This week, Mark Zuckerberg’s $45 billion philanthropic foundation announced it is bringing on David Plouffe and Ken Mehlman, two of America’s most prominent political operatives. It is worth reflecting on the vast, vast power being wielded by the unaccountable foundations of the rich. Let’s do it! Read more...
On Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg announced that former Obama campaign manager will lead the philanthropy’s policy and advocacy effort and former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman will chair its policy advisory board. Mehlman...Show More Summary
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On Thursday night, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging the justices to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality. Ever since the court took the case, dozens...Show More Summary
A pro-equality Supreme Court brief filed by more than 300 conservatives, coordinated by Ken Mehlman, features several noteworthy changes from a similar effort in 2013. read more
From Time Magazine: The amicus brief, organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, was filed for the four same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear on April 28 that could legalize the unions nationwide. In...Show More Summary
Which comes first: politics or principle? In Ken Mehlman’s case, it’s impossible to know. Once a loyal foot soldier in George W. Bush’s intensely homophobic 2004 re-election campaign, the former chair of the Republican National Committee finally came out and became a vocal advocate for marriage equality. So much so, in fact, that Mehlman is about […]
Fifty-eight mostly gay conservatives including Peter Thiel, Andrew Sullivan, and Ken Mehlman have signed a statement denouncing "some supporters of gay equality" for being intolerant of people who do not see gays as equal citizens. They point by example to...
Ten years ago Georgia voters shamefully passed a Constitutional Amendment banning same sex marriage - Thanks Ken Mehlman. At that time Republicans needed a scary issue to mobilize the religious right in the 2004 elections. It worked, kind of. Today however, the Marriage part of that Amendment has been challenged with a
Businessman/Political Strategist, 47Since coming out in 2010, former Republican National Committee chairman Mehlman has been a revolutionary leader in his party. Through his work with the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), Mehlman persuaded dozens of conservatives to sign a brief to the Supreme Court condemning California’s Prop 8. Show More Summary
Out Magazine has published its annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors list and while bear icon/PA state Rep. Brian Sims is on the list...so is Ken Mehlman. Also featured: Jason Collins, Mo Rocca, Nate Silver, and Ricky Martin.
Note the avalanche of constitutional bans during the 2004-2006 reign of Ken Mehlman as RNC chairman. (Via JMG reader Win)
A reader understandably asks: I think your readers are a little bit more interested in what Ken was thinking while he was in the closet and shepherding anti-gay marriage laws in several states as head of the Republican Party. Why hasn’t he been asked this? Because he felt that he had adequately addressed that question […]
In today’s video, Ken details why he wanted to get into the fight for marriage equality: Ken’s previous answers are here. Our full Ask Anything archive is here.
In our second video from the former RNC chair, he highlights how social and religious conservatives should see marriage equality as an advancement of their ideals, not a threat:
In our first video from Ken, he explains how to talk Republicans about marriage equality, as well as how to counter the most prominent arguments against it: Ken Mehlman is a businessman, attorney, and political figure who held several national posts in the GOP and Bush administration. He managed Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, which used anti-gay […]
Ken Mehlman is a businessman, attorney, and political figure who held several national posts in the Republican Party and Bush administration. He managed Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign and subsequently chaired the RNC from 2005 to 2007. Mehlman subsequently worked for the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, then became the Global Head of Public Affairs […]
'Making the case from a conservative values perspective is an imperative, not an option' read more
Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use U.S. data without a warrant. Ken Mehlman profiled in the NYT: "He remains controversial, both applauded and vilified. On the left, he is either an unlikely hero or a hypocritical....
The New York Times is wondering what Ken Mehlman's legacy will be regarding LGBT rights. Mr. Mehlman, 46, remains the hyper-intense, guarded strategist he was in his Bush days, with the same habit of looking past people instead of meeting their eyes. Show More Summary