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Re: Your victory

Posted on: November 7th, 2012 by teamlpac

Big news: We’ve won marriage equality in Washington state! Thank you for your generous support of this campaign. LPAC is beyond thrilled to see that across the board, Americans have approved marriage equality this Election Day–in Washington, Maine, and Maryland, and rejected an anti-marriage equality initiative in Minnesota. The tide is truly turning for equality.

Not to mention our first pro-marriage President reelected, Elizabeth Warren–our first female US Senator from Massachusetts, and Tammy Baldwin, our first openly gay US Senator ever, were elected. Plus, LPAC candidate Oregon State Rep. Tina Kotek defeated her opponent, setting her up to now become the first openly lesbian speaker of any statehouse in the country!

And in Michigan, where LPAC supported an independent expenditure effort to elect three pro-LPAC female justices, we saw a win for Bridget Mary McCormack, a social justice advocate who we know will protect our families. Michigan Supreme Court candidates Judge Shelia Johnson and Judge Connie Marie Kelley, who we supported, were unsuccessful. But in a set of races where millions of outside special interest dollars was funneled in to defeat these three women, LPAC is proud of all three candidates.

We are so thrilled to have worked with you in these last few months to achieve so many victories for LPAC’s values across the country.

I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together as Team LPAC! Thank you for your work so far! Make a contribution to 2013 and beyond here.

Go Team LPAC!

Making an impact

Posted on: October 31st, 2012 by teamlpac

I’m so excited to announce that Karen from Ohio has won the Olivia vacation package! Partnering with Olivia Travel to support the Washington United for Marriage campaign was amazing–because of your help we’re delivering $55,000 to the campaign today! With the elections less than a week away, we’re launching our Voter Guide, and it’s easy to see the huge impact LPAC has already made.


When we launched in July, we had a little more than a dream: to give lesbians a real and meaningful seat at the table. We got to work quickly. We connected with thousands of lesbians and allies across the country, we enlisted the best political strategists from the women’s and LGBT movements, and began our work. The next step is getting out the vote. But let’s take a moment to reflect on the awesome accomplishments of the last few months:


Since July, you and LPAC have raised over $650,000! With your help we’ve given over $200,000 to supportTammy Baldwin, who has a great shot at becoming the FIRST openly gay US Senator. With your help we’ve given nearly $100,000 to two important marriage equality fights in Maine and Washington. With your help we’ve contributed tens of thousands to fend off anti-choice attacks in Florida and support pro-LPAC Michigan Supreme Court candidates. With your help we’ve supported the President’s re-election, the protection of the pro-LPAC Democratic majority in the US Senate, and pro-LPAC US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, Vermont Gov. Shumlin, US Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland, and Oregon state legislator Tina Kotek, who could make history this year by becoming the first openly lesbian speaker of any statehouse in the country.


That’s what I call making an impact. That’s what I call a seat at the table.


Help us keep up the momentum: VOTE! Our brand-new Voter Guide has everything you need to know to help us support the candidates on LPAC’s slate. We’ve also got a great tool that will help you find your polling place — share it all with your friends.


Let’s get out the vote! Go Team LPAC!
Sarah Schmidt
Chair, LPAC


PS: It’s not too late to contribute, with less than a week to go we’re helping campaigns across the country gear up for Nov. 6. Give here.

You did it

Posted on: September 26th, 2012 by teamlpac

With your help we’re knocking all of our goals out of the park! In August the LPAC board offered a challenge: contribute $50,000 for Tammy Baldwin and we’ll match it. You went above and beyond! We ended up giving $112,000 to support Tammy’s historic race for Senate. Thank you!

Two weeks ago we asked for your help to make marriage equality a reality in Maine. We set the bar at $25,000, and because of you LPAC raised $40,000 for the team on the ground in Maine!

Because of your support and generosity, LPAC is quickly emerging as a real force in American politics. Because of your support and generosity, lesbians and their families are gaining a true voice in politics. Please help us keep up the momentum.

Yesterday you learned why the Michigan Supreme Court was an important campaign for LPAC. Please continue to help LPAC reach its goals. If we get 500 donors in the next 4 hours, LPAC board member, Alix Ritchie will donate $5,000 toward the Michigan Supreme Court effort. We’re nearly halfway there, but we need you to step up, donate, and ask 5 friends to match your contribution.

Need a refresher on LPAC and the Michigan Supreme Court? Check out our infographic:

I know we can count on you to help. Click here to commit to helping us reach—and exceed—another LPAC goal. 
Yours in the fight,

Sarah Schmidt
Chair, LPAC

It’s About Justice.

Posted on: September 25th, 2012 by teamlpac

Though we don’t think about it every day, state Supreme Courts play a huge role in our lives. From rulings on our families to our bodies to our workplaces, judges have the power to rule in favor of–or against–important issues that directly impact us everyday.

Right now we have a unique opportunity to help flip the Michigan State Supreme Court to be progressive–pro-woman, pro-family, pro-LGBT, pro-LPAC–until the year 2020!

How? By supporting the on-the-ground campaign for three strong women candidates with a solid track record on issues important to our families, our communities, and LPAC.

Why does the Michigan Supreme Court matter to LPAC? LPAC supports furthering social, racial, and economic justice for all Americans. And that’s exactly what a new, progressive majority on the Michigan Supreme Court would do. In the coming months and years, we expect the Michigan Supreme Court to hear multiple cases on a woman’s right to choose, adoption and custody concerns for gay parents, and other important social justice issues.

If the Michigan Supreme Court had a progressive and fair majority, we could look forward to powerful, pro-LPAC rulings in the next 8 years.

We’ve set a goal of getting 500 donors in the next 24 hours. I’m stepping up to be donor #1. I’m counting on you to help us reach our goal of 500. Let’s do all we can to ensure the Michigan Supreme Court bench is home to progressive and fair justices. 

Let’s do this!
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. @TeamLPAC |