The Big 4 accounting firms, their trade association and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have pulled back on fundraising for U.S.Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th Dist.) after he reportedly made anti-gay remarks in a closed-door meeting with fellow Republican lawmakers, sources said to Bloomberg.
Garrett refused to raise money for a Republican Congressional campaign group because it supported gay candidates, as first reported by Politico.
His comments, along with his support for a bill that would protect people who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds, drew protests outside his Glen Rock office Monday.
Garrett's top donors have helped him amass a $2 million war chest, and include banks, hedge funds, audit firms and exchanges who were also jarred by the remarks, Bloomberg reported. The same firms often tout their diversity to draw workers and clients.
Steven Elmendorf, a Democratic lobbyist, said Garrett had given him a "hook" in raising money for potential Garrett opponent Josh Gottheimer, a Microsoft executive and former speechwriter for Bill Clinton.Myles Ma may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MylesMaNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.