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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 (abortion), 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.

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.


Sources 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."[1] 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".

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America Votes is an American 527 organization whose mission is to build a permanent progressive campaign infrastructure. America Votes leads national and state-based coalitions to develop shared strategies that advance progressive policies, engage communities and increase voter turnout.[1]

America Votes leads the coordination, servicing and strategy of the progressive movement's grassroots campaigns for advocacy and elections, and advances vital election reforms and voting rights in the states.

America Votes was the brainchild of 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).[2] Greg Speed serves as Executive Director of the organization.[3]

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

Member organizations


  1. ^ Luo, Michael (June 27, 2008). "Shifts for Soft-Money Groups". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Lester, Beth (May 31, 2004). "Coalition Of Dem-Leaning Groups Rally Behind Kerry". CBS News. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Leadership". America Votes. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Mark Leon (February 20, 2006). "Ashes of ACT". The American Prospect. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 

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