PROGRESSIVE MAJORITY BACKGROUNDER

 

 

September 2003

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Progressive Majority Is A Liberal Group Providing “Early Support To Progressive Candidates” And Building “A Talented ‘Farm Team’ Of Future Progressive Leaders And Decision Makers In Washington, DC And In The States.”  “Progressive Majority has a clear and bold purpose: To elect progressive champions who will help change the direction of this country.  We will do this by building a nationwide member network that will provide much-needed early support to progressive candidates – helping them to win elections and bring our values back into the halls of government.  Progressive Majority is your one-stop connection to innovative and idealistic candidates working to build a practical – and progressive – future.  Progressive Majority will foster the emergence of a talented ‘farm team’ of future progressive leaders and decision-makers in Washington, DC and in the states.  We know it’s not going to happen overnight.  But it can happen with disciplined strategies, determination and yes, your dollars.”  (Progressive Majority Website, www.progressivemajority.org, Accessed 9/23/03)

 

In The 2004 Cycle, Progressive Majority Plans To Fund Candidates And Conduct Outreach, Recruitment And Training To Elect “Progressive Candidates.”  “In this political cycle, Progressive Majority will provide early seed money for promising progressive candidates, focusing on Congressional races.  We will also conduct outreach, recruitment and training to create new classes of top-flight progressive candidates for key federal, state and local races – and we will provide the campaign support necessary to put these candidates in office.”  (Progressive Majority Website, www.progressivemajority.org, Accessed 9/23/03) 

 

Progressive Majority Operates Both A Federal PAC And A Soft Money 527 Committee.  (Federal Elections Commission Website, www.fec.gov, Accessed 9/23/03; IRS 527 Committee Search Website, http://www.irs.gov/charities/political/article/0,,id=109644,00.html, Accessed 9/23/03)

 

PROGRESSIVE MAJORITY FEDERAL PAC

 

So Far This Year, Progressive Majority’s Federal PAC Has Received Strong Support From Labor Unions And Democrat Politicians’ PACs.  Below are the PAC’s contributions from other committees so far this year.

 

2003

AFL-CIO COPE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS COMMITTEE  $5,000  

AMERICA WORKS COMMITTEE  $5,000  

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE COUNTY & MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES - P E O P L E, QUALIFIED  $5,000  

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES POLITICAL ACTION TOGETHER LEGISLATIVE AN  $2,500  

JERRYS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (JERRYS PAC)  $5,000  

JESSE JACKSON JR FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE  $5,000  

LABORERS’ POLITICAL LEAGUE-LABORERS’ INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NA  $5,000  

MACHINISTS NON PARTISAN POLITICAL LEAGUE  $5,000  

RE-ELECT MCGOVERN COMMITTEE  $2,500  

SCHAKOWSKY FOR CONGRESS  $5,000  

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE  $5,000  

SHEET METAL WORKERS’ INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION LEAGUE  $5,000  

TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS COMMITTEE  $2,500  

UNITED FOOD & COMMERCIAL WORKERS, ACTIVE BALLOT CLUB  $5,000 

(Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 9/23/03)

 

In The 2002 Cycle, The Progressive Majority PAC Received Strong Support From Labor Unions, Drawing Maximum Contributions From SEIU, NEA, CWA, AFL-CIO And AFSCME, Among Others.  Below are the PAC’s contributions from other committees last cycle.

 

2001-02

AFL-CIO COPE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS COMMITTEE  $10,000  

AMERICA WORKS COMMITTEE  $5,000  

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES’ POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE  $3,500  

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE COUNTY & MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES - P E O P L E, QUALIFIED  $10,000  

BARBARA LEE FOR CONGRESS  $1,000  

BARNEY FRANK FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE  $5,000   

BAY AREA MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS COMMITTEE - FEDERAL  $2,500  

BROTHERHOOD OF RAILROAD SIGNALMEN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE  $1,000  

CITIZENS FOR ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON  $1,000  

COMMITTEE FOR DEMOCRATIC ACTION (FKA METZENBAUM FOR SENATE - 1988)  $100  

CWA-COPE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS COMMITTEE  $10,000  

FRIENDS OF ROSA DELAURO  $5,000  

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE  $1,000  

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 21 PAC  $5,000  

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES POLITICAL ACTION TOGETHER LEGISLATIVE AN  $5,000  

IRONWORKERS POLITICAL ACTION LEAGUE  $6,000  

JERRYS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (JERRYS PAC)  $5,000  

KELLEHER FOR CONGRESS  $250  

MACHINISTS NON-PARTISAN POLITICAL LEAGUE  $10,000  

NADLER FOR CONGRESS INC  $5,000  

NEA FUND FOR CHILDREN AND PUBLIC EDUCATION  $10,000  

OREGON LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS PAC/OLCV PAC  $1,000  

PAC TO THE FUTURE  $10,000  

PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY VOTERS ALLIANCE (PFAW VOTERS ALLIANCE OR PFAW VA)  $300  

PETE STARK RE-ELECTION COMMITTEE  $5,000  

SCHAKOWSKY FOR CONGRESS  $10,000  

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE  $10,000  

SHEET METAL WORKERS’ INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION LEAGUE  $5,000  

SOLIDARITY PAC  $5,000  

SOLIS FOR CONGRESS  $2,000  

TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS COMMITTEE  $10,000  

UAW - V - CAP (UAW VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM)  $5,000  

UNITE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE  $5,000  

UNITED FOOD & COMMERCIAL WORKERS, ACTIVE BALLOT CLUB  $10,000  

UNITED TRANSPORTATION UNION (UTU) TRANSPORTATION POLITICAL EDUCATION LEAGUE  $600  

VOTERS FOR CHOICE/FRIENDS OF FAMILY PLANNING  $1,100  

WOOLSEY FOR CONGRESS  $5,000 

(Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 9/23/03)

 

Gloria Totten, Progressive Majority’s Executive Director, Said That Her Group Had Over 10,000 Small-Money Donors In The 2002 Cycle.  “The Progressive Majority PAC, for instance, is developing a large base of small-money donors who regularly support progressive candidates.  According to Executive Director Gloria Totten, the group’s fundraising goals have been met by more than 10,000 small-money donors.”  (“PAC Attack,” The American Prospect, 10/21/02)

 

PROGRESSIVE MAJORITY 527 COMMITTEE

 

Progressive Majority’s Soft Money 527 Committee Has Received Support From Labor Unions, The Sierra Club And Hollywood Producer Steve Bing.  Below are some notable contributions to the 527.

 

 

(IRS 527 Committee Search Website, http://www.irs.gov/charities/political/article/0,,id=109644,00.html, Accessed 9/23/03)

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GLORIA TOTTEN

 

Gloria Totten Is Executive Director Of Progressive Majority.  Gloria Totten took the helm of Progressive Majority in May 2001.  Prior to that, she served as Political Director for the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) since 1996.  At NARAL, she ran a multi-million-dollar department budget that was more than $9 million in 2000 and was responsible for all of the electoral and political organizing work, as well as managing NARAL’s 27 state affiliates.  While there, Gloria also worked to develop the organization’s first nationwide pro-choice voter file, which consisted of 2.9 million pro-choice identified voters in 2000.  She also devised all of NARAL’s advocacy campaigns, including numerous ballot initiative campaigns, legislative battles and the Stop Ashcroft! campaign in 2001.  From 1993-1996, Gloria was the Executive Director for Maryland NARAL.  During her tenure, she served as the organization’s chief lobbyist and strategist, chairperson for the state pro-choice coalition, director of the Political Action Committee (PAC) and was responsible for raising the annual operating and program budgets.  In her home state of Minnesota, Gloria worked as the Education Director for Pro-Choice Resources, President and Lobbyist for the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and as a grassroots organizer on campaigns from the Presidential to Mayoral levels.”  (Progressive Majority Website, www.progressivemajority.org, Accessed 9/23/03) 

 

Totten Serves On The Board Of Fair And Balanced PAC, Which Launched The BushRecall.com Website In August 2003.  “A new committee called the Fair and Balanced PAC plans to launch its www.bushrecall.org Web site Thursday.  The PAC’s founders include Joe Lockhart, a press secretary to former President Clinton, and Mike Lux, a Democratic political consultant. … The Fair and Balanced PAC’s board members include Gloria Totten, executive director of another Democratic-leaning group, the Progressive Majority, and former political director of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League.”  (Sharon Theimer, “Dems Start Group To Try To ‘Recall’ Bush,” The Associated Press, 8/21/03)

  

Totten Stated That With National Parties Banned From Raising Soft Money, “Outside Groups Will Absolutely Have To Pick Up The Slack.”  “Now that national political parties are barred from accepting the unlimited ‘soft money’ that once fattened their treasuries, outside groups from the left and right are sending the message that they would be happy to become alternative recipients.  The pro-labor Progressive Majority, for example, is researching the Democratic Party’s major contributors and sending out feelers.  The group, whose goal is to elect more liberals, wants some of those soft money dollars to fund ambitious plans for 2004 that include recruiting candidates, training them, and financing campaigns – all work that political parties normally do.  ‘Outside groups will absolutely have to pick up the slack’ as long as the new campaign finance law forbids the national parties from accepting soft money, said Gloria Totten, Progressive Majority’s executive director.”  (Julia Malone, “Soft Money Ban Sparks Alternatives,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 6/2/03)

 

PROGRESSIVE MAJORITY’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Senator Jon Corzine

Senator Patty Murray

Representative Tammy Baldwin

Representative Sherrod Brown

Representative John Conyers, Jr.

Representative Peter DeFazio

Representative Rosa DeLauro

Representative Lane Evans

Representative Bob Filner

Representative Barney Frank

Representative Raúl Grijalva

Representative Luis Gutierrez

Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representative Barbara Lee

Representative Betty McCollum

Representative George Miller

Representative Jerrold Nadler

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

Representative John Olver

Representative Nancy Pelosi

Representative Martin Sabo

Representative Jan Schakowsky

epresentative Hilda Solis

Representative Pete Stark

Representative Chris Van Hollen

Representative Maxine Waters

Representative Diane Watson

Representative Henry Waxman

Representative Lynne Woolsey

 

(Progressive Majority Website, www.progressivemajority.org, Accessed 9/23/03)