates -- vulnerable over gay-marriage votes -- survive primary challenges.

The group has drawn up plans to back seven congressional candidates ahead of November's elections and could add more to the roster, said Jeff Cook-McCormac, a senior adviser to American Unity PAC and its policy arm, American Unity Fund. They include incumbents such as Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican who announced his support for gay marriage in May and Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican making his second bid for a U.S. House seat in Massachusetts.

The super PAC already has spent $700,000 in a congressional primary this year to help Republican Rep. Richard Hanna beat back a Tea Party-backed challenger in upstate New York. Hanna, a two-term incumbent, backs a federal bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Singer, a leader in the effort to move the GOP forward on same-sex marriage, has a married gay son.

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