Gay Men Rule Democratic FundraisingIrin Carmon5/09/11 6:00pmFiled to: PoliticsGay donors obamagay menLesbiansGay RightsGettypic17EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkPolitico reports that gay men are a key element of fundraising for President Obama's re-election campaign, since there are plenty of wealthy gay men who remain enthused by him where others are disaffected. So where are the lesbians?The administration kept its promise to see Don't Ask, Don't Tell overturned, although there was initial concern among activists that they were dragging their feet. And now the Justice Department has declined to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, also a previous point of contention. Meanwhile, the usual wealthy standbys either find Obama too centrist, too tough on Benjamin Netanyahu, or two chilly, write Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman. They also say that "professional gay men, with a personal stake in politics and less likely to have children or college funds that would consume their disposable income, have long been key to Democratic fundraising." They note that "Obama's finance committee included one gay man in 2008; there are 15 this year, a source said."