Non-profit

Fems for Dems

Location:

Birmingham, MI

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Founder:

Lori Goldman

Formation:

February 2016

Budget (2020):

Raised: $10,577

Spent: $11,913

Cash on Hand: $1,384

Fems for Dems is a left-of-center, Michigan-based political action committee that seeks to drive suburban women to vote for Democratic candidates. The group’s name is short for Feminists for Democracy. Time magazine credited the organization with being part of a “shadow campaign” to help elect President Joe Biden in 2020.

Background

Fems for Dems, or Feminists for Democracy, is a social issue advocacy organization that claims a membership of more than 8,000 people. [1] Fems for Dems claims it was “started by feminists for feminists” [2] and promotes a range of left-of-center policies, including expanded access to abortion, increased gun control, greater LGBT privileges, government-controlled healthcare, and environmentalist programs. [3]

The organization has different levels of memberships, and it appears that individuals pay dues. The highest levels of membership provides individuals with access to discounted events and the chance to meet election officials. [4]

The organization mainly works in the Michigan counties of Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, and Washtenaw. [5]

Political Advocacy

The organization hosts workshops, political rallies, and volunteer opportunities in order to help elect Democratic candidates. It also regularly endorses Democratic candidates at the federal and state level. [6]

Fems for Dems worked closely in 2020 with left-wing activist group Detroit Will Breathe to help flip Michigan in favor of President Biden in the 2020 election. Time magazine credited these organizations with being part of a “shadow campaign” to elect President Biden in the state. [7]

The organization sent out 100,000 voter information postcards in Michigan during the 2020 election cycle. [8]

Fems for Dems led a demonstration after the election when Republican legislative leaders boarded a plane to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Trump at the White House about the election results in Michigan. The organization was concerned that the legislature would vote to award Michigan’s 16 electoral votes to Trump even though Biden won the state. [9]

In 2018, the organization hosted what it called “Speed Dating,” giving voters a map of their district and matching them with Democratic candidates running in their area. [10]

Leadership

Lori Goldman founded Fems for Dems in 2016. [11] Goldman describes herself as someone who did not always vote, or voted for both parties, and mostly became interested in politics when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2016. Now she is a Democrat and an activist. [12]

Goldman told Politico that she has a problem with religious people, asserting in a story about Democratic outreach to evangelical voters that religious people give her “bad taste in [her] mouth” and claiming, “People have done the most egregious things in the name of religion since the beginning of time.” [13]

Goldman said she was not interested in converting Republican women who were on the fence about President Trump to vote for President Biden. Rather Goldman, only wanted to reach women who were repulsed by Trump to convince them to “take back [their] citizenship.” [14]

Goldman also sent out members to knock on doors during the COVID-19 pandemic to gain support for Biden’s campaign after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. [15]

Julie Cambell-Bode is the chairwoman of the board for Fems for Dems. [16] Campbell-Bode suggested disappointment with the Democrats nominating President Biden in 2020, referring to him as a “pale, stale male.” [17]

References

  1. About Us. Fems for Dems. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://femsfordemocracy.org/history ^
  2. About Us. Fems for Dems. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://femsfordemocracy.org/history ^
  3. About Us. Fems for Dems. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://femsfordemocracy.org/history ^
  4. About Us. Fems for Dems. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://femsfordemocracy.org/history ^
  5. Casadei, Dana. “Lori Goldman.” Down Town Magazine. August 20, 2019. Accessed February 13, 2021. https://www.downtownpublications.com/single-post/2019/08/20/lori-goldman ^
  6. About Us. Fems for Dems. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://femsfordemocracy.org/history ^
  7. Ball, Molly. “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.” Time. February 4, 2015. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/ ^
  8. Barrett, Malachi. “Biden campaigners say they’re all over Michigan, even if you can’t see them.” Michigan Live. September 19, 2020. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2020/09/biden-campaigners-say-theyre-all-over-michigan-even-if-you-cant-see-them.html ^
  9. Kiertzner, Jim. “Fems for Dems make a strong statement to Michigan legislative leaders meeting with President Trump.” ABC 7 WXYZ Detroit. November 20, 2020. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://www.wxyz.com/news/election-2020/fems-for-dems-make-a-strong-statement-to-michigan-legislative-leaders-meeting-with-president-trump ^
  10. Casadei, Dana. “Lori Goldman.” Down Town Magazine. August 20, 2019. Accessed February 13, 2021. https://www.downtownpublications.com/single-post/2019/08/20/lori-goldman ^
  11. About Us. Fems for Dems. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://femsfordemocracy.org/history ^
  12. Casadei, Dana. “Lori Goldman.” Down Town Magazine. August 20, 2019. Accessed February 13, 2021. https://www.downtownpublications.com/single-post/2019/08/20/lori-goldman ^
  13. Rani, Rikha Sharma. “Could These Evangelical Democrats Change the Party?” Politico. August 3, 2020. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/08/03/evangelical-democrats-390976 ^
  14. Barrett, Malachi. “Democrats and Trump supporters fight for women’s votes in Michigan suburbs.” Michigan Live. July 14, 2019. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2019/07/democrats-and-trump-supporters-fight-for-womens-votes-in-michigan-suburbs.html ^
  15. Barrett, Malachi. “Biden campaigners say they’re all over Michigan, even if you can’t see them.” Michigan Live. September 19, 2020. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2020/09/biden-campaigners-say-theyre-all-over-michigan-even-if-you-cant-see-them.html ^
  16. Barrett, Malachi. “Biden campaigners say they’re all over Michigan, even if you can’t see them.” Michigan Live. September 19, 2020. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2020/09/biden-campaigners-say-theyre-all-over-michigan-even-if-you-cant-see-them.html ^
  17. Oosting, Jonathan. “Trump needs suburbs to win Michigan. But many women reject his racial pitch.” Bridge Michigan. October 1, 2020. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-government/trump-needs-suburbs-win-michigan-many-women-reject-his-racial-pitch ^
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Fems for Dems


Birmingham, MI