Onward Together

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Onward Together is an organization dubbed the "Resistance PAC" by Buzzfeed. Onward Together was founded by 2016 failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean, which is designed to give funding to "progressive" organizations and candidates.

According to their website, Onward Together has "granted over $2.5 million to our partner organizations and other progressive groups" and "raised more than $1.8 million directly for the efforts to protect kids and families at the border."

Subversive Strategy

"Her emerging 2018 strategy, according to more than a dozen friends and advisers familiar with her plans, is to leverage the star power she retains in some Democratic circles on behalf of select candidates while remaining sufficiently below the radar to avoid becoming a useful target for Republicans seeking to rile up their base."[1]

Clinton Presidential Campaign Employees Hired

Onward Together hired Emmy Ruiz and Adam Parkhomenko, veterans of her 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Core Team members include "Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and DNC chair, along with Judith McHale, an undersecretary under Clinton at the State Department, and Amy Rao, a Silicon Valley businesswoman and a longtime supporter and donor. The aides in Clinton’s New York office, including former campaign vice chair Huma Abedin, finance director Dennis Cheng, and press secretary Nick Merrill".[2]

Grant Competition

Onward Together had an online competition to determine which of the following progressive organizations would receive a $50,000 grant:[3]

Our Story

Screenshot from Onward Together video

Verbatim, from the Onward Together website:[4]

"Born from conversations between Governor Howard Dean and Secretary Hillary Clinton in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Onward Together was established to lend support to leaders — particularly young leaders — kicking off projects and founding new organizations to fight for our shared progressive values. Since our founding, we have granted over $2.5 million to our partner organizations and other progressive groups.
In April 2017, Onward Together launched by announcing support for our first five partners: Color of Change, Emerge America, Indivisible, Swing Left, and Run for Something.
We’ve since welcomed our second cohort of partner organizations, including Alliance for Youth Action, The Arena, Collective PAC, iVote, Latino Victory, and Voto Latino.
Most recently, Onward Together added Demand Justice and the National Domestic Workers Alliance to our partner network, and raised more than $1.8 million directly for the efforts to protect kids and families at the border.

Our program

We’re particularly interested in working with groups that present a well-articulated vision; have a demonstrated ability to attract supporters, volunteers, and donors; and have a willingness to collaborate with like-minded groups.
Our support isn’t one-size-fits-all. In each case, we ask ourselves and the partner organization “How can Onward Together best support this organization?”
The answer will vary by organization, and can include the following:
  • Financial support: Direct grants, fundraising support, online amplification, in-person surrogate assistance, 1:1 introductions and meetings with donors, sponsorships, convenings,
  • Strategic and leadership guidance: Mentorship, training, 1:1 introductions with expert advisors, convenings
  • Recognition: Online endorsements, surrogate support, offline and event mentions via Onward Together surrogates, convenings
  • Membership building: Mobilizing Onward Together’s team to support partner organizations and grantees
Organizations can be nominated for Onward Together’s support via word of mouth or by sending us an email at nominations@onwardtogether.org.
In addition to our official partners, we’ve also given direct grants to organizations doing work that we believe in, particularly in urgent moments. These grantees include EMILY’s List, APIA Vote, National Redistricting Foundation, the Victory Institute, Greater Wisconsin, and more.

Our convening

In the spring of 2018, Onward Together convened the leaders of our endorsed organizations at our first-annual Partners’ Collaborative..."

Candidates

Onward Together supported the following candidates for the 2018 midterm elections:[5]

External links

  • Washington Post: Hillary Clinton, a favorite GOP foil, plans discreet 2018 strategy (accessed on June 12 2019)
  • Buzzfeed News: Hillary Clinton Hires Two Former Campaign Aides For "Resistance" PAC (accessed on June 12 2019)
  • [2] (accessed on June 12 2019)
  • Onward Together website: Program (accessed on June 12 2019)
  • Onward Together website: PAC (accessed on June 12 2019)
  • Onward Together website

    References

    1. Washington Post: Hillary Clinton, a favorite GOP foil, plans discreet 2018 strategy (accessed on June 12 2019)
    2. Buzzfeed News: Hillary Clinton Hires Two Former Campaign Aides For "Resistance" PAC (accessed on June 12 2019)
    3. [1] (accessed on June 12 2019)
    4. Onward Together website: Program (accessed on June 12 2019)
    5. Onward Together website: PAC (accessed on June 12 2019)
    6. Onward Together website

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