David Mixner is not such a fan of the DNC these days, given the mess that just occurred in Maine and New York, so he's offering some guidelines as to how we should spend our Big Gay Dollars. And I tend to agree with him.
"The year is wrapping up with some success, disappointments and real important lessons. If we ever had any doubt about the need to fend for ourselves in our struggle for freedom, this has been the year to reinforce that premise. Our faith in the Democratic party as a 'be all, end all' solution for us has been shattered with the inaction in the Obama team and from the Democratic National Committee.
So what is a major or minor donor to do?
We must refuse to contribute to anyone that has not proven their loyalty to the LGBT community. The Democrats claim that strategy will only elect right wing Republicans. For the lack of our support, they would like to make us single handedly responsible for their serious flaws. If they support us, they blame us for their problems and if we don't support them, they blame us for their problems. Nice game they have going here.
Well, there are places that we can effectively place our money and still be good citizens. Plus, in the process send a powerful message. Here are my guidelines five guidelines to giving:
1. Do not contribute to Democratic party committees like the DNC, DSCC and DCCC. They will use the funds to not only elect our allies but also Blue Dog Democrats. Even if they set up a 'special committee' for us that will enable them to loosen funds for candidates who are opposed to our freedom.
2. Contribute directly to only those candidates who have proven by either by vote or sponsorships of legislation their commitment to our issues.
3. Contribute to LGBT candidates who most often know how to fight like hell for us. The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund is one of the most effective groups in Washington,DC.
4. Contribute to our own community and its battles for freedom especially as our young resort to more traditional civil rights tactics.
5. Contribute to defeating our enemies at the local level which is a very powerful message to send those that oppose us.
Finally, do not be charmed by fancy appeals, hot parties, invites to special places and personal attention. Hold strong and let them know your five guidelines for giving. For nearly two decades we have poured money into the political process only to be ignored or betrayed time and time again."