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Openly Gay Republican Carl DeMaio Funded by JFCs

Posted on: September 18, 2014

The most recent polls for San Diego’s 52nd Congressional District election are showing a dead-heat among voters. The results currently show Democratic Rep. Scott Peters at 47%, with Republican Carl DeMaio trailing by just 1%, at 46%. “This is a real fight to the finish and a battle to see which of these two are better able to turn out their supporters in better numbers,” said Jay Leve, SurveyUSA founder.


Openly gay republican Carl DeMaio is running for California’s 52nd congressional district.

While Republican Carl DeMaio also trails slightly in fundraising from PACs compared to Peters, he’s found a different way to collect over $150,000 in contributions: joint fundraising committees (JFCs).

DeMaio, an openly gay Republican, has much of his JFC money coming from the GOP gay rights movement, which includes high profile GOP LGBT supporters. DeMaio is involved in the joint funding committee called the Equality Leadership Fund. This JFC includes DeMaio and Richard Tisei, another openly gay Republican who represents Massachusetts. This exclusive fund has generated over $143,000 since its formation in 2013.

Big names are contributing to the funding, such as founder and CEO of hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation Paul Singer donating to the cause. While not gay himself, Singer has contributed over $1.8 million to a super PAC created to back gay marriage by Republicans and in December of last year, he has donated $5,200 to the JFC fund.

Ken Mehlman, a former campaign manager for President George Bush’s 2004 reelection who came out as gay in 2010, has made four contributions totaling $7,000 to the Equality Leadership Fund. And political action committee The Log Cabin Republicans contributed $500 to the fund, with the LCR advocates for gay rights. The committee has donated $1,125 directly to DeMaio’s campaign.

DeMaio’s campaign spokesman Dave McCulloch stressed the importance of DeMaio’s broad support base, and noted that while their commitment to the LGBT community is an essential factor, a varied group of supporters are also vital to the campaign.

“I’d say that Carl’s support of LGBT issues stands strong, and I’d say that he’s willing to work with different coalitions of people to further that and it seems to be that people are receptive to Carl’s ideas [about LGBT equality],” McCulloch said.

Regardless of the outcome of this election, the progress that DeMaio has made as a gay candidate who openly advocates for LGBT rights signifies progress. With the poll results still so close, there’s no telling yet if the additional financial support from JFCs will help DeMaio come out on top.



1 Response to "Openly Gay Republican Carl DeMaio Funded by JFCs"

[…] and in 2014, there are ten Republican candidates that support marriage equality. Just recently, we’d written about Carl DeMaio, who is currently running for San Diego’s 52nd Congressional District. DeMaio, a Republican, […]

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