American Foundation for Equal Rights

NY Times: Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors

In a front page article, Adam Nagourney and Brooks Barnes report at length about AFER’s broad array of supporters, including founding donors David Geffen and Steve Bing, and conservatives like Ken Mehlman and Paul Singer.

“The Republican support for the effort largely began after Mr. Olson, a solicitor general under President George W. Bush, lent it his name. It accelerated with the fund-raising role of Ken Mehlman, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee and of Mr. Bush’s re-election campaign, who announced he is gay 18 months ago and has since helped raise close to $3 million by fishing in waters where gay organizers had rarely gone before.

“As surprising — and encouraging — to organizers of the movement are the Wall Street names added to their roster. Prominent among them is Paul Singer, a hedge fund manager who is straight and chairman of the conservative Manhattan Institute. He has donated more than $8 million to various same-sex marriage efforts, in states including California, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Oregon, much of it since 2007.

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