Florida Politics: National pro-veteran group backs Fiona McFarland in HD 72

An organization to encourage service veterans to run for office threw its support to state House candidate Fiona McFarland.

New Politics endorsed the Sarasota Republican in her run for Florida House District 72. McFarland is one of two Republicans looking to unseat state Rep. Margaret Good, a Sarasota Democrat.

“We’re thrilled to endorse Fiona because we need to elect more leaders like her who know what it means to put mission first,” said Emily Cherniak, executive director and founder of New Politics. “Fiona has dedicated her life to serving our country and solving tough problems, and she’ll put people over politics to do what’s right for Sarasota.”

5 Fundraising Tips for Outstanding Federal Campaigns

5 Fundraising Tips for Outstanding Federal Campaigns

Fundraising can be time consuming and isn’t always fun. However, without an organized fundraising effort, it’s hard for a campaign to succeed. That’s why we often say, “Everything in a campaign is more important than money, but it all costs money.” With the right strategy, fundraising can be a great way to connect with more voters and achieve your campaign goals. We know many of us have mixed feelings about money, but at the end of the day, this is about people wanting to make our country better and supporting your race is a way they can do that because they cannot run themselves. Wondering how to fundraise most effectively or spice up existing fundraising strategy? The staff here at New Politics came together to share our expertise, and offer you six tips to up your fundraising game.

Endorsement: Mike Johnston for U.S. Senate in Colorado

Today, we endorsed former teacher, principal, and state Senator Mike Johnston for U.S. Senate in Colorado. Mike began his public service as a Teach for America corps member, then served as a principal in a juvenile prison, and as principal again, led a high school in Colorado where under his leadership, 100% of seniors who graduated were accepted to college. He will take on first term Senator Cory Gardner in a 2020 general election.

Blog: May 2019 Campaigns Update


We hope you had a meaningful Memorial Day and are enjoying the beginning of Summer! The past month has been quite eventful for us, as we’ve grown our team, launched a new partnership with some amazing elected servant leaders, and celebrated our latest election victory. Thanks as always for reading and staying involved!

Blog: New Politics welcomes Michael Joffrion to the team!

New Politics is excited to welcome Michael Joffrion to the team as a new Senior Campaign Advisor! Joffrion will lead New Politics’ growth on the Republican side of the aisle, helping recruit and advise candidates and their campaigns across the country.

He joins the team having served on multiple Republican presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the Alabama Republican Party. Joffrion is widely viewed as one of the most experienced Republican strategists in the country.

“Our democracy doesn’t work if leaders don’t bring a sense of service and a commitment to putting country over party. We need servant leaders on both sides of the aisle who are dedicated to putting others first,” said Joffrion. “I’m thrilled to join the New Politics team and bring an important perspective to our critical work of revitalizing our democracy.”

Blog: Service First Women Celebrate Launch

In front of a crowd of nearly 200 people in Washington last night, U.S. Representatives Chrissy Houlahan, Elaine Luria, Mikie Sherrill, Elissa Slotkin, and Abigail Spanberger celebrated the launch of the Service First Women’s Victory Fund, part of their first-of-its-kind initiative to elevate the collective voice of new women servant leaders. Less than two months after launching this coalition with New Politics, a bipartisan organization dedicated to electing leaders who have devoted their lives to serving the country, more than $230,000 has been committed to the Congresswomen’s joint effort, signaling strong support for service-driven leaders.

The Atlantic: The Moderate House Women Who Want Voters to Know They Exist Too

The moderate group’s goal is to show “that leaders from service backgrounds have a lot to offer our politics, and can be part of the solution of getting Congress and our political system working better,” according to David Heifetz, the chief communications officer at New Politics, a bipartisan organization that recruits candidates from the military and intelligence communities. The leaders say they plan to spend the next year and a half hosting fundraisers and policy briefings around the country, as well as highlighting other women service members who are active in state and local politics. “When I was successful in winning this seat, it was important to me to make this permanent,” Houlahan told me, referring to the steadily increasing number of women and women veterans in Congress. Last year, each of the five women touted her military experience as something that made her uniquely qualified to work in Congress, pledging to put “the mission above partisanship.”

Associated Press: New Congressional Caucus to address needs of female veterans

Joining Houlahan for a news conference Wednesday are Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii; Elaine Luria, D-Va.; Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J.; Don Bacon, R-Neb.; and Gil Cisneros, D-Calif.

Houlahan, Luria, Sherrill and Reps. Abagail Spanberger, D-Va., and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan were part of a record number of female veterans with military or intelligence experience who ran for Congress last year. They’re raising money together for potential candidates in 2020 with military experience through Service First Women’s Victory Fund and New Politics, a bipartisan organization.

Washington Post: These female vets forged a bond in tough House races. Now they're fundraising together.

Focus on vets: New Politics, a bipartisan organization that recruits candidates from the military and intelligence communities, is facilitating the effort. The lawmakers plan to fundraise together and split the money. 

  • “Through fundraising, speaking events, and policy discussions, the Service First Women's Victory Fund will help amplify the voice of women service leaders in office, encourage more women service veterans to run for office, and build the next generation of political leadership,” New Politics said in a statement. 

Newsweek: Freshman Democrats Aren't All Outspoken Progressives - Moderate Veterans Unite to Bolster Re-Election Hopes

“These are the leaders who will transform and save our democracy,” said Emily Cherniack, the founder and executive director of the nonpartisan organization New Politics, which has partnered with the Democratic lawmakers to help raise money. Its mission is to recruit and support candidates who once served in the military and intelligence communities, as well as from national service programs like Americorps and the Peace Corps. 

Once strangers who never imagined a life in politics, the freshman United States representatives were now side-by-side describing their ideas and motivations for helping one another win re-election, genuine friends who joked around and knew each other well enough to finish one another’s sentences.

They sat at a large table across from a handful of national media outlets, including Newsweek, as they unveiled their partnership in a seventh-floor conference room of New Politics’ office building in southeast Washington, with floor-to-ceiling windows that offered a bird’s eye–like view of the Washington Monument and the Capitol building.

Roll Call: Democrats with military, CIA backgrounds unite to fundraise for each other

The five women ran as part of broad group of Democrats specifically recruited for their service backgrounds and lack of political voting records. Luria and Sherrill served in the Navy, Houlahan in the Air Force, while Spanberger and Slotkin worked at the CIA…

Many of the women crossed paths on the campaign trail last year at fundraisers, and they shared support from groups like EMILY’s List or New Politics, a group that backs candidates with service backgrounds. New Politics is running and administering the joint fundraising committee but is not not taking any of the money that's raised.  

Release: New Politics Partners with Reps. Chrissy Houlahan, Elaine Luria, Mikie Sherrill, Elissa Slotkin, and Abigail Spanberger to Launch Service First Women’s Victory Fund

U.S. Representatives Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06), Elaine Luria (D-VA-02), Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-08), and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) today joined with New Politics to launch the Service First Women’s Victory Fund, a first-of-its-kind campaign to elevate the collective voice of women service leaders, from Congress to the campaign trail. Reps. Luria and Sherrill are both U.S. Navy Veterans and Naval Academy graduates, while Rep. Houlahan is a former U.S. Air Force Officer. Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Abigail Spanberger are former officials in the Central Intelligence Agency. The new joint effort builds on the powerful impact these service leaders had on last year’s midterm elections, changing the face of Congress and helping bring servant leadership back to politics.

The Hill: New group aims to support female veteran Democratic candidates

A coalition of female freshman lawmakers aims to support female Democratic veterans running for office, according to The New York Times.

The group, called the Service First Women’s Victory Fund, aims to fundraise for new female Democratic candidates with backgrounds in national security and the military as well as develop a policy forums to highlight current officeholders….

The Fund will collaborate with the bipartisan organization New Politics, which recruits candidates with backgrounds in intelligence, the military and national service programs like Americorps and the Peace Corps. New Politics raised $7 million for candidates in 2018.

New York Times: These Female Veterans Reached Congress. Now They Want to Recruit Others.

The other women forming the Service First Women’s Victory Fund include Representatives Elaine Luria, Democrat of Virginia, a Navy veteran, and Chrissy Houlahan, Democrat of Pennsylvania and a former Air Force officer.

The group has teamed up with New Politics, a bipartisan organization that recruits candidates from the military and intelligence communities, and other national service programs like the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. In the 2018 election cycle, the group helped raise over $7 million for these types of candidates, including many of the House freshmen.

Endorsement: New Politics Announces First Slate of Congressional Endorsements

New Politics, the national bipartisan organization dedicated to electing outstanding service leaders to all levels of government, on Tuesday made their first congressional endorsements of the 2020 election cycle, throwing their support behind the reelection campaigns of a cohort of first-term service leaders who have quickly distinguished themselves as part of a new movement for servant leadership in Congress. The endorsements follow a 2018 election cycle in which service candidates ran, and won, in some of the toughest districts in the country and make up a significant portion of the freshman class.

Military.com: 3 Members of the Military Reflect on Whether They Want to Run for Office

New Politics has been instrumental in helping to elect veterans, including Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, a former Marine who is now among the crowded field running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

New Politics has also aided Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, a Navy veteran; Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, a Marine veteran; and Rep. Max Rose, D-New York, an Army veteran.

Philadelphia Inquirer: This Main Line teacher was so inspired by her students that she’s quitting her job to run for office

“I thought, ‘If this kid can do it,’” she said, “I can do it, too.”

So Ciamacca, 60, followed her own advice to students — “be a participant in government instead of spectating” — and will this year retire from the teaching job she’s had for nearly two decades. The Democrat is running in the 2020 election to represent Delaware County’s 168th District in the Pennsylvania State House, a legislative seat that party leaders are watching closely and see as ripe for a flip.