Database of vendors for challengers launches after Dem Party tries to make it harder to unseat incumbents. So, support those who won’t be intimidated.
DCCCBlacklist: Progressive orgs and political consultants with some guts are banding together to offer a place where Dems challenging Democratic incumbents can find political consultants that House Democrats’ campaign arm is trying to freeze out. Behind the effort? Justice Democrats, Democracy for America, Our Revolution, Working Families, Mijente, and Indivisible. Full list at DCCCBlacklist.
The DCCC, whose stated purpose is: “the only political committee in the country whose principal mission is to support Democratic House candidates every step of the way to fortify and expand our new Democratic Majority” has decided instead that it’s going full-time into the pre-selecting candidates business. And they don’t want no damn challengers., especially from their left. That is, they’ve announced plans to blacklist any organizations, vendors or consultants who work with Democratic primary candidates who dare to challenge incumbents. Pollsters, strategists, communications people. Take work from a challenger? They’re targeting you. Millions of dollars in contracts involved. So is small-d democracy; vigorous primaries open the door to more women and non-whites, and encourage new ideas to bubble up.
[And don’t kid yourself, our state Democratic Party also employs non-democratic schemes to control the outcome and keep out insurgent Dems. Time to #EraseTheLine.]
It’s straight-up intimidation; using their financial leverage to shut down firms they can’t control. And an attempt from an increasingly top-down party establishment to hobble insurgent candidates.
Like who? Like congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY (above) and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. They both challenged Democratic House members of longstanding and won their races despite being massively outraised by the incumbents, who were both white males. Ayanna is the first black woman Massachusetts ever sent to Congress. AOC is the leading edge in the House right now.
And that is threatening as hell to the Democratic establishment, who reserve the right to be asleep at the wheel, and want protection for same.
Because this is scary to these people. And this. And this. And so are you, if you dare to challenge their orthodoxy, no matter if their incumbent’s been ‘good enough’ for decades, or is ossified and distant from the community. Small-d democracy? Out the window. These folks don’t want you to decide in a primary; they want to game that primary and put up obstacles to anybody they’re not controlling. Like blocking access to some of the most experienced, skilled people who can help you win.
And know what? That’s their right. At the highest levels the Party thinks they’re a “private corporation,” as they testified in court. They’ll even violate their own Charter (see Sec. 5, Article 4) if they feel like it. Because they know better than you. That’s the mentality you’re dealing with if you’ve been donating to the DCCC. Don’t donate to the DCCC.
But you can fight back. Go to the DCCCBlacklist. Justice Democrats, supported by many progressive groups, is compiling a database of consultants and vendors who won’t be intimidated by the holy DCCC. The firms aren’t up for view yet; the site’s currently compiling professionals.
Here’s what they’re saying:
“We reject the DCCC’s attempt to hoard power, which will only serve to keep that talent pool — and Congress itself — disproportionately white and male,” Urbina said in a statement.“Incumbents who engage fully with their constituents shouldn’t fear primaries and shouldn’t rely on the national institutions like the DCCC to suppress challenges before voters ever have a say.” – Indivisible Project National Political Director María Urbina
“I believe fiercely in the potential of our party, but we cannot credibly lay claim to prioritizing diversity [and] inclusion when institutions like the DCCC implement policies that threaten to silence new voices and historically marginalized communities.” – Rep. Ayanna Pressley via tweet
AOC suggested her Twitter followers hit ‘pause’ on funding DCCC and give directly to candidates. Then she recommended some.
“I’m pretty transparent, I don’t try to do things behind people’s back, I don’t try to mislead.” – DCCC chair Rep. Cheri Bustos, who has been congratulated privately and publicly by House incumbents. And, evading the point by a mile, Bustos told the right-leaning Washington Times that DCCC has “the most diverse vendor policy in the history of the political arm of House Democrats, which “promotes diversity in our member ranks.” As long as they play ball, right?