**UPDATE** – Log Cabin’s President Patrick Sammon has issued a statement….
“We condemn Moveon.org’s baseless attacks on General Petraeus. These
irresponsible allegations harm our nation’s ability to continue making
progress in Iraq.”
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out…. but even I was surprised at the extensive web of money connections between MoveOn.org and America’s top gay organizations: Human Rights Campaign, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Log Cabin Republicans.
If the American gay community has any decency and honor and truly “supports the troops” they need to prove it now.
I would ask everyone who is involved with these organizations to contact them immediately. Urge the HRC, NGLTF and LCR to immediately denounce the “Betray Us” ad attacking General Petraeus.
In addition, our gay mainstream organizations need to sever all financial ties they have with MoveOn.org. That would include direct financial connections, as well as their relationships with the George Soros-umbrella organization – America Votes — that directly connects MoveOn.org with the American gay mainstream organizations using the money of their dues-paying members.
Finally, the corporate partners that support HRC and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force need to know that these groups have direct financial and working relationships with MoveOn.org. These corporate partners also need to withdraw support to HRC and NGLTF unless these two organizations denounce the Petraeus/Betray Us ad from MoveOn.org.
The Human Rights Campaign’s corporate partners include: American Airlines, Citigroup, IBM, Ernst & Young, Chase Bank, Dell, Motorola, Nike, Merrill Lynch and Showtime Cable Network.
The NGLTF’s corporate partners include: American Airlines, WellsFargo Bank, Here! Cable Network, and Bacardi.
Also, WellsFargo Bank has received direct financial expenditures from MoveOn.org, so they should have a special role in denouncing the Petraeus/Betray Us ad.
First, Andrew Tobias who is one of the Human Rights Campaign’s biggest political and money supporters, and who is also the Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, is listed as one of the top individual contributors to MoveOn.org from the 2004 cycle. Tobias has given to MoveOn.org since the 2004 elections as well.
Now, we move to Tim Gill of the Gill Foundation. As you know, I’ve repeatedly reported in the past on Gill’s extensive political involvement and contributions to America’s gay organizations…. especially his connections to Log Cabin Republicans. Former LCR head, Patrick Guerriero is now an employee of the Gill Foundation and though LCR has refused to provide the details, I have laid out a strong case that Gill helped fund the $1M TV ad campaign that LCR ran in 2004 targeting President Bush in key battleground states.
Finally, both Gill and Tobias have contributed to the Soros-umbrella organization “America Votes“. This organization is the web that connects the money trail between MoveOn.org and the major American gay organizations: HRC, NGLTF, and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. These groups, plus MoveOn.org are direct financial and political partners under the Soros/”America Votes” umbrella.
Gill’s large individual contributions to “America Votes” and his extensive ties to Log Cabin Republicans should be a major concern to LCR and encourage them to denounce the Petraeus/Betray Us ad and ask Tim Gill to do the same.
So that’s what I got so far, gang. I know there is a lot more. Many contributors to “America Votes” are also involved and/or contributors to all of the major American gay organizations.
If any of you would like to take this research further…. I’ll be happy to update it as I get more information from you.