AMERICAblog launches DNC boycott

John Aravosis and Joe Sudbay of AMERICAblog have launched a donor boycott of the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America and the Obama campaign.

“President Obama promised to be a ‘fierce advocate’ for LGBT Americans,”
they said. “But while making modest progress on a scant few issues, on the major campaign promises made to our community, the president and the Democratic Party have failed to keep their commitments.

“There has been little, if any, pressure from the White House for votes on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The administration continues to send mixed signals on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. And we’ve been told not to expect the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act to even be considered until President Obama’s second term.”

Co-sponsors of the boycott include Daily Kos, Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake blog, writers and bloggers Dan Savage and Michelangelo Signorile, activists David Mixner and Robin Tyler, TowleRoad blog’s Andy Towle and Michael Goff, and bloggers Pam Spaulding (Pam’s House Blend) and Bil Browning (Bilerico), among others.

Aravosis and Sudbay said the boycott is “temporary” and is “meant to help some friends — President Obama and the Democratic Party — who have lost their way.”

In an official statement to FireDogLake, the Human Rights Campaign said:
“Individual donors should always make their own careful assessments of how to spend limited political contributions. We all need to focus on the legislative priorities identified by AMERICAblog and with whatever tactic individuals decide to employ, the ultimate objective needs to be securing the votes we need to move our legislative agenda forward.”

Organizing for America is a DNC community-organizing project founded after Obama’s inauguration that mobilizes supporters of his legislative agenda.

By Rex Wockner


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