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posted Friday, May 4, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 18

Top Obama donors witholding money over executive order punt
By Greg Sargent

Some leading gay and progressive donors are so angry over President Obamas refusal to sign an executive order barring same sex discrimination by federal contractors that they are refusing to give any more money to the pro-Obama super PAC, a top gay fundraisers office tells me. In some cases, Im told, big donations are being withheld.

Jonathan Lewis, the gay philanthropist and leading Democratic fundraiser, is one of many gay advocates who has been working behind the scenes to pressure Obama to change his mind. When Obama decided against the executive order last month, arguing that he would pursue a legislative solution instead, advocates were furious - such a solution will never pass Congress, the executive order has been a priority for advocates for years, and the move smacked of a political cave to conservatives who will not support Obama no matter what he does.

Now these and other donors are beginning to withold money from Priorities USA, the main pro-Obama super PAC, out of dismay over the presidents decision. (Some of these donors have already maxed out to the Obama campaign, Im told.) Its the first indication that areas in which Obama is at odds with gay advocates - and in fairness, his record on gay rights has been very good - could dampen overall fundraising.

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