Southern Elections Fund

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Southern Elections Fund was originally established 1969 by Julian Bond to help elect local and state level candidates for office in the old Confederacy. In the early 1970’s, the SEF contributed campaign funds and technical advice to hundreds of candidates, many of whom were elected to office as part of a grassroots process that changed the nature and color of Southern politics.

In 2014, Bond and Benjamin Jealous resurrected the Southern Elections Fund in order to combat voter suppression and accelerate the electoral impact of the South’s rapidly changing demographics. The modern-day Southern Elections Fund will work in the South to expand the electorate, develop new leaders of color, and ensure that enhanced electoral power brings progressive change.[1][2]

Goals

From the Southern Elections Fund website;[3]

The prevailing political wisdom has it that progressive policies cannot “win the day” in the South. The Southern Elections Fund (SEF) has examined the numbers, and we know otherwise.

SEF is the spiritual successor to Julian Bond’s organization of the same name, which funded a tidal wave of victories for black elected officials throughout the South in the early 1970’s. It has been reincarnated to accelerate the electoral impact of the rapidly changing demographics of the South. We believe that people of color and progressive whites represent the South’s political future, and our purpose is to make that future come faster. Simply put, the power of SEF is in our ability to combine big vision and big data to produce big results for progressives in the most conservative region in the country.
SEF combines a well-researched understanding of demographic change, a clear plan, and a uniquely experienced team prepared to change the South – and the United States – forever.

"The Alabama Opportunity"

From the Southern Elections Fund website;[4]

Doug Jones has a very narrow path to victory that relies primarily on an increase in the Black vote. Jones will likely require 300K votes to win. This will likely require turnout of an additional 135k Black voters.
Mobilizing the Black vote in Alabama will require efforts from the people with deep roots in the community. Marvin Randolph, President and CEO of Southern Election Fund, is the country’s leading expert on Black vote mobilization. He has worked on 120 campaigns in 31 states and organized the largest Black voter registration effort in history when the NAACP registered 400,000 Black citizens in 2012. His connections to Alabama extend back over 20 years, and Southern Election Fund is well-positioned to work with Alabama's community-based leaders to conduct an effective Black voter mobilization program.
DeJuana Thompson of Rubix Strategies is our Alabaman "boots on the ground" and long-term political professional who is running the operation from the local level.
To contribute by check, make payable to PowerPAC - SEF and mail to 44 Montgomery St Suite 2310 San Francisco, CA 94104. For wire transfers, please email lisa@powerpac.org.[5]

Personnel

Southern Elections Fund, as of January 3, 2018;[6][7][8]

Board

Staff

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