On his blog yesterday, Michael Petrelis noted something which shouldn’t surprised those who have followed the goings-on at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) over the past sixteen years. This self-proclaimed civil rights organization which, in recent years, dropped the word “bipartisan” from its mission statement, seems to have a number of staffers and board members backing Ms. Hillary’s (Hillary Rodham Clinton) bid for the White House.
Guess some gay activists are not joining the mad rush to back the favored candidate of the left.
Given HRC’s record in the 1990s, it seems fitting its supporters would support the spouse of the man they swooned over in the 1990s. Just like Ms. HRC, HRC the organization stood by its man while he repeatedly broke promises he made.
HRC endorsed Bill Clinton after he codified anti-gay discrimination when, in 1993, he signed Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. Then, refused to rescind that endorsement when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996.
Now, we learn that HRC’s (the organization) vice president for programs, David M. Smith, gave $2.300, the maximum allowed by law, to HRC, the presidential candidate. Given that Smith supervises the group’s communications department, Petrelis writes:
With Smith’s large donation in mind, I just don’t see how HRC can claim their 2008 presidential operations and media advocacy, two fields controlled by Smith, are not biased in favor one Democratic candidate over the other.
This despite HRC’s official neutrality in the presidential race. It’s not just Smith. HRC board member Hilary Rosen has also backed Ms. HRC. Anyway, read Petrelis’s post to see why he wishes HRC (the origination) would just “come out of the closet.”