LGBT donors to President Obama's election campaigns are being barred from entering Russia.
The Daily Beast reports that the country, which has already blacklisted several U.S. senators and White House staff, has expanded their list to include "Obama campaign fundraisers tied to the LGBT community,” along with members of Congress.
“The names of the specific bundlers remains a secret, but a focus was put on those with ties to the gay and lesbian community; it’s a reflection of the ongoing fight between the Kremlin and the White House over Russia’s laws punishing the promotion of LGBT ‘propaganda,’” the article notes. It continues, “The only way a bundler or lawmaker can determine if he or she is on the sanctions list is to apply for a visa to visit Russia. If the visa is rejected without explanation, the applicant is on the list.”
The list is an act of retaliation against sanctions put on Russia by the Obama administration.