LPAC Announces First Endorsements In Critical 2018 Midterm Election Year

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LPAC Announces First Endorsements In Critical 2018 Midterm Election Year

Posted on: January 22nd, 2018 by teamlpac

LPAC Announces First Endorsements In Critical 2018 Midterm Election Year

Candidates In Minnesota, Michigan, California and Oregon
Garner Financial, Campaign Support from Lesbian Political Action Committee

Washington, DC (January 22, 2018) — LPAC, the national lesbian political organization and political action committee (PAC), today announced its first 2018 endorsement and support of the following candidates: Angie Craig, US Representative – Minnesota District 2, Kate Brown, Governor – Oregon, Dana Nessel, Attorney General – Michigan and Joy Silver, State Senate – California District 28. LPAC will provide technical support and financial support to campaigns as appropriate.

“We are thrilled to support these candidates as this critical midterm election year begins. Starting now, we must organize to elect as many progressive candidates as we can to resist the Trump Administration’s hostile, anti-woman, racist, and anti-LGBTQ agenda. All of these candidates merit our support and LPAC will do all it can to make a difference in their races,” said Urvashi Vaid, Interim Executive Director of LPAC.

LPAC supports Dana Nessel because she is a champion of women’s rights, LGBT equality, civil rights and social justice. Michigan needs more statewide leaders who are willing to represent all their constituents and we believe that Nessel will be an open, inclusive, fair and effective advocate for the people of this great state.

Nessel has been endorsed by a diverse cross-section of community leaders and organizations including the Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon, Young Democrats of Michigan, the Progressive Democratic the Women’s Caucus of Muskegon County, The Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, and Detroit Crime Commission Deputy Director Ellis Stafford.

LPAC is also proud to join other organizations that have endorsed Angie Craig, including Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, End Citizens United, Equality PAC, EMILY’s List, Ironworkers Local 512, International Association of Machinists District 77, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82, League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and United Steel Workers. Craig is a strong contender against her pro-Trump rival. With a community coalition effort, she will prevail.

Kate Brown is running for re-election as Governor of Oregon, is an out bisexual woman and is the only openly LGBTQ governor in the country. Brown has strong support from a diverse coalition in her state, including Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon, Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Emily’s List, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council, Oregon School Employees Association, Oregon AFSCME and Oregon League of Conservation Voters have endorsed Brown. Gov. Brown is running unopposed as the incumbent and is well positioned to win the general election.

Finally, LPAC is thrilled to endorse Joy Silver, a successful small business owner and out lesbian living in Palm Springs and challenging incumbent Jeff Stone for California State Senate, District 28. Silver has the strong support of a diverse coalition in her state district including US Representative Raul Ruiz, former US Senator Barbara Boxer, California Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus, Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO of San Bernardino/Riverside Counties, Democratic Women of the Desert and many more.

About LPAC
LPAC builds the political power of lesbians and queer women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice.
LPAC achieves its mission by increasing the political power and engagement of LGBTQ women and their allies, and building a network of lesbians and queer women who take political action.

For more information go to www.teamlpac.com.


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.

Marriage equality + win a free Olivia vacation!

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by teamlpac

Awesome news. Two things. First, LPAC is officially extending our fundraising deadline for the Washington state marriage equality fight until midnight on Monday. Second…why? Because the wonderful women at Olivia are partnering with LPAC to give away an all-inclusive vacation!

The freedom to marry is under attack in Washington state. LPAC is proud to team up with Olivia to support the Washington United for Marriage campaign, working to preserve marriage equality at the ballot box. Make a donation today, support LPAC and protect marriage, and be automatically entered to win a spot for you and a guest on the 40th Anniversary Olivia Vacation. Don’t miss out!

Olivia is the travel company for lesbians, and the vacation is next May at the all-inclusive Club Med Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic. Entertainment includes Wanda Sykes, Suzanne Westenhofer, Toshi Reagon and more! If you haven’t given yet–or even if you have–donate $5 or more to support the freedom to marry in Washington and be automatically entered to win.

Here at LPAC we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to support this important campaign, and we’re grateful to have a lesbian-owned business like Olivia right alongside us.

Good luck, hope you win! -Sarah
Sarah Schmidt
Chair, LPAC

Sign to stand with Washington

Posted on: October 23rd, 2012 by teamlpac

Thank you for the support that you’ve shown us throughout this election season. Since we launched our fundraising match challenge for Washington’s marriage equality campaign yesterday, our generous supporters like you have pitched in nearly $10,000–thank you! Only $15,000 to go to meet the LPAC board match. And we need your help on another thing: Will you ask 10 friends to sign and stand with Washington?

Our friends in Washington state have only 14 days between now and the election. Your contributions will help push them across the finish line. One more way to help is to get as many supporters on board as possible! That’s why we’re asking you to get your friends involved in LPAC’s work to help preserve marriage equality in Washington State.

Women were a major part of Washington’s marriage equality win earlier this year. The marriage equality bill was championed by Gov. Christine Gregorie, and Republican Rep. Maureen Walsh made headlines nationwide when she gave a heartfelt speech on the floor in support of her lesbian daughter and marriage equality. Watch the video of Rep. Walsh’s famous speech here, and ask  10 friends to get involved.

Watching Rep. Walsh’s speech again this morning only renewed my commitment to Washington state’s marriage equality fight. It’s time we all took a cue from Rep. Walsh, and stood up for marriage equality. Please commit to asking 10 friends to sign up hereor forward them this email and direct them to teamlpac.com/standwithWA


So glad to be in this together!
Sarah Schmidt
Chair, LPAC
PS: Want to contribute? We will match your donations through tomorrow! Double your impact at www.teamlpac.com/washington RIGHT NOW.

Guess how much $$ anti-gay NOM is pouring into Washington…

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by teamlpac

15 days. That’s how much time our friends in Washington State have to preserve marriage equality at the ballot box. Just 15 days to counter the extreme anti-gay right wing and its deep pockets.


LPAC has learned that the notoriously anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) just dumped another $400,000 towards defeating marriage equality in Washington — and are working to raise $3 million more. NOM just started their ad blitz Thursday — telling the same old lies and distortions designed to scare voters into voting against marriage equality. That’s why I’m all in for marriage equality in Washington. Are you?


What happens in Washington is important to me, and it’s important to LPAC. Earlier this year, we saw the Washington state legislature pass marriage equality. Strong women from both sides of the aisle made this a reality, from Republican Rep. Maureen Walsh’s impassioned “yes” vote speech, to Gov. Christine Gregorie’s signing of the bill. But then our anti-gay opponents put our newfound marriage equality on the ballot. And in 15 days, our freedom to marry is up for a popular vote.


LPAC can make a difference in Washington, and you can be a part of that.


Despite all these attacks from NOM, the Washington campaign is prepared, and they’re ready to counter the misleading ads — they just need our help. Click here to contribute before Wednesday, and each dollar you give will matched up to $25,000 by the LPAC Advisory Board.


Thanks for all that you do!
Sarah Schmidt
Chair, LPAC