America Votes


America Votes

America Votes is a coalition of the largest membership-based progressive groups in the country, representing a broad range of issues including the environment, civil and human rights, choice, education and labor. America Votes works with 48 national and more than 260 state-based partner organizations. By amplifying the collective impact of these organizations, America Votes increases the number of progressive voters, provides them with more detailed information on the issues, and gets them to the voting booth on Election Day. In addition, the coalition of partners works to ensure that activists and voters are contacted and engaged year-round about the critical issues of the progressive movement.

Ultimately, the mission of America Votes is to ensure that the traditionally cyclical practice of voter education is transformed into a permanent, progressive infrastructure.

Martin Frost serves as President. Greg Speed serves as Executive Director.

America Votes has offices in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia,Wisconsin, and Washington, DC.

ources of funding

According to New York Times reporter Matt Bai, America Votes was established by the "three families" of George Soros, Peter Lewis and Herb and Marion Sandler to "coordinate various get-out-the-vote drives during the 2004 election." [ [http://www.mattbai.com/argument-book "The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics"] ] Bai also reports that at the October 2005 meeting of the Democracy Alliance at the Chateau Elan near Atlanta, Georgia, America Votes "was slated to received at least $5.5 million for the next election cycle alone".

Member organizations

* 21st Century Democrats
* ACORN
* AFL-CIO
* AFSCME
* Alliance for Retired Americans
* American Association for Justice
* American Federation of Teachers
* American Hunters and Shooters Association
* Americans United for Change
* Ballot Initiative Strategy Center
* Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March
* Campaign for America's Future
* Change to Win
* Campaign for Community Change
* Civic Participation Campaign
* Clean Water Action
* Communities for Quality Education
* Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund
* Democracy for America
* EMILY's List
* Human Rights Campaign
* INDN's List
* International Brotherhood of Teamsters
* League of Conservation Voters
* League of United Latin American Citizens
* League of Young Voters
* MoveOn.org Political Action
* My Rural America
* NAACP National Voter Fund
* NARAL Pro-Choice America
* National Association of Social Workers
* NDN
* National Education Association
* National Jewish Democratic Council
* People for the American Way
* Planned Parenthood Action Fund
* Progressive Majority
* Progressive Future
* ProgressNow Action
* SEIU
* Sierra Club
* USAction
* VoteVets
* Women's Campaign Forum
* Women's Voices. Women Vote.
* Working America
* Young Democrats of America

References

External links

* [http://www.americavotes.org America Votes website]


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