Why South Forward?
It’s no secret that the Democratic Party and progressives are reeling in the South. The Tea Party is ascendant and Republicans have supermajorities in many state legislatures. Public education, labor, women’s health and the very right to vote are under concerted – and often successful – attack.
This must change.
South Forward brings an integrated, multi-faceted approach to revitalizing and growing the Democratic South. While winning elections is the real goal, our early focus will be on “building the bench" and building capacity for state parties and others.
South Forward consists of a 501(c)(4) non-profit, a Federal independent expenditure PAC, and a Federal candidate PAC (which allows direct contributions to candidates and state party organizations). In due time and in accordance with election/campaign finance law in each state, we will form state-level PACs, as well.
Our focus includes:
- Direct candidate support for down-ballot races with an emphasis on municipal, legislative, targeted statewide and congressional races;
- Independent expenditures on behalf of municipal, legislative, targeted statewide and congressional races.
- Development of a candidate and campaign management training/mentoring program that will focus specifically on women, African-American and Latino candidates and campaign managers and staff.
Meet our Leadership