About The Collective
The Collective PAC is working to fix the challenge of under-representation of the Black community in elected seats of power throughout our nation. To reach political equity – a place where African American elected officials represent the community’s population statistically – Black people should hold at least 13% of all elected offices in the U.S.
The promise of our democracy is that our government would be for the people and of the people. But according to “Who Represents.Us,” a project of the Women’s Donor Network, 90% of elected officials in the United States are white, 95% of elected prosecutors are white and 96% and 82% of Republican and Democratic candidates for political office are white. Therefore, The Collective PAC is focused on increasing the number of African Americans in public office at all levels, to ensure our nation upholds its ideals and promises of a truly representative democracy.
Launched in August of 2016, The Collective PAC has helped 55 candidates win general elections at the local, state and federal level thus far. Through our coordinated PAC, independent expenditure only committee, 501c3 and 501c4 arms, we have raised and bundled over $10,000,000 from over 57,000 individual contributions. We’ve given and bundled over $1,000,000 directly to to endorsed candidates’ campaigns, spent over $3 million on paid advertising and get out the vote efforts to help them win and regranted $3 million to local, grassroots organizations. In addition, we’ve launched the first-of-its-kind Black Campaign School training for candidates and campaign operatives from around the country, and we host The Black Political Power Summit every year to update the nation on black political representation. With over 200,000 email subscribers, over 25,000 donors and various mentions and features in The New York Times, Washington Post, Buzzfeed and NBC News, The Collective has grown to be the largest and most prominent organization focused on helping elect African American candidates to public office on the local, state and federal level.