LGBT Group Plans to Spend $26 Million in 2018 — And Conservatives Are AWOL

July 11, 2017

by Terry Schilling


Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) unveiled a $26 million plan for the 2018 elections. Their new offensive will almost double their current political staff and will focus on the key swing states of Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Nevada.

HRC’s goal, according to The Washington Post, is to “[r]eplicate what happened in North Carolina in Senate, House and governor’s races across the nation next year and make the LGBT vote one of the most forceful voting blocs in the progressive movement.”

Replicating the Democrats’ playbook in North Carolina will be an extremely effective tactic for HRC, but only if Republicans continue to replicate the weak, defensive “truce strategy” that has failed them over and over again.

What made HRC’s fight in North Carolina so effective was that they transformed a social issue — “gender identity” and bathrooms — into an economic issue. It started with the NBA pulling the All-Star game: JOBS LOST. The NCAA followed by pulling future college tournaments: MORE JOBS LOST. Then Bruce Springsteen pulled his concert: JOBS AND SOUL LOST. By the end, the media was reporting that HB2 — the state’s law regulating public facility use — cost North Carolina more than $3 billion.

The Left did such a good job at branding HB2 as a job-killer that voters opposed HB2 even while they simultaneously supported what the bill actually did.

Despite all of this, former GOP Gov. Pat McCrory only lost by 10,000 votes — out of more than 4 million cast. The real story is that the Democrats’ attacks against McCrory dried up his financial support. Despite being the incumbent, McCrory was outspent by Democrat Roy Cooper $21 million to $13 million. Think about that. The Democrats needed an $8 million advantage against an incumbent Republican to win by less than two tenths of a percent.

So now that we know HRC is planning economic terror against any state that fights this transgender insanity, how is the Right preparing?

With the exception of the pro-life movement, social conservatives are largely absent from politics. They have instead retreated to fighting the LGBT movement in “the culture,” whatever that means. Taking over Hollywood? Reforming academia? Posting some neat things on social media? Good luck with that.

At this point, social conservatives have two options. They can continue to fight the LGBT movement where the Left is strongest — in “the culture” — or they can fight the Left where the playing field is more even — at the ballot box, with the support of the American People.

Americans, by and large, don’t support transgender insanity, let alone understand it. They don’t want their kids learning about homosexuality or transgenderism in school. They don’t want their kids sharing showers with members of the opposite sex. And they don’t think people should be forced to participate in same-sex weddings against their religious beliefs.

But that will soon change if conservatives retreat and allow the LGBT lobby to make dissent from their radical agenda illegal. Think this is far-fetched? It’s happening right now through deceitful Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) legislation.

Conservatives need a political response to HRC. $26 million is a lot of money and will do a lot of damage — if left unanswered. And let’s be clear: even economic conservatives ought to be concerned, since the conservative movement as a whole is likely to suffer should the Left have its way in this fight.

So, will conservatives step up to the challenge?

And, if not, will the last one please turn out the lights?

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Terry Schilling is executive director of the American Principles Project.

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8 comments on “LGBT Group Plans to Spend $26 Million in 2018 — And Conservatives Are AWOL”

  • Keith says:

    What are these sodomite groups raising so much money for? I thought that they “won” by redefining “marriage” nationwide. Unless it really wasn’t about marriage, but political power and control.

    It’s funny that one requirement for being defined as a “suspect group” for equal protection consideration is political powerlessness. How in the world does that apply to activist sodomites in the last 10-15 years?

  • Astrid Lehmann says:

    I a sure that there are radical LGBT individuals but I know plenty that are much more economically akin to conservatives than you think – I don’t care about your sexual preference- I don’t like the political exploitation of an entire swath of people and monolithic treatment of same btw HRC spent BILLIONS and Trump didn’t and he won it’s not about money anymore as much as it is about the economy gay people like to prosper as much as anyone else

  • Original Anna says:

    Where do these homosexuals get their money, I know they are two men with jobs and no responsibilities but that kind of money? These people are sick, they think it is funny because they caused thousands of workers their jobs, what kind of sickness other than sexual sickness do they have in their heads. It figures that homosexuals whose only care is having sex with other men and boys past puberty and if they can’t get it they destroy people’s jobs and livelihoods. Pigs wouldn’t even act like that.

    • jk105 says:

      Annie Old Girl, you have sex on the brain. Seek psychiatric help!

      I am religiously and legally same-sex married. There’s plenty more to my life than the sex act. Apparently not for Annie Old Girl! If you want to see a pig, gaze in the mirror.

  • Peggy says:

    I keep preaching that conservatives and republicans (despite popular belief the two are NOT the same) MUST stop reacting with their INEFFECTIVE defense strategies and wage a furious OFFENSE against any and ALL of the insane Leftist radicalistic ideas.

    • jk105 says:

      Poor Peggy Old Gal!

      Yes decent American values (like freedom for all citizens) is under attack by conservatives. We are ready for your “furious offense” against common decency.

      • NOTjk105 says:

        Freedom should cut both ways — that includes not being forced to participate in gay weddings or have our kids learn about homosexuality or force them to explore their gender identity.

        Of course, fascism will come holding the cross wrapped in the flag. So sad that people like JK (I hope it stands for ‘Just kidding’).

      • jk105 says:

        So sorry No, but you are the one who must be kidding.
        Homosexuality is a fact of life. Fascism will shut down conversations about the facts of life. Look in the mirror if you want fascism.

        No one is forcing you to participate in a same-sex marriage. I know it is hard for conservatives to be honest, but I ask that you at least try to be honest. The fact is that public accommodations are not religious institutions. To open a for profit public accommodation you sign a contract promising to abide by the law. The law states it is illegal to discriminate against gay people. If you hate gay people and don’t want to serve them in a business, don’t open a public accommodation. Keep your hatred in your alleged church–where you are free to despise God’s children.

        You are sad. I pray for your deformed soul.

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