According to AFA Action, Republican Katie Britt received thousands of dollars in campaign funds from hedge fund manager Daniel S. Loeb. The political action group is concerned about the contribution ($5,800 in the current election cycle) because Loeb co-launched the Human Rights Campaign, which pushes the radical LGBTQ sexual deviancy agenda.
Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action, spoke with AFN about his group's concern.
"Daniel Loeb is from New York and has contributed a good bit of money to [Britt's] campaign – and he stands for everything that really AFA Action is opposed to," he states.
AFN reached out to Britt to comment on the donation and received this statement from campaign spokesman Sean Ross:
"Katie is proud that an incredible 85% of her funds have come from Alabamians. Given that thousands of people have contributed to the campaign, there are bound to be people with a wide range of beliefs on a host of issues. Katie makes it crystal clear on the campaign trail every day that she will fight tirelessly for Alabama's Christian conservative values."
Chambers finds the response problematic. "It doesn't matter where the money is coming from – it's what the people who are giving to her campaign stand for," he exclaims. "Politicians are masters at kind of slipping and sliding around some of these things.
"So, I find it problematic that they did not give us a quote from Katie Britt denouncing the contributions from Daniel Loeb."
Notwithstanding Britt's "leans conservative" rating by iVoterGuide, Chambers suggests Alabama voters think long and hard about what someone with radical views like Loeb would see in Britt that would compel them to give to her campaign.
Alabama's GOP primary will take place in two weeks (May 24). AL.com reports today that Britt has moved to the lead in the polls with 32%, compared to 22.5% for Congressman Mo Brooks and 21.4% for Army veteran and former POW Mike Durant.
Editor's Note: AFA Action is an affiliate of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates AFN.net.