Non-profit

Voter Registration Project

Website:

www.theregistrationproject.org

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

26-4802468

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $8,838,017
Expenses: $5,194,103
Assets: $8,240,169

Formation:

1986 (as “Voting for America”)

Type:

Left-wing voter turnout group

President:

Jeff Malachowsky

The Voter Registration Project is a voter mobilization group which targets African-American, Latino, Native American, low-income, and other voter groups likely to lean left-of-center. The organization claims to be non-partisan, but is run by individuals with long-standing connections to left-of-center non-profits, including the AFL-CIO labor union federation, George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, and the State Voices network of liberal state-level advocacy groups. [1] It also works to promote voting within blocs that tend to support the Democratic Party by giving grants to numerous left-of-center nonprofit groups.

The organization began as Voting for America in 1986 but reformed as the Voter Registration Project in 2008.

Methods

The Voter Registration Project lists the following priorities:

  • Register voters in under-represented communities
  • Re-register voters who have moved to a new address
  • Inform voters in under-represented communities of current voting laws in their state
  • Inform and sign up applicable voters to vote by mail, vote absentee, or vote during an early voting period
  • Inform voters about upcoming local, state, and national elections[2]

The Project channels funds to state-based nonprofit voter advocacy and community mobilization groups throughout the country. In particular, it has focused funding on North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, and Colorado. [3]

The Project also claims it collects data on newly registered voters to improve its mobilization methods. [4]

Leadership

The Voter Registration Project is led by individuals with histories of working for left-of-center advocacy groups.

Jeff Malachowsky

President Jeff Malachowsky has worked for numerous left-of-center nonprofits for over twenty years. [5][6]  He was the co-founder of Oregon Voice, a member of the State Voices Network, a left-of-center community activism organization which rallies grass-root organizations for progressive causes. [7] Malachowski also co-founded the Western States Center, a left-of-center group focused on community organizing to support progressive political goals. [8] Additionally he sat on the board of the Oregon Bus Project Foundation (now called Next Up), a Portland-based left-of-center voter advocacy group. [9]

For over seven years until 2018, Malachowsky’s primary job was as a program director at the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund,[10] a secretive left-of-center grantmaking foundation created by three hedge fund billionaires: Andrew Shechtel, David Gelbaum and C. Frederick Taylor. [11]

Along with being the president of the Voter Registration Project, Malachowsky works with other left-of-center nonprofits. [12] He sits on the Board of Directors of the Penny Family Fund, a grantmaking foundation which supports left-wing environmentalist causes. Malachowsky also was a founding co-director of and continues to sit on the board of directors for the National Institute on Money in State Politics, a nonprofit that tracks campaign finance in state-level campaigns that is funded by numerous major left-of-center nonprofits, including the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. [13]

Lauren Groh-Wargo

Lauren Groh-Wargo was Voter Registration Project’s treasurer until 2017, when she was hired by now-former Georgia State Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) to run Abrams’s Georgia gubernatorial campaign. After Abrams lost to Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA), Groh-Wargo became CEO of Fair Fight Action, a left-of-center voter rights advocacy group founded by Abrams. [14]

Bill Vandenberg

Secretary Bill Vandenberg has over 20 years of experience working for left-of-center political advocacy organizations. [15]

In 1996, Vandenberg co-founded the Colorado Progressive Coalition, a state-based left-of-center advocacy group which supports expanded government healthcare provisions and anti-discrimination laws. [16]  Vandenberg was an “award-winning state-based advocate, anti-racism activist, coalition builder, ballot initiative strategist, political organizer,”[17] as he was co-director of the organization until 2008.

Vandenberg left the Colorado Progressive Coalition to serve numerous roles at the Open Society Foundations, the George Soros-backed network of more than 20 nonprofits dedicated to supporting left-of-center causes. Vandenberg works as the director of Special Initiatives and Partnerships at OSF. [18]

Vandenberg also serves on the Advisory Boards for numerous left-of-center voter advocacy groups: the Youth Engagement Fund, Youth Engagement Action Fund,[19] and the State Engagement Initiative. [20]

Katherine Peck

Board Member Katherine Peck is the Senior Vice President of the left-of-center Civic Participation Action Fund. [21]

Peck also sits on the boards of numerous left-of-center voter advocacy groups. She is the Chairman of the Board of State Voices. Peck is a Board Member of the Advancement Project,[22] and is on the Advisory Boards of the Latino Engagement Fund and the Latino Action Engagement Fund. [23]

Steve Rosenthal

Board Member Steve Rosenthal is an experienced political consultant who works with labor unions, Democratic candidates, and left-of-center organizations. Rosenthal was the Political Director of the AFL-CIO from 1995-2002, the largest federation of American unions. In 2003, he received $142 million from George Soros to launch a massive voter mobilization campaign against George W. Bush’s presidential reelection efforts through the America Coming Together PAC. Since 2004, Rosenthal has worked for the left-of-center voter mobilization nonprofits, Working for Us Pac and the Atlas Project. [24]

In 2015, Rosenthal founded his own for-profit consulting group, The Organizing Group, which leverages his connections with left-wing donors and organizations to mobilize voting for Democratic campaigns. [25]

Kimberly Rogers

Campaign director Kimberly Rogers is the Program Director of the left-of-center voter mobilization nonprofit, Register America. She is also the only known employee of the Voter Engagement Fund, a nominal voter advocacy group formed by the New Venture Fund to bolster left-of-center political causes. [26]

Grant Recipients

The Voter Registration Project gives grants to left-of-center organizations seeking to mobilize voters to support Democratic candidates. [27]

New Virginia Majority Education Fund, the education-wing of the far-left associated voter mobilization group New Virginia Majority, received $820,000. New Florida Majority, a far-left associated voter mobilization group, received $148,204. [28] Both New Virginia Majority and New Florida Majority are members of the State Power Caucus, a radical-left-influenced network of state-level left-progressive organizing groups. [29]

State Voices Network, another left-of-center community activism organization which rallies state-level organizations for progressive causes, received $653,295. ProGeorgia State Table, a member of the State Voices Network, received $234,810. [30]

A number of North Carolina organizations received Voter Registration Project grants. Blueprint NC, a network of 41 nonprofits advocating for left-progressive policy,[31] received $145,255; North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute, a “constituency group” of the AFL-CIO, received $128,946; [32] Action Institute North Carolina, a community organizing group dedicated to increasing government benefits for low-income communities,[33] received $70,221; People’s Alliance Fund, a grantmaking fund which supports higher minimum wage laws and left-progressive voter outreach in North Carolina, received $61,575; and North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, the education-wing of the NCPIRG Citizen Lobby, the North Carolina branch of Ralph Nader’s network of advocacy groups, received $20,360. [34]

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, the education-wing of Mi Familia Vota, a Hispanic voter mobilization group, received $262,190. [35] Hispanic Federation, an advocacy group that supports more government benefits for Hispanic Americans, received $58,580. [36] One Arizona, a voter mobilization group that targets ethnic and racial minorities,[37] received $342,031. [38] GALEO Latino Community Development Fund, a Latino community group which registers Latino voters,[39] received $8,100. [40]

New Georgia Group, another voter-advocacy group founded by Stacey Abrams,[41] received $86,426. [42] Georgia Standup, an education organization that promotes housing subsidies, labor unions, and government benefits,[43] received $48,204. [44] 9 to 5 Georgia, a women’s advocacy group which supports labor regulations that favor women,[45] received $43,123. [46] Georgia Coalition for People’s Agenda, a voting rights advocacy group,[47] received $34,375. [48]

Organize Florida Education Fund, an activist-training organization, received $61,842. [49] Engage Miami Civic Fund, a voter mobilization group,[50] received $19,619. [51]

Alliance for Youth Organizing, a voter mobilization group based in the western United States, received $48,239. [52] New Era Colorado Fund, a voter mobilization fund, received $46,198. [53] Voter Participation Center, a voter mobilization group with ties to moveon.org, received $11,418. [54] Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, a coalition of thirty groups supporting progressive politics, received $10,600. [55]

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Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Katherine Peck
    Board Member
  2. Steve Rosenthal
    Board Member
  3. Kim Rogers
    Campaign Director
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 2010

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Dec Form 990 $8,838,017 $5,194,103 $8,240,169 $31,167 N $8,838,017 $0 $0 $127,898 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $15,197,662 $11,964,696 $4,779,260 $214,172 N $15,197,662 $0 $0 $117,319 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $1,652,302 $319,586 $1,332,122 $0 N $1,652,302 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $632,885 $633,479 $250,000 $250,594 N $631,000 $1,885 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990EZ $0 $0 $1 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990EZ $5,983 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $411,366 $417,349 $0 $5,983 N $411,366 $0 $0 $23,706 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

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