Jeremy over on Good As You the other day had a post commenting on a recent email by Peter LaBarbera of the virulently anti-gay AFTAH. LaBarbera was complaining in his email to a reporter about what he saw as the appearance of “media bias” when it comes to homosexuality. That didn’t really interest me much for while it may have a ring of truth to it, such claims are a regular staple from political activists of all stripes. It was the list of “pro-family leaders” he cc’ed in his email that caught my eye:
CC: PRO-FAMILY LEADERS: John Stemberger, Florida Family Policy Council; David Caton, Florida Family Association; Tom Minnery, Focus on the Family; Beverly LaHaye, Concerned Women for America; Robert Knight, Culture and Media Institute; Timothy Graham, Media Research Center; Tony Perkins c/o Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council; Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media; Wendy Wright, Concerned Women for America; Sandy Rios, FOX News contributor and Culture Campaign; Phil Burress, Citizens for Community Values; Matt Barber, CWA; Linda Harvey, Mission America; Alan Chambers, Exodus International; Andrea Lafferty, Traditional Values Coalition; Pastor Ken Hutcherson, Antioch Bible Church; Janet Folger, Faith2Action; Joe Glover, Family Policy Network; Gary Glenn, AFA-Michigan; Don Wildmon, Buddy Smith, and Tim Wildmon, American Family Association; Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel; Mike Heath, Christian Civic League of Maine.
Given LaBarbera’s past complaints about how well-funded the pro-gay lobby was, while the poor lil’ anti-gay groups are just struggling along, I previously examined this here but was curious how much money was represented in just this one email. So how much dough (i.e., total revenue last reported to the IRS) do LaBarbera’s friends bring in? Why, a staggering $194,947,494.80! Apparently anti-gay advocacy pays well as this breakdown, courtesy of the helpful site GuideStar, shows:
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the financial documents for all of LaBarbera’s friends from this email. The above, however, should be enough to demonstrate that the next time you hear a so-called “pro-family” advocate whine about well-financed gay activists, remember how much they themselves are raking in.
UPDATE: Btw, the GuideStar website is very useful for checking out the finances of most political parties, PACs, advocacy groups, etc. Registration is free. The amount of money injected into politics by all sides is incredible and something of an issue itself. This is most definitely not to say that so-called remedies like McCain-Feingold are the answer, but transparency for the voters certainly does help.
— John (Average Gay Joe)