May 9th, 2012
06:48 PM ET

Obama's LGBT campaign contributors

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

Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • Gay Marriage

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Ivan

    ahhh yes...I see this was an evolution of conscience. Sometimes good men need to be money.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Howard


      May 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
      • Bill

        The one percent of people that own large businesses employ millions of people and make the economy go round. If you want to bash economic progress move out of the United States; you shouldn't live here. This country was built on investment and business growth. People like you that attack business and progress are exactly what's wrong with this country. I've read through the entire thread, and you have not presented one strong argument about anything. You cite biblical passages and complain about the successful but you have not done anything to better yourself otherwise you would not be here complaining. It's pathetic.

        May 12, 2012 at 6:20 am |
      • Dulce

        – This is an absolutely bufetiaul picture.I\'m jealous of all the snowy bundled up pictures I\'ve seen for this challenge so far. Pictures of kids out on the beach in San Diego in the middle of December just aren\'t the same.

        July 31, 2012 at 9:23 am |
  2. Glory

    Money, any kind will do (good and bad) makes the world go round and our country as well.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  3. Howard


    May 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • DEcember 2012


      May 9, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
      • Yana

        Sunshine is great for Vit. D but here in MN it's not enough. Even if you are osduite alot.Supplementing makes sense but getting a simple and inexpensive blood test from you doctor to see what your levels are is a smart idea before you start mega dosing.Liquid Vit D is the best for absorption.I was very low and it has taken me a couple of years to get to an above normal level with 4000-5000 iu a day combination of dry and liquid supplements. BTW I am under the care of a physician that prescribed that dosing.

        August 2, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • DEcember 2012


      May 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
      • Howard

        Thanks to traitors, like Clooney, Obama, the biased main stream media ... and, the Sodom and Gomorrah Hollywood crowd, America is falling to a new low, under the rule of immoral deviates, perverts, occupiers, terrorists, and communists. Sinners are worshipping a new Golden Calf ... his name is Barack Obama.

        May 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
      • Bill

        Communists? Really Howard?

        May 12, 2012 at 6:10 am |
    • Ben

      Unfortunately, I agree with you. This certainly was not a political decision. It may end up costing him the election, but Obama is right. As a Christian, I still struggle with the idea of gay marraige, however, it is not my place to tell another human being who to love. I thought that is part of what freedom is all about?

      May 10, 2012 at 6:18 am |
      • John

        Nice post Ben. I am with the president on his most recent position on gay marriage.
        The negative part about this is he was for it, then he was against it, then he was against it, but supported "unions for gay couples", now he supports it again.
        Gotta love these people who talk about Romney being a flip flopper then ignore this stuff. Last night on MSDNC Matthews actually said "the president is solid in his position" then he accused Romney of being a bigot because he had a different opinion than him. Classic lib behavior. Matthews has turned in to just another hater on the left.

        May 10, 2012 at 7:11 am |
      • DEcember 2012


        May 10, 2012 at 10:18 am |
      • Steveo


        As I am a Christian too, there is no struggle to this issue. Either you beieve God's word or you don't! Yes, we love all people just like Jesus does but everything is not acceptable to Him! I suggest you discover what God's word declares about this issue and go with that! Carefully read Romans chapter 1 in its entirety! If you are a Christian, you need to see this issue as God does! If not, you are in opposition to Him!

        May 10, 2012 at 10:41 am |
      • Shirley

        Sorry Steveo but you are WRONG! God gave us FREE WILL. Which means God decided not to run our lives. And if God doesn't feel like He has the right to run others' life then why should you. And no I am not Gay and yes I am a Christian. The Bible says we are to tell of God's love and His view of what is right and wrong but we DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE THEM DO IT!!!!!!

        May 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
      • Steveo

        Sorry Shirley but I have not advocated making anyone do anything! How is relaying what the Bible says about ANY matter running someone's life? All anybody can do is say what the Bible says. It is up to others to believe it or not. There is however, a severe consequence to disbelief.

        Show me one time where I have advocated makeing anybody do anything and show me where I stated I was running someone else's life! You cannot because I never said it!

        What I said to Ben, who is struggling with an issue is he needs to see the issue as God does. How is that MAKING him do anything and how is that RUNNING his life?

        Where am I wrong?

        May 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • California Conservative

      You are so correct Howard.

      May 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Pete

      @Howard,If Pres.Obama goes down,Romney will be under him to pad his fall,what are friends for,right!!I really don't think there's going to be much of Romney left in November because he keeps showing his political "ass" off too much,just sayin.He just keeps his venture capitalistic mouth going,just recently saying his repeal plans for the Barney-Frank bill,the same bill that keep regulations on the banking and home loan industry in check ,so we don't return to the catastrophe that was in Bushs time before Pres.Obama.He hasn't come out on his stance on gays,but after his foriegn relation specialist resigned under pressure with no help from Romney,because he was gay just shows his Mormon beliefs will kill his campaign.He also refused to tell Limbaugh to apologize to Ms Fluke,because he's indirectly Limbaughs boss,with Bain owning Clear Channel,Limbaughs boss..He wants increasing military spending,we don't need that,he wants wall street deregulation,much like Bushs stance and look where it got us,wants the Ryan plan,that's enough there,he's not come out completely on immigration,not at least publicly,his trying to repeal the ACA BILL,fat chance,not enough republicans to push a repeal thru,he wants lower tax rates on 1% ers,capital gains tax repealed and guess who gets caught when revenues stop coming in,you the middle class,he's not crazy,just a man on a mission,a mission to make America a two tyre class system,the 1% ers and everyone else.So take notes,you'll see Pres.Obama shortly go into the real campaign mode and completely humiliate Romney politically,maybe not ,he's more of a gentleman than that Mormon and it'll show before November,the republicans cover will be blown...

      May 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Bill

      You misspelled November.

      May 12, 2012 at 6:11 am |
  4. Lizzie

    This shows he needs to keep the gay community happy or the money will stop. Can't run a billion dollar campaign without the funds of those that he promised he would take up their cause 31/2 years ago. Wonder if he will evolve after the election to a different view.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • DEcember 2012


      May 10, 2012 at 1:27 am |
      • California Conservative

        Guts? It's called pandering in Obama's book and unfortunately he'll lose big time on the Hispanic votes.

        Bye Bye Obama

        May 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
      • Bill

        Actually he won't lose big with Hispanics. Romney is heavily anti-immigration, an issue Latino voters car much more about.

        May 12, 2012 at 6:12 am |
    • Howard


      May 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
      • Bill

        You need to stop comparing everything to your book of fairytales.

        May 12, 2012 at 6:13 am |
  5. Ben

    Contrary to the suggestion of this article. This is not about the election as it is a human being arriving at a cross road about the civil right of all America to love who they want to, however we may dislike the fact that Christians see gay marraige as abomination. If any thing, I think it was a couragious move, the right decision. Yes, minority decision that may come back to cost him the presidency. The happiness of any minority should never be left to the majority to decide.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:12 am |
  6. greg

    Brave move Mr President Rather have someone with real beliefs than a flip flopper. Steveo never would have guessed you where a christian by the comments you make. Now Howard I know your not a christian. You are way to hateful. This may cost election but he will go down in history as a very enlightened president. He gets my respect as a man that can make a real dicission . Hope he gets lots ove money from this and lots of votes. He has mine.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • Steveo


      What I said was his statement places him in opposition to God's word! What I said, based on the Bible is true. On this issue, he has placed inself in opposition to the Bible. Not a good place to be. Yes, I believe in God's mercy and yes, I believe in God's forgiveness as I have experienced it for myself. I pray for the President! I prayed for him prior to this decision and I will continue to do so. I will tell you this in all seriousness...The Bible is crystal clear on this issue!

      May 10, 2012 at 11:15 am |
      • Bill

        You really need to stop pushing your crazy stories on people. Most of us really don't care. And as for homosexuality in the bible, it's hardly clear. The bible advocates far more strongly for slavery and the beating of women.

        May 12, 2012 at 6:15 am |
  7. jerrylax

    obama would sell his grandmother for a vote...this vote pandering and feeble effort to redirect attention from REAL American issues won't work. The majority of Americans are not gay and could care less if gays marry even their dogs.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Bill

      Why would a gay person marry a dog. Try to form comprehensible thoughts in the future.

      May 12, 2012 at 6:13 am |
  8. Tarlan

    did reporters worry about jpasneae families suffering when the united states was trying to win ww2 ?and since japan was full on behind its war machine, making them suffer was the only way to end it with us winning.I would say that the same applies to the palistinians of gaza. they voted in hamas.we should note its pretty quite on the west bank.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  9. Rawda

    Don't make yourself crazy trinyg to only eat organic. I nearly wasted away in 1975 because I would only eat organic. My mantra now is; when I have a choice, choose organic, unprocessed foods. I too live on a budget, so I try to shop farmers markets in the spring- fall and freeze the abundance of good foods for the dark' days of winter. Cheer up! There are a lot more choices now than there were in the '70 s!Thanks Maria for reminding people about Vitamin D. It is especially important during these dark days of winter when so many of us stay indoors.

    August 1, 2012 at 2:53 am |