New Democrat Network

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The New Democrat Network or NDN is led by founder and President Simon Rosenberg, "with advice from NDN's Advisory Board, a group of leading New Democratic thinkers and strategists." [1][2]

  • "NDN has offices in DC, New York, San Francisco, and Miami." [3][4]

Archive of the NDN

  • http://www.newdem.org/
  • "This website contains the archive of the material of the New Democrat Network, a political action committee from 1996 - 2002 and a non federal political committee from 2003 - 2006. It also contains information from NDN PAC, which was a federal political action committee from 2003 - 2006. You can visit the New Democrat Network's successor organization, NDN at www.ndn.org, NDN's think tank for politics, New Politics Institute at www.newpolitics.net and NDN's Blog at www.ndnblog.org." [8]


From New Democratic Network to NDN

The New Democratic Network officially became NDN in 2005. In August 2005, a study of the current NDN website, ndn.org, to which ndndem.org now redirects, did not reveal the words behind the acronym. A search of the website for "Democrat" yielded only:

  • many members of the Advisory Board are long-time Democratic Party political operatives [9]. Whether this operation serves as a front or other affiliate of the Democratic Party coopting independents and "the progressive community", or demonstrates a non-partisan independence from the existing bi-partisan duopoly, remains to be demonstrated. The whois database record names "New Directions for News" as the registrant. See this topic's Talk section.

Mission in 2008

A visit to the NDN website in February, 2008 finds this mission: "NDN is a progressive think tank and advocacy organization. NDN’s work is organized around a powerful idea – that for progressives to succeed in the 21st century as they did in the 20th, they will have to do three things: offer a new governing agenda that speaks to the challenges of our day; master the new media and technology tools that are changing the way we all communicate and advocate; and understand and speak to the radically new demographic make-up of today’s America. NDN’s staff, Fellows and collaborators offer fresh and original thinking in these three main areas of focus: new governing agenda, new media and technology and new demography. ... You may also want to learn more about our affiliate the New Politics Institute, our think tank for politics, and review our recent article, "The 50 Year Strategy", that lays out a big vision for progressive success in the years ahead." [10]

NDN Founders Senior Staff

Advisory Board

The Coalition

The NDN, "a coalition member, plans a separate $5 million television campaign aimed at Latino voters in four states." [11]

The "coalition" is comprised of five allied Democrat groups: Media Fund, "the principal vehicle for pro-Democratic television commercials by the coalition"; America Coming Together, "which is responsible for get-out-the-vote efforts"; America Votes, "the umbrella organization that will stitch together the activities of various progressive organizations"; Joint Victory Campaign 2004, "a combined fundraising committee"; and the Thunder Road Group." [12]

NDN Funding Sources

Open Secrets: Advocacy Group Funding (based on records released by the Internal Revenue Service on Monday, March 08, 2004): New Democrat Network.

NDN Blog

NDN's weblog http://www.ndnblog.org/ (NDN Blog) is "Paid for by NDN PAC and NDN Political Fund and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee." [13]

Contact details

New Democrat Network, New Politics Institute, NDN Political Fund, and NDN PAC
777 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 544-9200
Fax: (202) 547-2929
Email: info AT ndnpac.org/
Website: http://www.newdem.org (New Democrat Network)
Website: http://www.ndnpac.org/npi/ (New Politics Institute)
Website: http://www.ndnpac.org/ (NDN PAC)

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