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Silicon Valley’s Prop 8 Donations By Company

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Nate Silver Silicon Valley Prop 8 Graph

In the wake of Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich’s departure, gay uber statistician Nate Silver breaks down how Silicon Valley donated its money in the Prop 8 initiative race. Note: This is only a breakdown of the individuals who donated to either side of the Prop 8 initiative in Silicon Valley and who noted their company, not how the companies themselves donated.

Joe.My.God reports:

The list includes Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Cisco Systems, Apple, Google, Sun Microsystems, eBay, Oracle, Yahoo, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Symantec. I limited the search to donors who listed California as their location. In total between these 11 companies, 83 percent of employee donations were in opposition to Proposition 8. So Eich was in a 17 percent minority relative to the top companies in Silicon Valley. However, there was quite a bit of variation from business to business. At Intel, 60 percent of employee donations were in support of Proposition 8. By contrast, at Apple, 94 percent of employee donations were made in opposition to Proposition 8. The opposition was even higher at Google, where 96 percent of employee donations were against it, including $100,000 from co-founder Sergey Brin. There isn’t much data on Mozilla. Only four Proposition 8 donors listed it as their employer: Eich, who donated in support of the measure, and three others who opposed it.

It’s interesting to see the different corporate cultures reflected in these donation patterns.

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USA: Chick-fil-A’s Anti Gay Stance Didn’t Hurt Business; No Anti-Gay Donations in 2011?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Chick-fil-AAccording to the Hollywood Gossip, Chick-fil-A, in the midst of the controversy over the company’s anti-gay policies, sales actually grew:

The company ended 2012 with $4.6 billion in sales, up 14 percent from $4.1 billion a year earlier, and it opened 96 news stores, four more than 2011. The company does not have to publicize its finances because it is privately owned, but made those figures available to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In related news, Pink News reports that the company’s tax returns show no donations to anti -gay groups in 2011:

A gay rights advocacy group has said that, according to its most recent tax documents, Chick-fil-A has ceased giving money to groups opposed to equal marriage and gay rights. According to gay rights group Campus Pride, the 2011 IRS 990 filings for Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation, shows no sign that they had funded anti-gay groups.

So mixed news… and they keep popping up in new places – at least two new ones here in Sacramento in the last few months.

USA: Did Chick-fil-A Just Reverse Its Stance on Contributions to Anti-Gay Groups?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Did Chick-fil-A Just Reverse Its Stance on Contributions to Anti-Gay Groups?Could Chick-fil-A be turning over a new leaf?

A Chicago-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group reports that the restaurant chain — which was at the epicenter of a media firestorm this summer after its president confirmed his company’s anti-gay stance — has agreed to cease donations to right-wing groups that oppose same-sex marriage.

In a press release, the Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) cites Alderman Moreno as confirming that Chick-fil-A officials declared in an internal document that the company “will treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation.” TCRA reportedly served as an advisor to Alderman as he negotiated these concessions with Chick-fil-A executives.

See the Full Story at the Huffington Post

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California, USA: Prop 8 Supporters Fined for Not Properly Reporting Donations

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

California, USA: Prop 8 Supporters Fined for Not Properly Reporting DonationsMore than $1 million in contributions to the organizers behind 2008’s ballot initiative to ban marriage equality in California were not properly reported to state authorities.

The California Fair Political Practice Commission ordered ProtectMarriage.com: Yes on 8 to pay $49,000 in fines after failing to report some of the contributions received for the campaign.

Authored By Michelle Garcia – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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USA: GOP Hedge Fund Managers Back Marriage Equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

USA: GOP Hedge Fund Managers Back Marriage Equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and WashingtonPro-Republican hedge fund managers are backing marriage equality efforts in four US states.

Marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington have received financial support from hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer and Cliff Asness, the founder of AQR Capital Management, the Financial Times reports.

Investors Dan Loeb and Seth Klarman are also supporting the campaigns and the newspaper reports that all four have donated to marriage equality group Freedom To Marry.

See the Full Story at Pink News

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Washington, USA: Majority of Almost $1 Million in Donations Were Under $100

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Washington: Majority of Almost $1 Million in Marriage Equality Donations Were Under $100Yesterday I mentioned that Washington United for Marriage last month raised nearly $1 million for their fight to uphold marriage equality in the Evergreen State.

The group sent me their press release last night and I thought I would share some of their breakdown:

– Total online contributions were $219,000, with an average donation of just under $70.
– 79% of overall June donors contributed $100 or less.

See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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USA: Chick-Fil-A Gave Almost $2 Million to Anti Gay Groups in 2010

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

An analysis of charitable donations by Chick-Fil-A shows the fast-food chain gave nearly $2 million to antigay groups in 2010.

A previous investigation showed the company donating the same amount to antigay causes in 2009, despite constant statements from spokespeople denying that Chick-Fil-A supports an antigay agenda.

Full Story from The Advocate

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NC, USA: Amendment One Opponents Have Momentum, But Need Support

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

North Carolina: Amendment One Opponents Have Momentum, But Need SupportOpponents of Amendment One, the constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina, say their campaign is “winnable,” but they need people around the country to focus on the May 8 vote.

With just over two weeks until the vote on a far-reaching constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and other unions in North Carolina, opponents of the measure say that momentum is building for their side, but more support from national donors will be critical to making their “winnable” campaign a reality.

In a conference call with bloggers on Sunday night, spokespeople for Protect All North Carolina Families, the coalition working to defeat the amendment, expressed optimism that North Carolina could remain the only Southern state without a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage when voters go to the polls on May 8. The potential win would represent a major turning point in a long-running losing streak on such ballot initiatives across the country.

Full Story from The Advocate

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NY: Bloomberg Donates to GOP Senators Who Voted for Marriage Equality

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Michael BloombergDonations in the amount of $10,300 (the maximum allowed) from Michael Bloomberg have landed in the coffers of Sens. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga), Stephen Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) and James Alesi (R-Rochester) for their “yes” votes which helped propel passage of marriage equality in the state.

Buffalo News notes that Grisanti has received at least $50,000 in new funds for his marriage vote:

$10,000 from Colorado resident Tim Gill, who heads a group that has promoted gay marriage laws here and in other states.

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Chick-fil-a Chain Has History of Anti Marriage Equality Donations

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Chick-fil-aChick-fil-A’s President and COO, Dan Cathy, went on video last night to address the ballooning controversy about the restaurant’s ties to nearly every sector of the anti-gay marriage movement. If an organization is anti-gay – Focus on the Family, the National Organization for Marriage, the Pennsylvania Family Institute, Exodus International – the chances that Chick-fil-A has either donated to them, or worked with them via Chick-fil-A’s charitable branch is darn near 100 percent.

But Cathy doesn’t want you to think that makes his company anti-gay. It just makes them proponents of strengthening marriage.

“Heartfelt hospitality is at the core of Chick-fil-A. We want to welcome into a comfortable environment all of our guests, and this commitment is a daily focus,” Cathy says in the video. “Last week, one of our local franchise operators in Pennsylvania made the decision to provide food to two upcoming February events billed to strengthen marriage. Marriage has long been a focus of Chick-fil-A, starting with my own mom and dad who are celebrating their 63rd year of marriage.”

Full Story from Change.org

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