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SOS Intel Report: Human Rights Campaign

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No LGBTQ organization has been as vocal, lobbied as aggressively, influenced k-12 school curricula or has waged high level legal warfare as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The Human Rights Campaign is a financial juggernaut which has been behind every major LGBTQ initiative in the United States for the last two decades.

Website: http://HRC.org
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HRC was started in 1980 by Steve Endean and Terry Bean.

HRC is the largest LGBTQ lobbying group in the United States and only supports political candidates and legislation that will advance the LGBTQ agenda.

HRC has three branches: HRC Foundation, HRC lobbying, and HRC Political Action Committee

HRC has aggressively promoted “hate crime” laws and was instrumental for the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed by Congress and signed into law in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

HRC has also lobbied successfully for the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in military policy, infusion of LGBTQ ideology into k-12 classrooms, HIV/AIDS-related legislation, and the legalization of gay marriage.

The most recent high profile engagement spearheaded by HRC was the all out assault by media and businesses on the state of North Carolina over House Bill 2, which became known as 'the bathroom bill'. Throughout the House Bill 2 battle, HRC partnered with NC based LGBTQ advocacy group, Equality NC.

More historical data may be viewed at Cornell University Archive.


Major Projects of Note

Project One America

“The goal of this HRC endeavor is to spread LGBT equality and acceptance in the South through permanent campaigns in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama” - Source: BallotPedia

Welcoming Schools

“HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier professional development program providing training and resources to elementary school educators to welcome diverse families, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.” - Source: Welcoming Schools website


Staff of Note

President: Chad Griffin (Current, 2017)

Griffin is a former Clinton staffer from Arkansas and was a Clinton White House Press Staff at the age 19 – the youngest ever to hold that role.

“Dee Dee Myers invited Griffin to work in the West Wing press office in 1993 when Griffin was 19. The only paying job Griffin had held previously was working at the Wal-Mart in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.” Source:

After his stint with the Clintons, Griffin formed a consulting group, Griffin Schein Consulting. His co-founder was Michelle Obama's former Communications Director, Kristina Schake.

White House liaison to the 1995 film The American President, where he first met producer Rob Reiner. Reiner would later become a large scale donor to the Human Rights Campaign.

Griffin was a key architect behind the federal lawsuit against California's Proposition 8. Griffin would become allied with Reiner's charity foundation, American Foundation for Equal Rights which was designed for the express purpose of attacking Prop 8.

HRC, under the direction of Griffin, officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for President in January of 2017. Griffin personally was such a big supporter of Hillary Clinton that Bernie Sanders supporters called for Griffin to resign from HRC.


Former Staffer/ Co-Founder: Terry Bean

Bean is a co-founder of HRC alongside Steven Endean in 1980. Bean is best known as very wealthy real estate mogul and as a prominent Obama campaign fund bundler.

In 2012, Terry Bean donated more than $500,000 in support of President Barack Obama and other democrat candidates.

As columnist Michelle Malkin reports:

"He was rewarded with an exclusive Air Force One ride with Obama. The president also gave the developer a special shout-out at an opulent fundraiser in Portland, where Bean's family had established a longstanding political and corporate fiefdom. Bean gleefully rubbed elbows with first lady Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton — and made sure everyone on his Flickr photo-sharing site knew it."

In 2014, Bean was arrested and indicted on sex crimes charges – some of which involved sodomy of a 15-year old boy. By 2015, the case was dropped against Bean when the star witness had second thoughts, dodged law-enforcement and tried to kill himself to avoid testifying.


Follow the Money

HRC has received consistent and large amounts of financial support from the Ford Foundation, George Soros's Open Society Institute and the Tides Foundation.

HRC's high-profile corporate sponsors include:
American Airlines, Apple Inc., Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, Nationwide Insurance, Target, Bank of America, Citi Bank, Lexus, Google, Hyatt, Nike, Tylenol, BP, Dell, Hershey's, IBM, Macy's Inc., Metlife, Shell and Starbucks and dozens more.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation

EIN: 52-1481896
Status: 501(c)3 since Jan. 1987

View HRC Foundation 990 forms.


Human Rights Campaign Inc.

EIN: 52-1243457
Status: 501(c)4 since March 1991

View HRC Inc. 990 forms.

According to Open Secrets, HRC has spent over a million dollars in the 2016 election cycle on candidates, PACS and outside political groups and nearly $1.2 million on lobbying. The top candidate recipient was Hillary Clinton, with $65,240 dollars.

HRC's donations to individual running for office overwhelmingly is made to democrat candidates.

In 2016, the HRC PAC awarded $573,520 (96%) to democrat candidates versus $23,000 (4%) to republican candidates.

In 2014, democrat candidates received $1,044,830 (89%) and republicans only $66,203 (6%). The rest went to independents.

Over the last 19 years, the Human Rights Campaign has spent nearly $17.5 million mainly on political campaigns. The party affiliation breakdown of of HRC backed candidates is 2,173 democrats candidates and 54 republicans.


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