To Give and Receive

America Coming Together $12,515,000 $3,410,672

One of the leading Democratic interest groups dedicated to defeating President Bush in November. Run by longtime Democratic operatives and financed in part by wealthy Democratic donors, the group plans a massive voter mobilization and grassroots effort in 17 battleground states.

American Fed of St/Cnty/Munic Employees (AFSCME) $7,355,447 $7,537,683

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is made up of 3,500 local unions representing 1.3 million members who work in public service and health care. AFSCME is currently battling the drive to privatize many public sector jobs, such as water utilities and corrections facilities.

Media Fund $3,000,000 $19,502

One of the leading Democratic interest groups dedicated to defeating President Bush in November. Affiliated with America Coming Together, the group plans to raise close to $100 million for a massive issue-ad campaign to support the Democratic presidential nominee. The ads will air in 17 battleground states.

EMILY’s List $2,581,443 $2,018,714

EMILY’s List, whose name is an acronym (Early Money Is Like Yeast), is a national political action committee that works to elect pro-choice female Democrats. The group has turned the bundling of campaign contributions into an art form, enlisting thousands of members nationwide to direct their money to key races. Because much of that money comes in donations below the $200 threshold for reporting, the totals given by EMILY’s List members is considerably greater than the official totals reflected in FEC reports. Abortion rights have always been a key issue for the group, though recently, its agenda has also expanded toward economic and social issues, like education funding.

Sierra Club $1,790,982 $300,406

America’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy group, the Sierra Club is dedicated to protecting wild places in the U.S. and abroad and promoting the responsible use of earth’s resources. Although the group includes members of both parties, it historically aligns itself with Democrats.

Club for Growth $1,332,689 $965,538

Founded in 1999 to elect Republican fiscal conservatives. Forwards campaign contributions from its members to free-market-oriented candidates in targeted congressional races. Also airs TV and radio advertisements that support Republican congressional candidates, including those facing other Republicans in GOP primaries.