Political Party/527

Real Democracy Fund

Website:

www.realdemocracyfund.com

Location:

Washington, DC

Tax ID:

82-3288532

Formation:

2017 [11]

Board President:

Alex Dewitt

The Real Democracy Fund is a nominal Super PAC that blames big corporations, career politicians, and billionaires with their large anonymous donations of money for all the political ills of the United States political system. The organization’s limited-content website blames redistricting for allegedly unfair political boundaries and advocates for grassroots change at the state level but list no supporters, policies, or ideas. The Real Democracy Fund appears to have no social media accounts.

The fund used an automated donations and communications package from a firm called Grassroots-Fund Company, run by Roxana Muzzammel. [1] She successfully founded the company and ended her employment at the Grassroots-Fund Company in 2018 as listed on her LinkedIn profile. As per the most recent IRS filings the Real Democracy Fund has posted no contributions or expenses since February of 2019.

Background

The Real Democracy Fund supposedly seeks to keep money out of politics and blames unknown wealthy donors, big corporations, career politicians, and billionaires for diluting the American people’s control over the political system. The fund blames redistricting for allegedly unfair political boundaries and advocates for grassroots change at the state level. The fund’s website of only three pages and 302 words lists no real policies just generalities such as “Giving Democratic ideals back to individuals at the state level”, “Supporting fair, democratic, and bipartisan solutions to issues that affect us all” and “By cutting through political red tape and giving democracy back to the people.” [2]

The Real Democracy Fund appears to have no social media accounts on any of the major platforms, not a single person claims to have worked there on LinkedIn, and the fund has not posted any advertisements on YouTube.

Funders

Because of the Real Democracy Fund’s IRS Section 527 Super PAC status, it can conceal the names of donors from public view. All the fund’s 2018 IRS Form 8872 filings, that describe the contributions and expenditures of the organization, display to the public that the fund accepted $88,858 by December 2018. [3]

The Real Democracy Fund has two public donors who gave a combined $510. [4][5] The fund used a company called the Grassroots-Fund Company to automate donations, send out media products, and advertise for the group.

Grassroots-Fund Company

The Grassroots-Fund Company is run by Roxana Muzzammel, who has a background in event planning and fundraising for nonprofits. [6] She successfully founded and ended her employment at the Grassroots-Fund Company in 2018 as listed on her LinkedIn profile. Her firm provided crowdfunding, robocalls, text messaging, generation of social media accounts, social media messenger responses, blast email programs, and donor management software. [7] Grassroots Fund Company received $39,100 from Real Democracy Fund for various services, according to IRS records. [8]

People

Alex Dewitt is the president of the board. [9] Nick Hess serves as treasurer. [10] JAy Tate serves as secretary.

References

  1. “The Founder – Grassroots-Fund.” Grassroots. Accessed July 25, 2019. https://www.grassroots-fund.com/the-founder. ^
  2. “About.” Real Democracy Fund. Accessed July 24, 2019. https://www.realdemocracyfund.com/about.html. ^
  3. Form 8872 Real Democracy Fund, Inc., Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, For the period beginning 10/18/2018 and ending 11/26/2018, Schedule A: Itemized Contributions, https://forms.irs.gov/app/pod/basicSearch/search?execution=e2s3&pacid=61457&format=. ^
  4. Form 8872 Real Democracy Fund, Inc., Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, For the period beginning 04/01/2018 and ending 06/30/2018, Schedule A: Itemized Contributions, https://forms.irs.gov/app/pod/basicSearch/search?execution=e2s3&pacid=61457&format=. ^
  5. Form 8872 Real Democracy Fund, Inc., Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, For the period beginning 10/18/2018 and ending 11/26/2018, Schedule A: Itemized Contributions, https://forms.irs.gov/app/pod/basicSearch/search?execution=e2s3&pacid=61457&format=. ^
  6. “The Founder – Grassroots-Fund.” Grassroots. Accessed July 25, 2019. https://www.grassroots-fund.com/the-founder. ^
  7. “The Platform – Grassroots-Fund.” Grassroots. Accessed July 25, 2019. https://www.grassroots-fund.com/the-platform. ^
  8. Form 8872 Real Democracy Fund, Inc., Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, For the period beginning 04/01/2018 and ending 06/30/2018, Schedule A: Itemized Contributions.

    Form 8872 Real Democracy Fund, Inc., Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, For the period beginning 07/01/2018 and ending 09/30/2018, Schedule A: Itemized Contributions.

    Form 8872 Real Democracy Fund, Inc., Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, A For the period beginning 10/01/2018 and ending 12/31/2018, Schedule A: Itemized Contributions.

    Form 8872 Real Democracy Fund, Inc., Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, For the period beginning 04/01/2018 and ending 06/30/2018, Schedule A: Itemized Contributions.

    Form 8872 Real Democracy Fund, Inc., Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, A For the period beginning 10/01/2018 and ending 12/31/2018, Schedule A: Itemized Contributions.

    https://forms.irs.gov/app/pod/basicSearch/search?execution=e2s3&pacid=61457&format=. ^

  9. 2018 Annual Report for Real Democracy Fund, Inc. July 25, 2019. Accessed July 25, 2019. https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov/08234718/AnnualReport. ^
  10. Form 8871 Real Democracy Fund, Inc., Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, A For the period beginning 10/06/2017 to 02/21/2018, Part I, 1, https://forms.irs.gov/app/pod/basicSearch/search?execution=e4s3&pacid=61457&format=. ^
  11. Form 8871 Real Democracy Fund, Inc., Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, A For the period beginning 10/06/2017 to 02/21/2018, Part I, 1, https://forms.irs.gov/app/pod/basicSearch/search?execution=e4s3&pacid=61457&format=. ^
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Real Democracy Fund

1050 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20035