The gay and lesbian community has been a big contributor to President Obama's 2012 campaign.
The non-partisan, non-profit research group The Center for Responsive Politics found that a dozen gay rights activists had "bundled" at least $2.7 million in contributions for the Obama campaign by late 2011. Bundlers are mega fundraisers who solicit donations from friends, colleagues and like-minded supporters to raise even more money than the bundlers themselves could legally donate to one candidate.
Wednesday, after Mr. Obama's announcement that he now supports same sex marriage, the Center found updated numbers showing another half million dollars donated to the Obama campaign in 2012 from two prominent Denver Colorado LGBT activists.
Below is a list of prominent LGBT bundlers who contributed to the Obama campaign:
• Tim Gill, a former tech executive and LGBT activist, and his husband, Scott Miller, of Denver, Colo., who bundled at least $500,000
• Charles Myers, of Evercore Partners, who has bundled at least $500,000
• Eugene Sepulveda, of Austin, Texas, who bundled at least $500,000
• Andrew Tobias, a writer and treasurer of the DNC, who bundled at least $500,000
• Dana Perlman and Barry Karas, of Los Angeles, who bundled at least $500,000
• Wally Brewster and Bob Satawake, of Chicago, who bundled at least $100,000
• Terry Bean, of Portland, Ore., who bundled at least $200,000
• Kathy Levinson, former president and CEO of E-trade, who bundled at least $200,000
• Laura Ricketts, of Ecotravel LLC in Chicago, who bundled at least $100,000
• Jeff Soref, of New York, who bundled at least $100,000
• Fred Eychaner, of Chicago, who bundled at least $50,000
• Paul Horning, of Atlanta, who bundled at least $50,000
• Kevin Jennings, the former Department of Education official, who bundled at least 50,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics