The founder of an erotic gay website featuring nude men wrestling with each other is fundraising for Democratic Massachusetts senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
Stephen Driscoll, a Democratic activist in Massachusetts who runs the adult gay wrestling website BGEast.com under the name “Kid Leopard,” has raised nearly $5,000 for Warren under the organizational banner “LGBT for Elizabeth Warren.” The disclosure comes from the ActBlue online fundraising platform, which facilitates people using the Internet to fundraise for Democrats.
Driscoll, who did not return emails Sunday from The Daily Caller seeking comment, runs BGEast.com and has starred in several wrestling videos on the adult site.
“This site contains adult-oriented subject matter and is intended to be viewed by persons 21 years of age or older,” a content warning on the site reads. “By entering this site you acknowledge that you will be requesting the electronic transmission of adult oriented material.”
Some videos on the website show men wrestling in Speedo-style trunks, though another part of the website called “The Arena” is devoted to an audience seeking videos of nude men.
“THE ARENA is BG East Wrestling’s members-only area, where we show all the nude and erotic pictures that are too hot for general web viewing,” the site announces.
BGEast.com does not list Driscoll as the owner of the business on its website, but evidence shows that “Kid Leopard” and Driscoll are one and the same.
The user profile for “Kid Leopard” at Yahoo lists the user as “Stephen D” of “Pembroke, MA.” A video of Driscoll speaking at a 2006 convention shows that Driscoll resembles “Kid Leopard” in a wrestling video.
In an interview with a wrestling blog in 2011, “Kid Leopard” discussed his wrestling website and politics, declaring: “I’ve never kept my political involvement a secret.”
“I helped found and eventually headed a national gay Democrats organization, and for over 20 years we’ve contributed at least 7.5% of our profits to LGBT organizations,” he said.
Driscoll has been very involved in Democratic politics: he has been a leader of the National Stonewall Democrats and the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s LGBT Caucus. He was a co-founder of National Stonewall Democrats, a grassroots network connecting gay Democratic activists.
He was also a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1996, 2000 and 2008, and served as a Democratic member of the Electoral College in 2000.
Driscoll has also listed himself as a “sports promoter” when donating money to Democrats, a likely reference to his wrestling website.
Driscoll has donated money to a number of Democrats recently, including Warren, President Barack Obama, Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin, and the Democratic State Committee of Massachusetts, according to a review of records provided by the Center for Responsive Politics.
He gave $1,000 to Warren in September 2011 and then another $1,000 in December 2011.
Warren’s campaign did not return a request for comment about whether the campaign approves of Driscoll fundraising for them.
The Harvard Law School professor is running against Republican Sen. Scott Brown. Her campaign has suffered a series of setbacks related to her claims during her legal career that she was descended from Native Americans. So far, the Warren campaign has been unable to provide reporters and critics with documents substantiating that claim.