Fighting for the Majority

...electing Democratic leaders supportive of LGBT issues

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The 16th Annual Fighting for the Majority Event

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Dear Friends,

We ask you to join us in sponsoring this year’s Fighting for the Majority to support restoring the state Senate to Democratic control and retaining the Democratic majority in the state House in 2014.  The money that we raise this fall will help fund the campaign to unseat Rodney Tom and his Republican colleagues and ensure that advances in LGBT civil rights and on other progressive issues can resume in our state. 

The 2013 legislative session provided a vivid picture of the different agendas of the two parties.  House Democrats passed legislation to ensure access to college for undocumented immigrants; protected the right of women to access abortion; and approved raising revenue to fund education, human services, and transportation.  Senate Republicans proposed bills to repeal the protection for LGBT people in our Law Against Discrimination and to deny women of any age access to abortion without parental consent.

In 2012, with majorities in both chambers, Democrats led the fight to make our legislature the first in the country to repeal a state defense of marriage act.  In 2013, with Republicans in charge of the Senate, there was no opportunity for progress on issues such as protecting gay youth from “conversion therapy”.  Allowing the standoff to continue past 2014 will also make it harder for Governor Jay Inslee to accumulate the record he will need for reelection in 2016.

Contributing to Fighting for the Majority is the most efficient and strategic way to ensure that the Democratic majority that delivered anti-discrimination, hate crime protection, safe schools, parentage rights, domestic partnerships, and marriage equality to the LGBT community can resume the fight for LGBT equality.  Please join me today in sponsoring Fighting for the Majority.

Please click here to contribute to FFM.  Please make your sponsorship by October 20th in order to be recognized at the event. 

Thank you,

Josh Castle & Audrey Haberman
Co-Chairs, Fighting for the Majority 

P.S. Please join your fellow sponsors and elected officials in recognizing our joint efforts at the Fighting for the Majority event on October 30th at the South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle WA 98109, at 5:30pm.  Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions. 

 

Thank you to our generous 2013 sponsors!

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Thank you to our generous 2013 sponsors!

 

Our Fabulous Heroes $2,500 +

Ellen Ferguson • Representative Laurie Jinkins & Laura Wulf 
Representative Jamie & Eric Pedersen
 

Change Makers $1,000 - $2,499
Jeff Albertson & Benjamin Vogt • Robert Eichler
Micah Horwith & Brady Walkinshaw • Senator Ed Murray & Michael Shiosaki
Jeffrey Sutherland & Ben Aguiluz • Ken Van Dyke

Rabble Rousers  $500 - $999
David Copley & Steven Chapman • Jennifer Divine & Laureen France
Bill Fleming • Ralph Gorin & Robert Barr • Quentin King & Glen Kriekenbeck
Michael Mattmiller & Jay Petterson • Roger Nyhus • Travis Penn & John Wicher
Michael Theisen & Ronald Jones • Janna Wilson & Annette Joyce

Sponsors  $150 - $499
Lacey All • Alex Alston • James Apa • Marty Babcock • Thatcher Bailey
Paul Beaudet & David Wertheimer • Allison Beezer • Caron Bendetti • Charles Brydon
Councilmember Tim Burgess • Representative Reuven Carlyle • Sam Castic & Danny Wilks
Josh Castle • Louise Chernin & Mary Klein • Councilmember Sally Clark • John Corso
Shelly Crocker • Pam Crone • John Dagres & Jack Odell • Thomas Dixon & Larry deGroen
William Dubay • Marlys Erickson & Chris Hurley • John Farris & Jason Fuller
Judy Fliessner & Chris Gamache • Scott Forbes • Charles Fuchs & Richard Jost
Brian Giddens & Steve Rovig • Jimmy Gonzalez • Jeff Graham & John Longres
Audrey Haberman & Marge McGinty • Bill Hammer & Jim Miersma • Roy Hamrick
Monisha Harrell • Rod Hearne • Jeffrey Hedgepeth • Howard Henry
Judy Hinrichs • Doug Ito & Mike Longley • Robert Knoll • Keiko Koizumi
Marcy Kulland & Terry Virgona • Jason Lamb & Alan Kristal • Dustin Lambro
Paul Lambros • Robin Larmer • Representative Marko Liias
Jane Abbott Lighty & Pete-e Petersen • Lonnie Lusardo • Jeff Manson • Marshall McClintock
Councilmember Joe McDermott & Michael Culpepper • John McKenna & Josh Parish
Andrew McKim • Councilmember Ryan Mello & Jerry Hallman • Mina Mercer
Representative Jim Moeller • James Murphy • Drew Ness • Jonathan Nichols
Marcie Osborn • Jason Osgood • Marschel Paul • Thomas Pitchford • Tina Podlodowski
Bill Powell & Eric Candell • Paul Purcell • Adrienne Quinn • Robert Rhodehamel
John Ritchie & Mark Linvill • Kate Roosevelt • Chuck Rose • Renee Russak
Randall Russell • Nancy Sapiro • John Schochet • Michael Scott
Peter Shalit & Bob Clark • Julie Shapiro & Shelly Cohen • Steve Sheehy • Daniel Shih
Kevin Simison • James Smith • Mona Smith • Denis Stearns • Kenneth Taylor
Representative Dave Upthegrove • Ruth Vogel • Ben Waldman • David Ward
Jared Watson • Amy White • John Wott • Mary Kay Wright & CiCi Pilgrim

 

What is Fighting for the Majority?

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What is Fighting for the Majority?

In 1998 after a Republican controlled legislature overrode Governor Locke’s veto to create the state’s so-called Defense of Marriage Act, a dedicated group of gay and lesbian citizens recognized that if the LGBT community were to advance civil rights at the state level they would need to get involved in electoral process in a clear and powerful way.  They decided to create a fundraiser to help elect legislators who would stand for equality.   By and large, Democrats were the only candidates and legislators willing to do so, so the event benefitted Democrats. These citizens dubbed the successful fundraiser Fighting for the Majority. It became an annual event, and today Fighting for the Majority raises more “hard” money to support the Democratic caucuses than any other fundraiser.

Why give to Fighting for the Majority?

Funds raised by Fighting for the Majority go to directly support the election of Democratic legislators in swing districts via the House Democratic Campaign Committee and the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign (HDCC and WSDC). Armed with electoral expertise, research and polling, the WSDC and HDCC dynamically target our funds to the swing districts where they are most needed. This means, of course, Democratic legislative candidates who don’t necessarily have a large or obvious LGBT constituency in their districts nevertheless will receive LGBT support. This raises the awareness that the LGBT community is an important constituency for all Democrats in the Legislature.

How does Fighting for the Majority Work?

Fighting for the Majority is one of simplest fundraisers ever. Volunteers serve on the organizing committee, and they help get the word out.  Individuals can sponsor the event starting at the $150 level, and couples may sponsor starting at $300. Sponsors who make their donation by October 4th will be recognized on the printed invitation to the sponsorship recognition event. The expense of the event is minimal so nearly all the funds raised go directly to support the retention of a Democratic majority in the Legislature.  To contribute visit: www.fightingforthemajority.com

How does Fighting for the Majority fit in with the passage of the marriage legislation?

LGBT issues have been a priority of the Democratic caucus for years. While we are grateful for the Republicans who’ve supported bills we care about, unfortunately, none of the legislative progress made for the LGBT community in Washington would have been made over the last few years if Republicans had a majority in either legislative house. While there clearly are individual Republicans who support equality for LGBT people (whom we’re grateful for!), the party as a whole, and the leadership of the party in particular, have been staunch opponents of LGBT equality.

What Democratic or LGBT supporting seats could change in 2014?

House races (currently 55/43)

Incumbent Democrats expecting to face serious challenges include Hans Dunshee, Tami Green, Larry Seaquist, Roger Goodman, Kathy Haigh, Roger Freeman, Monica Stonier, and Dawn Morrell.  Democrats will have to defend several mid-term appointments, including in the 41st (Mercer Island) and may also have the opportunity to pick up seats in the 30th (Federal Way), 35th (Mason County), and 44th (south Snohomish County).

Senate Races (currently 24/25)

Democrats have several real opportunities to pick up seats in the Senate and retake the majority.  Those include Rodney Tom, Andy Hill, Joe Fain, Steve O’Ban, Doug Ericksen, Michael Baumgartner, Tim Sheldon and Pam Roach.  We will also need to defend Tracey Eide, Steve Hobbs, and Nathan Schlicher.

 

Join Us!

Please join us for FFM on 
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm 
at the South Lake Union Discovery Center
at 101 Westlake Ave North, Seattle, WA 98109.
Please email FFM for more information.  

Download the 2013 FFM Invitation here. 

Thank you!

Special thanks to Vulcan Inc. for our wonderful facility and to Tutta Bella for our delicious event fare.