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ABOUT
US

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OUR MISSION

Commonwealth Forward fights the corrosive effects of corporate influence on our democratic process by amplifying the voices of a new generation of leaders who stand up to corruption and fight for racial, environmental, and economic justice.

OUR IMPACT

For the first time in Virginia's history, progressive campaigns were supported at levels previously reserved for those with strong corporate and/or establishment backing. Commonwealth Forward led this effort with our 50k Doors in 50 Days initiative, which worked with candidates to identify and fill critical gaps, resulting in much needed support in districts ignored by party leaders. Partnering with progressive partners across the Commonwealth – including former delegates Jennifer Carroll Foy and Jay Jones. progressive leader Qasim Rashid, Virginia Justice Democrats, Planned Parenthood, CASA in Action, Virginia Education Association, and hundreds more – we organized resources and deployed personnel to the frontlines of these critical battelground races.

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Virginia ranks 46th out of 50 states in the States With Anti-Corruption Measures for Public Officials (“S.W.A.M.P.”) report released by the Coalition for Integrity in 2020. This report scores states on the strength of their ethics agency, lobbyist influence, campaign finance laws, and reporting standards. To the detriment of its citizens, Virginia consistently ranks near the bottom in each of these categories.

 

Virginia has some of the least restrictive campaign finance laws in the country. And for too long corporations have abused that system to influence who gets elected and what laws get passed.

Why was Commonwealth Forward founded?

Commonwealth Forward fights the corrosive effects of corporate influence on our democratic process by amplifying the voices of a new generation of leaders who stand up to corruption and fight for racial, environmental, and economic justice.

What type of candidates does Commonwealth Forward support?

Commonwealth Forward provides resources and support to candidates who are committed to fighting corruption and upholding progressive values. At this time, Commonwealth Forward supports candidates for state offices in Virginia, including the House of Delegates and State Senate.

How does Commonwealth Forward support candidates?

Commonwealth Forward aims to make a comprehensive suite of resources available to our candidates, who are often intentionally excluded from the traditional institutions that recruit and support candidates. Our investments will vary by candidate and campaign but include leadership training, cutting-edge digital and direct voter contact programs, and direct financial support.

Who funds Commonwealth Forward?

Our work at Commonwealth Forward is made possible through the generous support of progressive activists and grassroots donors who are committed to overturning the status quo in Virginia. We do not accept contributions from corporations and invite all who believe in returning power to the people to join our coalition by making a donation.