You may not know his name, but you should.
Tim Gill is a one man army when it comes to toppling local politicians and “flipping” state legislatures from one ideology to another. He is the force behind what Times Magazine dubbed, “The Gay Mafia”.
Because of Tim Gill and his group, state legislatures across the nation are passing gay activist policies in traditionally conservative states. His tactics are devastating local politics and changing the political landscape step by step in an effort that is gaining momentum in a cascade effect, first locally, then nationally. The effects from this one man’s efforts are incredible, and his use of distributed activism is worth studying.
He may be a multi-millionaire, and influential at that, but these are not necessarily where his strengths are, his strategy is where his strength is. Tim Gill is above all, shrewd. He leads a small group of wealthy political donors that target conservative state legislative candidates for defeat in order to promote a radical redefinition of gender, family and marriage.
How does he do it? One small local race at a time, one thousand dollar donation at a time. Multiply this by fifty or a hundred followers, and you can effect substantial change in a race using these unexpected out of state funds.
“Impatient with the lack of gay rights progress this past decade, Gill is pushing hard to end injustice and inequality by the end of the next decade. And recognizing that most anti-gay initiatives are born at the state level, Gill has developed a national political strategy based on successes in Colorado. “They’ve taken an in-state model and applied it to the entire country,” says Denver political analyst Floyd Ciruli. “Gill [and his people are] incredibly strategic. They simply don’t waste money. They put their funding where they can take control of legislatures.” Ciruli adds, “People were unaware of what was going on for quite awhile, but now I think everybody knows that they have really changed the direction of the state. I’m not sure that everyone really understands how potent [Gill] is, but he now has to be the number one gay rights advocate in the country in terms of funding and strategy. They’re taking significant contributions and putting them brilliantly in legislative environments where a few seats changing will change the entire control of a state.”
Dedicated gay activists like Tim Gill, joined by the brilliant strategists Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen (authors of “After the Ball” the published gay agenda), have played our tendency for complacency against us in the race of ideas. We are going to have to fight a new kind of fight with much more zeal if we’re going to remain a viable force in the changing political landscape…that includes taking a good look at the new strategies of the opposition.
Many articles I’ve read turn the issue into a cry against wealthy manipulations in local politics as if it were a campaign finance fiasco, but the truth is that whatever millions Tim Gill and company may bring to the table, they are no match for the numbers out in the grass roots. That’s good. It means we can do it too.
It can be done, and as we saw with the unprecedented grass roots participation of proposition 8, and also with the efforts of the ballyhooed “Gay Mafia”, a few dedicated and thorough people CAN make a difference.
For more see TIMES Magazine’s The Gay Mafia that’s Redefining Liberal Politics
and Atlantic Magazine’s They Won’t Know What Hit Them