LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, announced its board voted to endorse Hillary Clinton and her historic campaign for president. With unanimous support from the Board of Directors, LPAC becomes the first national LGBT organization to endorse Clinton’s campaign for the presidency. To support the campaign, LPAC is launching Lesbians 4 Hillary, a campaign that will be co-chaired by sports icon and humanitarian Billie Jean King, a longtime supporter of both LPAC and Hillary Clinton.
“We are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton as she begins her run for the White House,” said LPAC Board Chair Laura Ricketts. “Hillary is an unyielding advocate for LGBTQ women. Our endorsement today represents LPAC’s strong support of her candidacy.”
“Hillary Clinton is a proven leader and she has a strong track record when it comes to inclusion – specifically for women and the LGBTQ community,” said King. “Her entire career has been a road map to get her to this moment and she has earned my respect and my vote to become the next President of the United States of America. I am honored to join LPAC and help lead our effort to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016.”
LPAC builds the political power of lesbians by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality, and social justice. Since its founding in 2012, LPAC has grown into an influential grassroots political action committee, with members in 47 states and the District of Columbia. LPAC has raised over $2 million since 2012, and has invested in more than 40 races and independent expenditure campaigns throughout the country.
According to PoliticsUSA.com, Clinton’s official Facebook campaign page has now passed 515,000 likes and counting. If there was any doubt whether Democrats would be excited about former Sec. Clinton’s 2016 campaign that is being quickly put to rest.
In Hillary’s own words: “I’m running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion.”
LPAC Background Information
LPAC builds lesbian political power by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice. LPAC, a Super PAC for LGBTQ women and their allies, envisions a society in which gender and LGBTQ equality, as well as social, racial and economic justice are realities for all. LPAC achieves its mission by increasing the political power and engagement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) women and their allies, and building a network of lesbian and queer women who take political action.
The core of LPAC’s work has focused on growing the organization as a strong political entity with national reach. LPAC has implemented a targeted, state-by-state approach investing in candidates, ballot initiatives and legislative initiatives that promote the values that LPAC supports. LPAC has been instrumental in supporting legislation and ballot referenda that guarantee women are paid the same as men for the same jobs, aren’t discriminated against when it comes to their own healthcare decisions, and safeguard LGBT employees from being fired for who they are.
LPAC was founded in 2012 by a group of committed lesbian activists and donors. LPAC members and supporters believe that amplifying lesbian and queer voices in politics translates into greater protections for women and all members of the LGBT community, as well as highlights social and racial justice issues that are lacking in today’s political discourse.
LPAC has mobilized thousands of people in political giving, raising $2.1 million in contributions from 48 states and building a grassroots community of more than 25,000 people. LPAC has a broad base of support both nationally and economically, yet the majority of LPAC’s donors have contributed under $100, proving that unlike other Super PACs that are funded by a few wealthy individuals, LPAC is a political movement bolstered by many from all walks of life.
LPAC Board of Directors
Laura Ricketts, Chair (Chicago, IL)
Elyse Cherry (Boston, MA)
Karen Dixon (Washington, DC)
Gretchen Hoover (Rhinelander, WI)
Dawn Laguens (Washington, DC)
PJ Layng (West Palm Beach, FL)
Alix Ritchie (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Hilary Rosen (Washington, DC)
Urvashi Vaid (New York, NY)