Press Room

May 12, 2004


HRC Launches ‘e-Quality Candidates’ Bundling Program

'It's more important than ever before to support candidates who will vote for equality,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign's political action committee today launched its new e-Quality Candidates program - allowing individuals to make contributions through to HRC-endorsed candidates.

Currently, the HRC PAC gives more than $1.3 million every two years to more than 200 endorsed candidates for federal office. By introducing a "bundling" program that will allow gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals to combine their contributions directly to candidates, HRC is significantly enhancing the power of the community's voice on Capitol Hill.

"It's more important than ever before to support candidates who will vote for equality," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community makes substantial contributions during election years. This program is modeled after successful programs like EMILY's List, and will help funnel those funds to the candidates who support GLBT rights."

This program will generate critical financial support for HRC's endorsed candidates - and connect that support directly to the commitment of GLBT and fair-minded donors. Through this program, the GLBT community can give to fair-minded political candidates as a nationally unified force.

"This program's potential is enormous," said Winnie Stachelberg, HRC's political director."'E-Quality Candidates' may well reposition the GLBT community as one of the most effective political fundraising constituencies."

HRC's e-Quality Candidates currently include: Tony Knowles, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate for Alaska Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., seeking re-election Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., seeking re-election Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., seeking re-election and Cathy Woolard, Democratic candidate for U.S. House for Georgia's 4th Congressional District. Other candidates will be added as the election draws closer.

"Our e-Quality Candidates have all guaranteed to vocally oppose discriminatory amendments to our Constitution," added Jacques. "Electing fair-minded candidates in 2004 will be key to defeating discrimination and ensuring victories on votes like hate crimes and workplace discrimination."

The program will be targeting key candidates in competitive races and all contributions will be processed by the candidate campaign(s) selected and not by HRC. HRC will periodically add candidates to the list until the election.

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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.