Donation to Rove-tied group sparks Gold's Gym revolt

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    Oct 26, 2010 12:34 AM GMT
    My gym takes a stand. I am proud. :-)

    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/10/25/san_francisco_gold_s_american_crossroads/index.html
  • GQjock

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    Oct 26, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    The most salient point in the article

    this sort of controversy is exactly why rich donors (especially those associated with public companies) value the anonymity provided by some outside groups

    We have NO idea how much else has come in to Rove's smear campaign lush funds because they don't have to say where it came from who it came from legally or illegally

    Thank You the Corrupt Five
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  • DCEric

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    Oct 26, 2010 1:57 AM GMT
    Glad I was going to Bally's (and that's saying something) back when I was using a gym. There is none of my money in this mess.
  • dfrourke

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    Oct 26, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    I also wanted to add two things:

    1. I received a personal call from Don Dickerson after emailing the story over to him to talk about it.
    2. I received this message to my facebook account. Impressive.

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    Dear Gold's Gym Members,

    In response to the donation to American Crossroads from Robert Rowling, the CEO of TRT holdings, Gold's Gym San Francisco Bay Area would like to make you aware of the following:

    We are a local, family run business of 4 gyms. A large percentage of our employees and members are from the LGBT community. Our company works tirelessly to support the LGBT community with financial donations to almost every major local LGBT charity. We are sponsors of the Academy of Friends, Folsom Street Fair, ALCS Riders, SF AIDS Foundation, PAWS, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Maitri, SF PRIDE and many, many more.

    Gold's Gym San Francisco has long been a pillar of the gay community. We will continue to be. It is very unfortunate that the CEO of TRT holdings has chosen this course of action. We do not support it in any way. Our original contractual obligations to Gold's Gym International were signed over 22 years ago and TRT holdings is just the latest in a series of ownership groups that has presided over Gold's Gym.

    Our company has worked for over twenty years to support our LGBT staff, members and community in everyway possible and we will continue to.

    We were as surprised by Mr. Rowling's action as anyone but because our company believes in and lives up to the ideals of equality for all we are going to take the following actions:

    1: Our contractual obligation with Gold's Gym expires on September 15th, 2012 and on or prior to that date (our legal counsel is reviewing our options) we will leave the Gold's Gym brand. It is a major initiative to create a new brand and leave Gold's Gym which has been our identity for over 20 years but we will begin that process today.

    2: For every dollar we pay Gold's Gym in franchise fees we will donate an equal or greater amount to LGBT charities. While we donate much more than this to charities and community groups that support the LGBT community we want to make a commitment to match or exceed this amount until our relationship with Gold's Gym can be severed.

    3: Our management and staff will continue to support LGBT causes in every way possible and we will use our business as a platform to fight for change and equality for everyone. We have always taken great pride in being a leader in the LGBT community and we will continue to.


    Thank you,

    Don Dickerson
    Director of Operations
    Gold's Gym Bay Area
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    Oct 26, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    Good for them.
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    Oct 26, 2010 2:50 AM GMT
    GQjock saidThe most salient point in the article

    this sort of controversy is exactly why rich donors (especially those associated with public companies) value the anonymity provided by some outside groups

    We have NO idea how much else has come in to Rove's smear campaign lush funds because they don't have to say where it came from who it came from legally or illegally

    Thank You the Corrupt Five
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    We should probably thank Bush for this.
    The right-wingers he got on the SCOTUS are doing exactly what Bush & Co. hoped they would do.
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    Oct 26, 2010 2:55 AM GMT
    San Francisco Rocks!