The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) believes that redistricting in 2021 will be a turning point for the Democratic Party. In support of the effort, the group–which has ties to former President Barack Hussein Obama–gave $500,000 to the Democratic Party of Virginia.
The NDRC’s contribution was made on Aug. 29 to bolster the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, records show. Northam is running for governor against Republican Ed Gillespie. Virginia does not have a limit on campaign giving, allowing for the large contribution.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, this donation may be the first of its kind from the Washington, D.C.-based group.
The NDRC was founded in 2016 and is currently chaired by former Obama-administration attorney general, Eric Holder. Dedicated to “enacting a comprehensive, multi-cycle Democratic Party redistricting strategy over the next 5 years and beyond,” the NDRC seeks to impact the 2021 redistricting process, zeroing in on state elections that could impact it.
“The NDRC will coordinate and support state-based electoral work led by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Democratic Governors Association, while supporting other key down-ballot races with redistricting implications,” the NDRC’s electoral goal reads.
According to its website, the NDRC believes that after the 2010 Census, “Republican gerrymandered districts” left Democrats at a disadvantage.
“That’s why the most important turning point for the future of the Democratic Party will take place in 2021: when states redraw their Congressional and state legislative lines,” the NDRC website states.
The NDRC’s agenda is in step with a goal set out by Obama before he left office. Reportedly, he held a strategy meeting with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.), and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) identifying the dismantling of Republican congressional control as a central goal for the Democratic Party, control Obama resented, according to Holder.
“The tasks that he had placed before him were made a lot more difficult, progress a lot more difficult, than it needed to be,” said Holder in an interview in January. “That’s because of the Congress that he had to deal with, which was a function of the 2010 redistricting effort.”
Obama headlined an NDRC fundraiser this summer, which was attended by Holder and Pelosi. “McAuliffe has also been involved with the group’s fundraising efforts,” the Beacon reports. The NDRC has raised $10.8 million in the first half of 2017.
According to Politico, Obama is expected to stump for Northam this fall, as liberal players are throwing millions into the Virginia race. According to the Beacon, to date, the top five donors include:
- The Democratic Governors Association (DGA), which has contributed $2,063,411 to Northam’s campaign.
- The Virginia League of Conservation Voters, an environmental group, which has contributed $874,042.
- The Democrat Party of Virginia, which has given $738,924 to the campaign.
- Michael Bills — a finance committee member for the 2016 campaign of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and the founder of the Charlottesville-based investment firm Blue Asset Management LLC– who has given $586,000.
- The Virginia affiliate of Planned Parenthood, which contributed $532,122.
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