Lesbian super PAC launches to push gay and women’s rights

Actress Jane Lynch and tennis star Billy Jean King pledge support to the political action committee formed by a Republican businessman's daughter

Lesbian super PAC launches to push gay and women’s rights
11 July 2012

A Republican’s daughter has launched a political action committee (PAC), hoping to raise at least a million dollars in support of pro-lesbian legislation in the US.

Laura Ricketts, lesbian co-owner of professional baseball team Chicago Cubs and daughter of Republican billionaire Joe Ricketts, has founded LPAC, a super PAC created to boost the political power of the lesbian community in the upcoming 2012 elections.

‘Being a woman and being gay is really a unique position in our society,’ said Ms Ricketts, who is also a co-chair of the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Leadership Council.

‘I know in my experience of activism, oftentimes it makes a difference if something is women-focused. It’s likely to get the attention of women much more easily.’

Ms Rickets hopes to raise $1 million (€816,163 euros) to push lesbian and pro-women’s rights legislation that include marriage equality, access to reproductive healthcare, ensuring funds for sex health provider Planned Parenthood.

Her father, who founded his own super PAC, reportedly formed a $10 million (€8,161,630) anti-Obama advert campaign.

Potential recipients of LPAC’s support include US Representative Tammy Baldwin, who hopes to become the first openly lesbian member of the US Senate. 

Actress Jane Lynch and sports icon Billy Jean King are among those who have already pledged their support to LPAC.

According to LPAC’s website, the organization ‘will support candidates who campaign a range of issues that impact lesbians and their families, ensuring lesbians have a meaningful voice in the 2012 elections and beyond’

A political action committee is a way of bypassing donation restrictions to political candidates or campaigns. Under current legislation, super PACs may not make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties, but may engage in unlimited political spending independently of the campaigns.

LPAC’s spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt said in an interview with the Huffington Post: ‘I think there’s a real opportunity here to engage women who haven’t been engaged before – for lesbians, in particular, to speak for ourselves about the issues that are important to use and to define those issues in our own words’.



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