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OKCupid Founder Accidentally Gave To ‘Anti-Gay’

From the Huffington Post:

OkCupid Co-Founder Regrets Accidentally Supporting Anti-Gay Candidate

By Carina Kolodny | April 8, 2014

One week after OkCupid encouraged users to boycott Mozilla Firefox because of its CEO’s past support of anti-gay legislation, the popular online dating site’s own co-founder is struggling to explain why he himself once supported an anti-gay candidate.

Uncrunched, a blog run by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, reported Tuesday that OKCupid co-founder Sam Yagan contributed $500 to Rep. Chris Cannon’s (R-Utah) political campaign in 2004. Cannon has a history of consistently voting to limit gay rights or prohibit them outright, according to Mother Jones.

In an emailed statement to The Huffington Post, Yagan said he was not aware of Cannon’s stance on gay rights at the time and that his support for the Congressman stemmed specifically from his positions on Internet and intellectual property rights.

After all, who would expect a Republican from Utah to be a social conservative? BTW, this donation is the only donation Mr. Yagan ever made to a political candidate, until he gave to Obama in 2008. So why did he pick Chris Cannon?

"I accept responsibility for not knowing where he stood on gay rights in particular," Yagan writes. "I unequivocally support marriage equality and I would not make that contribution again today."

Huh. That’s pretty much what Brendan Eich said, too. Go figure.

Here’s the statement in its entirety:

"A decade ago, I made a contribution to Representative Chris Cannon because he was the ranking Republican on the House subcommittee that oversaw the Internet and Intellectual Property, matters important to my business and our industry. I accept responsibility for not knowing where he stood on gay rights in particular; I unequivocally support marriage equality and I would not make that contribution again today. However, a contribution made to a candidate with views on hundreds of issues has no equivalence to a contribution supporting Prop 8, a single issue that has no purpose other than to affirmatively prohibit gay marriage, which I believe is a basic civil right." …

Once again, no mention of how Yagan ever got rich in the first place? He started eDonkey, which was and is one of the biggest thieves on the internet. In fact, in 2006, Yagan even had to pay $30 million to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for his site’s enabling of the theft of their music. Yagan also had to close down the eDonkey operation, which, however, is still in operation.

Clearly, in the Age Of Obama, stealing millions of dollars worth of private property is okay. But giving money to a conservative? That is something else.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, April 10th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “OKCupid Founder Accidentally Gave To ‘Anti-Gay’”

  1. mr_bill

    If Eich can be fired for supporting Prop. 8, then those who were against Prop. 8 can also be fired for it, right? Just kidding…the left would never abide being held to the same standard they impose those with whom they disagree. Still, it would be entertaining to watch their figurative heads explode if it happened.

  2. shazaam

    Just for the record: I once went somewhere, and heard a guy say something. Sorry about that.




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