Gay Romney Donor Wants His Money Back


A gay former donor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign wants his money back after he decided he just couldn’t stand Romney’s continued devolution on LGBT rights.

For Bill White, the chairman and CEO of consulting firm Constellations Group and former president of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the straw that broke the camel’s back was Romney’s recent commencement address at Liberty University, an evangelical school in Lynchburg, Virginia, where the presumptive Republican candidate trotted out his anti-gay marriage stance for the religious conservative crowd.

White, unhappy with this, wrote to Romney explaining why he was cutting ties, saying:

“I feel that I no longer wish to support your presidential campaign and ask that you please return the maximum contribution that I gave to you last year,”

“You have chosen to be on the wrong side of history and I do not support your run for president any longer.”


“Several days later this past Saturday to a packed stadium of young college students you made the following statement that ‘Marriage is only between one man and one woman.”

“I believe that you will do as you now say and try to force a constitutional amendment which would attempt to make my own legal and blessed marriage null and void.”

White had donated $2,500 to the Romney campaign.

Commenting to CNN on why, given that Mitt Romney’s stance is not new, he had waited while now to retract his support, White said that President Obama’s affirmation for marriage equality seemed like a chance for Romney to get on the right side of history, but he chose not to do that.

Said White, “Now, I feel like he’s declared war on my marriage. And I could just sit back and not say anything. Or I could do something about it. And I’ve chosen to do something about it.”

This comes after Jan van Lohuizen, a pollster for former president George W. Bush, said in a strategy memo released late last week that Republicans must recognize the fundamental shift America has gone through on supporting LGBT equality whereby he called on them to accept that the GOP cannot continue to pick and choose on issues like equal rights.


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Deborah F.
Deborah F5 years ago

Once you give it to them, it's gone. It's up to them how it's used.

Donna B.
Donna B5 years ago

Well I think that's a little too bad. He won't get his money back but at least he's seen the light when it comes to Romney. Amen.

John Kramer
John Kramer5 years ago

This gay Romney donor, who want his or her money back should go to Boston, Massachusetts to lobby to get prostitution legalized in that state.

DUANE F5 years ago

When one has soooo much $$, & 'thinks' about donating it to anyone...One would 'think' said individual 'learned' a tad about the Candidate BEFORE sending in his $$....


I'm a Gay Man, & still think he should just turn-the-page & try to LEARN something...anything from this...

Arild Warud

I don't think he get's his money back,but it makes a great story.

Emma B
Emma Blydenburgh5 years ago

Does anyone think he'll actually get his money back? (While reading this, I was hoping he'd contributed millions -it's still a great story...)

Todd K.
Todd K5 years ago

People don't seem to understand that it doesn't matter what YOU want. Once THEY have YOUR money, THEY decide what to do with it. If THEY decide that i's time to attack YOU, they don't give a damn if it's YOUR money they use against you. Their agenda is set, and if you are crazy enough to send money without a written guarantee of what is will be used for, and that it will not be used against you, then as far as they are concerned, you paid your money, you rolled the dice, you took your chances, and now you've got to live with it.

Ian Fletcher
Ian Fletcher5 years ago

No hope for gay tolerance with right-wingers.
I'm always surprised to hear about gay right-wingers, it's so contradictory, like black right-wingers..
Once and for all: Vote Obama if you know what's good for you. Know who your friends are, you are only fooling yourself otherwise. Women are smarter, they instinctively vote to the left.
Well, most do.
Sometimes you do hear about elderly women recommending younger ones to "just get used to male abuse" as they did. Very sad!

Lisa D'arcangelis
Lisa Plunkett5 years ago

Good! Give him his $$$ back, Romney.

P B.
P B5 years ago

Considering Romney's a private investment banker and White gave him the donation last year, I hope it's returned with the proper interest calculated accordingly.