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.
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 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 United 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.
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