Last night’s American Foundation for Equal Rights’ fundraiser in NYC was, by all accounts, a success — if you measure success by dollar bills. Which, well, yeah. Some $1.2 million came in for Ted Olson and David Boies’ legal bills, with $100,000 coming in yesterday alone. Co-hosted by gay terrorism architect Ken Mehlman (of private equity badboy Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company), Paul Singer (of hedge fund Elliott Management, and the father of a gay son); and Peter Thiel (of hedge fund Clarium Capital, and host of this weekend’s GOProud’s Homocon event at his New York City home), it was no surprise the event was full of Wall Street types, with some political operators (including George W.’s daughter Barbara, DNC treasurer Andy Tobias, Richard Socarides), activists (Jarrett Barrios, Brian Ellner), and arm candy mixed in. And while last night President Obama was heckled at his fundraiser over his AIDS and DADT strategy, nobody showed up to heckle Mehlman about spending his entire career demeaning his own community — and continuing to support those who do.
Here’s Mehlman’s address: