In the wake of the Washington Blade story yesterdayÂ suggesting strong ties between Log Cabin Republicans and left-wing liberal activist Tim Gill, I was contacted by a long-time Log Cabin insider.Â Â He is aware of my long-time hunt to connect the money trail between Gill & the “gay Republican” organization.Â
This individual has been a source for many of my Log Cabin-related postings since 2004 and continues to have unprecedented access to the affairs, both past and present, of the national gay Republican organization.Â I shall refer to my source as “Lance”, in order to protect his identity.
Lance confirmed the Log Cabin financial dependency on Tim GillÂ raised in the Washington Blade story.Â He personally witnessedÂ money being exchanged between Log Cabin’s National OfficeÂ and Tim Gill’s political organization in Colorado:
I can tell you that [in early 2004],Â I personally saw transfers and checks for $350,000 from Gill Action to LCR.Â Â
Lance also confirms suspicions that I have made repeatedly here at GP.org, that the anti-Bush TV ads in 2004 run by Log Cabin were significantly financed by Tim Gill’s money.
Some was sent in and went directly out to theÂ TV stations the other money went to pay the bills and staff.Â
(Yeah, I feel like saying “I told you so”… but I won’t.)Â Sometimes you do live long enough to see yourself vindicated!
Lance also raises questions about the past financial dealings at Log Cabin in 2004-05:
Bill Davenport [another donor]Â was in for about another $100k (now he won’t give anything) but other monies were sent to a â€œnewâ€ account opened in Virginia â€” there was at least one of those.Â Craig Engle, the counsel for Log Cabin at the time, was determined to hide the flow and never knew I had been aware [of the other account].Â
I am sure well over HALF the LCR budget came from Gill that year (2004)Â and the next.Â Including many, many more funds that went to Liberty Education Forum [a Log Cabin affiliated group].Â
The troubles at Log Cabin have only just begun, according to Lance.Â And they involve former LCR President Patrick Guerriero’s expenses, which I questioned last year:
The melt down over the board is another hurricane brewing.Â Someone, not sure who, finally looked at the Patrick GuerrieroÂ expense logs and it is a real goat f**k.Â Including billing Log Cabin for a trip to Iowa that he (PG) submitted identical billing to the school that invited him to speak!
WHEW.Â I appreciate Lance’s candor and courage.Â Â Shouldn’t someone — besides those trying to cover each other’s assesÂ on theÂ Log Cabin board –Â investigate these allegations since LCR is a membership-driven organization.
Oh, did IÂ mention that Log Cabin RepublicansÂ and the Gill Action Fund areÂ both 501(c)(4), non-profit, tax-exempt organizations under the IRS code?