Wealthy New York Republicans Back Marriage Equality Push

Jim Burroway

May 14th, 2011

Clifford Asness

The New York Times this morning reports that wealthy Republican New Yorkers, some of them quite conservative otherwise, have donated more than $1 million to LGBT advocacy groups to fund their push for marriage equality. The donations already make up about two-thirds of the state’s same-sex marriage fundraising, far outstripping donations from Democratic and liberal sources.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has given $100,000 and will host a fundraiser among his well-connected friends. Donations have come in from top Republican donor and hedge fund manager Paul Singer, who is one of the most generous GOP donors in the country. He also has a gay son who married in Massachusetts. Singer has personally donated $425,000 and solicited an additional $500,000 in donations. Financiers Steven Cohen, Daniel Loeb and Clifford Asness have donated. Asness explains:

“I’m a pretty straight-down-the-line small-government guy,” said Mr. Asness, who described himself as a libertarian who favored less government intrusion in both markets and personal affairs. Mr. Asness, a frequent Republican donor, has praised Tea Party activists on his blog and last year attended a conference of right-leaning donors held by Charles and David Koch, among the leading conservative philanthropists in the nation.

“This is an issue of basic freedom,” Mr. Asness said.

Hyhybt

May 14th, 2011

Sounds like some politicians are going to have a painful decision to make: vote for marriage, the more appealing choice to your financial base, or vote against, to appeal to your larger voter base. Keeping in mind, of course, that those voters don’t really have anywhere else to go :)

Lucrece

May 14th, 2011

They’re just atoning. These are the same Republicans who have been bankrolling the GOP in Congress that has tried to de-rail DADT repeal, block DOMA repeal, sink employment protection, healthcare, and defunds women’s health services.

It just goes to show how selfish these people are. It either affects them personally (but they still vote Republican, so they try to wash their hands with donations), or it’s good for their wallet.

Good to have their dollars. They’re still repugnant pondscum and a large part of the reason why this country is heading down the drain while the rich rob the poor blind.

enough already

May 14th, 2011

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Frankly, I think there is a large group of profit oriented people in NY who have absolutely had it with their current status in the Republican party.
Once upon a time, you bought a politician and – being honest – he stayed bought.

No more. The New York Republican party is poised to lose and lose badly in 2012 in all but the most red-nex areas.

So let’s be nice to these folks – several of whom have gay children, relatives and close friends. If, by doing this, they are lobbing the first attempt to bring the sane, financial wing of the Republican party back into more control, well – as I noted above:
The enemy of my enemy is, in this case, at least, my friend.

Ben In Oakland

May 14th, 2011

I’m with enough already on this one. there may well be a support for equality coming from them. Perhaps some of them are gay.

but the bottom line is political– if the nut cases and religious whackos pursue their vendetta aginst gay people at the expense of larger issues, the republican party and the donors’ bottom line will suffer.

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