America Votes

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America Votes is a 501(c)4 organization that aims "to coordinate and promote progressive issues."[1] America Votes leads national and state-based coalitions to advance progressive policies and increase voter turnout for Democratic Party candidates.[2][3][4]

America Votes was created prior to the 2004 election by Ellen Malcolm, the founder of EMILY's List; former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope; Harold Ickes; Steve Rosenthal; and Andy Stern, the former president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU).[5] Greg Speed serves as president of the organization.[6]


According to the Center for Public Integrity, "America Votes, a national liberal nonprofit group with significant union funding, made the 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin recall elections a top priority, providing a major cash infusion to a handful of groups that helped organize the efforts." America Votes donated $940,000 toward the ultimately unsuccessful recall effort against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.[1]


America Votes does not disclose its donors. The group raised $12.7 million in 2013, and projects revenue of $8.5 million in 2014. According to the Center for Public Integrity, "Between 40 percent and 50 percent of that sum is projected to come from wealthy donors connected to the Democracy Alliance, a secretive nonprofit whose funders include the likes of billionaire investor George Soros and author, horticulturalist and philanthropist Amy Goldman."[3]


The following groups have donated to America Votes:[3][7]

Member organizations[edit]

The following groups are listed on the America Votes website as "national partners":


  1. ^ a b Wollner, Adam (2013-08-19). "'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall". Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  2. ^ Luo, Michael (June 27, 2008). "Shifts for Soft-Money Groups". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Beckel, Michael (2014-05-21). "Who's bankrolling secretive liberal group America Votes?". Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  4. ^ Silver, Jonathan (November 1, 2014). "Fliers try to shame Democrats, indies into voting Tuesday". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  5. ^ Lester, Beth (May 31, 2004). "Coalition Of Dem-Leaning Groups Rally Behind Kerry". CBS News. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Leadership". America Votes. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  7. ^ Choma, Russ (2012-08-23). "Liberal Group With Ties to Unions Ends Donor Disclosure". Open Secrets. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  8. ^ Blumenthal, Paul (April 9, 2014). "Nothing Really Compares To The Koch Brothers' Political Empire". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Mark Leon (February 20, 2006). "Ashes of ACT". The American Prospect. Retrieved 25 September 2010.

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