Fred Karger

Political Consultant and Activist
Born Jan 31, 1950

Fred S. Karger is an American political consultant, gay rights activist and watchdog, former actor, and former candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2012 US Presidential election. Although he has not held elected or public office, Karger has worked on nine presidential campaigns and served as a senior consultant to the campaigns of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford.… Read More

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    Mormons Plan To Leave Church En Masse After Harsh Lgbt Policy Changes
    Huffington Post - Nov 12, 2015
  • Fred Karger: More Republicans Need To Join The Fight For Lgbt Equality
    Huffington Post - Jul 09, 2013
  • Stuart Stevens Is Right: The Primary Debate System Needs To Be Destroyed Before It Destroys America
    Huffington Post - Apr 02, 2013
  • Does The Beverly Hills Hotel Have Ties To 'state Sponsored Homophobia'?
    Huffington Post - Feb 14, 2013


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1950 Birth Born on January 31, 1950.


1968 18 Years Old Karger was born in Glencoe, Illinois, the son of Jean (née Foreman), an active community volunteer, and Robert S. Karger, who owned a brokerage firm. Karger graduated from New Trier High School in 1968 and earned a B.A. in speech communications from the University of Denver in 1972.


1975 25 Years Old Karger moved to Los Angeles from Chicago and began acting. He appeared in a John Hughes-directed Edge Shave Cream commercial, as well as featured roles in Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law; Rich Man, Poor Man; Horshack! (a pilot for a spinoff from Welcome Back Kotter); and Airport – 1975.
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However, Karger continued to follow his passion for politics, and eventually landed with the Dolphin Group in 1977.


2004 54 Years Old He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer through 2004. … Read More
2008 58 Years Old In July 2008, Karger founded Californians Against Hate to serve as a political watchdog of the major donors and organizations working to take away gay marriage in California through Proposition 8. … Read More
2009 59 Years Old In October 2009, Karger and Californians Against Hate filed a formal ethics complaint with the state of Maine against the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), regarding political donor reporting. In response, the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices launched an investigation of NOM. Maine law requires a disclosure report from any organizations that raises more than $5,000 for a ballot question campaign. NOM had contributed $1.6 million to Stand For Marriage Maine, as of October 23, 2009, without revealing its donors' names. … Read More


On April 10, 2010, Karger held a press conference at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) in New Orleans, to announce that he was "seriously considering becoming a candidate for President of the United States in 2012 as an Independent Republican." … Read More
Karger officially announced his candidacy on March 23, 2011.
…  His unsuccessful run for the 2012 Republican nomination for President made him America’s first openly gay presidential candidate from either major political party. … Read More
2014 64 Years Old A documentary about Karger's presidential campaign, Fred, premiered at the Monadnock International Film Festival on April 4, 2014. … Read More
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