*In the first 90 minutes after news of President Obamaï¿½s support of gay marriage Wednesday, his campaign banked $1 million in spontaneous contributions, according to BuzzFeed.
ï¿½This is beyond unifying ï¿½ itï¿½s electrifying,ï¿½ said Eugene Sepulveda, a former fundraiser for Obama who withdrew to take a non-political job early this year. ï¿½This man stands for right, despite the political consequences.ï¿½
Jeff Soref, a longtime Democratic activist in the gay community, told BuzzFeed: ï¿½I think the people who were disappointed by the presidentï¿½s failure to support marriage quality will now have that barrier removed for them.ï¿½
Indeed, top gay donors have been using their expensive access to bend Obamaï¿½s ear on the issue for years. Some now feel that their specific pleas have been answered.
ï¿½There have been a lot of us urging him to do this for a very long time. I imagine he and Michele felt some pain for us after North Carolina yesterday,ï¿½ said another longtime gay Obama bundler. ï¿½There are more LGBT co-chairs across the country are raising more money than weï¿½ve ever raised. And youï¿½ll see a lot more of that now,ï¿½ the bundler said.
Soref said that aside from energizing supporters, Obamaï¿½s decision sharpens the choice for the general election.
ï¿½There is a contrast between the President and Mitt Romney, and this clarified the contrast, and that will help with fundraising,ï¿½ he said.
The Obama campaign sees the announcement and the contrast with Romneyï¿½s position, as playing into the campaignï¿½s narrative of Obama as the forward-looking candidate and Romney as the one of the past.
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