Big GOP Donor Creates Super PAC for Gay Rights

Billionaire Paul Singer wants to sway Republican candidates
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2012 11:51 AM CDT
Big GOP Donor Creates Super PAC for Gay Rights
A cake-topper for a same-sex wedding.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Frank Bruni breaks some news in his latest New York Times column: One of the GOP's most influential donors tells Bruni that he is creating a Super PAC for the express purpose of getting Republican candidates to support gay marriage. Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer is starting the American Unity PAC with $1 million of his own money. It will focus initially on congressional races, and Singer is confident that he'll find candidates "on the verge of support" who will gladly accept the PAC's help.

“This kind of effort could be catalytic in generating some more movement,” says Singer. While he is a staunch supporter of conservative candidates, Singer also has a gay son who was legally married in Massachusetts, notes Bruni. He calls it another sign of the "rapidly changing political dynamics" within the GOP on gay marriage. Read the full column here. (Read more American Unity PAC stories.)

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