Person

Katie Nee

Occupation:

Democratic Party Campaign Operative

CEO, Our American Future Foundation

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Katie Nee is a longtime Democratic Party campaign operative and the CEO of Our American Future Foundation, left-of-center advocacy organization associated with Marc Elias that supports abortion access, environmentalist policies to combat climate change, and voter turnout among left-of-center constituencies. 1 2 3

Education

Katie Nee received a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from University of Virginia in 2033 and a law degree from Roger Williams School of Law in 2014. 4

Early Career

Democratic Staffer

From 2003 to 2004, Katie Nee worked for many Democratic Party candidates for state and federal office as well as for Democratic Party legislative organizations and a Democratic-aligned labor union. 5

In 2004, Nee was an Iowa field organizer for the presidential campaign of Dick Gephardt (D-MO), the then-minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2004, Nee worked as a field director for the U.S. congressional campaign of Paul Babbitt (D) in Arizona. In 2005, Nee worked as a union organizer in Princeton, Indiana, for United Mine Workers of America. In 2006, Nee was the campaign manager for the congressional campaign of Joe Donnelly (D) in Indiana. In 2007, Nee was the caucus director for the Louisiana Democratic House Caucus. In 2008, Nee was the campaign manager for the congressional campaign of Don Cazayoux (D) in Louisiana. Following that campaign, Nee was the chief of staff for then-Rep. Cazayoux in 2009. Also in 2009 until the end of 2010, Nee was the southern regional political director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the official party organ supporting the campaigns of Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. 6

Beginning in May 2015, Nee became self-employed through Nee Law LLC in Providence, Rhode Island, where she practices criminal defense and personal injury law representing clients charged with drug offenses, sexual assault, DUI, and domestic violence. 7 8

Rhode Island Politics

From January 2022 to June 2022, Nee was the campaign manager for the Rhode Island gubernatorial campaign of Seth Magaziner (D). Nee later became the campaign manager for the successful campaign of Seth Magaziner for U.S. Congress. 9

Our American Future

In January 2023, Katie Nee became the CEO of both the Our American Future Foundation (OAFF) as well as Our American Future Action. Our American Future Foundation is a left-of-center advocacy group that promotes abortion, climate change policy, and “other progressive issues,” including voter turnout and voter registration. OAFF was reportedly incorporated by Ezra Reese, the political law chair for Elias Law Group, the law firm founded by Democratic attorney and campaign litigator Marc Elias. 10 11 12

As of April 2024, the IRS does not have any records of an organization by the name of “Our American Future Action.” Our American Future Foundation was officially registered with the IRS in October 2022. The registered agent of the organization is former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) gubernatorial campaign spokesman Brennan Bilberry. 13

OAFF is allegedly associated with a controversial fellowship that it absorbed from New Politics Leadership Academy. In 2019, New Politics Leadership Academy ran a one-time fellowship where it paid failed, mostly Democratic, political candidates between the candidates’ election campaigns. For example, one congressional candidate from Texas received $34,000 from New Politics Leadership Academy after losing her election and before running for Congress again. New Politics Leadership Academy formed a brief partnership with an organization called American Mainstream Policy Leadership Institute (AMPLI). AMPLI was later sponsored by OAFF and became housed under OAFF, and in 2022 AMPLI allegedly offered a revamped version of the controversial fellowship. 14

References

  1. “Our American Future Foundation.” Justia Trademarks. Accessed April 23, 2024. https://trademarks.justia.com/978/13/our-american-future-97813598.html.
  2. “Katie Nee.” LinkedIn. Accessed April 23, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-nee-56717850/details/experience/
  3. Kaminsky, Gabe. “Failed Democratic candidates pocket ‘fellowship’ cash from opaque progressive group to run in 2024.” Washington Examiner. January 24, 2024. Accessed April 23, 2024.  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/2812270/opaque-progressive-group-fellowship-pay-failed-candidates/.
  4. “Katie Nee.” LinkedIn. Accessed April 23, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-nee-56717850/details/experience/
  5. “Katie Nee.” LinkedIn. Accessed April 23, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-nee-56717850/details/experience/
  6. “Katie Nee.” LinkedIn. Accessed April 23, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-nee-56717850/details/experience/
  7. “Nee Law LLC.” LinkedIn. Accessed April 23, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/company/nee-law-llc/.
  8. “Katie Nee.” LinkedIn. Accessed April 23, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-nee-56717850/details/experience/
  9. “Katie Nee.” LinkedIn. Accessed April 23, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-nee-56717850/details/experience/
  10. “Our American Future Foundation.” Justia Trademarks. Accessed April 23, 2024. https://trademarks.justia.com/978/13/our-american-future-97813598.html.
  11. “Katie Nee.” LinkedIn. Accessed April 23, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-nee-56717850/details/experience/
  12. Kaminsky, Gabe. “Failed Democratic candidates pocket ‘fellowship’ cash from opaque progressive group to run in 2024.” Washington Examiner. January 24, 2024. Accessed April 23, 2024.  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/2812270/opaque-progressive-group-fellowship-pay-failed-candidates/.
  13. Kaminsky, Gabe. “Failed Democratic candidates pocket ‘fellowship’ cash from opaque progressive group to run in 2024.” Washington Examiner. January 24, 2024. Accessed April 23, 2024.  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/2812270/opaque-progressive-group-fellowship-pay-failed-candidates/.
  14.  Kaminsky, Gabe. “Failed Democratic candidates pocket ‘fellowship’ cash from opaque progressive group to run in 2024.” Washington Examiner. January 24, 2024. Accessed April 23, 2024.  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/2812270/opaque-progressive-group-fellowship-pay-failed-candidates/.
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