Non-profit

Emerging American Majorities

Website:

www.emergingamericanmajorities.org/

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

81-4100201

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Formation:

2016

Type:

Political advocacy organization

President:

Jessica Post

Emerging American Majorities (EAM) is a left-of-center non-profit funded in part by the National Education Association and led by senior executives of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC). The group provides funding and other support to state Democratic parties and advocacy groups during state legislative election campaigns.

Background

Emerging American Majorities was founded to elect Democratic candidates in state legislative elections. [1] The group does not identify its funders, but it received a total of $325,000 in grants in 2016 and 2017 from the National Education Association, the largest government worker labor union in the United States. [2]

EAM’s address is the same office suite as the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC),[3] which provides funding, campaign operatives, and technological support to Democratic state legislative campaigns, and which planned to spend nearly $35 million on state and local campaign efforts in the 2018 election cycle. [4]

Campaign Activities and Grants

In February through April 2018, EAM hired Civis Analytics to field national web surveys to compare the approval ratings for state legislators in majority-white versus majority non-white districts. The group found that approval ratings for state legislators in majority non-white districts were higher, on average. Beginning in April 2018, EAM and Civis collected data on the race and ethnicity of state legislature candidates in the 2018 legislative cycle, in order to track the success of minority candidates. [5]

Emerging American Majorities has given money to Democratic state organizations during recent legislative election cycles. The group gave the Florida Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee $200,000 in September 2017. [6] It also gave two grants totaling $50,000 to Maine Democratic groups in 2018,[7] and $100,000 to the Virginia Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in 2019. [8] The group unveiled YouTube ads targeting Florida and New York legislative elections in October 2018. [9] EAM also gave $50,000 in 2017 to Moms Rising, a left-of-center advocacy group based in Seattle, for election-related activities. [10]

People

The three officers of EAM are Jessica Post, Eleanor Collinson, and Heather Williams, all operatives who work for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. [11]

Post is executive director of the DLCC and formerly senior director of FOCUS 2020, an EMILY’s List initiative to elect pro-abortion Democratic women to state legislatures ahead of redistricting. [12] Post also sits on the board of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, run by former Attorney General Eric Holder, which aims to maximize Democratic gains in Congressional redistricting after the 2020 Census. [13]

Williams is the deputy executive director of the DLCC,[14] and Collinson is the DLCC’s chief operating officer. [15]

References

  1. Emerging American Majorities. “Our Mission.” Accessed December 16, 2019. http://www.emergingamericanmajorities.org/#lp-pom-block-9. ^
  2. National Education Association, Return of Organization Exempt from Taxation (Form 990), 2016, Schedule I, Part II; National Education Association, Return of Organization Exempt from Taxation (Form 990), 2017, Schedule I, Part II. ^
  3. Emerging American Majorities, Return of Organization Exempt from Taxation (Form 990), 2017, Part I. ^
  4. Dovere, Edward-Isaac. “The Democrats’ secret weapon to take back statehouses.” Politico. February 10, 2018. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/10/democrats-special-elections-organizing-401365. ^
  5. “Approval Forecasting.” Emerging American Majorities. Accessed December 16, 2019.  https://act.emergingamericanmajorities.org/page/-/EAM_Approval_Memo.pdf. ^
  6. “Florida Playbook.” Politico. October 13, 2017. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://www.politico.com/tipsheets/florida-playbook/2017/10/13/criminal-case-swirls-around-baez-levines-killer-whale-politics-rubio-wants-congressional-probe-of-nursing-home-who-was-septembers-cash-king-citrus-v-opioids-222780. ^
  7. Villeneuve, Marina. “Out of State Groups Back Maine Democrats With Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars In Funding.” Portland Press-Herald. June 10, 2018. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/10/out-of-state-groups-back-maine-democrats-with-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-in-funding/. ^
  8. “Emerging American Majorities.” Virginia Public Access Project. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://www.vpap.org/donors/353614-emerging-american-majorities/?start_year=2018&end_year=2019&recip_type=all ^
  9. Emerging American Majorities. YouTube. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZI3kvDi9eiXYL0yWHIJjAA. ^
  10. Emerging American Majorities, Return of Organization Exempt from Taxation (Form 990), 2017, Schedule I. ^
  11. Emerging American Majorities, Return of Organization Exempt from Taxation (Form 990), 2017, Part I. ^
  12. “Jessica Post.” Democratic Leadership Campaign Committee. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://www.dlcc.org/jessica-post. ^
  13. “Board of Directors and Leadership.” National Democratic Redistricting Campaign. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://democraticredistricting.com/leadership/. ^
  14. “Heather Williams.” American Association of Political Consultants. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://theaapc.org/heather-williams/. ^
  15. “Ellie Collinson.” LinkedIn. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/elliecollinson ^
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