Cornerstone Files Right to Know on Secret Lynch Finance Meeting with Tim Gill and Other Wealthy Gay Donors

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2010
Contact: Kevin Smith
Phone: (603) 571-4710

CONCORD, NH – Today, CornerstoneAction’s Executive Director, Kevin Smith, filed a right-to-know request with Governor Lynch’s Office. On Saturday, it was reported in the Concord Monitor that in May, Governor Lynch flew out to Chicago to meet with some of the nation’s wealthiest gay donors, including Tim Gill, head of the Gill Foundation, in what was supposed to be a two-day closed-door conference. Lynch also gave the keynote address at their private luncheon. The Gill Foundation is highly regarded as the nation’s most influential political and financial organization for the advancement of gay, lesbian, and transgender causes, which largely operates “under the radar.”

The context of Smith’s right-to-know request specially asks for all correspondence, invitations, and travel records between Lynch and his staff related to his meeting in Chicago with Tim Gill and the other donors who attended.

Commenting was Cornerstone’s Executive Director, Kevin Smith:

“Clearly the Governor has officially sold out to the radical gay lobby by attending and speaking at their secret Chicago summit, presumably to beg for money for his fledgling re-election campaign. Yet, just a month before the Governor flew to the confab in the Windy City, he had denounced the National Organization for Marriage for spending money here, even telling them to ‘stay out.’ Once again, it is painfully obvious that John Lynch’s word simply cannot be trusted – he will clearly say and do anything for political gain.”

The secret meeting in Chicago was first reported in an article in the Washington Blade, which details that the meeting of the wealthy donors and various politicians was supposed to be confidential until someone who attended the meeting breached the group’s strict confidentiality agreement.


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