Hedge fund managers Peter Thiel of Clairum Capital
Management and Paul Singer of Elliott Management are joining
with prominent Republican political operative Ken Mehlman to
host a fundraiser to support gay marriage.
The fundraiser, for the American Foundation for Equal Rights,
will be held on Wednesday, September 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. at Singer’s New York City home. Tickets are
$5,000 per person.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights is challenging
Proposition 8, California’s ballot proposition and
constitutional amendment stating that only marriage between a
man and a woman is valid in the state. The foundation did not
immediately respond to requests for comment.
Singer and Thiel will co-chair the fundraiser with Mehlman, the
former head of the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign and the
former Republican National Convention chair, who went public
with his homosexuality on August 25. The foundation has already
raised more than $1 million for the fundraiser. In an
interview with The Advocate, Mehlman praised
Singer for being the lead donor.
Other prominent Republicans co-hosting the event include Mary
Cheney, Dick Cheney’s daughter; Margaret Hoover,
political commentator and great-granddaughter of Herbert
Hoover; and Steve Schmidt, a campaign strategist and public
relations employee for the Republican Party. Mark Wallace,
founder of Tigris Financial Group; and John Podesta, the fourth
and final Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, are
among the other hosts.