Non-profit

Deliver My Vote

Deliver My Vote is a left-of-center political advocacy nonprofit that promotes at-home voting in collaboration with other left-leaning nonprofits such as Engage Michigan, ProgressNow, the Center for Voter Information, the Voter Participation Center and VoteAmerica. [1] [2]

The founders of Deliver My Vote are Georgie Aguirre-Sacasa and Brian Dunn, political consultants working for firms that assist Democrats and left-leaning advocacy groups. [3] [4] [5] [6]

Background

Deliver My Vote is a left-of-center political advocacy nonprofit that promotes at-home voting in collaboration with other left-leaning nonprofits such as Engage Michigan and ProgressNow. [7] The Deliver My Vote website lists as “partners” four left-leaning nonprofits: the Center for Voter Information, the Voter Participation Center, Organizing Empowerment, and VoteAmerica. [8]

Deliver My Vote is a 501(c)(4) lobbying and advocacy group that appears to have become independent by at least September 2019. An IRS 990 form for 2019 was filed as the group’s “initial return” in May of 2020, and covered a period spanning from September 24, 2019, until December 31, 2019. The form indicates that the group did not yet have a website at the time of the filing. [9]

As of January 2022, it was not yet clear how much Deliver My Vote raised and spent during the 2020 election (its second full year of operations). The initial IRS filing for Deliver My Vote showed total expenses of just $13,174 for calendar year 2019. [10]

Leadership

Leigh Chapman was the executive director of Deliver My Vote until January 2022, when Gov. Tom Wolf (D) appointed her interim Secretary of State of Pennsylvania. [11] A majority of the leadership of Deliver My Vote has been persons with careers as advocates of left leaning public policy and Democratic politics.

Founders

Two of the five board members of Deliver My Vote are also identified as founders of the group: Georgie Aguirre-Sacasa and Brian Dunn. Both work for political consulting firms that assist Democrats and left-leaning advocacy groups. [12]

Aguirre-Sacasa is the principal owner of Double G + J Strategies. According to the Double G + J website, Aguirre-Sacasa was based in Colorado until 2013 and claimed several left-leaning political advocacy groups from Colorado as current or former clients. She also listed herself as a “consultant” for America Votes. [13] [14]

Dunn is a partner in Field Strategies. As of early January 2022, the main page of the Field Strategies website carried a photo of Leigh Chapman, then the executive director of Deliver My Vote, and a quote from her praising Dunn’s firm for the assistance it provided to Deliver My Vote during the 2020 federal election. [15] [16]

Other Board Members

In addition to Dunn and Aguirre-Sacasa, the Deliver My Vote website listed three additional board members as of January 2022. [17]

Joan Fitz-Gerald is a Democratic politician and the former president of the Colorado Senate. She is a founding member of the Colorado “Roundtable,” an informal alliance of left-leaning donors and partisan Democratic interest groups that formed in 2004. The Roundtable and its so-called “Gang of Four” left-leaning multi-millionaires created a successful strategy to flip the Colorado Legislature and governor’s office from Republican to Democratic control. The Roundtable later evolved into the Colorado Democracy Alliance, with Fitz-Gerald listed as a member. Fitz-Gerald is also a former president of America Votes, a coordination hub for left-leaning political advocacy groups and nonprofits. [18] [19] [20]

Sky Gallegos was identified as the “interim executive director” of For Our Future, a Democratic-aligned political action committee. [21]

Nick Chedli Carter was identified as the managing director of Resilient Democracy. He was also on the board of the left-leaning Center for Digital Democracy, and has been professionally affiliated with other left-of-center groups such as Planned Parenthood, Movement Cooperative, and 2020 Vision Ventures. [22] [23]

Deliver My Vote Education Fund

The Deliver My Vote Education Fund (DMVEF) is a legally separate but allied 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit that identifies as the “sister organization of Deliver My Vote.” [24]  

As of January 2022, the DMVEF website stated the group had not yet received IRS approval for its legal status: “DMVEF is a nonprofit charitable organization operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The organization is currently awaiting its tax-exempt status – once the status has been determined, donations will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.” [25]

As of January 2022, the “Who We Are” pages for both groups showed the same three staff members. [26] [27] As of early 2022 it was unclear how responsibility for payment of the shared staff was allocated nor how much either group had spent after 2019.

Deliver My Vote founders Georgie Aguirre-Sacasa and Brian Dunn were also listed as founders and members on the five person DMVEF board of directors. [28]

The other three board members listed by DMVEF were different from those sitting on the Deliver My Vote board. [29] DMVEF board member Marian K. Schneider was the Deputy Secretary of State in Pennsylvania and has worked for or professionally collaborated with several left-leaning advocacy groups, such as the Brennan Center, [30] and the Advancement Project. [31] Board member Edward Hailes, Jr. was listed as a senior official with the Advancement Project. Board member Matthew Fitzgerald was identified by DMVEF as a “Sr. Manager, Walmart

References

  1. “About Us.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/about ^
  2. “INCREASING TURNOUT AMONG INFREQUENT VOTERS – PA, MI, FL 2020 PLAN TO VOTE PROGRAMS.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 5, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/case-studies ^
  3. “About Us.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/about ^
  4. Field Strategies. Main Page. Accessed January 4, 2022.  https://fieldstrategies.com/ ^
  5. “Clients.” Double G + J Strategies. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.doublegandj.com/new-page ^
  6. Until her appointment as acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State by Gov. Tom Wolf (D), Leigh Chapman was the group’s executive director. [note] “Who We Are.” Deliver My Vote. Archived from the original December 28, 2021. Accessed January 10, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20211228154547/https://www.delivermyvote.org/about/who-we-are/ ^
  7. “INCREASING TURNOUT AMONG INFREQUENT VOTERS – PA, MI, FL 2020 PLAN TO VOTE PROGRAMS.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 5, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/case-studies ^
  8. “About Us.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/about ^
  9. Deliver My Vote. 2019 IRS Form 990-EZ. Accessed January 6, 2022. https://apps.irs.gov/pub/epostcard/cor/843147970_201912_990EO_2021050418056760.pdf ^
  10. Deliver My Vote. 2019 IRS Form 990-EZ. Accessed January 6, 2022. https://apps.irs.gov/pub/epostcard/cor/843147970_201912_990EO_2021050418056760.pdf ^
  11. “Who We Are.” Deliver My Vote. Archived from the original December 28, 2021. Accessed January 10, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20211228154547/https://www.delivermyvote.org/about/who-we-are/ ^
  12. “About Us.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/about ^
  13. “About.” Double G + J Strategies. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.doublegandj.com/about ^
  14. “Clients.” Double G + J Strategies. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.doublegandj.com/new-page ^
  15. Field Strategies. Main Page. Accessed January 4, 2022.  https://fieldstrategies.com/ ^
  16. “About Us.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/about ^
  17. “About Us.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/about ^
  18. Internal memo of Colorado Democracy Alliance: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2018/10/colorado-democracy-alliance-membership-document-2006.pdf ^
  19. Braun, Ken. “Colorado’s Big Blue Political Machine: The Culture Wars.” Capital Research Center. February 11, 2021. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://capitalresearch.org/article/colorados-big-blue-political-machine-part-3/ ^
  20. “About Us.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/about ^
  21. “About Us.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/about ^
  22. “Our Board.” Center for Digital Democracy. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.democraticmedia.org/board-directors ^
  23. “About Us.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/about ^
  24. “Donate.” Deliver My Vote Education Fund. Accessed January 6, 2022. https://delivermyvoteedfund.org/donate/ ^
  25. “Donate.” Deliver My Vote Education Fund. Accessed January 6, 2022. https://delivermyvoteedfund.org/donate/ ^
  26. “Who We Are.” Deliver My Vote. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.delivermyvote.org/about ^
  27. “Who We Are.” Deliver My Vote Education Fund. Accessed January 6, 2022 https://delivermyvoteedfund.org/who-we-are ^
  28. “Who We Are.” Deliver My Vote Education Fund. Accessed January 6, 2022 https://delivermyvoteedfund.org/who-we-are ^
  29. “Who We Are.” Deliver My Vote Education Fund. Accessed January 6, 2022 https://delivermyvoteedfund.org/who-we-are ^
  30. Schneider, Marian K. “Arizona’s Voter Suppression Bills Are Dangerously Close to Becoming Law.” Brennan Center. April 28, 2021. Accessed January 7, 2022. https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/arizonas-voter-suppression-bills-are-dangerously-close-becoming-law ^
  31. “Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary Marian K. Schneider honored by Election Verification Network.” Pennsylvania Department of State. May 17, 2016. Accessed January 7, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pennsylvania-deputy-secretary-marian-k-schneider-honored-by-election-verification-network-300237806.htmlhttps://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pennsylvania-deputy-secretary-marian-k-schneider-honored-by-election-verification-network-300237806.html ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Leigh Chapman
    Executive Director
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