Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

LGBT super PAC for Obama hosts SF event

An LGBT super PAC aimed at re-electing President Barack Obama this fall is hosting its first public event at San Francisco’s City Hall Friday night.

Created by a straight woman and a gay man who work in social media for Silicon Valley companies and tech start-ups, the political action committee is focused on harnessing the web and sites like Facebook to motivate LGBT people to vote for the president.

Called the Pride PAC, it quietly launched online earlier this month and its Facebook account already has 1,168 people who have liked the page. The goal is to reach one million people by the summer.

“We are taking the super PAC privilege usually used for corruption and using technology to start a movement…what Occupy doesn’t quite understand,” stated Pride PAC founder Marcus Lovingood, 26, a gay San Francisco resident who is an online media entrepreneur and producer.

Co-founder is Rose Dawydiak-Rapagnani, 24, the daughter of retired San Francisco police officers. An LGBT ally, she is the PAC’s director of social media.

“The reason we formed the Pride PAC is simple: we want to combat the blatant misuse of our election system by using social media to spread awareness and advocacy of the LGBT agenda,” Dawydiak-Rapagnani explained in an email to the Bay Area Reporter this week.

It is a grassroots twist to the more mainstream super PACs being financed by a handful of wealthy business people backing the Republican candidates. Obama himself recently dropped his objections over the secretive shadow campaign groups to allow his administration officials and supporters to fund their own super PAC.

The Pride PAC is operating separate from the official Obama re-election campaign and Priorities USA, the super PAC founded by former Obama aides.

The Pride PAC’s first town hall will be held at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow night (Friday, February 24) on the steps of San Francisco City Hall. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the group.

“We are very excited to launch our initiative at this location because of it’s great history with activists such as Harvey Milk, and many others,” wrote Dawydiak-Rapagnani.

The B.A.R. will have a longer story about the Pride PAC in its March 1 issue.

— Matthew S. Bajko, February 23, 2012 @ 5:55 pm PST
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