The Lincoln Project – Fighting Radical Extremism
Reed Galen, Co-founder, The Lincoln Project
Mission: The Lincoln Project’s mission is to hold accountable those who would violate their oaths to the Constitution and would place their loyalty to others before their loyalty to the American people and democracy. The Lincoln Project continues to fight radical extremism, the far-right media, populist nationalism, and every elected leader who ascribes to the MAGA agenda.
In Their Words: “Democracy is under attack like no other time in modern history. A totalitarian movement that is threatening to sweep around the world is empowering antidemocratic forces within the United States. From the physical attack on the Capitol to the undermining of our election systems, our democratic institutions are being stressed. The Lincoln Project is mounting a vigorous and sustained effort to counteract these forces so America can remain a beacon of freedom to people around the world,” said Reed Galen, co-founder.
Goal in Advance of the 2024 Election: “Donald Trump and his acolytes represent a nationalist and authoritarian political and ideological movement that we’ve come to associate with “MAGA” or “America First.” The Republican Party is post-ideological and post-conservative and while it retains the political branding of the old GOP, it is now a dangerous and destructive movement. Our best opportunity to preserve democracy in 2024 relies on preparing for the battle ahead, starting today. It is likely that the work we do in 2023 will be as important to the active campaigns of next year,” said Galen.
Bipartisan Policy Center – Ensuring Free and Fair Elections
Kelly Veney Darnell, Interim CEO/Chief Operating Officer, Bipartisan Policy Center
Mission: The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both sides of the political spectrum.
In Their Words: “Our nation is closely divided, and bipartisanship is the only way to create lasting policy changes and tackle our nation’s challenges – large and small. It’s role is that of connector, facilitator, and negotiator. In engaging lawmakers from across the political spectrum, delivering data and context, negotiating policy details, and creating space for bipartisan collaboration, BPC ensures democracy can function on behalf of all Americans,” said Kelly Veney Darnell, Interim CEO/Chief Operating Officer.
Goal in Advance of the 2024 Election: “For the next two years, BPC is intentionally focused on advocating for policies that ensure a free and fair 2024 presidential election and lay the groundwork for a peaceful transition of power. In the long-term, we envision that elections are transparent, free, and fair and the results are respected by winning and losing candidates; governing institutions reflect the will of the people and inspire trust; and lawmakers and the public have respectful and vigorous policy debates,” said Darnell.
The People – Empowering Everyday Americans to Create Better Government
Katie Fahey, Executive Director, The People
Mission: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, The People is nonpartisan organization founded in 2018 and built upon momentum from the successful effort to end partisan gerrymandering in Michigan led by Executive Director Katie Fahey. Its mission is helping everyday Americans take the lead in creating a better government of, by, and for the people.
In Their Words: “There are certainly other organizations engaged in the work of bridge-building and strengthening American democracy, yet we are unique in that we focus on the people of a community as the driving force and leaders behind these changes. A community’s strength is its people, and we provide the structure and support to bring people together to create a responsive and accountable government,” said Fahey.
Goal in Advance of the 2024 Election: “To increase everyday Americans’ understanding of and access to the election process. To advocate for the security and trust of our elections, election workers, and volunteers across the nation. We aim to decrease mis/disinformation and help promote accurate information regarding our election system, in an effort to engage everyday citizens and to improve our current processes,” said Fahey.