Progressive Campaign Consultants Sidestep DCCC And Create ‘The Blacklist’

“I won’t hesitate to work with progressive candidates challenging incumbent Democrats who are out of touch with their constituents. If that means getting blacklisted by the DCCC, then so be it.”

By Emily Kopp
Roll Call (4/5/19)

Campaign consultants who face being frozen out tens of millions of dollars in contracts with the Democratic Party’s congressional arm are pushing back.

A new website called “The DCCC Blacklist” launched in response to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s newly stated policy that it will not grant contracts to pollsters, strategists and communications specialists working with primary challengers.

The Justice Democrats launched the site to create a database of go-to vendors for insurgent candidates; it has been endorsed coalition of progressive vendors, political action committees and advocacy groups.

Primaries can have the effect of bringing Democratic politicians more in line with the views of the party’s rank and file, the progressive consultants argue.

Still, the new policy moves millions of expenditures by the DCCC off the table for firms that work with candidates who challenge Democratic incumbents. Though some left-wing consultants say the policy only codifies a practice they suspect was already informally in place.

Opponents of the DCCC’s policy include the Indivisible Project, a 501(c)(4) advocacy group that mobilizes activists on a number of Democratic priorities — including the Dream and the Promise Act and defending the Affordable Care Act from repeal — with hundreds of chapters across the country.

What are they afraid of?

The Indivisible Project’s National Political Director, María Urbina, said the policy amounts to a ploy to “hoard power.”

“We reject the DCCC’s attempt to hoard power, which will only serve to keep that talent pool — and Congress itself — disproportionately white and male,” Urbina said in a statement.“Incumbents who engage fully with their constituents shouldn’t fear primaries and shouldn’t rely on the national institutions like the DCCC to suppress challenges before voters ever have a say.”

Progressives say primaries open the door to a more diverse pool of candidates, pointing to the victories of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts in 2018.

Both first-term Democrats issued statements in opposition to the DCCC’s policy on Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez recommended her 3.8 million Twitter followers “pause” their donations to the committee and give directly to battleground candidates instead. …

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Despite The DCCC’s Bullying, We’re Still Going To Work On Primaries

The Democratic Party’s official congressional arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), recently announced that they would prohibit the organization from doing business with organizations, consultants, and vendors that support primary challengers to incumbents. The DCCC is using their financial leverage to intimidate and blacklist many hardworking people in our movement in a blatant attempt to protect a handful of out-of-touch incumbents.

We’re launching The Blacklist to fight back and provide potential primary challengers with a database of go-to vendors, organizations, and consultants who will continue to support efforts to usher in a new generation of leaders into the Democratic Party.

Link to DCCC Blacklist Website


Heads Up, Progressives! Innovative AOC Voter Organizing App Goes Mainstream

“The app is out there and it works.”

Bloomberg Markets & Finance (3/26/19)

Mar.26 — The mobile app designed by the Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign that helped her win her seat in Congress is now going mainstream. Bloomberg’s Joshua Green reports on “Bloomberg Markets.”

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