Obama's Power Gays
BY Michelle Garcia and Andrew Harmon
October 24 2011 1:39 PM ET
Andrew Tobias (pictured)
Amount raised (range): $500,000+
Occupation: Author; Democratic National Committee treasurer
Other political campaigns donated to this year: Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
Perhaps no one else in the Democratic Party is more persistent in pointing out the breadth and significance of Obama’s LGBT accomplishments than Tobias, who vigorously defends the president when other LGBT activists are less than adulatory of the administration, as he did in a 2009 op-ed for this magazine.
“Everybody agrees that we’ve made more progress at the federal level in the last two and half years than in the last 250 years combined,” Tobias told The Advocate in June. “At the same time, we all, including the president, want to see a lot more progress.”
Amount raised (range): $500,000+ (raised with Barry Karas)
Occupation: Attorney, Perlman & Associates
Other political campaigns donated to this year: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
A board member for the Human Rights Campaign, Perlman currently cochairs the search committee to replace HRC president Joe Solmonese, who will leave his position in March. Along with fund-raising partner Barry Karas, he is among several LGBT bundlers involved in building a strong gay Latino presence at the Futuro Fund event in Los Angeles Monday, hosted by Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas at their home in Hancock Park. (As LA Observed’s Kevin Roderick noted earlier this month, “The last time Obama attended a private-home event in the Hancock Park area, the multi-hour traffic snarls that resulted led to the coining of the term 'Obamajam.' ")
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