Tom Lopach is a longtime Democratic political operative. As of 2020, he is the CEO of the Voter Participation Center (VPC) and its sister group Center for Voter Information (CVI), two left-of-center voter-outreach organizations which run voter mobilization campaigns in competitive states to support Democratic candidates.
Lopach has ties with the Kennedy family. He started his career working as a fundraiser for Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA). The founder and board chair of VPC and CVI is Page Gardner, another Ted Kennedy associate. In October 2019, Lopach co-hosted a fundraising dinner for Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s (D-MA) Democratic primary challenge against Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). 
Early Life and Education
Tom Lopach was born in Helena, Montana and graduated from Helena High School in 1992. In 1996, Lopach graduated from Gonzaga University in Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and government. 
In 1999, Tom Lopach began his political career as executive director of the Committee for a Democratic Majority, and served in the role for eight years.  During that span, the PAC went from spending $465,000 in the 1998 election cycle to a peak of $2 million in the 2004 elections. Political contributions exclusively went to Democratic candidates, with the bulk of expenditure going toward fundraising efforts for candidates rather than direct contributions. Lopach left the PAC in 2007, and it ceased operations after the 2010 election cycle. Throughout his seven years at the PAC, Lopach simultaneously served as national finance director for Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA). 
From 2007-2009, Lopach worked as the national finance director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He then worked for a year at the Export-Import Bank of the US as a senior vice president. 
In 2017, Lopach worked for less than a year at Subject Matter, a lobbying firm with clients including Facebook, Goldman Sachs, and Verizon.  He left the company to serve as chief of staff for Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT). In 2019, his position evolved into senior advisor for Bullock’s short-lived Democratic presidential campaign.  After Bullock dropped out of the race in December 2019, Lopach served as interim commissioner of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry for three months. 
Voter Participation Center and Center for Voter Information
In March 2020, Tom Lopach became CEO of both the Voter Participation Center and Center for Voter Information, both founded by Page Gardner, another longtime Democratic operative who formerly worked for Ted Kennedy. 
Under Lopach’s direction, VPC and CVI launched an aggressive campaign over the summer of 2020 to promote absentee ballots and mail-in voting for the 2020 elections. The organizations sent out millions of mailers to battleground states, resulting in 939,000 registration applications and 2 million vote-by-mail applications.  By the end of the 2020 election cycle, Lopach’s groups had sent ballot applications to 15 million people in swing states, nearly one-third of which were returned. 
However, the initiative faced widespread criticism from voters, media outlets, and elected officials. Many voters were confused by the forms and unsure if they were sent by state governments. Others felt that their privacy had been violated since the forms already contained their names and addresses filled out from information purchased from state officials by CVI.  Media outlets across the country ran stories after a flood of reports from voters unsure of the validity of their forms.  Elected officials from local and state governments criticized the mailings for eroding confidence in elections. 
In August 2020, it was revealed that a half-million absentee ballot applications mailed by CVI were invalid due to a clerical error. Lopach made a public statement attributing the error to a printing company subcontracted by CVI.