60 Plus Association

Mission

"The 60 Plus Association is a non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues. 60 Plus has set ending the federal estate tax and saving Social Security for the young as its top priorities. 60 Plus is often viewed as the conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).'" (http://www.60plus.org/about/)

Issue areas: Senior Citizens | Social Security and Medicare
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

Mission

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety "is an alliance of consumer, health and safety groups and insurance companies and agents working together to make America's roads safer. Advocates encourages the adoption of federal and state laws, policies and programs that save lives and reduce injuries. By joining its resources with others, Advocates helps build coalitions to increase participation of a wide array of groups in public policy initiatives which advance highway and auto safety." (http://www.saferoads.org)

Issue areas: Consumers | Health
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Alliance for Retired Americans

Mission

"The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security. The Alliance believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities." (http://www.retiredamericans.org/about/mission-statement)

Issue areas: Senior Citizens
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

American Conservative Union

Mission

"ACU's purpose is to effectively communicate and advance the goals and principles of conservativism through one multi-issue, umbrella organization." (http://www.conservative.org/about/default.asp)

Issue areas: Conservative, Multi-Issue
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 30th percentile

American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Mission

"AIPACís mission is to strengthen the ties between the United States and its ally Israel." (http://www.aipac.org/en/about-aipac/our-mission)

Issue areas: International Relations
Major Player:
2006 News Frequency: Top 30th percentile

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Mission

"The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage." (http://www.adc.org/about-us/)

Issue areas: Arab Americans | 2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

Americans for Democratic Action

Mission

"ADA is the nation's oldest independent liberal lobbying organization." (http://www.adaction.org/about.htm)

Issue areas: Liberal, Multi-Issue | 2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

Americans for Fair Taxation

Mission

"...Simply put, the FairTax replaces the way we're currently taxed - based on our annual income - with a tax on goods and services. The FairTax is a voluntary “consumption" tax: the more you buy, the more you pay in taxes, the less you buy, the less you pay in taxes." (http://fairtax.org/)

Issue areas: Tax Reform | 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights

Mission

"Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is the leading national lobbying organization (501 (c) 4), dedicated to nonsmokers' rights, taking on the tobacco industry at all levels of government, protecting nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke, and preventing tobacco addiction among youth. ANR pursues an action-oriented program of policy and legislation." (http://www.no-smoke.org/aboutus.php?id=436)

Issue areas: Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs | 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Americans for Safe Access

Mission

"The mission of Americans for Safe Access is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic uses and research." (http://americansforsafeaccess.org/)

Issue areas: Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs | Health | 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Americans for Tax Reform

Mission

"ATR opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle. We believe in a system in which taxes are simpler, fairer, flatter, more visible and lower than they are today. The government's power to control one's life derives from its power to tax. We believe that power should be minimized." (http://www.atr.org/aboutatr/mission.html)

Issue areas: Tax Reform
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 30th percentile

Arab American Institute

Mission

"The Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent. AAI represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the U.S. through two primary focus areas: campaigns and elections, and policy formulation and research. " (http://www.aaiusa.org/pages/about-us/)

Issue areas: Arab Americans
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Mission

"We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities. The Brady Campaign works to pass and enforce sensible federal and state gun laws, regulations, and public policies through grassroots activism, electing public officials who support common sense gun laws, and increasing public awareness of gun violence. Through our Million Mom March and Brady Chapters, we work locally to educate people about the dangers of guns, honor victims of gun violence, and pass sensible gun laws, believing that all Americans, especially children, have the right to live free from the threat of gun violence. The Brady Center works to reform the gun industry by enacting and enforcing sensible regulations to reduce gun violence, including regulations governing the gun industry. In addition, we represent victims of gun violence in the courts. We educate the public about gun violence through litigation, grassroots mobilization, and outreach to affected communities." (http://www.bradycenter.com/about)

Issue areas: Gun Control
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

Bread for the World

Mission

"Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad." (http://www.bread.org/what-we-do/)

Issue areas: Homelessness and Poverty | Christian
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

Campaign for America's Future

Mission

"The Campaign for America's Future is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be. " (http://www.ourfuture.org/about)

Issue areas: Liberal, Multi-Issue
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Christian Coalition of America

Mission

"We are driven by the belief that people of faith have a right and a responsibility to be involved in the world around them. That involvement includes community, social and political action. Our goals include: strengthening the family, protecting innocent human life, returning education to local and parental control, easing the tax burden on families, punishing criminals and defending victims' rights, protecting young people and our communities from the pollution of pornography, defending the institution of marriage, protecting religious freedom." (http://www.cc.org/about.htm)

Issue areas: Christian
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 10th Percentile

Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Mission

"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is dedicated to protecting your firearms rights. Our role is to educate grass root activists, the public, legislators and the media. Our programs are designed to help all Americans understand the importance of the Second Amendment and its role in keeping Americans free." (http://www.ccrkba.org/?page_id=2518)

Issue areas: Gun Control
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Citizens Flag Alliance

Mission

"The Citizens Flag Alliance, Inc., is a coalition of organizations, most of which are national in scope, that have come together for one reason: to persuade the Congress of the United States to propose a constitutional amendment to protect the Flag of the United States from acts of physical desecration and send it to the states for ratification." (http://www.cfa-inc.org/about/about.htm)

Issue areas: Good Government | 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Citizens for Global Solutions

Mission

"We are a membership organization working to build political will in the United States to achieve our vision. We do this by educating Americans about our global interdependence, communicating global concerns to public officials, and developing proposals to create, reform, and strengthen international institutions such as the United Nations." (http://www.globalsolutions.org/who/vision_mission.html)

Issue areas: International Relations | 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Citizens for Tax Justice

Mission

"CTJ fights for: fair taxes for middle- and low-income families, requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share, closing corporate tax loopholes, adequately funding important government services, reducing the federal deficit, [and] taxation that minimizes distortion of economic markets." (http://www.ctj.org/html/ctjdesc.html)

Issue areas: Tax Reform
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

Citizens United

Mission

"Citizens United is an organization dedicated to restoring our government to citizens control. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grass roots organization, Citizens United seeks to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. Citizens United's goal is to restore the founding father's vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens." (http://www.citizensunited.org)

Issue areas: Conservative, Multi-Issue 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Clean Water Action

Mission

"Clean Water Action is a national citizens' organization working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work." (http://www.cleanwateraction.org)

Issue areas: Water | 2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Mission

"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy." (http://www.gunfree.org --> Coalition --> About Us)

Issue areas: Gun Control | 2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador

Mission

"We are a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting the Salvadoran people's struggle forself-determination and social and economic justice." (http://www.cispes.org/category/about-cispes/mission-statement-and-anti-o...)

Issue areas: International Relations | 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Council for a Livable World

Mission

"The Council for a Livable World is among the nation's preeminent arms control organizations and focuses on halting the spread of weapons of mass destruction, opposing a national missile defense system, cutting Pentagon waste and reducing excessive arms exports. The Council is also a political lobby which endorses political candidates." (http://www.clw.org)

Issue areas: National Security | 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Eagle Forum

Mission

"Eagle Forum's Mission is to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public policy making so that America will continue to be a land of individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise." (http://www.eagleforum.org)

Issue areas: Conservative, Multi-Issue
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2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Mission

"FCNL, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, is a Quaker lobby in the public interest. FCNL seeks to bring the concerns, experiences and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends to bear on policy decisions in the nation's capital. FCNL's small staff works with a nationwide network of thousands of Quakers and like-minded people to advocate social and economic justice, peace, and good government. Since its founding in 1943, FCNL has witnessed from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose, as we seek change in both national policy and public opinion." (http://www.fcnl.org/whatis.htm)

Issue areas: Christian
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Greenpeace

Mission

"Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses non-violent direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future." (http://www.greenpeaceusa.org/ --> About Us)

Issue areas: Environment 2006 News Frequency: Top 10th Percentile

Gun Owners of America

Mission

"Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue." (http://gunowners.org/protect.htm)

Issue areas: Gun Control
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

Law Enforcement Alliance of America

Mission

"The Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA) is the nation's largest non-profit, non-partisan coalition of law enforcement professionals, crime victims, and concerned citizens united for justice. With a major focus on public education, LEAA is dedicated to providing hard facts and real-world insights into the world of law enforcement and the battle against violent crime. LEAA fights at every level of government for legislation that reduces violent crime while preserving the rights of honest citizens, particularly the right of self-defense."

Issue areas: Crime and Justice | 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Mission

"LCCR consists of more than 180 national organizations, representing persons of color, women, children, labor unions, individuals with disabilities, older Americans, major religious groups, gays and lesbians and civil liberties and human rights groups. Its mission: to promote the enactment and enforcement of effective civil rights legislation and policy."(http://www.civilrights.org/about/lccr/)

Issue areas: Civil Rights
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

League of Women Voters

Mission

"The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy." (http://www.lwv.org/about/)

Issue areas: Good Government | Voting and Elections
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 30th percentile

Log Cabin Republicans

Mission

"We stand for the proposition that all of us are created equal-worthy of the same rights to freedom, liberty, and equality. Log Cabin works to build a stronger, more inclusive Republican Party by promoting the core values of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets and a strong national defense while advocating for the freedom and equality of gay and lesbian Americans. We emphasize that these principles and the moral values on which they stand are consistent with the pursuit of equal treatment under the law for gay and lesbian Americans." (http://www.logcabin.org/logcabin/mission.html)

Issue areas: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT)
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2006 News Frequency: Top 30th percentile

Marijuana Policy Project

Mission

"Mission Statement: 1. Increase public support for non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies. 2. Identify and activate supporters of non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies. 3. Change state laws to reduce or eliminate penalties for the medical and non-medical use of marijuana. 4. Gain influence in Congress. Vision Statement: MPP and MPP Foundation envision a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm." (http://www.mpp.org/about/mission-statement.html)

Issue areas: Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs | Crime and Justice | 2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

National Breast Cancer Coalition

Mission

"NBCC's mission is to eradicate breast cancer by focusing the administration, U.S. Congress, research institutions and consumer advocates on breast cancer. NBCC encourages all those concerned about this disease to become advocates for action and change. The Coalition informs, trains and directs patients and others in effective advocacy efforts. Nationwide, women and men are increasing the awareness of breast cancer public policy by participating in legislative, scientific and regulatory decisions, promoting positive media coverage and actively working to raise public awareness." (http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/about/index-1.html)

Issue areas: Women's Health | Cancer
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Mission

"The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare was founded in 1982 to serve as an advocate for the landmark federal programs of Social Security and Medicare and for all Americans who seek a healthy, productive and secure retirement." (http://www.ncpssm.org/message/)

Issue areas: Social Security and Medicare
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2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

National Congress of American Indians

Mission

"Protect and enhance treaty and sovereign rights; secure our traditional laws, cultures, and ways of life for our descendants; promote a common understanding of the rightful place of tribes in the family of American governments; improve the quality of life for Native communities and peoples." (http://www.ncai.org/about-ncai/mission-history)

Issue areas: Native Americans
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

National League of Cities

Mission

"The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance." (http://www.nlc.org/ --> About NLC)

Issue areas: State and Local Government
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 30th percentile

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Mission

"NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty." (http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=3414)

Issue areas: Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs | Crime and Justice | 2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

National Organization for Women

Mission

"Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society."
(http://www.now.org/organization/info.html)

Issue areas: Women and Men
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 30th percentile

National Patient Advocate Foundation

Mission

"National Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization providing the patient voice in improving access to, and reimbursement for, high-quality healthcare through regulatory and legislative reform at the state and federal levels.." (http://www.npaf.org/about/mission-statement)

Issue areas: Health
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

National Pro-Life Alliance

Mission

"The National Pro-Life Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of more than 650,000 pro-life Americans united by a single mission: ending the horror of abortion-on-demand. The Alliance's endeavor is to extend full legal protection to every pre-born baby in this country by changing the political landscape and the laws which currently allow so many to be slaughtered \mercilessly." (http://www.prolifealliance.com)

Issue areas: Abortion and Reproduction | 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

National Rifle Association

Mission

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." (http://www.nra.org/)

Issue areas: Gun Control 2006 News Frequency: Top 10th Percentile

National Right to Life

Mission

"Touching Hearts - Changing Minds - Saving Lives!" (http://www.nrlc.org/)

Issue areas: Abortion and Reproduction | Women and Men
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2006 News Frequency: Top 30th percentile

National Right to Work Committee

Mission

"The National Right to Work Committee® is a coalition of 2.2 million American citizens united by one belief: No one should be forced to pay tribute to a union in order to get or keep a job. These citizens agree that Federal labor law should not promote coercive union power, and support the protection and enactment of additional state Right to Work laws until the federal sanction for compulsory unionism is eliminated." (http://www.nrtwc.org)

Issue areas: Business, Labor, and Economics
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2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

National Taxpayers Union

Mission

"NTU was founded in 1969 to protect American's most fundamental right -- the right to keep what they have earned..." (http://www.ntu.org/main/misc.php?MiscID=3)

Issue areas: Tax Reform
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2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

National Wildlife Federation

Mission

"National Wildlife Federation® -- Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. Wildlife's ability to survive the challenges of the 21st century is becoming outpaced by the events that are transforming our world. Global warming, the loss of habitat, and people becoming more disconnected from nature than past generations are converging on a dangerous path for our planet. The work of NWF and our affiliates across the country provides answers to these challenges and will help ensure America's wildlife legacy continues for future generations." (http://www.nwf.org/About/Our-Mission.aspx)

Issue areas: Environment | Animal Rights and Welfare
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Top 30th percentile

National Women's Political Caucus

Mission

"The National Women's Political Caucus is a multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women." (http://www.nwpc.org/about.htm)

Issue areas: Liberal, Multi-Issue | Women and Men | 2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

NumbersUSA

Mission

"NumbersUSA.com is a non-profit, non-partisan, public policy organization that favors an environmentally sustainable and economically just America. It opposes efforts to use federal immigration policies to force mass U.S. population growth and to depress wages of vulnerable workers. NumbersUSA.com is pro-environment, pro-worker, pro-liberty and pro-immigrant. Activists in the NumbersUSA.com network are Americans of all races and include many immigrants and the spouses, children and parents of immigrants." (https://www.numbersusa.com/content/about-us.html)

Issue areas: Immigration
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Peace Action

Mission

"Peace Action has worked for an environment where all are free from violence and war. We understand that long-standing global conflicts require long-term solutions and that US foreign policy has a lasting effect on the world. We are working to promote a new U.S. foreign policy that is based on peaceful support for human rights and democracy, eliminating the threat of weapons of mass destruction, and cooperation with the world community. We organize against pre-emptive war and call for a full withdrawal of American troops, bases and contractors from Iraq and Afghanistan." (http://www.peace-action.org/our-mission)

Issue areas: International Relations | National Security | 2006 News Frequency: Top 60th percentile

Public Citizen, Inc.

Mission

"Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. We fight for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care." (http://www.citizen.org/about/)

Issue areas: Consumers
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2006 News Frequency: Top 10th Percentile

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Mission

"The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice was founded in 1973 to safeguard the newly won constitutional right to abortion. The Coalition founders were clergy and lay leaders from mainstream religions, many of whom had provided women with referrals to safe abortion services before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade...Our rational, healing perspective looks beyond the bitter abortion debate to seek solutions to pressing problems such as unintended pregnancy, the spread of HIV/AIDS, inadequate health care and health insurance, and the severe reduction in reproductive health care services. We support access to sex education, family planning and contraception, affordable child care and health care, and adoption services as well as safe, legal, abortion services, regardless of income. We work for public policies that ensure the medical, economic, and educational resources necessary for healthy families and communities that are equipped to nurture children in peace and love." (http://www.rcrc.org/about/index.cfm)

Issue areas: Abortion and Reproduction | Religion | 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Sierra Club

Mission

"Our Mission Statement: 1. Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth. 2. Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources. 3. Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment. 4. Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives." (http://www.sierraclub.org/inside/)

Issue areas: Environment 2006 News Frequency: Top 10th Percentile

Susan B. Anthony List

Mission

"The Susan B. Anthony List [is] dedicated to electing candidates and pursuing policies that will reduce and ultimately end abortion." (http://www.sba-list.org/about-sba-list/our-mission)

Issue areas: Abortion and Reproduction
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

United States Public Interest Research Group

Mission

"U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest. When consumers are cheated, or our natural environment is threatened, or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, U.S. PIRG speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and well-being and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation. U.S. PIRG's mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects our environment, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government." (http://uspirg.org/uspirg.asp?id2=10360)

Issue areas: Environment
2012 Influence Indicators:
2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile

Women's Campaign Fund

Mission

"WCF is non-partisan, and our mission is to provide women with the resources they need to win political office." (http://www.wcfonline.org/)

Issue areas: Women and Men | 2006 News Frequency: Below 60th percentile