* Super PAC that focuses almost exclusively on electing Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives
* Creates pro-Democrat political campaign ads
* Is supported financially by George Soros
House Majority PAC (HMP), which creates pro-Democrat political advertisements and describes itself as the “only Super PAC focused exclusively on electing Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives,” was founded in 2011 by Alixandria Lapp, a Democrat strategist and lobbyist who also has worked for the Democrat-leaning law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP. HMP was formed to counter what its organizers saw as “the barrage of GOP outside spending,” and to “ensure that never again would groups funded by Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and the like be able to drown out Democratic candidates.”
During the 2011-2012 election cycle, HMP raised nearly $36 million on behalf of Democrat candidates running for seats in the U.S. House.
HMP’s leading donors in its early years included some of the world’s wealthiest people, such as:
In 2013, HMP spent $175,000 on television ads attacking three Republican congressmen for their opposition to liberal immigration-reform policies. The organization specifically targeted Gary Miller of California, Mike Coffman of Colorado, and Joe Heck of Nevada, all of whom represented areas with large Hispanic populations. Said HMP spokesman Andy Stone: “Republicans’ extreme records on immigration reform, capped off by their support for deporting DREAM Act-eligible young people, shows just how out of touch they are.”
In the 2013-2014 midterm election cycle, HMP raised $38 million for Democrat candidates.
During the 2015-2016 election cycle, HMP raised over $55 million to help Democrats running for U.S. House seats. That sum included $2.3 million in expenditures for ads designed to discredit the incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Garrett of New Jersey’s 5th congressional district. One particular anti-Garrett ad – for which HMP spent $162,000 – accused Garrett of being opposed to the banning of Confederate flags at military cemeteries, and hostile to gay Republican candidates. “His views are perfect for rural Alabama,” said the ad, “so why is Scott Garrett representing New Jersey?” In a similar vein, HMP spokesperson Jeb Fain remarked: “Whether his outrageous defense of a symbol of racial hatred or his shameful discrimination against LGBT Americans, Garrett has proven he has no business representing the people of Jersey.” Garrett was ultimately unseated by Democrat Josh Gottheimer that November.
Notwithstanding its nearly exclusive focus on House races, HMP also spent $2.8 million on ads opposing Donald Trump’s presidential bid in 2016.
In the 2018 midterm election season, HMP raised almost $96 million to help Democrats reclaim control of the House of Representatives. One of the attack ads which the organization sponsored that year, accused Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of being “linked to KKK leader David Duke.” “Our country can’t afford the House GOP’s continuing circus of chaos and corruption,” said HMP spokesperson Jeb Fain, “and we’re going to make sure voters from coast to coast know it.”
In 2018 as well, HMP helped lead a coalition of left-wing groups like EMILY’s List, the League of Conservation Voters, Priorities USA, and others, which together spent more than $200 million on behalf of House Democrats in over 70 congressional races.
In 2019, HMP partnered with a newly formed nonprofit called House Majority Forward, which, according to its official website, prioritizes “economic growth and opportunity,” “social justice,” “environmental stewardship,” and “democracy.”
In December 2019, former New York City Mayor and liberal billionaire Michael Bloomberg pledged $10 million to HMP. Then-HMP president and former Hillary Clinton presidential-campaign manager Robby Mook welcomed Bloomberg’s donation, stating: “With this extraordinary commitment from Mayor Bloomberg, we’ll be able to ensure voters understand how their Democratic House majority is working on the issues that matter, like protecting access to affordable health care and reducing the cost of prescription drugs.” Another major reason for Bloomberg’s largesse was the fact that House Democrats at that time were moving forth with impeachment proceedings against President Trump: “Sadly, Republicans are more interested in protecting the President than the Constitution,” said Bloomberg. “Fortunately, House Democrats are holding the President accountable, and they need resources to stay in office.”
During the 2019-2020 election cycle, HMP raised $160 million, of which some $136 million was allocated to media-related expenses that included more than $117 million on TV ads, nearly $15 million on Internet ads, and roughly $3 million on other types of ads. The Democrat advertising firm, Waterfront Strategies, was the leading recipient of HMP outlays ($118 million) during that period. Among the top individual donors to HMP in 2019-2020 were the aforementioned Michael Bloomberg, who contributed more than $25 million; entrepreneur Fred Eychaner ($9 million); House Majority Forward (nearly $8 million); billionaire hedge fund manager Jim Simons ($5 million); and investment manager Donald Sussman ($4 million).
In 2020, HMP, again departing from its predominant focus on House races, spent $2.8 million on ads opposing Donald Trump’s presidential re-election bid, as well as $35,000 to support Joe Biden’s candidacy against Trump.
In January 2023, Mike Smith became the president of HMP. He previously had been a political director for Nancy Pelosi, a deputy national finance director with Hillary For America, and a development manager at the Center for American Progress.
In February 2023, The New York Times reported that HMP, in an effort to help Democrats regain control of the U.S. House in 2024, intended to spend $45 million on the next round of congressional races in New York State alone, plus another $35 million in California.
In July 2023, Politico published the contents of an email memo in which HMP had advised Democrat lawmakers on how they could most effectively deliver talking points about “GOP Extremism.” Said the memo:
“In January 2021 President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats inherited a deeply damaged economy, and immediately went to work. The result? A growing middle class, record job growth, lower costs, and for the first time in 3 years – income is growing faster than inflation.
“Leading up to Election Day 2024, it is imperative for Democrats to tout their accomplishments on a local and national level. Economic contrast research projects conducted by HMP have shown repeatedly that Democrats dramatically improved their position when they went on offense to talk about the economy. Go on offense, and build the contrast with the MAGA House Republicans immediately.”
The HMP memo also urged Democrats to attack Republicans for their positions on a number of additional specific issues. Said the memo:
TOPLINE: Under the leadership of Kevin McCarthy, extremist House Republicans have held the American economy hostage and have repeatedly threatened economic progress while supporting an extreme MAGA agenda that would ban abortion nationwide.
● Default: As part of their Default On America Act, House Republicans voted to hold our economy hostage, cut veterans benefits by 22%, fire 108,000 teachers and aides, defund law enforcement positions, kill 800,000 jobs, and eliminate health care for 21 million Americans.
● Abortion: If House Republicans get their way, they will implement a nationwide abortion ban – restricting American freedoms and ripping rights away from millions of women….
● Public Safety: House Republicans across the country have made it loud and clear that if they get their way, they will endanger public safety by defunding the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, laying off 28,000 agents at minimum.
● Government Shutdown: House Republicans are threatening to shut down the government unless they are allowed to make extremist cuts to Social Security, American infrastructure, water funds, and even more programs that are needed to allow the middle class to grow.
● Polluters Over People: Earlier this year, House Republicans voted to increase prices at the gas pump, protect corporate profits, and put polluters over people.