Campaign Legal Center: Online Political Advertising

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Campaign Legal Center
Amount: Up to $50,000 in 2018

What is the Campaign Legal Center?

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. CLC is adamantly nonpartisan, holding candidates and government officials accountable regardless of political affiliation. Their work includes serving as a watchdog group on ethics and campaign finance issues and participating in legal proceedings across the country to defend the right to vote.

Why do we think this organization is important?

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) shines light on the lack of transparency in online political advertising. Opaque and outdated transparency laws make it easy for dark money campaigns to influence elections and political debates online. CLC develops and pushes for common sense solutions that improve transparency of online ads at the state and federal level.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Campaign Legal Center?

Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant to the Campaign Legal Center in the amount of up to $50,000 in 2018.

Four Freedoms Action Fund

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: NEO Philanthropy Action Fund
Amount: Up to $100,000 in 2018

What is the Four Freedoms Action Fund?

The Four Freedoms Action Fund (FFAF) is a project of NEO Philanthropy Action Fund (NEO-PAF) that builds and supports a robust local, state and national infrastructure of immigrants’ rights organizations and leaders. They are conducting a post 2018-midterm mapping and analysis to determine and understand what legislative opportunities there are at the state level to support immigrant communities.

Why do we think this project is a good idea?

We believe that diverse, bipartisan organizations and communities can work together for the common good. Bipartisan efforts are required in order to create safe and secure communities, develop a sense of shared national identity, and make space to defend constitutional norms under attack.  The Four Freedoms Action Fund’s 2018-midterm mapping identifies potential legislative efforts, policy issues, and other state-level opportunities where bipartisan networks can collaborate more effectively.

 How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Four Freedoms Action Fund?

Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant of up to $100,000 to the NEO Philanthropy Action Fund (NEO-PAF) to conduct mapping of the 2018-midterm election and determine where there are legislative opportunities at the state level to support immigrant communities.

Open Society Project

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Niskanen Center for Public Policy
Amount: $175,000 in 2018

What is the Niskanen Center for Public Policy?

The Niskanen Center for Public Policy is a 501(c)(4) organization that works within the governing networks of American politics to advance policies and politics animated by a spirit of thoughtful moderation.

Why do we think this organization is important?

The Niskanen Center for Public Policy is dedicated to protecting democratic institutions and processes. They believe that maintaining a liberal democracy is not a partisan issue, and that American rights and institutions must be actively protected. To this end, their Open Society Project has developed a center-right network of individuals and organizations opposed to the spread of illiberal, nativist populism.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the Niskanen Center?

Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant to the Niskanen Center for Public Policy in the amount of $175,000 in 2018.

The Republican Party and Women in Politics

Last summer, as a part of our commitment to promoting a more inclusive democracy, Democracy Fund Voice partnered with Echelon Insights to better understand the views and values that drive Republicans to support or oppose female candidates. To better inform our strategies to support women considering a run for public office, we began by digging in to questions like, “Do Republicans think there is a problem with the number of female Republicans who are elected to office? Why or why not?” and “What remedies, if any, would Republicans support in order to boost the number of Republican women in office?”

Key findings from the research include:

  • Republican leaders vary greatly in their views on candidate recruitment, but most felt it is the role of party leaders to encourage people to become more active in the party.
  • Republican leaders have reservations about women-focused recruitment efforts, and prefer to focus on qualifications for the position rather than differences in identity.
  • Republican voters acknowledge women face unique challenges on the campaign trail.
  • Republican voters see family commitments and attacks from the media as deterrents and key reasons fewer women run or are elected as Republicans.

There were two phases of this research. Phase 1 began with sixteen in-depth interviews of Republican Party leaders across the country during the Summer of 2018. States included AR, AZ, CO, DC, KY, IL, MD, NC, ND, OH, PA, TX, VA, and VT. Phase 2 included both a pre-election and a post-election survey of N = 500 Republican registered voters nationwide. These interviews were conducted via a blend of live phone interviews and online interviews.

Please download a PDF of the pre-election toplines and/or post-election toplines to learn more.

Law Works Education Fund

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Law Works Education Fund
Amount: Up to $650,000 in 2018

What is the Law Works Education Fund?

The Law Works Education Fund, a fiscally sponsored project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)4 social welfare organization, engages bipartisan voices in advocacy and educating the public on the importance of the rule of law, democratic norms, independent law enforcement entities, and the integrity of our legal institutions.

Why do we think this project is a good idea?

Democracy Fund Voice believes that the rule of law, checks and balances, and a strong and trusted judiciary are essential features of our democratic system. The Law Works Education Fund works with partners in the legal, judicial, national security, and law enforcement communities, as well as current and former elected and appointed officials from both sides of the aisle, to communicate the importance of these concepts to the American people.

By mobilizing these champions for the rule of law, Law Works Education Fund is helping defend our institutions within all three branches of government and the foundational system of checks and balances that holds our leaders accountable.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Law Works Education Fund?

Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant to the Law Works Education Fund in the amount of up to $650,000 for 2018.

 

 

Connecting Constituents to Representatives through Research and Development with Fireside 21

What is Fireside 21?

Just as President Franklin D. Roosevelt connected with individual citizens via radio with his “Fireside chat” broadcasts, Fireside 21 believes politicians in the 21st century can similarly build close relationships with constituents using the latest technologies and strategies. With the help of our grant, Fireside 21 will research and develop a constituent relationship management (CRM) software machine that seeks to improve the efficiency of congressional client offices to process email constituent communications. This is currently deployed in 150 offices of the House of Representatives.

Why do we think this project is a good idea?

Members of Congress receive record numbers of constituent engagement every day. It becomes difficult for congressional staffers to manage the flood of mail, which decreases the potential response and action congressional members can make. Fireside 21 has spent the last 10 years working on a fresh approach to how technology can be adopted by Congressional members for improved civic engagement. Efficiency among congressional offices through better technological advances can aid in providing not only better communications, but increased for political action to take place.

 

How is Voice supporting Demand Progress Action?

Democracy Fund Voice approved a one-year grant to Fireside 21 Demand Progress Action in the amount of up to $100,000 for 2017-2018.

Defending Democracy Together

Type of Activity: General Operating and Project Grant
Grantee: Defending Democracy Together
Grants Total: Up to $1,600,000 in 2018

What is Defending Democracy Together?

Defending Democracy Together is a 501(c)4 organization for conservatives committed to defending democracy and preserving the rule of law.

Why do we think this organization is important?

Democracy Fund Voice is committed to supporting voices across the political spectrum who stand up for our democratic norms and institutions. We believe that checks and balances and the rule of law are essential features of our constitutional system that help protect against abuses of power.
One of the key initiatives of Defending Democracy Together, the Republicans for the Rule of Law (RRL) project, encourages conservatives to uphold the rule of law and defend democratic norms, institutions and principles. By engaging with those on the right through media, op-eds, and advertising, RRL seeks to ensure that anti-democratic rhetoric and actions do not go unchallenged.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Defending Democracy Together?

In 2018, Democracy Fund Voice approved a total of $1,600,000 in grants to support Defending Democracy Together and its Republicans for the Rule of Law project.

Bipartisan State Representative Networks

Type of Activity: Grant
Grantee: Bridge Alliance
Amount: Up to $90,000 over one year

What is Bridge Alliance?

Bridge Alliance, a bipartisan organization, is a growing movement of more than 80 civic action organizations working individually and together to transform the political terrain by putting country before self-interest. Bridge Alliance provides essential infrastructure and investment for their member organizations to connect and collaborate on projects that further shared goals and generate collective impact.

Why do we think this organization is important?

The political landscape of state legislatures tells an underlying story of lack of bipartisan cooperation, hyper-partisanship, and party polarization. Americans often feel forced to vote against candidates rather than for a candidate that truly represents them. Bridge Alliance works to find common ground between political parties to ensure a government that is of, by, and for the people.

With the help of our grant, Bridge Alliance will work to strengthen bipartisan, generational relationships among Millennial Action Project’s State Future Caucus Network members and among other networks in the field. This relationship and network building will help identify, seize upon, and amplify opportunities for bipartisan conversations in all 50 states. The impact of this national program will be measured by participant feedback, changes in process, and a tenor of civility achieved by state legislative leaders.

How is Voice supporting Bridge Alliance?

Democracy Fund Voice approved a one year grant to Bridge Alliance in the amount of up to $90,000 for 2017-2018.

Implementing Policy Change for Government Accountability

Type of Activity: Grant
Grantee: Demand Progress Action
Amount: Up to $200,000 over two years

What is Demand Progress Action?

Demand Progress Action, a fiscally-sponsored project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, is a charitable organization with two million affiliated activists focused on civil liberties and government reform-related issues. Demand Progress Action works to implement policy changes that keep the federal government accountable and support institutional reform.

Why do we think this project is a good idea?

At a time when few civil society organizations lobby on issues relating to congressional capacity, Demand Progress Action has emerged as a leader in helping Congress become a more resilient and functional 21st-century institution. Demand Progress Action helps Congress make sense of the complex set of impediments that hold back its ability to innovate and hamper its legislative capacity. A modernized and more functional Congress can develop stronger policy solutions to the challenges facing the American people.

Democracy Fund Voice will provide support to Demand Progress Action to advocate for congressional rules changes and legislation to strengthen congressional offices’ policymaking abilities and allow for technological innovation that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Congressional staff. With the help of our grant, Demand Progress Action will be able to track all hearings, markups, and legislation related to congressional capacity, deepen relationships with congressional leadership, lobby new measures supporting Congress’s ability to do its job, and build upon existing coalitions to support grassroots mobilization.

How is Voice supporting Demand Progress Action?

Democracy Fund Voice approved a two-year grant to Demand Progress Action in the amount of up to $200,000 for 2017-2018.

United to Protect Democracy

Type of Activity: Grant
Grantee: United to Protect Democracy
Amount: Up to $200,000 over two years

What is United to Protect Democracy?

United to Protect Democracy is a new organization working to preserve constitutional checks and balances, and hold the Executive Branch accountable for ethical violations and abuses of power. It advances its mission through advocacy, lobbying, and public interest litigation.

Why do we think this organization is important?

United to Protect Democracy’s priorities focus on areas that pose the most significant threats to democracy, such as preventing the politicization of independent institutions and maintaining the constitutional balance of powers among the executive branch, Congress, judiciary, and the individual states.

How is Voice supporting United to Protect Democracy?

Democracy Fund Voice approved a two-year grant to United to Protect Democracy in the amount of up to $200,000 for 2017-2018.