TIME Magazine has a profile of one of the most influential gay men in America –Tim Gill, the founder of Quark software company and now full-time gay campaign ATM on two feet. (Hat tip to Michael at GayOrbit)
After selling the firm, he started the Gill Foundation, which has invested $110 million nationwide in gay causes over the past decade. The Gill Action Fund threw $15 million into a dozen states during the 2006 midterm elections, targeting 70 politicians regarded as unhelpful to gay causes: 50 went down. And the fund is helping transform the political face of Colorado.
The money is not always filtered through political parties, although much goes to Democrats. Almost all goes to tax-exempt 527 political organizations. Says Dr. John Straayer, a Colorado State University political scientist, “You see checks written, big checks, sometimes six-figure checks with Gill’s name. They’re pretty strategic in terms of targeting legislative races and then unleashing torrents of mail into those districts.” But no announcements of impending political targets are made; the word “stealth” occurs frequently in discussions of Gill and his associates.
So much for campaign finance reform! Â But this analysis is even more disturbing to me:
“They’ve taken an in-state model and applied it to the entire country,” says Denver political analyst Floyd Ciruli. “Gill [and his people are] incredibly strategic. They simply don’t waste money. They put their funding where they can take control of legislatures.”
Juan Peron anyone? Â Umm, the last time I checked no one person or one group in American should have the right to “take control” of legislatures.Â There’s a word for this…. it is dangerous. Â I’d like to know what the Gill-sponsored candidates have promised in return for their debit card at the Gill ATM machine.
I have speculated before that Gill was also the Log Cabin (Republicans) “Million Dollar Man” in their anti-Bush TV ads in 2004. Â This TIME piece makes it seem even more likely given Gill’s “stealth tactics.Â LCR repeatedly flashes Gill’s ads on their website, so he is obviously still a major donor. Â But to date, Log Cabin has still not publicly accounted for where this money came from. Â At least the Hypocrite Rights Campaign has finally opened their Kremlin doors and have offered some accountability. Â When will Log Cabin?
And, in an absolute sheer coincidence I am sure, former LCR czar Patrick Guerriero now holds the title ofï¿½executive director at the Gill Action Fund.Â I suppose in another page in Gill’s stealth campaign tactics, there is scant evidence that the Gill Action Fund exists, short of flattering articles in the gay press. Â Maybe Patrick has brought some of his stealth budgeting techniques over from his Log Cabin days as well.
My point in this post? Â Two-fold.Â Â First, I’m highly skeptical and resistant to any one person having this much power and influence in our political process.Â I don’t care what his politics are, Tim Gill (like George Soros) shouldn’t be able to “take control” of elected bodies in this nation. Â Incidentally, Chris Crain disagrees with me and gives Gill credit for reaching out in ways not seen before. (Read the whole thing!) Â Sorry Chris, I’m very skeptical, especially after reading the TIME piece.
Second, Tim Gill is no Republican, is no conservative, and is clearly a leftist in every sense of the word. Â Look at his biographyÂ ($200,000 to the ACLU!), research his personal political contributions and Gill Foundation contributions — there is no doubt. So, I would STILL like to know if Log Cabin Republicans was used as a tool by Gill and his Gay Leftist cronies in their attempts to defeat an incumbent Republican President.Â Â (I think we all know the answer already.)