October 22, 2004
HRC Investing More Than $6.5 Million to Elect Fair-Minded Leaders and Defeat Discrimination in State
'To win equality we must aggressively fund it and fight for it,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.
WASHINGTON - To defeat anti-gay ballot measures, get out the vote in targeted states and elect fair-minded officials to federal offices, the Human Rights Campaign and HRC's political action committee will be spending more than $6.5 million dollars nationwide in the 2004 cycle.
"To win equality we must aggressively fund it and fight for it," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "Anti-gay politicians are attempting to pit Americans against each other this election. But on Nov. 2 fairness and equality will win out. We're doing everything we can to bring that victory home."
To defeat anti-gay ballot measures and advance pro-gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender measures nationwide, HRC is sending close to $1.6 million directly to state GLBT organizations and ballot campaigns. HRC is also heavily invested in get-out-the-vote efforts nationwide, spending $2.3 million to identify, contact and turnout 1 million GLBT and allied voters. HRC's PAC will also give more than $1.8 million before Nov. 2, 2004, to state parties and candidates for federal offices.
With significant races in several states, many of which also face ballot amendments that would ban marriages of same-sex couples, HRC and HRC's PAC are investing unprecedented amounts in battleground states. This effort includes: $475,000 in Florida, $586,000 in Michigan, $458,000 in Missouri, $283,000 in New Mexico, $325,000 in Nevada, $665,000 in Ohio, $514,000 in Oregon, $326,000 in Pennsylvania, $120,000 in Washington and $407,000 in Wisconsin. An additional $450,000 is being spent to fund independent expenditures opposing anti-gay candidates in several states, which includes HRC's "George W. Bush: 'You're Fired'" campaign.
HRC is giving an additional $450,000 to America Coming Together - the largest and most sophisticated voter mobilization project in American history - for a combination of media and mail efforts. Another $214,000 is being spent on advertising on African-American-targeted radio stations to get out the vote in battleground states, as well as $27,000 on GLBT get-out-the-vote advertising efforts in GLBT publications. HRC is spending $90,000 to get the HRC scorecard - the publication rating representatives and senators on GLBT issues in the most recent Congress - to HRC members. Finally, an additional $50,000 was given to America Votes - a coalition of many of the largest membership-based groups in the country, including HRC, who have come together to increase voter registration, education and participation in electoral politics.
The organization will also be sending more than 70 HRC staff members and Youth College graduates to targeted states to mobilize HRC members and get out the vote for fairness. Busloads of volunteers will also leave from Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Oct. 30, to get out the vote in Cleveland. Similar efforts will be underway with volunteers going from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to get out the vote.
"I urge everyone to do what they can to reach out to friends and family before Election Day about where candidates stand on issues of equality," added Jacques. "Every vote counts."
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.