Mel Heifetz, a 76-year-old longtime donor to LGBT causes, made a $1 million contribution to Priorities USA, and he explains why he supports reelecting President Obama over Mitt Romney. After being asked why he gave such a generous amount, Heifetz decided to author an article revealing his motivation.
In a new article at Huffington Post, Heifetz writes:
I previously had made a significant contribution to support President Obama and I thought I was done. Then I imagined what it would be like to have President Romney nominating the next round of Supreme Court justices or waging another senseless war in the Middle East. He could put this country back on a downward spiral by gutting financial regulations and stripping away services that protect the middle class and help a poor boy growing up in Philly get a chance to build a great life and become a donor the way I did.
Call it giving back. Call it paying it forward. What I know is I’m 76 years old, I probably don’t have too many big elections left in my lifetime, and I have no reason to hold back now. People I admire like Bill Maher and Morgan Freeman have given significantly so why shouldn’t I? Whatever I might want to contribute in the future, the future is now — and I refuse to sit this one out as some try to take us back with policies that will weaken the country I love and have
fought for all my life.
As a gay, man, I have lots of political issues that are personal when I look ahead to the November elections. One issue alone — Gov. Romney’s support for a federal marriage amendment — is as insulting as it is harmful, most especially for gay and lesbian couples of my
generation. Romney will take us back to the 1950s. And yet, what motivated me wasn’t just one issue. I knew that, if I held back now and failed to help re-elect President Obama, I would regret it for the rest of my life. The urgency of donating in future years will be wasted if we don’t get President Obama re-elected this year.
Consider Mel’s donation, then what you can afford, whether it’s $5.00, or $5,000.00.
Do I think that that $1,000,000 was wisely spent? Yes, I do. Do I want everyone to do what they can to help President Obama win? Yes, I do. Would I like others to do what I did — especially those who have a lot more zeroes in their bank accounts than I do? Absolutely.
When I look at the direction this country could go after November, this was a no-brainer. Although an expensive one, it was well worth it.
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