Non-profit

Civic Action Fund

Website:

civicaction.fund

Type:

Voter Mobilization Group

Project of:

Sixteen Thirty Fund

The Civic Action Fund is a left-of-center voter mobilization group. It is a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a left-of-center electoral advocacy nonprofit managed by the for-profit consulting firm Arabella Advisors. The Civic Action Fund operates in 12 separate battleground states with the stated goal of getting “low-propensity voters” to become “lifelong voters.”

Sixteen Thirty Fund registered Civic Action Fund as a trade name on February 26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The trade name expires in 2021. [1]

Numerous staff and advisors to Civic Action Fund have associations to prominent Democratic politicians and liberal advocacy groups, including former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the David Brock-founded super PAC American Bridge, and President Barack Obama’s political campaigns.

Background

The Civic Action Fund is a project financially sponsored in the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based leftwing organization that began in 2018 promoting Democratic candidate across the country. [2] Civic Action Fund operates in a dozen politically contested states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. [3]

The organization works with liberal politicians and organizations at the local level to get out the vote. It focuses on contacting “low propensity voters” from left-of-center constituencies to turn them out into reliable voters for left-of-center candidates and ballot propositions. [4]

The group works with other organizations at the local level to help them hone in on voter turnout among left-leaning groups historically unlikely to vote. It also provides year-around-funding to organizations at the local level for the purpose of keeping low-propensity voters involved in the process between elections. The only partnership it specifically lists on its website is with the Alliance for Youth Action, a left-of-center canvassing group. [5]

People

Staff

The Civic Action Fund’s senior staff come from backgrounds in Democratic activism and liberal politics.

Ashley Spillane is the executive director of the Civic Action Fund. Spillane is a social impact strategist who has worked with a number of Democratic-aligned voter turnout groups including Rock the Vote, the Atlas Project, and Democratic GAIN. [6]

Rodell Mollineau, the communications director, is an experienced Democratic political consultant. From 2011-2014, Mollineau led the David Brock-founded political committee American Bridge 21st Century; prior to joining Brock he worked as an aide to former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack (D). [7]

Matt Singer is the program director. Singer is the founder of National Voter Registration Day and was one of the earliest advocates of automatic voter registration. He is a left-wing activist and the former executive director of the Alliance for Youth Organizing (formerly known as Bus Federation Civic Fund). [8]

Advisors

Jessica Byrd is the founder of Three Point Strategies, a consulting firm focusing on race issues. She worked on political campaigns in 43 states. She previously worked for Emily’s List, a pro-abortion candidate recruiting group and for the 2008 Presidential campaign of Barack Obama and the campaign’s successor group Organizing for Action. [9]

Rebecca Lambe is a Democratic political consultant who worked for former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and numerous Democratic-aligned committees with ties to Reid. [10]

Mike Podhorzer is the assistant to the president for strategic research at the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest federation of labor unions and a key part of the liberal movement infrastructure. He is also the chairman of Catalist and the Analyst Institute, both liberal groups. [11]

Emmy Ruiz is a Democratic political operative. In 2016, she was Nevada and Colorado state director for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign; she has also worked for the Democratic National Committee, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and the Texas state-level pro-abortion political committee Annie’s List. [12]

Cristina Uribe has held management positions at liberal organizations including the National Education Association, EMILY’s List, and the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center. [13]

Paul Dunn is a Democratic political consultant; during the 2018 elections, he worked for Senate Majority PAC, the Democratic-leadership aligned Super PAC supporting the election of Democratic candidates to the U.S. Senate. [14]

References

  1. Sixteen Thirty Fund: Trade Name Listing. District of Columbia, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Accessed November 21, 2019. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6555491-Sixteen-Thirty-Fund-Incorporation-Records.html ^
  2. Sixteen Thirty Fund. Open Corporates. Accessed January 4, 2020. https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_dc/EXTUID_2696217 ^
  3. “About Us.” Civic Action Fund. Accessed January 4, 2020. https://civicaction.fund/#about ^
  4. “About Us.” Civic Action Fund. Accessed January 4, 2020. https://civicaction.fund/#about ^
  5. “About Us.” Civic Action Fund. Accessed January 4, 2020. https://civicaction.fund/#about ^
  6. Our Team & Advisors. Accessed January 4, 2020. https://civicaction.fund/our-team/ ^
  7. “Rodell Mollineau.” LinkedIn. Accessed January 9, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodell-mollineau-0898776/. ^
  8. “Steering Committee.” National Voter Registration Day, November 21, 2019. https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/about/steering-committee-2/. ^
  9. “Jessica Byrd.” LinkedIn. Accessed January 9, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-byrd-5084a238/ ^
  10. Our Team & Advisors. Accessed January 4, 2020. https://civicaction.fund/our-team/ ^
  11. Our Team & Advisors. Accessed January 4, 2020. https://civicaction.fund/our-team/ ^
  12. Mccaskill, Nolan D. “Harris Hires Ex-Clinton Aide Ruiz and Several Other Women of Color.” POLITICO, February 20, 2019. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/20/kamala-harris-2020-staff-1176679. ^
  13. Our Team & Advisors. Accessed January 4, 2020. https://civicaction.fund/our-team/ ^
  14. Burns, Alexander. “To Take the Senate, Democratic Group Will Spend Big in Red States.” The New York Times. The New York Times, July 26, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/26/us/politics/democrats-senate-midterms.html. ^
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