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Netroots Nation

Netroots Nation is a political convention for Democratic Party supporters and left-wing political activists, originally organized by readers and writers of Daily Kos, leftist political blog. It was previously called YearlyKos, but is not now produced by Markos Moulitsas or Kos Media, although Moulitsas is a member of the Board of Directors of the sponsoring organization,

Netroots Nation is not an independent group, but a project of, funded by the Netroots Arts and Education Initiative (NAEI), a California corporation, filing C2974336, March 15, 2007, registered agent, Raven Brooks. (a 501(c)(4) advocacy and social action group)
A California corporation, filing C2859100, March 9, 2006 registered agent, Raven Brooks.
5758 Geary Blvd  
Private Mail Box 303
San Francisco,  CA  94121
(415) 287-0569 
Exempt since 2007.
2008 Revenue: $902,822
Income from 2008 Convention: About $470,000.

Name Title Compensation
Raven Brooks
Adam Bonin
Cheryl Contee
REGina Cooper
Arshad Hasan
Mary Rickles
director of communications
and media
DIRECTOR $51,235
Nolan Treadway
Political and Logistics director
DIRECTOR $44,874
Markos Moulitsas Zúniga

columnist for Newsweek and
The Hill


2010 Conference

Premier Sponsors

Self-Description: The AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions. We are teachers and machinists, musicians and miners, firefighters and farm workers, bakers and bottlers, engineers and editors, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, painters and bricklayers – and more. Together we seek to improve the lives of working families to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation.
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Self-Description: AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen and advocate for prosperity and opportunity for all working families. We are nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs and sanitation workers. For us, public service is not just a job, it’s a calling. That’s why we’re in the public service – to keep our families safe and make our communities strong. While we work for justice in the workplace, we advocate for prosperity and opportunity for all of America’s working families. We fight for fairness at the bargaining table, at the ballot box and in the halls of government.
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Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is a unique non-partisan, non-profit partnership forged to strengthen manufacturing in the U.S. AAM brings together a select group of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers. Our mission is to promote creative policy solutions on priorities such as international trade, energy security, health care, retirement security, currency manipulation, and other issues of mutual concern.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers  represents the common interests of its members and provides a forum to enable them to advance public policies that meet consumer and societal needs for clean, safe, efficient, and affordable personal transportation.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers represents 11 car and light truck manufacturers selling vehicles in the United States and serves as a leading advocacy group for the auto industry. Alliance members represent 77% of all car and light truck sales in the United States.
Respect for principles of sustainable mobility permits technological progress in harmony with the environment and the economy.

The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and represents nearly 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, 43 state affiliates and more than 1.4 million members. The AFT represents a broad spectrum of professionals: pre-K through 12th grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and other healthcare professionals; and early childhood educators. Many well-known Americans have been AFT members including John Dewey, Albert Einstein, Hubert Humphrey, Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, former Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, and former United Nations Under-Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche.

Self-Description: Political Action, one of the largest Political Action Committees in the country, brings real Americans into politics to fight for a more progressive America and elect progressive candidates. It conducts major campaigns, from its work to protect the Supreme Court from a hard-right justice to its campaign to defeat the right wing and elect moderates and progressives in 2008. But in contrast to most PACs, which funnel industry contributions to candidates in exchange for access, Political Action brings hundreds of thousands of small donors together to elect candidates who will represent the American people. With one secure online credit card transaction, you can immediately make contributions to several campaigns. All contributions go to the individual campaigns in the amounts you specify. Political Action takes care of all the required FEC paperwork by transmitting necessary contributor information to each campaign.
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The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is a non-profit membership organization comprised of online and offline poker players. Our membership consists of enthusiasts from around the United States who have joined together to speak with one voice to promote the game and protect the right to play poker in all its forms. The PPA’s mission is to establish favorable laws that provide poker players with a secure, safe and regulated place to play. Through education and awareness the PPA will keep this game of skill, one of America’s oldest recreational activities, free from egregious government intervention and misguided laws.

Self-Description: The 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the fastest-growing labor union in North America. Our diverse membership includes nurses, doctors, home care workers, janitors, security officers, window cleaners, local and state government workers, food service workers, public school employees, bus drivers, and child care providers. SEIU members are winning higher wages, better benefits and more secure jobs for our communities.
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As a progressive communications firm, Tricom Associates is all about dedicating time and talent to make a meaningful, measurable difference for our clients and the causes they advocate. We take pride in setting a standard for social networking and new media communication tools, and we’re always looking for the next breakthrough medium that, coupled with our experience, gives our labor, education, health care and environmental clients a happy marriage of traditional and new media exposure. The Tricom formula works because we believe in what our clients do. We have a passion for our clients’ causes, and we are invested in making them successful.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is America’s neighborhood union. We put food on the table for families nationwide, with over 1.3 million members employed primarily in the retail, grocery, meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects workers’ rights and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for immigration reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream.

Zero Divide  invests in technology solutions to benefit people in vulnerable and other underserved communities.
Whether the divides are social, economic, political or cultural, it is often technology that can help overcome these divides. From inception, we have championed universal access to technology and community empowerment.
Through our investments, under served communities create ground-breaking enterprises, capture important but suppressed voices, distribute content in diverse ways, and collectively influence policies and practices to enhance and mobilize community-based assets for social change.


Founded in 2004, ActBlue provides state-of-the-art online fundraising tools to Democratic candidates and organizations in all 50 states. We’re the nation’s largest source for Democratic funds with over $133m raised by 1 million donors across 20,000 fundraising pages. ActBlue’s mission is to make it easier for Democrats to participate as donors, fundraisers and candidates. We’re lowering barriers to entry in politics and developing Democratic voices in all 50 states. That’s good for you, good for us, and good for the Democratic Party. It’s a goal we share with Netroots Nation, and we’re pleased to be a sponsor of NN ’10.

Advocates for Youth is a non-profit organization that champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. As a non-partisan organization, Advocates for Youth does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

Advomatic builds powerful websites for good causes using Drupal, an open source content management system. We have a team of dedicated developers, strategists and designers who love what they do: help clients be successful online.In addition to web development, Advomatic provides a variety of related services including user experience design, visual design, online communications strategy, hosting & maintenance. Advomatic’s clients include United Federation of Teachers, Courage Campaign, 1Sky, NRDC, and TckTckTck. Advomatic is a proud sponsor of Netroots Nation, building, hosting and supporting their online presence since their YKos days, and will continue to do so in the future.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 500,000-plus member public interest organization devoted to fighting human rights and civil liberties violations whenever and wherever they occur. The ACLU works on the national and local levels through our national office and our network of 53 affiliates and chapters across the country. We serve all people who have been denied their civil rights and civil liberties, including people of color, lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people; women; mental health patients; prisoners; and the poor.

The mission of America’s Voice is to advance the interests of the majority of Americans who want Congress and the President to deliver real, comprehensive immigration reform. Our goal is to build the public support and political power necessary to enact real solutions on immigration. Solutions rooted in the basic American values of justice, citizenship and the rule of law.
America’s Voice conducts cutting edge public opinion research, leads timely communications campaigns, and supports courageous leaders from all walks of life who are calling for comprehensive immigration reform now. We invite you to join us!

Amplify is a youth-driven netroots community dedicated to changing society’s dysfunctional approach to sex and sexuality. As the online home of Advocates for Youth’s Youth Activist Network, Amplify brings together online and grassroots activists working for progressive policy change and on issues of sexual health and reproductive justice.

Blue State Digital is a full-service agency that provides integrated digital marketing strategy as well as a Web-based licensed software platform to help organizations drive results by building communities online.
BSD has delivered hundreds of victories for NGOs, companies, universities, unions and cultural institutions. Clients include the American Red Cross, Carnegie Hall, Partners in Health, United Way, and the USA Bid Committee for the FIFA World Cup.
The company is best known for its work with Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, which was powered by BSD technology. BSD continues to service US progressive candidates at all levels and is involved in political campaigns in the UK and Brazil.
BSD has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Boston, and London.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

Communications Workers of America/Speed Matters promotes affordable high-speed Internet for all Americans. Working with our partners and allies we advocate for programs and policies that build affordable, universal high-speed broadband investment. Speed Matters is a project of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). CWA represents 700,000 workers in communications, media, airlines, manufacturing, and public service.
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The Contact Group is a leader in providing robust, innovative phone-based services and online multimedia communications – from a broad range of automated phone call solutions and call center agents to virtual town hall meetings and rich, multimedia video messages. We give individuals and organizations, both large and small, the ability to increase their message’s reach and amplify the personal connections fostered through blogs, podcasts and other mediums. Actively engage your audience to harness the progressive power of viral marketing and supporter-generated content. We strive to provide tomorrow’s phone and online communications tools to meet today’s information and message delivery goals.

CREDO Mobile is the only mobile phone company with a 25-year history of supporting progressive activism. Since 1985, we’ve donated more than $65 million to nonprofits like Planned Parenthood, Courage Campaign, Change Congress, the ACLU and the New Organizing Institute. (Compare that to AT&T, the lifetime biggest contributor to both Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.) In addition to our donations and activism on issues like net neutrality, reproductive rights, the environment and more, CREDO Mobile also offers superb nationwide service – from coverage to plans to phones. We’re pleased to announce our newly launched Android-powered smartphone, the HTC Hero® with Google™.

Founded in 2002, Daily Kos is the premier online political community with 2.5 million unique visitors per month and 250,000 registered users. It is at once a news organization, community, and activist hub. Among luminaries posting diaries on the site are President Jimmy Carter, Senator Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and dozens of other senators, congressmen, and governors. Even more exciting than that however, are the hundreds of thousands of regular Americans that have used Daily Kos to shape a political world once the exclusive domain of the rich, connected, and powerful.

Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. DFA provides training through the Campaign Academies and Night School to aspiring candidates and lifelong activists in all 50 states to give them the skills and resources we need to win.


Democratic Governors Association – 2010 will be the most important governors’ election cycle in a lifetime. This is the first cycle in a generation when the 37 seats up for grabs comes on the dawn of redistricting. The governors elected in November will oversee the reapportionment that will determine Congressional and legislative districts and shape the political landscape for a generation to come. Republicans already are targeting the governors’ races as the start of their so-called “comeback.” Help the Democratic Governors Association fight the right and learn more about this once-in –a-lifetime- cycle.

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee works to build infrastructure. We organize and maintain winning, state-of-the-art campaign committees across the country through a partnership with legislative leaders, professional staff, and supporters. We provide candidates with access to tools like polling, research, and online fundraising. These resources are often too expensive for state legislative races, so developing an economy of scale and making these services accessible is a huge advantage for our side. With our help, state legislative Democrats have had net gains in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, and we now control 57 of the nation’s 98 partisan chambers.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is working to help President Obama pass his agenda for change, build strong state party infrastructure in all 50 states and engage citizens in the political process in new and creative ways. It helps Democratic candidates win election by providing financial, technical and logistical support. The DNC is home to Organizing for America (OFA), a grassroots project committed to building and strengthening the historic grassroots network President Obama created during the 2008 campaign. OFA has offices in all 50 states.

DemSign specializes in providing custom imprinted materials for political campaigns, unions, government agencies, and progressive organizations. We understand the needs of Democratic political campaigns and progressive organizations large and small. We have helped campaigns as large as Barack Obama and John Kerry’s Presidential campaigns, as small as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Washington, D.C., and at all levels federal, state, and local in between in all 50 states. We are here to help your campaign win your election. We offer great customer service, top quality products, value prices, design assistance, and fast service.

Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the national association of shareholder-owned electric power companies. Our members represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry, and provide electricity to 95 percent of the customers in the industry’s shareholder-owned segment. We also have more than 65 international electric companies as Affiliate Members, and more than 170 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. Through a focus on effective federal legislation, advanced technology R&D and investment, and customer partnerships, we are helping to lead the electric power industry’s—and the nation’s—transition to a more efficient and sustainable energy future.

EMILY’s List is a community of progressive Americans dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to every level of office. We believe in the power of women as candidates, contributors, campaign professionals and voters to make change. And we get results — since our founding, we’ve helped elect 80 pro-choice Democratic women members of Congress, 15 senators, 9 governors and hundreds of women to state and local office.


Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, and Somalia. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises.
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Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010, the Equal Justice Society is a national strategy group heightening consciousness on race in the law and popular discourse. As heirs of the innovative legal and political strategists of Brown v. Board of Education, the organization employs a three-pronged strategy of law and public policy advocacy, cross-disciplinary convenings, and strategic communications. Connect with us at, and at

Fenton opened its doors in 1982 with a unique mission: serve the public interest by creating powerful issue campaigns that make social change. With our clients, we have contributed to some of the defining change movements of the past quarter century, from ending apartheid and curbing global warming to protecting people from harmful toxins.
Fenton has always been selective about who we work with. We only represent causes we believe in ourselves. This policy not only serves our mission, but our clients’ best interests. We combine deep passion and knowledge of today’s most pressing issues with an impatience for results. Like you, we want to create change in our lifetimes. We understand that progress alone isn’t enough. It has to be fast and measurable.

Friends of the Earth and our federation of grassroots groups in 77 countries are a loud and fear less force for the sustainable and fair use of the Earth’s resources. We’re progressives who confront the economic forces fueling eco logical destruction and injustice and don’t shy from speaking sometimes uncomfortable truths to power. Our current campaigns focus on promoting clean energy and solu tions to climate change, keeping toxic and risky technologies out of the food we eat and products we use, and protecting marine ecosys tems and the people who live and work near them.
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The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC)  represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – is the most progressive, aggressive and fastest-growing union of construction workers, and one of the most diverse and effective unions representing public service employees. The half-million members of LIUNA are on the forefront of the construction industry, a powerhouse of workers who are proud to build America. Through its Build America 2010 campaign, LIUNA is fighting to build support in the U.S. Senate for jobs-creating legislation that would invest in the country’s basic needs, including roads, bridges, water resources and school facilities.

Living Liberally creates social communities around progressive politics across America and around the world. Best known for the Drinking Liberally happy hours in over 250 cities, we also host Screening Liberally films, Reading Liberally book tours, Eating Liberally meals and Laughing Liberally comedy shows. Our events become centers of progressive energy in conservative corners of the country as well as the big blue cities. We recently published “538 Ways to Live, Work and Play Like a Liberal” by co-founder Justin Krebs, who is touring our chapters on a national book tour. Find or start a chapter near you:

Self-Description: Media Matters for America is a research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Now celebrating its sixth anniversary, Media Matters has put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation—news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda—every day, in real time.
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Middle Coast LLC – A Step Ahead. The best organizational and campaign communications resonate across a variety of mediums, engage in a conversation, and encourage participation by all those who are invested in your message and goals. We’re here to help you do that. Middle Coast is a team of skilled professionals and passionate advocates. Our team, comprised of respected netroots activists and grassroots campaigners Gina Cooper, Erin Hofteig, Lindsay Marsh and Marisa McNee, have decades of experience in the progressive advocacy and campaign world, including nationally targeted congressional, senatorial, presidential campaigns and some of the most influential advocacy campaigns over the last decade.

Mobile Commons makes it simple to create and manage mobile campaigns and connect them to the web, CRM Tools, and other media. Mobile Commons is the leading mobile application for brand messaging, cause-related marketing, fundraising, and advocacy. The company is quickly growing in the consumer marketing, health care and event marketing sectors.
Mobile Commons removes the barriers to mobile and provides tools to allow full two-way messaging, integrated audio, and a connection to the web

Mother Jones is an independent, nonprofit magazine dedicated to bringing you smart, fearless journalism. Winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for General Excellence, MoJo is committed to gutsy, no-holds-barred investigative reporting that asks tough questions and gives you real answers. Mother Jones is uncensored, irreverent, not beholden to special interests—and obligated only to you.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) —the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. We are delighted to partner with Democracy for America and Netroots Nation to increase the diversity of participants at Netroots Nation’s 2010 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada by providing ten scholarships for Latino bloggers and activists.

NGP Software is the leading provider of campaign technology solutions to Democratic candidates and their allies. Our flagship product, Campaign Office Online® is used for fundraising, compliance reporting, broadcast e-mail communications, online donations, volunteer management and more by hundreds of political campaigns every election cycle, from the Presidential to the Municipal level. NGP also provides Web design, data integration, and IT consulting services. As a rare example of a partisan firm in a technical niche, NGP has found success in combining technological skills and strong customer service with political savvy and experience.


Founded in 2002, Plus Three is a state-of-the-art web-design company that uses web-based technology to help nonprofit and political organizations promote social change in America. Plus Three’s demonstrated commitment to maximizing online fundraising and advocacy tools has helped its clients raise over $250 million and engage over 12 million supporters – educating them and moving them to act in support of the causes and candidates they care about.

Progress Now was founded in 2003 with two goals: 1) help grassroots activists use cutting-edge internet and new media to organize online at the state and local level; and 2) assist progressive partner organizations with message development and earned media strategies to promote a progressive agenda, counter right-wing misinformation, and hold public leaders accountable. Today, ProgressNow state partners have built a combined email network exceeding 2.4 million members.

Progressive PST: Strategic Campaigns for Twitter. Professional Management of Twitter for Progressive, Liberal and Independent Campaigns. Accelerate campaign outreach to potential donors, volunteers and supporters. Instantaneous communication with press, staff. donors, volunteers and activists. Synergize campaign tactics with a cutting edge social networking tool.

Revolution Messaging’s Mobilize platform helps organizations reach their members in new and exciting ways, launching millions of messages at rapid speeds while providing customized features according to their unique needs. Revolution Messaging was founded by Barack Obama campaign veteran, Scott Goodstein, as a full-scale cutting-edge messaging firm with over 30 years of organizing experience. The Revolution Messaging Team builds unique mobile campaigns for key progressive allies that are backed by 24-hour support. Revolution Messaging is proud to continue evolving new techniques for organizing including: text messaging, interactive voice, mobile video, mobile applications, social media, online advertising and lifestyle marketing.

Why should your voice be heard only on Election Day? Why not let your position be heard by your representatives each and every time there is a measure to be voted on? Visible Vote allows you to do just that. It is the first and only application to allow you to cast your virtual vote and then notify your representatives of your position weekly. Visible Vote also monitors how often your Congressmen vote in alignment with you and the people they represent.
Visible Vote is non-partisan and unbiased service that brings greater transparency and accountability to our representative form of government. Discover the most technologically powerful way to advise, communicate and track your legislators today.

Washington Media Group (WMG) assists clients in breaking through the clutter of today’s chaotic media mix. Many firms can help spread a message, but only few can ensure that message is heard – and embraced. Combining award-winning ex-journalists and experienced public affairs strategists with online communications pioneers, WMG builds campaigns that succeed at the nexus of public policy, politics, media, commerce, and technology. With integrity and authenticity as guiding principles, WMG is a full service strategic media firm, which tailors each campaign to the particular needs of its diverse clients.

Wired for Change is dedicated to helping progressive organizations and Democratic political campaigns develop the most innovative and effective online campaigns to encourage engagement, drive message, and promote change. In addition to providing a comprehensive, integrated, and affordable web platform, we help nonprofits and progressive political campaigns exceed their visions for the potential of technology and leverage these new tools to help rebuild the progressive movement. At its core Wired for Change is about empowering people and organizations to make change. Clients include the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), True Majority, Young Democrats of America, and hundreds of other 527s, PACs, State parties, and campaigns.

Women’s Campaign Forum (WCF), founded in 1974, is the only national, non-partisan political organization supporting women who respect reproductive health choices at all levels of office, during the earliest stages of their public life. Not bound by party politics, WCF focuses on the political career of each woman and empowers her to reach her maximum potential throughout her political life. At WCF, it’s not politics as usual.