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Democratic National Committee
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Chairman:Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Year created:1848
Website:Official website
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the principal organization governing the United States Democratic Party on a day to day basis. While it is responsible for overseeing the process of writing a platform every four years, the DNC's central focus is on campaign and political activity in support of Democratic Party candidates, and not on public policy. The DNC was established at the 1848 Democratic National Convention.[1]

The Democratic National Committee provides national leadership for the Democratic Party of the United States. It is responsible for promoting the Democratic political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy.

Its main counterpart is the Republican National Committee.

Campaign role

The DNC is responsible for articulating and promoting the Democratic platform and coordinating party organizational activity. When the President is a Democrat, the party generally works closely with the President. In presidential elections, the DNC supervises the national convention and, both independently and in coordination with the presidential candidate, raises funds, commissions polls and coordinates campaign strategy. Following the selection of a party nominee, the public funding laws permit the national party to coordinate certain expenditures with the nominee, but additional funds are spent on general, party-building activities.[2] There are state committees in every state, as well as local committees in most cities, wards and towns (and, in most states, counties).

The chairperson of the DNC (currently Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz) is elected by a vote of members of the Democratic National Committee. The DNC is composed of the chairs and vice-chairs of each state Democratic Party Committee, two hundred members apportioned among the states based on population, and generally elected either on the ballot by primary voters or by the State Democratic Party Committee, a number of elected officials serving in an ex-officio capacity, and a variety of representatives of major Democratic Party constituencies.

In April 2011, Vice President Joe Biden announced that President Barack Obama had endorsed Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) to succeed Tim Kaine as the 52nd Chair of the DNC. Wasserman Schultz became the third female DNC chair when she was confirmed at the annual DNC meeting on May 4, 2011.[3]

The DNC establishes rules for the caucuses and United States presidential primaries which choose delegates to the Democratic National Convention, but the caucuses and primaries themselves are most often run not by the DNC but instead by each state. All DNC members are superdelegates and can influence a close Presidential race. Outside of the process of nominating a Presidential candidate, the DNC's role in actually selecting candidates to run on the Democratic Party ticket is minimal.

The chairperson is a superdelegate for life.

2014 elections


October 2013

In October 2013, the DNC raised over $7 million dollars. This surge in fundraising came on the heels of the government shutdown. Prior to October, the DNC was having one of its worst fundraising years in the party's history. At the end of October, the DNC had $4.25 million cash on hand and the organization reported $16 million in debt, down from a high of $21 million after the 2012 elections.[4]


DNC national chairpersons




Benjamin F. Hallett (1848-1852) Massachusetts
Robert Milligan McLane (1852-1856) Maryland
David Allen Smalley (1856-1860) Vermont
August Belmont (1860-1872) New York
Augustus Schell (1872-1876) New York
Abram Stevens Hewitt (1876-1877) New York
William H. Barnum (1877-1889) Connecticut
Calvin Stewart Brice (1889-1892) Ohio
William F. Harrity (1892-1896) Pennsylvania
James K. Jones (1896-1904) Arkansas
Thomas Taggart (1904-1908) Indiana
Norman E. Mack (1908-1912) New York
William F. McCombs (1912-1914) New York
Homer S. Cummings (1914-1916) Connecticut
Vance C. McCormick (1916-1919) Pennsylvania
George White (1920-1921) Ohio
Cordell Hull (1921-1924) Tennessee
Clem L. Shaver (1924-1928) West Virginia
John J. Raskob (1928-1932) New York
James A. Farley (1932-1940) New York
Edward J. Flynn (1940-1943) New York
Frank C. Walker (1943-1944) Pennsylvania
Robert E. Hannegan (1944-1947) Missouri
J. Howard McGrath (1947-1949) Rhode Island
William H. Boyle, Jr. (1949-1951) Missouri
Frank E. McKinney (1951-1952) Indiana
Stephen Mitchell (1952-1955) Illinois
Paul M. Butler (1955-1960) Indiana
Henry M. Jackson (1960-1961) Washington
John Moran Bailey (1961-1968) Connecticut
Lawrence F. O'Brien (1968-1969) Massachusetts
Fred R. Harris (1969-1970) Oklahoma
Lawrence F. O'Brien (1970-1972) Massachusetts
Jean Westwood (1972) Utah
Robert S. Strauss (1972-1977) Texas
Kenneth M. Curtis (1977-1978) Maine (now in Florida)[5]
John C. White (1978-1981) Texas
Charles T. Manatt (1981-1985) California
Paul G. Kirk, Jr. (1985-1989) Massachusetts
Ron Brown (1989-1993) New York
David Wilhelm (1993-1994) Ohio
Debra DeLee (1994-1995) Massachusetts
Christopher J. Dodd (1995-1997) Connecticut
Donald Fowler (1995-1997) South Carolina
Roy Romer (1997-1999) Colorado
Steven Grossman (1997-1999) Massachusetts
Ed Rendell (1999-2001) Pennsylvania
Joseph Andrew (1999-2001) Indiana
Terry McAuliffe (2001-2005) Virginia
Howard Dean (2005-2009) Vermont
Tim Kaine (2009-2011) Virginia
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (2011-present) Vermont

Subsidiaries of the DNC

Democratic Governors' Association

Their mission is stated as:

The Democratic Governors’ Association was founded in 1983 to support the candidacy of Democratic governors throughout the nation. The DGA provides political and strategic assistance to gubernatorial campaigns. In addition, the DGA plays an integral role in developing positions on key state and federal issues that affect the states through the governors’ policy forum series.[6][7]

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Their mission is stated as:

The purpose of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is to elect more Democrats to the United States Senate. From grassroots organizing to candidate recruitment to providing campaign funds for tight races, the DSCC is working hard all year, every year to increase the number of Democratic senators. They provide services such as designing and helping execute field operations, polling, creating radio and television commercials, fundraising, communications, and management consulting.[8][7]

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

See also: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Their mission is stated as:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee serves as the official national Democratic campaign committee charged with recruiting, assisting, funding, and electing Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives. They provide services that include designing and helping execute field operations, polling, creating radio and television commercials, fundraising, communications, and management consulting.[9][7]

Association of State Democratic Chairs

Their mission is stated as:

The Association of State Democratic Chairs’ mission is to help build strong state parties in order to elect Democrats from the statehouse to the White House. To accomplish this goal, the ASDC focuses exclusively on the current and future needs of state democratic parties. It acts as a service organization dedicated to supporting and educating its members and state party executive directors and staff.[10][7]

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

Their mission is stated as:

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee provides strategic services and financial assistance to Democratic leaders and candidates at the state legislative level. For nearly a decade, DLCC has been an integral part of the continued success Democrats have had winning at the state legislative level.[11][7]

National Lawyers Council

Their mission is stated as:

The National Lawyers Council works to support President Obama's agenda, promote and protect the right to vote, and engage Democratic attorneys in a variety of ways. Sign up to receive information on relevant events, legislation, calls to action, and leadership opportunities throughout the year.[12][7]

DNC Voting Rights Institute (VIR)

The DNC Voting Rights Institute was established as an elections day operation to monitor voting irregularities and to report incidents of vote fraud and suppression.

Their mission is stated as:

The Voting Rights Institute of the Democratic National Committee is a permanent organization created to monitor developments in election law, advocate to make voting more accessible, and provide guidance on voting rights and election administration issues. This work is integrally tied to our Party's platform, which commits to fully protecting and enforcing the fundamental right to vote.[13][7]

New York and Florida fraudulent registrations

In 2004, the DNC was in a massive voting fraud probe in New York State and Florida as the New York Daily News uncovered that over 46,000 people were illegally registered by DNC operatives mainly in New York City and Florida.[14]

Norman Schwarzkopf robocall fraud

During the 2004 election, the Democratic National Committee knowingly jammed phone lines by robocalling, claiming that Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf from the First Persian Gulf War during Desert Storm endorsed 2004 Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry, which was false.

The RNC responded swiftly to the actions, claiming it was a desperate DNC campaign team which deceived voters during the 2004 election.[15]

DNC vote buying caught on tape

During the 2004 election, Today's TMJ 4 (WTMJ-TV) of Milwaukee, WI, the local NBC affiliate, filmed Democratic campaign workers handing out small amounts of money and free food to residents at a home for the mentally ill in Kenosha after which the patients were shepherded into a separate room and given absentee ballots. One of the Democratic Party workers for the DNC fled when she saw the camera from WTMJ-TV.[16]

Petition blocking lawsuit

On October 30, 2007, Ralph Nader filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in Washington, D.C. against the DNC, arguing that it had conspired with a variety of co-defendants, including America Coming Together, to bring "groundless and abusive litigation" against Nader's 2004 petition drives for ballot access in order to bankrupt Nader's campaign and force him off the ballot in 18 states.[17][18]

See also

External links


  1. Democrats.org, "Party History," accessed December 4, 2013
  2. "Public Funding of Presidential Elections". Federal Election Commission. 2005-02. http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/pubfund.shtml#General. Retrieved on 2006-10-29. 
  3. Democrats.org, "BREAKING NEWS: DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ ELECTED DNC CHAIR," accessed December 4, 2013
  4. Politico, "DNC raised $7 million in October," accessed December 10, 2013
  5. "Superdelegate from Maine moves to Florida - Superdelegate total now 794". 2008 Democratic Convention Watch. 2008-02-28. http://demconwatch.blogspot.com/2008/02/superdelegate-from-maine-moves-to-fl.html. Retrieved on 2008-05-27. 
  6. Democrats.org, "PARTY ORGANIZATION," accessed December 4, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Democrats.org, "PARTY ORGANIZATION," accessed December 4, 2013
  9. Democrats.org, "PARTY ORGANIZATION," accessed December 4, 2013
  10. Democrats.org, "PARTY ORGANIZATION," accessed December 4, 2013
  11. Democrats.org, "PARTY ORGANIZATION," accessed December 4, 2013
  12. Democrats.org, "JOIN THE NATIONAL LAWYERS COUNCIL," accessed December 4, 2013
  13. Democrats.org, "DNC VIR"
  14. http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/8/23/163727.shtml
  15. http://www.nodnc.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=65
  16. http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110002530
  17. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/politics/5259684.html
  18. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jSJzOBT1G4nHh_7HFNBZLzNQVo-wD8SJQAP00