Non-profit

All On the Line

Website:

allontheline.org

Formation:

2019

Type:

Redistricting Advocacy Campaign

Project of:

National Redistricting Action Fund (NRAF)

All On The Line is a left-of-center advocacy campaign focused on pushing congressional redistricting efforts favorable to liberal politicians and is a project of the National Redistricting Action Fund (NRAF). All On the Line was created when NRAF merged with Organizing for Action (OFA) an advocacy group dedicated to preserving and building upon former President Barack Obama’s agenda. [1]

NRAF is associated with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), a PAC associated with the Democratic Party and led by Obama administration U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Background

All On the Line is a left-of-center advocacy campaign focused on pushing congressional redistricting efforts favorable to liberal politicians. It is a project of the National Redistricting Action Fund (NRAF), the 501(c)(4) lobbying arm of former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder’s Democratic Party-aligned National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), a Political Action Committee (PAC) that serves as a “strategic hub for a comprehensive redistricting strategy” for Democrats in congressional elections in response to Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 2010 through the 2018 midterm elections. [2]

All On the Line was created when the NRAF merged with Organizing for Action (OFA), an advocacy group that is the lineal descendant of the campaign organizations supporting the election of former President Barack Obama. OFA is dedicated to preserving and building upon the Obama agenda. [3]

Campaign Activities

On the top of its website, All On the Line lists its “key targets” which consist of ten “priority states” that the campaign can have a “unique impact” on for the next ten years. These key states are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. [4]

All On the Line declared March 23, 2019, to be a “Day of Action,” as it encouraged people across America canvass friends and family to campaign against Republican redistricting efforts. People were also encouraged to tune into a Facebook Live event held by Holder. [5]

Former President Barack Obama revealed All On The Line’s new in-person training initiative “Redistricting U” in August 2019. According to All On The Line’s website, trainers will be sent to cities across the country to train Democratic redistricting activists and provide them with tools to support redistricting processes favorable to liberal candidates in their respective states. [6]

In 2019, All On The Line increased its efforts to promote redistricting reforms and increase participation in the 2020 Census. All On the Line seeks to hire volunteers and staff in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado, Arizona, and Texas.  These states are currently involved in legal disputes that regard redrawing U.S. House and state legislative district boundaries. The organization’s leader Eric Holder, previous director of the National Redistricting Action Fund, expressed concern that the Republican Party directed the redistricting process in most of these states.

Currently Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona can redraw existing district lines while using bipartisan commissions. Eric Holder stated that All On The Line seeks to train its staff and volunteers to participate in these bipartisan commissions and influence the outcome of the redistricting process. [7]

Redistricting U Project

In 2019, former President Barack Obama supported the project Redistricting U, which is managed by All On The Line. Redistricting U is a training program that sends trainers to cities to train volunteers in tactics to alter the redistricting process in their state in order to receive a Democratic legislative majority.

All on the Line was created when Organizing for Action, affiliated with the Obama administration, merged with the National Redistricting Action Fund. The National Redistricting Action Fund was created by former Attorney General Eric Holder. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee was created as a result of this merger and the company launched the All On The Line campaign. [8]

References

  1. Seitz-Wald, Alex. “Obama-Aligned Organizing for Action Relaunches for Trump Era.” NBCNews.com. NBCUniversal News Group, March 17, 2017. https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/democrats-vs-trump/obama-aligned-organizing-action-relaunches-trump-era-n719311. ^
  2. “About Us.” National Democratic Redistricting Committee. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://democraticredistricting.com/about/. ^
  3. Seitz-Wald, Alex. “Obama-Aligned Organizing for Action Relaunches for Trump Era.” NBCNews.com. NBCUniversal News Group, March 17, 2017. https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/democrats-vs-trump/obama-aligned-organizing-action-relaunches-trump-era-n719311. ^
  4. “All On The Line – States.” All On The Line. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://allontheline.org/#states. ^
  5. Network, Action. “All On The Line House Parties.” The Action Network. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/all-on-the-line-house-parties. ^
  6. “Redistricting U.” All On The Line. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://allontheline.org/redistrictingu/. ^
  7. Wilson, Reid. “Obama Political Arm to Merge with Holder-Run Group.” The Hill. February 21, 2019. https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/430845-obama-political-arm-to-merge-with-holder-run-group. ^
  8. Behrmann, Savannah. “Fair Maps: Barack Obama Launches New Initiative to Help Take on Partisan Gerrymandering.” USA Today. August 26, 2019. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/08/26/barack-obama-launches-initiative-take-partisan-gerrymandering/2127235001/. ^
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