Top Democratic Leadership Responds to PowerPAC+ Diversity Push

o-BEN-RAY-LUJAN-speaking.pngOur Fannie Lou Hamer Report called the Democratic Party to task to diversify their hiring - since only a fraction of nearly a billion dollars in political spending went to firms led by people of color. We want the party to do better and the good news is that new leadership is starting to respond. We’re mentioned in Politico by name. Check out today’s article for the latest. 

This week, PowerPAC+ Chair Steve Phillips is in Washington D.C. working with the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congressman G.K. Butterfield, the new chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Together we are crafting some exciting plans to address party diversity issues in 2015. Our aim is a party that effectively engages communities of color and wins elections. No more losses like in 2014.

We won’t stop pressing the Democratic Party to be a party that reflects our nation’s diversity and puts the multi-racial majority at the center of its work. 

Here's the full article again and a highlight:

For years, African-American and Latino members have protested that the party’s campaign arms don’t put nearly enough emphasis on hiring minority pollsters, consultants and strategists — an oversight that they argue hurt Democrats in the midterm election when people from those communities failed to vote."

“I think the lack of diversity in the contracting is quite clear. They can do better. Historically, the black caucus has been [taking] point on trying to highlight that issue,” said Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, a senior Congressional Black Caucus member. “Minorities, both black and brown, are the most loyal people to the party, and I think a recognition of that loyalty can come through the contracting.”

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