The first pro-lesbian Super PAC, affectionately named LPAC, went public with its first endorsement for a political candidate this week. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) is running for the Senate in November and would be the first openly gay person to win a seat there if she prevails.
The new Super PAC was launched back in July in an effort to make lesbian and women’s voices heard in the political landscape of America during the election cycle and well into the future. The goal of the Super PAC is to back candidates that will improve women’s rights and gay rights with equal fervor, carving out a niche in political debates that is often ignored.
LPAC continues to proclaim its mission statement loud and clear on its website. Part of that mission is to ensure access to affordable health care and reproductive freedom, as well as ensuring economic equality for women and members of the LGBT community.
LPAC is a Political Action Committee, formed by a group of committed activists and donors, to positively influence the current political and social landscape. After decades of being a small subset of players in women’s rights and LGBT rights political efforts, the women of LPAC are stepping up to get organized like never before, aiming to give lesbians a real and meaningful seat at the table. With significant resources behind us, LPAC plans to make a true impact for lesbians in the 2012 election cycle and beyond.
Tammy Baldwin is the ideal candidate for the Super PAC to support in its first bid to influence elections. She has a strong background fighting for women’s economic and reproductive rights and she would also serve as an ideal precedent-setter for the Senate.
LPAC hopes to raise $100,000, announcing it will match all donations up to $50,000 on their website. Sarah Schmidt, the chair and treasurer of LPAC, reaffirms the reasoning behind choosing Baldwin as the ideal first candidate:
Polls are showing that she is in a dead heat against all her potential far-right opponents. Not only would Tammy’s win be a win for lesbians, for women, but for all fair, equality-minded Americans. This is must-hold seat for the pro-women Senate Democrats to keep control. In Washington, D.C., in state legislatures, and through ballot initiatives across the country, women’s rights are being taken away every day. Tammy’s voice and votes in the Senate will be instrumental in stopping this onslaught of attacks against women.
The money is intended to launch a series of campaign ads endorsing Tammy and attempting to ensure her election to the Senate in November.
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