PACs Raise Raise Millions to Motivate Black Voters
The Black Economic Alliance PAC and Black Economic Alliance Fund on Friday announced a $2.6 million campaign to mobilize Black voters in 15 key races ahead of next month’s midterm elections. Candidates they are supporting include Democratic gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum (FL) and Ben Jealous (MD); MS Democratic senatorial candidate Mike Espy; as well as Democratic congressional candidates Debbie Murcarsel-Powell (FL), Lauren Underwood (IL), Steven Horsford (NV), Antonio Delgado (NY), and Colin Allred (TX). The campaign will help engage and mobilize Black voters through a variety of tactics, including polling, radio, and digital advertising, door-to-door canvassing, SMS texting, and direct mail. “For far too long, many of our nation’s elected officials have been crafting policies that contribute to the economic disenfranchisement of millions of Black people across the country,” said Gerald Adolph, Board Member of the Black Economic Alliance PAC. “By investing nearly $3 million in targeted gubernatorial, congressional and senate races, we can help ensure that candidates rallying for policies that lead to better employment opportunities and wages for Black Americans are victorious in November.” Their announcement comes as the BlackPAC also announced an $8 million push to mobilize voters through mailers and radio ads in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana, Nevada, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, and California. And the nonpartisan Black Progressive Action Coalition, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit affiliated with BlackPAC, will team up with local advocacy groups to speak to voters about the issues and ballot measures to restore voting rights for people with felony convictions in Florida and criminal justice changes in Ohio. More about the Black Economic Alliance PAC and Black Economic Alliance Fund efforts here and more about the BlackPAC/Black Progressive Action Coalition efforts here.