Officially designated as a "Section 527" committee, America Votes (AV) is a national coalition of grassroots, get-out the-vote organizations. Its task is to work with more than 300 state and national partner groups to "advance progressive policies," "expand access to the ballot," "coordinate issue advocacy and election campaigns," and "protect every American's right to vote." While AV professes a commitment to such nominally non-partisan goals as increasing "voter registration and ... participation in electoral politics," its get-out-the-vote efforts are in fact targeted wholly toward likely Democratic voters -- e.g., swing voters (working women and young people) and Democrat base voters (especially blacks and Hispanics).
As of April 2011, AV's national partner organizations included the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the American Association for Justice, EMILY's List, the Human Rights Campaign, the League of Conservation Voters, the NAACP National Voter Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Education Association, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the SEIU, the Sierra Club, USAction, and a number of other groups.
The America Votes coalition itself is a constituent of a larger entity, the "Shadow Party," identified by Discover The Networks as a nationwide network of activist groups whose agendas are ideologically Left, and which are engaged in campaigning for the Democrats.
Soros's son, Jonathan, has contributed at least $250,000 to AV. Other notable donors include Rob McKay, Robert Glaser, and Andrew Rappaport, all of whom are associates of George Soros. Key organizational donors to AV include the Media Fund, the Human Rights Campaign, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the SEIU, the League of Conservation Voters, the MoveOn.org Voter Fun, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers, the Sierra Club, America Coming Together, and EMILY's List.
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