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We have to do something

Posted on: August 31st, 2012 by teamlpac

It’s over. And it’s only just begun.

The Republican National Convention ended last night. At the convention, the Republicans decided on a platform that’s unabashedly anti-woman. Anti-gay. Anti-you. Anti-me. Anti-LPAC.

The Republican Party platform isn’t just against marriage equality for gay & lesbian couples. It goes two steps further. It affirms the rights of both states and the federal government to not recognize same-sex marriages, which are already legal in seven states. It also supports a federal constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

The Republican Party platform is not just anti-choice. It goes three steps further. It doesn’t even allow for abortions when the life of the mother is at risk, or for women who are victims of incest and rape.

We can’t sit idly by while the Republicans actively attempt to backpedal on women’s rights and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We can’t wait and wonder what will happen in November. We have to do something, and LPAC needs your help to do it.

LPAC is supporting the pro-marriage equality initiative in Maine. LPAC is helping defend reproductive freedoms in Florida. LPAC is backing pro-lesbian, pro-women candidates across the country. It’s time we change the dialogue. It’s time we change who is in office. It’s time that we as women, and our allies, step up for a pro-LPAC seat at the table in politics.

Join me. Join LPAC in making sure we fight against this anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-woman agenda. Join LPAC in fighting for the people who will fight for us. Contribute $20, $50, or $150 today.

It’s up to us.

Sarah Schmidt
Chair, LPAC

LPAC Donates $112k to Tammy Baldwin Effort; Announces 2012 Slate

Posted on: August 23rd, 2012 by teamlpac

Contact: Sarah Kennedy

Ballot initiatives, pro-woman candidates to receive lesbian PAC’s support

August 23, 2012—Today LPAC, the first of its kind lesbian political action committee, contributed nearly $112,000 to EMILY’s List WOMEN VOTE! to defend Rep. Tammy Baldwin in her November election against anti-woman, anti-gay Tommy Thompson. The money will go toward buying television ads to educate voters in Wisconsin about Thompson’s record as a DC insider  more beholden to corporate interests than Wisconsin families. The buy began to air on August 17 and will continue through August 26, on broadcast and cable television in Milwaukee, LaCrosse, Wausau, and Green Bay.


“Tammy Baldwin embodies everything LPAC stands for. She has a history of protecting women’s rights and expanding issues of social justice. Rep. Baldwin is a staunch advocate for reproductive rights and wrote bills to expand both breast cancer screenings and hate crime laws, as well as measures to eliminate workplace discrimination,” said LPAC Chair Sarah Schmidt.


“In the wake of Republican Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin’s horrendous and clearly factually incorrect comments that victims of ‘legitimate rape’ don’t get pregnant because ‘the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down’ and the continuous anti-gay, anti-woman actions of many candidates and elected officials this election cycle, there isn’t a more critical time to elect candidates who are loud, proud voices for our values.”


If elected, Rep. Baldwin would be the first openly gay US Senator.


LPAC also announces the first round of its 2012 political slate. LPAC will support two critical ballot initiative campaigns: Mainers United for Marriage and Florida’s No On Amendment 6. If successful, Maine’s initiative would be the first pro-marriage equality ballot question to pass. Florida’s proposed amendment would strip away important reproductive freedoms for women in the state, and would intrude on private medical decisions between a woman and her doctor.


LPAC is a hybrid PAC, working to support both strategic independent expenditures and also support candidates directly. LPAC will directly support Elizabeth Warren in her US Senate race. Warren would be the first female Senator from Massachusetts, and a strong voice for women’s rights and social justice. Incumbent US Rep. Donna Edwards, of Maryland, will also receive support. A leading advocate for women and domestic violence protections, Rep. Edwards is also a leader on marriage equality.


On the statewide level, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will receive LPAC’s backing: “As Senate President, Shumlin led the effort to pass marriage equality in Vermont. First passing the bill and then over turning a Governor’s veto, and we’re glad to support allies who will help our voices be heard,” Schmidt said.


LPAC will support three strong candidates for Michigan’s Supreme Court: Bridget Mary McCormack, Judge Connie Marie Kelley, and Judge Shelia Johnson. Legal issues concerning economic justice, LGBT people, and women’s rights are expected to go before the Michigan Supreme Court in the imminent future, making the election of fair-minded justices crucial.


LPAC is working with both women’s and LGBT political organizations in order to be most strategic and effective with its resources.


After decades of being a small subset of players in women’s rights and LGBT rights political efforts, the women of LPAC are stepping up to get organized like never before, aiming to give lesbians a real and meaningful seat at the table. With significant resources, LPAC plans to make a true impact for lesbians in the 2012 election cycle and beyond.


LPAC’s values include:

-Ending discriminatory treatment of LGBT individuals and their families;

-Protecting access to reproductive freedom and quality healthcare; and,

-Furthering social, racial, and economic justice for all Americans.

LPAC is a political action committee dedicated to one goal:
influencing elections by giving lesbians a meaningful seat at the political table.
www.teamlpac.com @TeamLPAC | www.facebook.com/teamlpac

Less than $5,000 to go!

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by teamlpac

Politicians like Rep. Akin are attacking women every day. LPAC’s work couldn’t be more critical. We need your help for our Tammy Baldwin match challenge now more than ever. 

We’re just $4,458 away from our goal! Deadline tomorrow. http://www.teamlpac.com/tammy

Tammy Baldwin needs LPAC. Now.

Posted on: August 14th, 2012 by teamlpac

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is running for Senate, and she needs our help immediately. This is an important and historic campaign: If elected, Tammy Baldwin would be the first openly gay member of the US Senate.  She is a champion of women’s rights, LGBT equality, and fights for poor and middle class Americans. And, she is under attack from anti-women, anti-choice, and anti-equality forces.

That’s why we, the LPAC Advisory Board, are offering up a $50,000 match challenge to you all, our Team LPAC supporters. Why? Because this race is hugely important to all of us.

Every dollar you give to help Tammy’s historic campaign, the LPAC board will match, up to $50,000: teamlpac.com/tammy

Today Tammy’s opponents, four anti-gay, anti-choice men, are duking it out in the Republican primary to see who can be the most extreme. Tomorrow morning, Tammy will have a challenger, who will be able to spend 100% of his energy attacking her. Secret groups funded by the Koch brothers, the US Chamber of Commerce, and Karl Rove have already spent millions of dollars attacking Tammy. Because she stands up for women. Because she believes in economic justice. Because she’s a lesbian.


And she’s still standing strong. Polls are showing that she is in a dead heat against all her potential far-right opponents. Not only would Tammy’s win be a win for lesbians, for women, but for all fair, equality-minded Americans. This is must-hold seat for the pro-women Senate Democrats to keep control. In Washington, D.C., in state legislatures, and through ballot initiatives across the country, women’s rights are being taken away every day. Tammy’s voice and votes in the Senate will be instrumental in stopping this onslaught of attacks against women.

Tammy embodies everything LPAC stands for, and she needs our help to withstand the oncoming vicious daily attacks from her opponents. Click here to help Tammy Baldwin win! The LPAC Advisory Board will be matching all donations up to $50,000.

I hope you can help us reach the match goal and deliver $100k to Tammy Baldwin!
 This week, all contributions will go directly toward defending Tammy with strong TV ads.


Thank you all for being a part of Team LPAC!

-Sarah Schmidt
Chair & Treasurer, LPAC