Savage is a huge opponent of the anti-gay fanatic Santorum and famously defined his name as "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex" (the #1 search result in google). Despite Casey's anti-abortion stance, Savage donated, explaining:
electing Casey could help Democrats take back the Senate, which will go a long way toward protecting choice, abortion rights, and other sexual freedoms?despite Casey's stance on choice. Electing one or two pro-life Dems is the price we're going to have to pay to put reliably pro-choice Dems in positions of power all over the Senate.So, why was the money returned? Their fear is that they will have to explain why they accepted money from someone who smeared Santorum so viciously. Well, isn't the answer obvious? Because they share a common goal: getting Santorum out of office! It's money. Take it. You don't owe Dan Savage anything for it. He isn't a special interest group or a corporation.
If Democrats had some balls, maybe they would hold more seats in this government. Republicans take money from anyone with a heartbeat. They don't give a fuck about conflicts of interests or what someone said or did. They just take gigantic donations, spend a bunch of money smearing their opponent as un-American and then win. If they get called on something they just give the money back and say "oh, I had no idea."
Some might say it's reasonable. The possible fallout wouldn't be worth the $2100. I say stop being a trembling coward in the face of Right-Wing smear tactics. If you want to beat someone as prominent as Santorum, you're going to have to learn to fight dirty...or maybe just learn to accept money from people who don't like your opponent.
Savage is redircting the money to some progressive PACs Pennsylvaniania.