Progressive Groups to Spend $30M on Voting Rights Effort

Left-leaning groups are joining forces to launch a $30 million campaign aimed at persuading the Senate to pass a sweeping voting rights bill that most Republicans want to strike down.

End Citizens United, Let America Vote and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, an organization founded by former Attorney General Eric Holder, is to spend $20 million on ad campaigns and $10 million on a grassroots effort to try to get the legislation passed, including outreach to lawmakers and state-level activists, according to a CNN report.

“We’re going to make a run at Republicans,” said Adam Bozzi, vice president of End Citizens United, in a statement to CNN. “[But] whether it’s with 60 votes or some procedural change, we need to put this bill in a position to be passed.”

“If we ban gerrymandering, protect the right to vote, and give power back to the people, we can have a government that starts prioritizing the needs of its constituents instead of the special interests,” said Kelly Ward Burton, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee’s president.

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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