History of Progressive Majority

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Dec. 1999
Progressive Majority PAC incorporates as a federal political action committee.

Board of Directors, progressive Members of Congress, leaders from organized Labor, and a core group of progressive donors determine the need for Progressive Majority to transform into a fully operational organization. Name is changed to Progressive Majority.

Board of Directors recruits Gloria Totten to turn Progressive Majority into a multi-issue political organization dedicated to raising money for progressives running for the U.S. Congress and statewide offices. Organization launches publicly in September 2001.

Progressive Majority raises $818,000 and provides $279,000 in direct candidate contributions to candidates by building a network of more than 20,000 small donors. Progressive Majority helps win three of seven targeted federal races and six of eight targeted statewide races.

Board of Directors and staff decide that Progressive Majority needs to shift focus to the states - to recruit strong community leaders to run for state and local office and form the "farm team" for the progressive movement. The Candidate Recruitment and Development Program is launched.

Offices open in Washington, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Progressive Majority fields 100 candidates for state legislative offices - 41 are elected. These wins help take over the Washington State Senate, which goes on to pass the second highest number of progressive bills in the country.

Progressive Majority identifies new divide and launches the Racial Justice Campaign Fund to prioritize the election of candidates of color as part of its winning political strategy.

Offices open in Arizona and Colorado. 75 candidates are fielded, of which 53 are elected. These wins help take over the Snohomish County Council, Shoreline City Council and Clark County Commission in Washington State; the Tucson City Council in Arizona; and the Steamboat Springs City Council and Colorado Springs District 11 School Board in Colorado.

Racial Justice Campaign Fund name is changed to the Racial Justice Campaign.

Office opens in California. 169 candidates fielded for state and local offices - 102 are elected. These wins help take over the Wisconsin State Senate, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and bolster Democratic majorities in the Colorado and Washington legislatures. Progressive Majority elects six county commissioners in some of the toughest counties in the country, flips control of the fifth largest school district in the country, and protects Democratic majorities on two critical Wisconsin county boards. Progressive Majority contributes to the take-over of the Minnesota State House and the election of the Ohio Secretary of State.

Offices open in Minnesota and Ohio. 150 candidates fielded for state and local offices - 74 are elected. These wins help take over a record 13 local governments. In Colorado alone, there were seven local government takeovers.

227 candidates fielded for state and local offices - 109 are elected. These wins help take over the Wisconsin State Assembly and the Ohio House of Representatives. Democratic majorities are protected in the Washington State Legislature, Colorado General Assembly and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Ohio State Board of Education is flipped from conservative to progressive. Progressive Majority helps elect the Washington state commissioner of public lands and flipped control of six local governments.

Progressive Majority fields 64 candidates. 36 win their races, flipping control of 6 more local governments. 63% of candidates of color win their elections, as do 62% of the women candidates. Pipeline candidate Marilyn Strickland becomes the first woman elected to be Mayor of Tacoma, WA.

Progressive Majority fields 208 candidates, 118 of which win their races to end Republican supermajorities in the Florida House and Senate and the Ohio House and helping to flip 2 state legislative chambers. Narrowed the Republican Majority  in Michigan by half, setting the stage for a fight in 2014.