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Your victory

Posted on: November 7th, 2012 by teamlpac

WOW! I’ve never been more proud of everyone on Team LPAC. Tonight was a banner night, and I can’t wait for us to keep up the momentum.

Because of your help, President Barack Obama will serve out another term (four more years of pro-LPAC values in the White House!), the Democrats will retain control of the Senate, and will be joined by LPAC endorsed candidates, Tammy Baldwin — a champion for social justice who will now be the first openly gay US Senator — and the uncompromising LPAC ally Elizabeth Warren. LPAC also took home big wins in Maine, making marriage equality a reality for the first time ever via ballot, and in Florida, protecting critical reproductive rights.

Not only that, but we’ve seen incredible wins with LPAC candidates across the country. US Rep. Donna Edwards –a leading advocate fighting violence against women– protected her seat, and Vermont reelected strong LGBT and women’s rights supporter Governor Shumlin.

Votes are still being counted for marriage equality in Washington State, and I can’t help but hope that the generous donation LPAC gave in the final days will ensure victory in Washington. We also await final results for the MichiganSupreme Court races, and Oregon Rep. Tina Kotek‘s race as well.


We have a lot to be proud of. This was LPAC’s very first election cycle. We got up and running in July,we raised over $700,000, we played significantly in races across the country, and WE WON!

As a grassroots, first of its kind, lesbian-focused Political Action Committee, LPAC made a historic, audible impact in the 2012 cycle – and we are just getting started!! Be part of this incredible movement; make a commitment now to be on Team LPAC in 2013. With your help LPAC is ready to ramp up for 2013 and beyond right now. 


Thank you so much. Let’s celebrate and keep our eyes on next year!
Sarah Schmidt, Chair, LPAC

PS: Check out our VICTORY: LPAC Facebook images here!

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.

Last chance

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 by teamlpac

It’s your last chance. As Florida-based LPAC Board Member Alix told you over the weekend, ALL of your donations to LPAC for the No On 6 campaign will be matched, up to $10k, until tonight at midnight! So far we have raised over $8,000, but we’re just $2,000 short of our match goal to support the critical work of No On 6 as they fight Florida’s anti-women, anti-choice, right wing extremists.

When one state passes anti-women measures like this, it gives anti-woman politicians in other states a roadmap for how to tear down our very personal, very important, reprodictive rights. We can’t let that happen. You and I can’t let Florida become another casuality in the war on women, and we’re not about to let similar dangerous measures creep their way across the country. Contribute now. Help No On 6 now. Do all that you can so when we wake up on November 7th, we aren’t wishing we gave just a little more to the hardworking women and men in Florida who are doing all they can to protect our rights.

We’re counting on you to help us get this done. I hope I can email everyone tomorrow morning and give you good news, that we’ve given a very generous gift to the No On 6 campaign. Please help me send that email! Think hard about how much you are willing to give to stand up to anti-women, anti-choice extremists and make sure that reproductive health protections already in place aren’t ripped away. Contribute $50, $135, $500, or more. This is your last chance to double your impact. Deadline: midnight tonight! 

Thank you!
Sarah Schmidt
Chair, LPAC

Phone bank for Florida!

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by teamlpac

Great news! We have an amazing chance to make a real difference on Florida’s No On 6 campaign, fighting against an anti-woman, anti-choice ballot initiative. Are you ready to commit a few hours to the campaign next week?

The No On 6 campaign is holding a phone bank next week–a critical time to talk to supportive voters and get them to the polls. The best part about it? It’s a virtual, nationwide, phonebank spearheaded by the LGBT community. It’s the perfect opportunity to get involved with a campaign that frankly needs our financial support, but also needs our time. Click here to make a difference and sign up to No On 6’s LGBT phone bank, Thursday, October 18 from 5:30-9:00pm ET.

The deeply flawed Amendment 6, and legislation like it, is one reason I felt it was so critical that we form LPAC. LPAC is the first political action committee dedicated to BOTH women’s and LGBT rights. As a lesbian, for me these two things are intertwined, and there’s absolutely no question in my mind that LPAC supporters are ready to help the No On 6 campaign fend off vicious anti-woman attacks. Your commitment to this work is what keeps us going, so I really hope you can take the time out to help.

Once you RSVP for the phone bank, the No On 6 team will reach out to you and make sure you’re well-equipped to help do the important work of voter-to-voter contact next Thursday night. Before the dialing begins, you’ll get a comprehensive training. Again, you can participate from ANYWHERE, and as long as you have access to a phone and a computer for a few hours, you’ll be all set!

Let’s get on the phones and fight back!
Sarah Schmidt
Chair, LPAC

PS: Right now ALL donations up to $10,000 will be matched. Will you make a contribution to the No On 6 campaign? Give $6 or more:

A message from LPAC’s Alix Ritchie: “It’s appalling.”

Posted on: October 6th, 2012 by teamlpac

It’s been a rough year for women’s reproductive healthcare access–to say the least. We’ve seen our elected officials try to claim that “legitimately raped” women cannot get pregnant, we’ve seen Congress try to defund Planned Parenthood, and the worst of it, we’ve seen the majority of states pass laws rolling back reproductive healthcare access for women.

It’s appalling. That’s why, as a woman who lives in Florida, and an LPAC board member, I’m doing everything in my power to stop Florida’s anti-woman, anti-choice Amendment 6.

This proposed constitutional amendment is scary. It’s wrong. And yes, it’s appalling. Amendment 6 is a dangerous proposal that would amend the state’s constitution to take away reproductive healthcare protections for women. It also aims to ban insurance coverage for reproductive healthcare.

It’s time to fight back against anti-woman politicians and their anti-choice agendas. LPAC needs your help. We’re supporting the NO On 6 campaign–it’s very well-run by smart, strategic folks with tons of grassroots momentum. But time is ticking, with only 31 days between now and election day, and we need to do everything in our power to stop Amendment 6.

That’s why I’m spearheading a $10,000 matching challenge from the LPAC board. That’s right. My fellow LPAC board members and I are giving you the chance to DOUBLE your impact to fight back against this appalling amendment in Florida. 

I call Florida home. So do millions of other women. We shouldn’t have our health insurance and reproductive freedoms taken away by Amendment 6. It’s time to fight back. Join us now, we’ll match your contribution:

-Alix Ritchie
Advisory Board, 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 |