Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Anti-gay Rep. Lee Terry's top 2010 contributer:
Berkshire-Hathaway; Terry's HRC rating: 0%

Berkshire-Hathaway, owner of GEICO and Nebraska Furniture Mart, was a top contributer to Rep. Lee Terry's 2010 reelection campaign.

Terry's voting record on GLBT issues couldn't be worse. The Human Rights Campaign rated him 0%. (UPDATE: Today, 12/15/10, Lee Terry once again sold out his gay constituents by voting against the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell in the House, as did Neb. Reps Adrian Smith and Jeff Fortenberry.)

(About gay-unfriendly GEICO: In its advertising, GEICO has recently featured Charlie Daniels, whose 1973 smash "Uneasy Rider" inundated top 10 airwaves with the epithet "fags." Daniels' sequel, "Uneasy Rider '88" featured lyrics like the following:
But this funny looking feller kept coming on
And he was making me mad with some of the things he said
Then he put his hand on my knee
I said if you don't get your paw off me
I'm gonna locate your nose around
The other side of your head
In April, GEICO fired Voice-over actor Lance Baxter, aka D.C. Douglas, best known for his "save up to 15%" tags on GEICO commercials, after a voicemail he left for Dick Armey's FreedomWorks was widely circulated in the right-wing blogosphere. (Rule #1: If your voice is on commercials heard by millions of people, use email, not voicemail, when you're pissed off.) Baxter was incensed by what he considered to be rampant racism and homophobia among Tea Party members. Baxter's home phone number was posted on Andrew Breitbart's Big Government website.)

The following information about Lee Terry's voting record comes from OnTheIssues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 31% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006) 
The Center for Responsive Politics (, reports the following about 2nd district Rep. Lee Terry. It also lists his top contributers here.

Raised: $1,922,726
Spent: $1,900,540
Cash on Hand: $81,420
Last Report:November 22, 2010
legend PAC contributions $1,035,627 (54%)
legend Individual contributions $817,940 (43%)
legend Candidate self-financing $0 (0%)
legend Other $69,159 (4%)

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