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Title: Working with NOW/PAC: Endorsements


1
Working with NOW/PAC Endorsements Elections
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014
  • 800 p.m. EST

2
Welcome
Linda Berg Political Director
Bonnie Grabenhofer Action Vice President
3
Overview of NOW PACs
  • Purpose
  • Structure
  • Candidate criteria
  • Endorsement processes
  • Political Organizing Manual

4
Polling Questions
Do you have a state PAC? If Yes Raise Your Hand
Does your chapter have a PAC? If Yes Raise Your
Hand
5
Purpose of a NOW PAC
  • To increase the number of feminists elected to
    public office
  • To advance the feminist agenda through electoral
    activity

6
Regulations
NOW/PAC is
  • regulated by federal law administered by the
    Federal Election Commission
  • separate segregated fund of NOW, Inc. which can
    only solicit and accept contributions from
    current NOW members

7
Anatomy of the NOW/PAC
  • 3 National NOW Officers
  • President ? PAC Chair
  • Vice President of Membership ? Treasurer
  • Action Vice President
  • 3 National NOW Board members
  • 3 At-large members
  • Advisors

8
Current Committee Members
  • National NOW Officers
  • Terry ONeill (Chair)
  • Chitra Panjabi (Treasurer)
  • Bonnie Grabenhofer
  • National NOW Board Members
  • Elisabeth Harper
  • Jocelyn Morris
  • Kim Villanueva
  • Political Director
  • Linda Berg
  • At-Large Members
  • Bear Atwood
  • Jacqueline Kozin
  • Linda Tosti Lane
  • Board Advisors
  • Carol Moseley Braun
  • Janet Canterbury
  • Patricia Ireland
  • Ellie Smeal
  • Senior Advisors
  • Gay Bruhn
  • Pat Reuss

9
Anatomy of a State or Chapter PAC
  • PAC Chair
  • Treasurer
  • PAC Committee
  • Operating rules

10
Candidate Criteria
  • Stopping violence against women
  • Abortion and reproductive rights
  • Economic justice
  • Ending sex discrimination
  • Lesbian rights (including marriage equality)
  • Promoting diversity and ending racism

11
Candidate Criteria
  • Stopping violence against women
  • Abortion and reproductive rights
  • Economic justice
  • Ending sex discrimination
  • Lesbian rights (including marriage equality)
  • Promoting diversity and ending racism

12
NOW/PAC Values
  • The most important factor for endorsement
    consideration is a candidates positions on NOWs
    6 priority issues
  • If candidate support for NOW issues is equal
  • NOW/PAC will prioritize electing a feminist
    woman over a man
  • NOW/PAC will consider feminist incumbents
    long-time support

13
NOW/PAC Values contd
  • NOW/PAC will involve states/members in the
    endorsement process and candidate support

14
Questionnaire or Interview Pros and Cons
  • Questionnaire
  • Interview
  • Narrows the field
  • Cant tell depth of commitment
  • Ensures uniformity of questions
  • Some wont fill it out
  • Cant be sure candidate filled it in
  • No personal relationship
  • No substitute for face to face
  • Opportunity to educate and persuade
  • Begins personal relationship
  • More difficult to arrange for candidate and PAC
  • Incumbents want to be judged on record

15
NOW/PAC Candidate Interview Guidelines
  • Sample questions for each issue/criteria
  • Ask enough to determine strength of commitment to
    each issue
  • Open a dialog
  • Take good notes
  • Integrate questions with state issues
  • Adapt questions for state candidates
  • Find it on the chapters only section of NOW
    website

16
The Process
State/ ChapterPAC
If candidate good then sends recommendation for
endorsement to NOW/PAC Director
Contacts candidate and sends questionnaire/
interview
State / chapter / members provide support
Contacts NOW/PAC Director for Endorsement
Candidate
Completes questionnaire/ interview
Candidate can ask for support
Provides information requests vote from committee
Sends endorsement letter to candidate informs
state
Provides list/ other support
Encourages state/ PAC to investigate candidate
Creates website profile for candidate
NOW/ PAC Director
Researches Federal Candidates
NOW/ PAC Committee
Votes to endorse candidate if YES . . .
17
Example Endorsement Letter
18
Example Website Info.
19
Political Organizing Manual
  • PAC Structure and Operation
  • Fundraising
  • Analyzing Districts and Recruiting
  • Candidate Support and Endorsement
  • Interview and Questionnaire Guidelines
  • Campus Campaign Organizing
  • Hands-on Campaigning
  • Reference Material

20
Accessing the New NOW Leaders Website
21
Political Organizing Manual
New Chapters Only Website screen shot to be
inserted
22
Womens Votes will Decide the Future
  • Save the Senate, elect feminists and work toward
    electing a woman president
  • Organize to elect feminist candidates
  • Chapter dos and donts
  • Feminist Field Force

23
Contact Linda Berg 202-628-8669 x
146 elections_at_now.org
  • QUESTIONS?
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