Why was LPAC created?
- Women’s equality and well-being is under attack in a way this country has not seen in decades;
- As a result, a dramatic window of opportunity exists to counter this onslaught by electing strong pro-women candidates running for office;
- We believe that a strong lesbian PAC will influence the political and social landscape generating results.
What is a pro-lesbian candidate?
LPAC supports candidates who champion a range of issues that impact lesbians and their families, a pro-lesbian candidate is someone who supports:
- Ending discriminatory treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their families;
- Sexual and reproductive freedom and women’s access to quality healthcare; and,
- Furthering social, racial, and economic justice for all Americans.
Who do you target or endorse?
LPAC is smart and methodical about where and when we target elected officials and campaigns. We are working with a team of skilled strategists to analyze the political landscape in order to identify key state, federal, and ballot campaigns that will define elections and where LPAC will have the most significant impact.
Is this a Democratic or Republican group?
LPAC is bipartisan. LPAC supports candidates that stand for our values, and helps to remove from office those who do not.
What activities does LPAC undertake?
LPAC speaks to voters directly through mail and other forms of media, including, phones, advertising, and e-mail. LPAC raises money to support aggressive independent expenditures in each of our target districts, and in some cases support campaigns directly.
How is LPAC different from other organizations working to elect pro-equality candidates?
LPAC stands apart because it is the first political action committee directly focused on issues that impact lesbians and their families. LPAC is not working, however, outside of the political efforts being moved by women’s and LGBT political organizations. We are in continuous contact with these groups in order to be most strategic and effective with our resources.
Is LPAC going to become a new lesbian advocacy group?
LPAC is a political action committee dedicated to one goal: giving lesbians a real seat at the table in politics.
How will my contribution to LPAC be reported?
All donors to the committee are fully disclosed on campaign finance reports.
How can I get more involved in LPAC?
LPAC welcomes your participation and encourages you to get engaged in helping to shape our political future!
Who is on LPAC’s Advisory Board?
• Laura Ricketts – Chicago, IL – Chair of LPAC, as well as Director and part owner of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Club as well as Chairman of the Board for Chicago Cubs Charities. She is the first openly gay woman to own an MLB franchise. Ms. Ricketts is a former corporate attorney, a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee, and a former co-chair of the DNC National Finance Committee’s LGBT Leadership Council. She also sits on the board of directors for Emily’s List.
• Sarah Schmidt – Chicago, IL – Founder and principal of Sarah Schmidt Consulting, LLC. Schmidt is also actively involved in her family’s third generation business, U.S. Venture, Inc., where she serves on the Board of Directors. From January of 2005 until November of 2011 she served as Family President, responsible for the leadership of the shareholder group. Since 2005, Schmidt has also served as the Director of the U.S. Venture Open, a charitable golf outing dedicated to fighting poverty in Northeast Wisconsin.
• Karen Dixon– Washington, DC – Dixon serves on the Lambda Legal National Board of Directors as a member of the Executive Committee and is currently a Co-Chair of the Development Committee. She was recently named as one of the National Co-Chairs of the LGBT Leadership Council for the Democratic National Committee. Dixon resides in Washington, DC with her wife, Dr. Nan Schaffer, and together they are working to save the critically endangered Sumatran rhino in Southeast Asia. Prior to moving to DC, Karen practiced complex commercial litigation in Chicago.
• Gretchen Hoover – Rhineland, WI – Hoover is a retired attorney with over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors in the areas of environmental law, telecommunications, and extensive appellate work at the state and federal levels. She spent her last six years of practice negotiating domestic and international agreements for a Fortune 400 technology company. Hoover’s activism dates from the 1960’s and continues today from her home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
• Linda Ketner –Charleston, SC –Ketner was the 2008 Democratic nominee for United States Congress, District 1, South Carolina. She took over 48% of the vote, narrowly losing to a 4-term incumbent in a District which has been Republican for 33 years. She is founder/co-founder of South Carolina’s Alliance for Full Acceptance and South Carolina Equality; and, chaired the effort to defeat the SC Marriage Amendment in 2006. Ketner is President of KSI Leadership and Management Development and lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
• Alix Ritchie – Fort Lauderdale, FL– Media strategy consultant and former founder, owner, and publisher of the Provincetown Banner, a community newspaper for Cape Cod, and recipient of the New England Press Association Newspaper of the Year Award. Ritchie is also a self-described agitator, political activist, and occasional polemicist.
• Urvashi Vaid – New York, NY – Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Vaid is an attorney, writer and longtime leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and social justice movements. She is former executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and has been a leader for over a decade in several philanthropic organizations.
•Elyse Cherry – Boston, MA – Chief Executive Officer of Boston Community Capital, and President of Aura Mortgage and Boston Community Venture Fund, both affiliates of Boston Community Capital. Cherry helped found Boston Community Capital in 1984 as a member of its original Board of Directors. During her tenure as Boston Community Capital’s CEO, Cherry has spearheaded two successful rounds of aggressively implemented strategic planning and has grown assets under management from $30 million to over $825 million. Early in her career, Cherry served as a field examiner at the New England region of the National Labor Relations Board and as a VISTA volunteer in rural Tennessee.
•Hilary Rosen – Washington, DC – Managing Director at SKD Knickerbocker and an influential and well-known Washington, DC strategist and political contributor at CNN. Rosen is the former Chairman and chief executive officer of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), founder of Rock the Vote, and the first Washington Editor and Political Director for the HuffingtonPost.com and prior to CNN was a contributor at MSNBC and CNBC.