Former President Barack Obama and his former attorney general, Eric Holder, have teamed up in their efforts to unseat Republicans in 12 states through a national redistricting group.
According to its website, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) is a D.C.-based organization founded in 2016. Chaired by Holder, the group is dedicated to “enacting a comprehensive, multi-cycle Democratic Party redistricting strategy.”
To that end, they raised more than $11 million last year. Their fundraising goal for this year is $30 million.
According to a report in The Washington Free Beacon, the group was formed “in part due to Obama’s resentment towards the House Republican majority during a portion of his presidency and claims that gerrymandering, which both parties partake in, has led to ‘disastrous’ policies.”
“These gerrymandered districts have had disastrous policy consequences, leading to some of the most right-wing legislation in decades both in Congress and at the state level, including assaults on women’s health, suppressing the vote for people of color, failing to address climate change, and refusing to stand up to the epidemic of gun violence,” the group’s website states. “These policies don’t reflect the majority of voters, but because Republicans have rigged the system in their favor, voters are limited in their ability to do anything about it.”
Holder said the group’s mission is personal to Obama because he resented how Republicans took over the majority in the House of Representatives and impaired his goals.
“The tasks that he had placed before him were made a lot more difficult, progress a lot more difficult, than it needed to be,” Holder told the New York Times last year. “That’s because of the Congress that he had to deal with, which was a function of the 2010 redistricting effort.”