(Vermont) -- Today, progressive political action committee Democracy for America (DFA) is taking its brain trust and passion for movement work and launching Democracy for America Advocacy Fund (DFA-AF), a 501(c)4 advocacy group that will focus on structural democracy reform. 

DFA Advocacy Fund will capitalize on the 17 years of movement experience, loyalty and credibility found with DFA and extend that legacy of progressive leadership into work on the issues that uphold and fortify American democracy, as well as promote people-focused reforms and initiatives that make America work for all citizens by uplifting the New American Majority.

Led by Yvette Simpson who will serve as president, DFA-AF is hitting the ground running. Former Maine U.S. Senate candidate and social activist Betsy Sweet will administer the work on the initial pillars of focus: ending the filibuster; the use of ranked-choice voting; and combating voter suppression while expanding voting rights. Building upon DFA’s fully developed, battle-tested movement infrastructure, DFA-AF will create a throughline from the campaign work started by DFA to the structural democracy reform for which progressives fight.

“We have to approach this moment with the urgency it deserves. Our democracy is fragile and Republicans are actively attempting to dissolve our democracy in places across the country. Democracy for America Advocacy Fund was formed to stand up and fight back against forces determined to destroy the fabric of the democracy we hold dear,” said Yvette Simpson. 

“The life of our democracy is under threat. Without preserving and expanding its structural cornerstones, we could lose it. DFA Advocacy Fund is uniquely positioned to take on the fight of our lives,” said Betsy Sweet.

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