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Pro-gay marriage GOP super PAC has strong Q1, gay GOP candidates fall short

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014, but gay Republican candidates for U.S. Congress fell short in fundraising.

gay-gopThe three-month haul for American Unity PAC is by far the biggest so far for the super PAC, reports The Washington Post. The committee raised about the same amount in all of 2012 and pulled in just $260,000 in 2013.

The super PAC was boosted early this year by $1.75 million in donations from GOP donor Paul Singer, who has been among the most vocal and well-funded proponents of gay marriage in the GOP.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that two openly gay Republican candidates failed to raise as much money as their opponents in the first quarter of 2014.

In Massachusetts, former state Sen. Richard Tisei raised about $70,000 less that that of incumbent Democrat, Rep. John Tierney.

Tisei is a gay Republican who has criticized the Republican Party’s stance on same-sex marriage and has called for the party to change its platform on the topic.

In California, Carl DeMaio, another openly gay Republican, raised about $50,000 less than incumbent, Democrat Rep. Scott Peters.

Tisei and DeMaio are two of three gay candidates vying to become the first openly gay Republican to be elected to Congress. The other is former University of New Hampshire business school dean Dan Innis.

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