Immediately after the president’s announcement on same-sex marriage, the money began pouring in to his campaign.
Already, gay donors, mostly men, reportedly constitute 1 in 6 of Obama’s top fundraisers known as bundlers. And in the first 90 minutes after the news broke Wednesday, the campaign received $1 million in spontaneous contributions, a Democrat told BuzzFeed. “This is beyond unifying — it’s electrifying,” said Eugene Sepulveda, a former top bundler who withdrew to take a non-political job early this year. “This man stands for right, despite the political consequences.” And for a class of disillusioned progressive mega-donors, many of them gay, the completion of Obama’s “evolution” is an invitation reason to return. “I think the people who were disappointed by the president’s failure to support marriage quality will now have that barrier removed for them,” said Jeff Soref, a longtime Democratic activist in the gay community.
Openly gay DNC treasurer Andrew Tobias is elated.
“It’s already generated a wonderful response. The little credit card machine in my head is running overtime. People are looking for a way to express their enthusiasm – and to help make sure this great president gets a second term to finish so much of the crucial stuff, LGBT and otherwise, he’s begun.”