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Top 2012 Campaign Donor Also Gives Money to Gay Causes

Top 2012 Campaign Donor Also Gives Money to Gay Causes

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One of the nation's biggest 2012 campaign donors, a gay Chicago man named Fred Eychaner, has given hundreds of thousands to both President Obama and tens of thousands to LGBT political candidates.

Mother Jones compiled a list of the 20 biggest donors in the 2012 election and only three of the 20 gave to Democratic PACs or candidates: Eychaner, along with Hollywood luminaries Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steve Bing. Eychaner -- with total contributions of $791,800 -- came in after Katzenberg and before Bing on the list of top left-leaning contributors in 2012. Fifty thousand dollars of that money went to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, an organization that works to elect LGBT candidates.

Mother Jones describes Eychaner as a former reporter and "reclusive media mogul" who made $420 million in 2002 when he, ironically, sold a television station to Rupert Murdoch. According to the Chicago Tribune, the 60-something Eychaner contributes regularly to gay and HIV causes and "drives a 1999 Ford Escort, flies coach, owns just three suits and sometimes stays at budget motels."

Click here to see where the rest of Eychaner's 2012 campaign contributions went.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.