Political Party/527

America Votes Action Fund

Website:

americavotes.org

Type:

527 Political Action Committee

America Votes Action Fund is the 527 Super PAC affiliate of the left-of-center voter mobilization organization America Votes. It was established to conduct “exclusively electoral activity” as part of America Votes’ effort to build “a permanent advocacy and campaign infrastructure” to promote left-progressive causes. [1]

America Votes Action Fund appears to have been founded in 2011, with the earliest donations to the fund made in June of 2011. [2] It spent $5.6 million in the 2012 election cycle but its spending has declined ever since, with totals of $2.5 million in 2016 and $2.2 million in 2018. [3]

Unlike America Votes, the America Votes Action Fund is required by law to disclose its donors and expenditures. FEC reports reveal that it is funded by America Votes, labor unions, and a variety of left-wing organizations and individuals. [4]

Donors

Between 2017 and 2018, America Votes Action Fund raised approximately $2.4 million, with over 19% of that ($463,000) coming from America Votes. The second largest contributor was the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which contributed a total of $435,000.

According to FEC disclosures, the top 20 donors to America Votes Action Fund between 2017 and 2018 are as follows. [5]

Contributor NameTypeAmount
America VotesOrganization$463,000
SEIUOrganization$435,000
Better Future For New MexicoOrganization$194,006
Women Vote!PAC$161,000
State Victory FundOrganization$130,000
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Active Ballot ClubPAC$127,500
American Association for Justice PACPAC$100,000
Laufer, Marsha Z.Individual$100,000
Uihlein, Lynde B.Individual$100,000
American Federation of State, County and Municipal EmployeesOrganization$56,515
ActBluePAC$50,000
Beck, AndrewIndividual$50,000
Florida Strong Action PACPAC$50,000
Giffords PACPAC$50,000
For Our FuturePAC$42,453
Huntington Reeves, WilliamIndividual$40,000
Black Fork Strategies, LLCOrganization$30,214
Clark, GeoffreyIndividual$27,000
Sea PAC, State Employees UnionOrganization$26,050
Planned Parenthood Votes OhioPAC$21,000

Expenditures

A review of America Votes Action Fund’s independent expenditures from 2017 to 2018 reveals that it paid America Votes $369,621 for “staff time services” and “compliance services.”

It also spent $449,547 on mail, printing, and canvassing materials; $253,050 on research; and $232,842 for phone banking and texting services. The total paid for “phone banking services” included a payment of $13,745 to one of its donor unions, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. [6] It is unclear what phone banking services were provided by the union or why its participants were compensated.

Recipient NameDisbursement DescriptionDisbursement Amount
America VotesCompliance Consulting Services$5000
America VotesCompliance Services$5000
America VotesCompliance Services$5000
America VotesCompliance Services$5000
New Hampshire Youth MovementContribution$2000
Environment AmericaContribution$4000
New Florida Vision PacContribution$20,000
Family Friendly PacContribution$3,0000
New Hampshire Leadership CommitteeContribution$40,000
Win Together, LlcContribution$70,000
Working Families PartyContribution$127,000
Voter CircleData Consulting$1000
Matt Lackey Strategies LlcData Services$7000
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$790.32
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$790.32
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$936.39
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$936.39
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$1054.53
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$1054.53
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$1786.62
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$1786.63
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$2010.57
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$2010.57
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$23,44.70
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$23,44.71
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$6315.75
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$6315.75
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$6315.76
Mission Control, Inc.Mail And Postage$6315.76
Mach3Media, Inc.Mailing & Postage Services$715.21
Mailforce, Inc.Mailing & Postage Services$1185.32
Mach3Media, Inc.Mailing & Postage Services$1881.03
Brushfire PhonesNon Federal Indepent Expenditure Phones Program$42,872.48
Stones PhonesNon-Federal Independent Expenditure - Phone Program$18,278.80
Campaign Communications SolutionsNon-Federal Independent Expenditure - Texting Program$12,584
Silversmith StrategiesNon-Federal Indpedent Expenditures - Digital Ads$11,666.66
Silversmith StrategiesNon-Federal Indpedent Expenditures - Website Services$5,000
Targetsmart CommunicationsPhone And Text Program$11,0983.62
American Federation Of State, County And Municipal EmployeesPhone Banking Services$450
American Federation Of State, County And Municipal EmployeesPhone Banking Services$520
American Federation Of State, County And Municipal EmployeesPhone Banking Services$700
American Federation Of State, County And Municipal EmployeesPhone Banking Services$1,025
American Federation Of State, County And Municipal EmployeesPhone Banking Services$11,050
Stones PhonesPhone Program$44,406.54
Brushfire PhonesPhone Program$50,500
Campaign Communications SolutionsPhones And Texting Program$13,207.25
Schauer, MarkPolitical Consulting Services$4,000
Schauer, MarkPolitical Consulting Services$4,000
The Collective Super PacPolitical Contribution$500
Legislative Majority PacPolitical Contribution$1,000
Jm2Print Canvass Materials$13,300
Jm2Print Canvass Materials$35,840
Jm2Print Canvass Materials$35,840
The Pivot GroupPrinting$1,300
Bouchard GoldPrinting$57,418.10
Bouchard GoldPrinting & Mailing$125416.72
Keystone PressPrinting & Mailing Services$105.20
Keystone PressPrinting & Mailing Services$113.83
Keystone PressPrinting & Mailing Services$114.83
Keystone PressPrinting & Mailing Services$115.06
Keystone PressPrinting & Mailing Services$2,567.54
Keystone PressPrinting & Mailing Services$2,714.78
Keystone PressPrinting & Mailing Services$4850
Bouchard GoldPrinting And Mail$64608.62
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$147.29
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$152.16
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$165.06
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$278.66
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$373.96
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$377.93
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$867.77
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$943.19
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$1,157.38
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$1,283.46
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$1,358.53
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$1,635.05
The Pivot GroupPrinting Canvass Materials$2,000
The Pivot GroupPrinting Canvass Materials$2,200
The Pivot GroupPrinting Canvass Materials$2,200
Keystone PressPrinting Canvass Materials$5,411.98
Jm2Printing Canvass Materials$15,120
Jm2Printing Canvass Materials$22,680
Doyle, BobbyReimbursement$798.28
American Bridge 21St CenturyResearch$2,500
The Atlas Project, Inc.Research$4,000
Granite State ProgressResearch$5,236.88
Granite State ProgressResearch$6,458.96
Granite State ProgressResearch$6,544.71
American Bridge 21St CenturyResearch$7,500
Battleground Research, Inc.Research$7,722
Bendixen & Amandi Int'L IncResearch$10,000
Battleground Research, Inc.Research$10,688
Change ResearchResearch$14,800
The Majority Institute LlcResearch$18,757.50
The Majority Institute LlcResearch$133,660
Battleground Research, Inc.Research Consulting Services$18,175
Battleground Research, Inc.Research Services$7,007.14
America VotesStaff Time Service$968.49
America VotesStaff Time Service$1,248.16
America VotesStaff Time Service$1,427.55
America VotesStaff Time Service$1,750
America VotesStaff Time Service$9,652.78
America VotesStaff Time Service$10,799.39
America VotesStaff Time Service$17,294.83
America VotesStaff Time Service$20,423.05
America VotesStaff Time Service$26,957.20
America VotesStaff Time Service$27,213.31
America VotesStaff Time Service$32,640.45
America VotesStaff Time Services$3,396.30
America VotesStaff Time Services$4,090.50
America VotesStaff Time Services$8,728.79
America VotesStaff Time Services$10,188.90
America VotesStaff Time Services$19,794.48
America VotesStaff Time Services$29,096.58
America VotesStaff Time Services$32,403.64
America VotesStaff Time Services$41,824.06
America VotesStaff Time Services$49,723.15
BlueprintWeb Development Services$2,250
Ballot Ready IncWeb Services$333.34
Ballot Ready IncWeb Services$583.34
Ballot Ready IncWeb Services$1,000.04
Ballot Ready IncWeb Services$1,416.64
Ballot Ready IncWebsite Services$333.34
Ballot Ready IncWebsite Services$583.34
SilversmithWebsite Services$5,000
Keystone Press$2,752.29
For Our Future$10,4000

As required by law, America Votes Action Fund’s expenditures supporting or opposing particular candidates are disclosed in FEC filings. The chart below shows the ten candidates who received the most support or opposition throughout 2017 and 2018. [7]

AmountSupport/OpposeCandidate
$157,981.08SupportBill Nelson
$64,608.62OpposeRick Scott
$13,341.69SupportChris Pappas
$12,631.50SupportJacky Rosen
$10,275.20SupportScott Wallace
$10,275.20 OpposeScott Perry
$10,275.20 OpposeBrian Fitzpatrick
$10,275.20 SupportGeorge Scott
$10,275.19 SupportRonald Dinicola
$10,275.19 OpposeGeorge Kelly, Jr.

Throughout 2017 and 2018, America Votes Action Fund also made contributions to the following left-leaning PACs and organizations. [8]

RecipientAmount
Working Families Party$127,000
Win Together, LLC$70,000
New Hampshire Leadership Committee$40,000
Family Friendly PAC$30,000
New Florida Vision PAC$20,000
Environment America$4,000
New Hampshire Youth Movement$2,000
Legislative Majority PAC$1,000
The Collective Super PAC$500

References

  1. Beckel, Michael. “Who’s Bankrolling Secretive Liberal Group America Votes?” Public Integrity. May 21, 2014. Accessed October 30, 2019. https://publicintegrity.org/federal-politics/whos-bankrolling-secretive-liberal-group-america-votes/ ^
  2. “America Votes Action Fund – Raising – 2011-2012 – Individual Contributions.” FEC.gov. Accessed October 30, 2019. https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00492520/?tab=raising&cycle=2012 ^
  3. “Summary for America Votes Action Fund.” Open Secrets. Accessed October 30, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?cycle=2012&strID=C00492520 ^
  4. “America Votes Action Fund – Raising – 2017-2018 – Individual Contributions.” FEC.gov. Accessed October 30, 2019. https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00492520/?tab=raising&cycle=2012 ^
  5. “America Votes Action Fund – Raising – 2017-2018 – Individual Contributions.” FEC.gov. Accessed October 30, 2019. https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00492520/?tab=raising&cycle=2018 ^
  6. “America Votes Action Fund – Spending – 2017-2018 – Disbursements.” FEC.gov. Accessed October 30, 2019. https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00492520/?tab=spending&cycle=2018 ^
  7. “America Votes Action Fund – Spending – 2017-2018 – Individual Expenditures.” FEC.gov. Accessed October 30, 2019. https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00492520/?tab=spending&cycle=2018 ^
  8. “America Votes Action Fund – Spending – 2017-2018 – Disbursements.” FEC.gov. Accessed October 30, 2019. https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00492520/?tab=spending&cycle=2018 ^

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