Democratic redistricting committee rakes in millions

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For the month of July, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) will rake in about $10.8 million, according to reports from Politico and other sources. The former attorney general under President Barack Obama, Eric Holder, is the head chairman of the committee.

A majority of the monetary funds for the group came primarily from high-dollar spending donors, according to the news reports, which cite the NDRC’s legal financial filings. In the filings, nearly 10,000 donors are listed, overall.

Among those who donated big bucks include Chicago’s Fred Eychaner and Florida’s Donald Sussman, who gave $500,000 each. Another donor, Jon Stryker, is listed as donating $200,000.

Holder released the following statement to Politico:

“The NDRC’s significant fundraising in its first six months will allow us to take on gerrymandering and reform our electoral system. This will be done through our courts, at the ballot box, and through support of ballot initiatives that create non-partisan commissions and other electoral reforms.”

In an interview earlier this month with The Washington Post, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez that Obama wanted to help “build the bench” for the Democrats by becoming an active presence, such as recently headlining a fundraiser at a closed-door event for the NDRC.

Obama wants to support the committee’s “efforts to address unfair gerrymandering practices that leave too many American voters feeling voiceless in the electoral process,” spokesman Kevin Lewis said.

Last week, Holder spoke at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) convention in Baltimore and denounced President Trump’s new Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, claiming the Trump administration is just trying to keep African Americans from voting.

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