National Democratic Redistricting Committee

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According to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee's (NDRC) Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filings, its mission is:

"To build a comprehensive plan to favorably position Democrats for the redistricting process through 2022."[1]

From their website:[2]

"The NDRC is targeting 12 states during the 2019-2020 election cycle, including 3 gubernatorial races, 13 state legislative chambers, and one down-ballot race."

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee is chaired by former Attorney General Eric Holder.[3]

Background

"The NDRC aims to position the Democratic Party favorably for redistricting following the 2020 census. According to Politico, the group formed to "coordinate campaign strategy, direct fundraising, organize ballot initiatives and put together legal challenges to state redistricting maps." The NDRC's website describes its work as "a four-part strategy focused on advancing legal action, mobilizing grassroots energy, supporting reforms, and winning targeted elections... As each piece comes together, our comprehensive approach to redistricting will ensure that we can achieve a fairer process and fairer maps."[4]

Eric Holder Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Rulings

On June 27, 2019, Eric Holder wrote the following statement:[5]

Washington, D.C. — Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court rulings on partisan gerrymandering and the citizenship question:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision to allow partisan gerrymandering tears at the fabric of our democracy and puts the interests of the established few above the many. Taken together with Citizens United, which allows unlimited money in our electoral system, and Shelby County, which gutted the Voting Rights Act, this ruling means the Roberts Court has entered a new political Lochner era. History will not be kind in its assessment of the ways in which this court has undermined voting rights and core democratic principles in America.
“As the census case moves back to the lower courts, there is no credible way to uphold the Trump Administration’s effort to add the citizenship question. The long record already established and the recently uncovered documents from Dr. Thomas Hofeller conclusively demonstrate that the Administration was lying about its intentions. The question simply cannot be allowed on the Census in 2020.”

Democratic Presidential Candidates Sign NDRC Pledge

National Democratic Redistricting Committee Tweet dated June 27 2019

On June 27 2019, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee tweeted:[6]

"As the final night of the first Democratic presidential debate begins, we’re proud that every single candidate on the stage tonight (and last night) has signed our Fair Districts Pledge and committed to fight gerrymandering and support fair redistricting."

Partnering with OFA

From their website:[7]

"In a critically powerful step in our fight for a more representative democracy and fair maps for every American, NDRC’s 501(c)(4) affiliate, the National Redistricting Action Fund (NRAF), and Organizing for Action (OFA) are combining forces to go all-in on the fight against gerrymandering. Incorporating OFA's grassroots network fully into our efforts is not only a natural extension of the work we’ve already done together, it is also a major step toward building the extensive grassroots capacity we will need to advocate for fairness during the redistricting process in 2021.

Organizing for Action has changed their name to All On The Line, described as "the grassroots movement to end gerrymandering and restore fairness to our elections and democracy ahead of 2021 redistricting."[8]

Obama: 'redistricting a top priority'

National Democratic Redistricting Committee Screenshot from website
As President Barack Obama said, "I’m making redistricting a top priority, because there is no issue it doesn’t touch.”

Democratic National Convention Pitch

"Democratic leaders, including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), pitched the idea of the NDRC to major donors at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016."[9]

Board of Directors and Leadership

Board of Directors and Leadership from their website:[10]

Other staff

Marc Elias was named as general counsel for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in January 2019.[11]

Jolt connection

Jolt Texas March 20 209·

Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. is at Jolt’s Houston HQ to hear from Jolt Student Chapter members and community leaders about redistricting. He serves as chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

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