PowerPAC + Releases First-Of-Its-Kind Audit on Diversity in Democratic Spending

The “2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report” Critical in Incorporating Structural
Changes That Are Core To Party Winning Future Elections

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, June 25, 2014–—PowerPAC+’s “2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report,” which will be publically released today at its “Race Will Win the Race” symposium, will reveal how the Democratic Party is spending its resources in all sectors of the Party’s constituencies, specifically focusing in on voters of color and contracted consulting firms. The report also provides a framework to help the Party engage and mobilize the New American Majority—people of color and progressive whites.

“A coalition of people of color and progressive whites is now the majority of people in America,” explained Steve Phillips, Chairman of the social justice political action committee PowerPAC+, and party donor who commissioned the report. “It’s time we start to see race as the way to win, and invest our Party resources appropriately to help ensure victory at the ballot box.” In addition to establishing a foundation on engaging a multiracial voter base, the report also reviewed Federal Elections Commission data on total Democratic spending in the 2010 and 2012 electoral cycles between the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

The report found that half of all funds raised by the Party over the past two cycles were used to hire consultants to engage multiracial voters; however, of the firms who received a total of $515 million in disbursements, only 1.7% ($8.7 million) went to firms that were minority-owned or had a minority principal, signaling a need for additional needed progress and change in how resources are spent within the Party.

"In order to move us forward as a Party, resources need to be directed at the progressive, multiracial voters that will form the core of a winning coalition, in this coming year as well as through the election cycles of the coming decades,” noted Phillips.

Download Full Report: www.powerpacplus.org/2014_fannie_lou_hamer_report

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