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Fred Karger
Fred’s extensive experience in politics and governmental affairs has spanned over 35 years. As a partner of the Dolphin Group, Fred managed numerous federal, state and local campaigns. He ran several successful opposition campaigns, including heavy involvement in three Presidential races.

In 2006 Karger founded Save the Boom!!! a grassroots campaign to save the oldest gay bar in the Western United States, the landmark Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn in Laguna Beach, California. This got Fred active in LGBTQ politics, and was the natural precursor to his starting Californians Against Hate - now Rights Equal Rights

Californians Against Hate was created to bring public attention to the major donors to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign. Fred organized boycotts against four mega-donors to Proposition 8, two were settled and two are ongoing. Proposition 8 passed in a very close election on November 4, 2008, and ended gay marriage in California.

Right after the election, Fred filed a sworn complaint against the Mormon Church with the California Fair Political Practices Commission for possible illegal campaign activities surrounding its massive involvement in Proposition 8. That led to the prosecution and a 19 month investigation, culminating in a 13 count guilty finding against the Salt Lake City based Church.

Fred filed a similar complaint with the Maine Ethics Commission against the infamous National Organization for Marriage, alleging money laundering and reporting irregularities in that state’s November 2009 election to repeal its marriage equality law. That investigation is ongoing.

On April 10, 2010 at a press conference at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Fred announced that he was seriously considering running for President in 2012 as an Independent Republican. He would be the first openly gay candidate to run for President of the Untied States.

Since his announcement Fred has traveled extensively throughout the country, with repeated visits to Iowa and New Hampshire, home to the first caucuses and primary in the nation.

Entries by Fred Karger

This Is What Money Laundering Looks Like

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 3:27 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 | 9:43 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 | 1:27 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 | 1:52 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 | 8:44 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 | 9:00 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 | 4:16 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 | 12:35 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 | 2:00 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 | 4:52 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 | 11:12 AM

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 | 12:42 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 | 12:36 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 | 4:00 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 | 3:26 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 | 2:01 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 | 8:07 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 | 12:57 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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Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown: the Anita Bryant and John Briggs of 2011

(6) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 11:24 PM

I am a Republican with a long and proud Republican History. I worked as a GOP political consultant and advisor for over 30 years.

I was a senior consultant on three Presidential campaigns, including both of Ronald Reagan's. He was a very fair and caring man.

In 1978...

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Pass the 28th Amendment -- Lower the Voting Age!

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 7:21 AM

I feel that we should immediately begin discussion and planning to lower the legal voting age in the United States to either 16- or 17-years-old.

By allowing younger people the privilege to help shape the direction of this great nation, we will encourage participation in the political process at an...

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