As previously reported by this site, North Carolina’s Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate, Roy Cooper, was mentioned in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails leaked by WikiLeaks.
In the previously reported emails, several DNC officials, who also provide event coordination via various companies for Democrat events, helped facilitate a meeting between Goldman Sachs employees and a top Obama Super PAC contributor.
Roy Cooper’s name appears a second time in the leaked DNC emails. This time it is a fundraiser event hosted by a gay power couple in New York City.
Text of one of the emails for the fundraising event is as follows:
On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 5:21 PM, Zachary Allen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Richard – It was so great speaking today, thank you for making the time after what sounds like an absolutely incredible journey!
Per our conversation, wanted to follow up on two counts.
The event for NC AG Roy Cooper at James & Stephen’s is June 13th, and the details are attached and below. If you have any questions on that, please don’t hesitate to ask! We’d love your help spreading the word – this is an important race getting some national attention. If you’d like to join as a co-host, just let me know!
Reception for North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper June 13th | 6:00p.m. At the home of Stephen Henderson & James LaForce 142 West 26th Street, Apt 9 New York, NY
Secondly, wanted to make sure you had the convention packages we discussed – you’ll find that information attached as well. With your contribution in 2015 of $33,400, you are halfway to qualifying for the Main Line package. If you’re interested in making a contribution this year, one can be made online at https://my.democrats.org/tristate2016. As I mentioned on the phone, while they are not 100% related, we do try and invite all of our maxout supporters to the holiday parties.
Either way, I very much look forward to seeing you at James & Stephen’s, if not before! If you have any questions, call or email anytime!
My best, Zach —
Zachary Allen TIPAH Consulting 304 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor New York, NY 10010 (646) 470-8689<tel:%28646%29%20470-8689> direct | (973) 618-5903<tel:%28973%29%20618-5903> fax | ZAllen@TIPAHConsulting.com
Read the full email via WikiLeaks.
The couple mentioned in the email are Stephen Henderson and James LaForce.
Henderson is a ‘free lance journalist’ who, according to a bio at HousingWorks.org, writes about “design, travel, food, science and religion”.
Various outlets have done articles on the couple from the NY Times writing about the renovation of their Chelsea loft to Yale University’s Divinity school noting a large contribution of $50,000 for “LGBTQ scholarships”.
The pair has also donated to numerous LGBT groups and funded multiple public LGBT projects such as the New York Public Library’s ‘LGBT at NYPL‘.
In 2012, the couple was cited by Politico for hosting one of four fundraisers in New York City for President Obama’s re-election. The combination of the fundraisers yielded between $4 and $5 million dollars in donations.
According to the Cooper campaign second quarter fundraising report, Stephen Henderson donated $2,000 to Cooper’s campaign on June 14th, 2016.
Cooper’s second quarter financials reveal a large number of donations (around 217) on or around the same date. Over $8,800 in donations were recorded on June 13th with donors residing in New York.
The fundraising link for the event at ACT BLUE is still active:
The email exchange containing the fundraiser details was between Zach Allen and Richard Christiansen of Chandelier Creative.
Cooper’s second quarter fundraising report shows that Allen gave Cooper a $5 dollar donation. Christiansen is not found in the campaign records.
Kempner is apparently the current Deputy Finance Director for the DNC. Zach Allen is the New York & Tri-State finance director for the DNC. Both Kempner and Allen report to Jordan Kaplan, National DNC Finance Director.
According to Politico, Zach Allen became engaged to Josh Barro in 2015, citing having met at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in 2013.
ENGAGED – The Upshot’s Josh Barro to Zach Allen, a Democratic fundraiser and Obama alum, last week in Paris. They met at the Human Rights Campaign national dinner in DC in October 2013. Pic http://bit.ly/1KaYwpX
Barro wrote for the NY Times project, Upshot for less than a year before returning to his prior employer, Business Insider.