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Fred Karger
Fred Karger is an American political consultant, gay rights activist, watchdog, political pundit, writer, public speaker, author, former actor and 2012 candidate for the Republican nomination for President.

Although he has never held elected office, Karger has worked on ten presidential campaigns and served as a senior consultant during the campaigns of President’s Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

Karger was a partner of the Dolphin Group, a California based political consulting firm for 27 years. He retired in 2004 and has since worked as a LGBT activist.

In 2008 he founded Californians Against Hate – now Rights Equal Rights and led boycotts of four of the biggest donors to California’s Proposition 8. He successfully settled three of those boycotts.

Immediately after Prop 8 passed, Fred called for the State of California to investigate The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) and later the states of Maine and California to investigate the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

In the summer of 2012 he launched a global Boycott of Amway after its owners, the DeVos family, contributed $500,000 to NOM.

Fred’s ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2012 which made him the first openly gay presidential candidate from a major political party in American history.

He ran as the only moderate Republican in the race during his 2 ½ year long campaign and appeared on six state ballots; New Hampshire, Michigan, Puerto Rico, Maryland, California and Utah.

Fred beat Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in New Hampshire and Congressman Ron Paul in Puerto Rico. He campaigned in over 30 states and received widespread praise for paving the way for future LGBT candidates.

Karger has been interviewed on numerous national, international and local television, radio and web shows including; Rachel Maddow; David Frost; Thomas Roberts; Chris Matthews; Lawrence O’Donnell and Comedy Central.

He has appeared on Fox Business Channel, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, Current TV, Russian TV, BBC’s HARDtalk, HuffPost Live, Sky News, Univision, Nippon Television, ABC News – Australia, Fox News Radio - The Alan Colmes Show, SiriusXM – The Michelangelo Signorile Show, Al Jazeera America and NPR.

He’s been featured in hundreds of newspaper stories and blogs including: The Washington Post; New York Times; Los Angeles; Times; Chicago Tribune; Boston Globe; Politico; The Hill; Times of London; The Guardian; Jerusalem Post; Puerto Rico Daily Sun; Detroit Free Press; The Atlantic; Daily Beast; Jewish Journal and the Sacramento Bee.

Fred has also been a frequent contributor to: The Huffington Post; The Guardian; Alan Colmes’ Liberaland; Fox & Hounds; The Advocate; David Mixner’s, Live from Hell’s Kitchen and David Frum’s, Frum Forum.

Entries by Fred Karger

Chapman University Welcomes a Mormon Apostle From Utah

(221) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 7:32 AM

I am all for freedom of speech in this country. I have worked in politics for over 40 years to preserve this cherished right.

As an Orange County, California resident, I for one would like to welcome Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

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Ferguson, Lakewood and Mike Huckabee

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 10:39 PM

During this horrific week in Ferguson, Missouri we should not forget the senseless tragedy that happened five years ago today in Lakewood, Washington.

On the morning of November 29, 2009 Maurice Clemmons walked into the Forza Coffee Company in Parkland, Washington. He was waiting in line for coffee, when...

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This Is What Money Laundering Looks Like

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 4:27 PM

Recently, the Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously to fine the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) a record $50,250 for money laundering. This was more than double the largest fine in the Commission's history. In addition to the fine, NOM was ordered to report its donor's names to Question 1; the...

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A Very Open Letter to NOM President Brian Brown

(5) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Mr. Brian Brown
National Organization for Marriage
2029 K Street, NW # 300
Washington, DC 20006

Dear Brian:

First, I wanted to let you know that thanks to you I was able to raise a near record amount of money in one week for...

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Will Mormon Church Keep Funding NOM?

(37) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 2:27 PM

I wonder if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) will keep funneling millions and millions of dollars to Brain Brown and his National Organization for Marriage (NOM) after their huge loss in Utah yesterday? Will the LDS Church keep throwing good money after bad?


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Can the Mormon Church Save ENDA?

(10) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 2:52 PM

Much of the country has focused on the U.S. Senate this week as it once again took up the job of stamping out workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. There currently are employment nondiscrimination laws in 21 states across the country, leaving 29 states with no...

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Will the Mormon Church Sit Out Hawaii's Gay Marriage Vote?

(135) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 9:44 AM

On September 23, 1995 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) released "The Family, A Proclamation to the World."

The landmark Mormon one-page document is often framed and hangs in Mormon homes all over the world. It was issued that day by the The First...

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The New 13

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 10:00 AM

The original Thirteen Colonies were on the coast of North America and founded between 1607 (Virginia) and 1733 (Georgia). In 1776 they set up a Continental Congress that declared their independence from Great Britain, and the first 13 states of the United States of America were formed.

Today, Aug. 1,...

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More Republicans Need to Join the Fight for LGBT Equality

(22) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 5:16 PM

As a gay Californian, I am at last equal in the eyes of the law with the demise of Proposition 8. California recently became the 13th state in the nation to allow gay marriage, thanks to the United States Supreme Court's decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, which effectively overturned Proposition...

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National Organization for Marriage Takes On the IRS: Whom Are They Trying to Protect?

(27) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 1:35 PM

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is under investigation in Maine and California for possible election fraud and money laundering, because NOM refused to obey those states' election laws and report its donors.

The Maine investigation has been going on for nearly four years. Why so long? NOM sued...

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What Drives NOM Now? Greed!

(8) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 3:00 PM

The founder and former president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Maggie Gallagher has recently thrown in the proverbial towel as the freedom to marry marches on to become the law of the land. Maggie sees the writing on the wall and recently said that even her beloved Defense...

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How to Help the GOP Survive: Saw Off the Far Right Hate Groups

(49) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 5:52 PM

As a lifelong Republican who believes in the key principals of the Republican Party like smaller government, a strong national defense, fiscal responsibility, a balanced budget, tough on crime, an independent judiciary, keeping government out of our lives and personal empowerment I am deeply concerned about the survival of today's...

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Where Have All the Mormons Gone In the Fight for Marriage Equality?

(74) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 12:12 PM

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 will go down in history in our political fight for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights. In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington voters stood up to the usual campaigns of bigotry and hate and a majority in each state voted for the freedom to marry...

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Where's the Outrage? National Organization for Marriage Out to Destroy Lives

(32) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 1:42 PM

The LGBT community and everyone who cares about fairness and equality face four crucial votes next Tuesday in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington State. All four elections are the doing of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

NOM has an unlimited amount of money at its disposal and is hell-bent...

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You Can Give, But You Can't Hide -- The Amway Boycott

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 1:36 AM

I was deeply disturbed to read recently that Doug DeVos the owner and CEO of Amway had given $500,000 to a known hate group, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

NOM has been one of the most virulently anti-LGBT organizations in the country since its...

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Open Letter to Mormon Church President Thomas S. Monson

(32) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 5:00 PM

June 14, 2012

President Thomas S. Monson
The Office of the First Presidency
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
50 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

Dear President Monson:

I was honored to be placed on the June 26th Utah...

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Why I am Still Running for President

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 4:26 PM

I began this long campaign twenty-seven months ago with a trip to Washington, DC, New York and New Hampshire. I left my home in Laguna Beach for the wintry freeze of February back east.

It was two weeks that would change my life forever.

Speaking to 40 students crammed into...

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FPPC Sworn Complaint Filed Against NOM

(18) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 3:01 PM

This week I filed a sworn supplemental complaint against the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The 37 page document accuses (NOM) of not reporting $345,400 in contributions that it received from 11 donors in 2008 including GOP Presidential candidate Mitt...

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A Republican Presidential Candidate Reaches Out to Hispanic Voters

(4) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 9:07 AM

I was in Puerto Rico for six days leading up to the Republican Primary there. I was one of 6 Republicans on the primary ballot. I differ greatly from the other five on many issues.

Support Statehood and Spanish as First Language

I have supported Statehood for...

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How Involved Is the Mormon Church in Huntsman vs. Romney?

(87) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 1:57 AM

I have been tracking the political activities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) for the past three years, ever since it qualified and ran every aspect of the Proposition 8 campaign in my home state of California. After the Mormon Church reported spending only $2078...

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