The Collective PAC

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Collective PAC (The Collective Political Action Committee) is focused on increasing the number of African Americans in public office at all levels, to ensure our nation upholds its ideals and promises of a truly representative democracy.

Support from Onward Together

Hillary Clinton's PAC Onward Together lists The Collective PAC as a partner and has provided them with financial support.[1]

Background

"Launched in August of 2016, the Collective PAC has helped 18 candidates win primary and/or general elections at the local, state and federal level thus far, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, U.S. Representatives Val Demings, Lisa Blunt Rochester and Donald McEachin, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba of Jackson, Vi Lyles of Charlotte, Yvette Simpson of Cincinnati and Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor in Virginia.
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"Through our coordinated PAC, independent expenditure only committee and 501c4 arm, we have raised over $850,000 from over 13,000 individual contributions, with over $234,000 going directly to support our endorsed candidate campaigns. In addition, we launched and hosted The Black Campaign School training for 120 candidates and campaign operatives from around the country this past June, organized The Black Political Power Summit in August and hosted a candidate information session with special guest Senator Cory Booker in September. With over 140,000 email subscribers, over 6,000 donors and various mentions and features in The New York Times, Washington Post, Buzzfeed and NBC News, The Collective has grown to be the largest and most prominent organization focused on helping electing African American candidates to public office.[2]

Founders

Partners

The Collective PAC July 3, 2018.

Join the #CollectivePAC in New Orleans THIS FRIDAY for a special town hall meeting on the power of black women to transform America! We'll be joined by special guest #DonnaBrazile and our partners MoveOn, Higher Heights for America, Color of Change, Democracy in Color & BlackPAC.[4]

Vetting

Any The Collective PAC endorsed candidate goes through rigorous vetting to ensure they match the committee’s progressive values. Some of the candidates they currently support include Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (running for Governor of Georgia), Mayor Andrew Gillum (running for Governor of Florida), and Lauren Underwood (running for Congress, IL-14).

Quentin James estimates that dozens of attendees at the meeting signaled a success in the group’s organizing strategy.

“One success of today was having so many candidates here at one point in time, to hear each others stories. To see they are in this together. It almost feels like a sorority or fraternity,” said James.

One with definite benefits. Just look at Mayor Randall Woodfin, the 36-year-old Democratic mayor of Birmingham, AL, who was also endorsed by The Collective PAC. His historic election signaled a major change in a city that was clearly ready for fresh political leadership.

This summer The Collective PAC will be heading to Atlanta to host its second annual Black Campaign School, where they’ll train a new cadre of candidates looking to take their shot at getting elected.[5]

2017 Black Political Power Summit

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Power lunch

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The Collective PAC May 4, 2018. Join us May 10th for our DC Power lunch! We will be joined by special guest Michael Eric Dyson, Donna Brazile, Stefanie Brown James, Quentin James and more.

Event Time: 12:30pm-2:00 PM

Location: The Hamilton - 600 14th street NW Washington DC 20005.

"An Evening of Storytelling"

The Collective PAC joined the commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination with An Evening of Storytelling.

The evening heard testimonies from Civil Rights icons on their fight for justice and the legacy of Dr. King.

Crosstown Concourse was filled circa April 3, 2018 with a diverse group people listening to some amazing stories of history, courage, inspiration, and the struggle of the people in the Civil Rights Movement.

"Great freedom fighters we have here today,” said moderator Michael Eric Dyson. “Diane Nash, Marian Wright Edelman, Jesse Jackson."

Also on that panel was Memphian Tami Sawyer, who started the movement to take down the Confederate statues.

"When I think about this day and why it's so important and why I am honored to be on this stage is that I've learned so much from Dr. King," Sawyer said.

Memphis attorney Mike Cody was part of Dr. King's team of attorneys. He was in his 30s when he met his pro bono client Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man Cody said was controversial.

"He was against the Vietnam War. I'm assuming he'd be very stringent against Iraq and Afghanistan,” Cody said. “So he would still be a controversial person.”

All attendees listened to hear the stories of how the Civil Rights Movement was done. One tactic was staying calm.

"You had to stay in control of your emotions because the tense situations, somebody was going to attack you or say something that would upset you,” said Bernard LaFayette, co-founder of SNCC. “You realize that's their purpose."

Some of the people said the stories they listened to brought a kind of enlightenment for them concerning the Civil Rights Movement, reinforcing for them just how important the movement was and still is.[6]

Candidates, 2018

Statewide candidates

Federal candidates

Municipal and Legislative Candidates

Candidates we helped win

20 new endorsements

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