LPAC is the first lesbian super PAC to jump into the political game, rolling out today after forming because "women’s equality and well-being is under attack in a way this country has not seen in decades," according to the group's Web site.
The independent super PAC, aimed at supporting candidates who support LGBT rights while "giving lesbians a real seat at the table in politics", has Chicago ties. Laura Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and co-chair of the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Leadership Council, helped the group get started.
“Being a woman and being gay is really a unique position in our society,” Ricketts told the Associated Press. “I know in my experience of activism, oftentimes it makes a difference if something is women-focused. It’s likely to get the attention of women much more easily.”
The super PAC reportedly already has some $200,000 in pledges, along with high-profile supporters like tennis great Billie Jean King and Glee actress Jane Lynch, who is also from the Chicago area. The group hopes to raise $1 million to put into the 2012 races, although no beneficiaries have been formally named as of yet.
LPAC is set to back candidates from both parties and genders as long as they support sexual and reproductive rights and freedoms as well as access to quality healthcare; will work to put an end to discriminatory laws and practices against the LGBT community; and will promote "social, racial, and economic justice for all Americans."