DNC’s OFA finally publishes a gay email – about DADT – but it’s only a fundraiser

We’ve been complaining for a while that the DNC’s Organizing for America doesn’t ever send out email alerts about “the gay.” Well, they did today – kind of. It’s not really an alert – instead it’s a “petition,” that’s really a fundraiser for… OFA and the DNC!

Nowhere in the DADT email, that talks about how close we are to getting repeal, and how OFA needs YOUR HELP to get it done – nowhere in that email does OFA actually ask you to do anything that will move us closer towards repeal. They simply want your email address, and then a contribution.

But let’s let bygones be bygones. If the DNC’s OFA is now all pro-gay, and wanting to help us pass DADT in the Senate, and then ensure that the Pentagon doesn’t screw us next year, I’m sure we’ll be seeing an OFA action alert targeting specific Senators once the defense bill comes up on the Senate floor in a few weeks.

Stay tuned. Because the Senate debate is right before the Stonewall anniversary. And I think a lot of people are going to be hopping mad if the DNC is now using DADT as a fundraising opportunity – when it hasn’t even been repealed yet – and all the while while pretending that they’re actually helping to pass the bill, when they’re not.

From: Mitch Stewart, BarackObama.com
Subject: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Friend —

This is big news: Yesterday, the full House of Representatives and the Armed Services Committee in the Senate voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

In his State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to end the law that denies gays and lesbians the right to serve their country. Now, we are closer than ever to making good on that promise.

The full Senate will soon start its debate on repeal. But some Republicans are digging in their heels. Senator John McCain said, “I’ll do everything in my power” to block a vote. And Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker called the repeal bill “a major mistake” — announcing that the GOP plans to filibuster.

We can defeat those who’d stand in the way of history. But we must show our senators that Americans — in every state — overwhelmingly support repeal.

Stand with the President and join the pledge to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

From the Recovery Act to health reform to Wall Street reform, one by one President Obama is delivering on his campaign promises. And, now — if we can overcome Republican obstruction — we have a chance to deliver on another: bringing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to an end.

As the President has said, this is about more than just living up to his word. We must end this law because “it’s the right thing to do.”

Any policy that punishes brave men and women who step forward to serve their country simply for being who they are isn’t just misguided — it’s discrimination.

That’s why President Obama didn’t just campaign on ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; he made it a priority. And it’s why it’s now a matter of how and when — not if — we will repeal this law.

But as the Republicans prepare to block a vote on this historic legislation, we must do all we can to help deliver on the President’s promise.

Add your name to the pledge today — and then please pass it on:




Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America

Where was Mitch when we were trying to pass the bill in the House, and in the Senate committee?

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