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Congressman-elect Pocan to fund LGBT scholarship with remaining campaign money

11:16 pm - 11/20/2012
MADISON -- (WTDY) Congressman-elect Mark Pocan is using the remaining funds in his campaign account to start a scholarship fund with the Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools (GSAFE).

“I wanted to try to help some of the kids who are just trying to get by every day in their schools by taking my state account and putting it toward a worthy cause,” said Pocan during an interview Tuesday.

Once state campaign accounts are closed, the law allows for those funds to be disbursed to non-profits like GSAFE. Pocan plans on matching every donation given to the Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools up to $20,000. The money will go toward a scholarship fund for graduating high school seniors who have been dedicated to making their schools safer and more supportive for the LGBT community.

Kristen Petroshius, Co-Director of GSAFE, said in a statement that the scholarship will help young leaders “become the innovative change-makers our communities need--much in the spirit of Mark Pocan.”

“Whether they are creating policy changes to make their schools more effective at including and educating all students, working with their school clubs to help other youth become leaders, or intervening in bullying to make a safer school environment, Wisconsin students are leading the way in creating schools where all youth can thrive,” said Petroshius.

Pocan was recently elected to the U.S. House of Representatives after serving in the Wisconsin Assembly for the past 13 years.

Donations to the Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools can be made at gsafewi.org.


Ha ha, your Congresscritter isn't as awesome as mine.

shhh_its_s3cr3t 21st-Nov-2012 06:18 am (UTC)
<3 news like this gives me hope... I want hope EVERY DAY! :)
romp 21st-Nov-2012 06:20 am (UTC)
Damn, you definitely have one of the best by the sound of it!
lovelokest 21st-Nov-2012 06:38 am (UTC)
<333333-to-infinity for Mark Pocan! So glad he's my rep, too :D
doverz 21st-Nov-2012 06:45 am (UTC)
So awesome. It's people like him and Tammy Baldwin that make up for Wisconsin's shitty Republicans.
natyanayaki 21st-Nov-2012 08:09 am (UTC)
So fraking awesome!
mary_contrary 21st-Nov-2012 08:15 am (UTC)
I am envious. My Congresscritter is none other than John Boehner. >:(
alryssa 21st-Nov-2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Same. I share your pain.
gashinenai 21st-Nov-2012 10:02 am (UTC)
ragnor144 21st-Nov-2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous - my critter is Dave Camp, chair of Ways and Means, Joint Committee on Taxation, and a member of the Zero Capital Gains Tax Caucus. If we do go down the fiscal slope, he will be a large reason why.
aviv_b 21st-Nov-2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
My critter is pretty awesome (Jan Shakowsky) but your's is even more awesome. Go Madison!
suwiel 21st-Nov-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'm sad to say that I didn't know too much about Pocan up 'til a couple of weeks before the election (when I read his Isthmus responses). It seems like I learn something new and awesome about him every couple of days. I love it!
alryssa 21st-Nov-2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
That is fucking awesome.
rkt 22nd-Nov-2012 02:41 am (UTC)
when did wisconsin get so ghey?

and does this mean they are ready to get rid of that ridic hater-amendement?
meimichan 22nd-Nov-2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
I love my former assembly representative. =D

Of course, now I live in Paul Ryan's district. Barf.
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