America Coming Together
America Coming Together (ACT) was a liberal, political action,
527 groupdedicated to get-out-the-vote activities. ACT did not specifically endorse any political party, but mostly worked on behalf of Democratic candidates. It was the largest 527 group in 2004 and was planning to be involved in future races. The group was primarily funded by Peter Lewis, George Soros, and labor unions, especially the Service Employees International Union, and was led by Steve Rosenthal, a former political director of the AFL-CIO.
In the last three weeks before the 2004 presidential and congressional elections, ACT planned on funding over 12 million phone calls to targeted voters and having canvassers hand-deliver 11 million pieces of literature at targeted doorsteps. On Election Day, ACT had projected to have 45,000 paid canvassers in the battleground states and spent over $10 million on Election Day. It had 86 offices open every day, a staff of 4000 and a goal of reinforcing the army of 45,000 paid canvassers with 25,000 volunteers.
In the fall of 2004, ACT was featured in the Frontline Documentary, [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/persuaders/ "The Persuaders"] , which described ACT's use of
2005ACT was in the process of being wound down. [cite news
first =Thomas B.
title =Soros-Backed Activist Group Disbands as Interest Fades
work =Washington Post
publisher =The Washington Post Company
accessdate =2007-09-21 ] Its website was not renewed and is no longer operational.
Federal Election Commissionannounced on August 29, 2007, that it had reached a settlement agreement with ACT for violations of various federal campaign finance laws during the 2004 US presidential campaign. ACT has agreed to pay $775,000 in fines. [FEC Press Release August 29, 2007 http://www.fec.gov/press/press2007/20070829act.shtml]
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/527s/527events.asp?orgid=10 Opensecrets.org ACT Profile]
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