A coalition of women’s rights, labor, and environmental groups have joined forces to defeat President Bush in 2004. The new political action committee is called America Coming Together (ACT) and is headed by Ellen Malcolm, president of EMILY’S List, a PAC that supports pro-choice Democratic women running for office. The group plans to raise $75 million by November 2004, with multibillionaire George Soros already committing $10 million to the effort, according to the Associated Press.
Other coalitions are also forming to defeat Bush in 2004. Four of the nation’s largest women’s and reproductive rights groups, the Feminist Majority, the National Organization for Women, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood, have joined forces for a massive march for abortion rights in Washington, DC slated for April 25, 2004. The “Save Women’s Lives: March for Freedom of Choice” will draw hundreds of thousands of pro-choice supporters to the nation’s capitol.
Another network of left-leaning groups announced in mid-July the formation of America Votes, a voter education and registration group composed of environmental, labor, women’s rights, and civil rights groups. Former Clinton aide Harold Ickes is working to set up a Democratic fund that will finance Democratic television ads, the Washington Post reports. And John Podesta, another former Clinton aide, has formed the American Majority Institute, a think tank that will serve as a liberal counterpoint to the right-wing Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.