About NOW PACs
Electing feminists to all levels of public office is a crucial part of NOW's advocacy for women's rights. In 1968, two years after the founding of the National Organization for Women, NOW's membership empowered the organization to engage in electoral politics as part of its work toward achieving true equality for all women.
In compliance with federal regulations, NOW established its national Political Action Committee (NOW/PAC) in 1977. The organization went on to form the NOW Equality PAC (NEP) in order to support feminist candidates for state and local office and to advocate for or against ballot measures that affect women's rights. In addition, NOW chapters interested in participating in local campaigns often create their own PACs.
The various NOW PACs endorse candidates and raise money for political campaigns and related activities. That money is put to work either through direct contributions to candidates and causes or through grassroots organizing. NOW PACs deploy field organizers across the country to work on campaigns and recruit volunteers to phone bank, and conduct voter education and registration drives. NOW PACs' strategies of aggressive grassroots organizing, flood-the-ticket campaigns and early support for feminist candidates have been changing the face of government for more than three decades.
As an independent, non-partisan committee, NOW/PAC endorses candidates who take uncompromising stands on feminist issues -- including both women and men of any political affiliation.
NOW PACs use innovative grassroots organizing strategies to help candidates break through the political glass ceiling. NOW PACs target states and districts where feminist candidates flood the ticket at all levels, and activists mobilize support for all the races (including any important ballot measures) in one coordinated campaign. We also recruit and endorse strong feminists early in their political careers, recognizing that a candidate may have to run more than once to win.
With NOW's dedicated membership, its reputation as the leading grassroots feminist organization in the U.S., and its network of hundreds of chapters, the NOW PACs offer distinct benefits to both the candidates and the causes we support, as well as to the people who contribute to them. The NOW PAC "seal of approval" and the engine behind it are highly valuable to candidates. And many voters rely on a NOW PAC endorsement to guide them to the best candidates for women's rights. Donors to NOW PACs can rest assured that their money is being channeled toward electing strong, pro-woman candidates.
At the federal level, NOW/PAC relies on recommendations from state and local NOW chapters that are familiar with a candidate's record and positions. All NOW PACs base their endorsements on a broad feminist agenda. No other PACs expect candidates to take such strong stands on such a wide range of issues. These issues include, but are not limited to:
After the elections, NOW activists work with the officials our PACs helped elect to assist and encourage them in meeting their commitment to be leaders in the fight for equality and justice for all women.
NOW PACs provide the platform for feminist activists to impact elections at every level. This collective action is vital to electing leaders who will protect and advance women's rights. The march toward full equality is a long one, and the goal of increasing the number of feminists in elected office continues to be a priority. Our progress is steady, but the work is far from finished. The mission of the NOW PACs is just as important as it was in 1977. In fact, with such fervent attacks from the well-funded right-wing, we need your support now more than ever.
Which PAC you choose to donate to depends on whether or not you're a NOW member and whether you want to support federal or state and local campaigns.
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