Candidates and List of Races for 2024 Election Cycle
The Ibis Group Institute partners with the Equality PAC of the LGBTQ+ U.S. Congressional Caucus in interviewing, vetting, selecting, and recommending specific races and candidates on which Ibis will support. Ibis and the Quality PAC are in the initial stages of this process. Within the next three to six months, Ibis should have a more definitive list of candidates and campaigns that Ibis will support (although it will be fluid and adaptable over time).
Candidate list currently under initial review.
The Equality PAC is the political arm of the U.S. Congressional Equality Caucus and is dedicated to the full legal and societal equality for LGBTQ+ Americans. Equality PAC raises funds that and are spent supporting and electing openly LGBTQ individuals and strong LGBTQ+ allies to the U.S. Congress who are committed to passing the Equality Act – the comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill that would make discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons in housing, employment, and financing opportunities illegal; addressing LGBTQ Americans’ daily struggles and fears of what could happen to them or what they could lose simply because of who they are and who they love; and to ensuring full civil rights and protections for all LGBTQ+ Americans. (https://lgbtequalitypac.org)
Criteria For Candidate Selection
Candidates and campaigns that Ibis supports are selected based on many important criteria. As a starting point, for the 2024 cycle, Ibis will work with a limited number of candidates and campaigns who meet the criteria established below by Ibis and the Equality PAC (long-term, the criteria may be expanded to work with a broader base on candidates and races). Ibis will only support candidates and campaigns that have been vetted and recommended by the Equality PAC of the LGBTQ+ U.S. Congressional Caucus. The Equality PAC will remain involved with Ibis and the candidates throughout the election cycle.
◊ Democratic candidates who identify as LGBTQ+ who are running for Congressional elections for the 2024 election cycle (with a special focus on the U.S. House of Representatives).
◊ Races that are important and critical wins for Democrats to either to retain or to flip a seat, with the goal of taking Democratic control of Congress in 2024.
◊ Candidates and campaign teams that are open to and envision serious benefit from using the Ibis approach. The candidates and their campaign staffs need to solidly embrace the Ibis vision and mission, and want to work with Ibis on a broad scope, appreciating the full value Ibis offers as an important, ongoing strategic partner and consultative support arm of their campaigns.
◊ Candidates who do not face a serious Democratic primary challenger, as Ibis focuses only on defeating Republicans in the general election, and not engaging in competitive Democratic primaries. For certain competitive primary races, Ibis will wait for the primary to conclude with a selected Democratic nominee.
◊ Candidates who can demonstrate they have the capacity to win in the general election on the margin, albeit requiring support, discipline, and hard work. Ibis focuses on those races which are difficult ones to win but are winnable, where Ibis can make an incremental difference, and that difference would result in a win for the Democrats (vs. solidly Republican districts in which a Democrat stands virtually no chance of winning – there are some districts which are simply out of reach for Democrats).
◊ Conversely, candidates who are not in races with serious Republican challengers (i.e. the Democratic candidates will easily win their races). Again, Ibis focuses on those races which are difficult ones to win, where Ibis can make an incremental difference, and that difference can result in a win for the Democrats.
Ibis does not work with candidates and their campaign staffs solely on a project basis. Ibis is strategic, and the up-front work in researching and understanding the market, and in developing strategy and the blueprint for campaign implementation, is not appropriate for ad-hoc, tactical project work.
Ibis will not engage in fundraising for candidates or their campaigns, either as a PAC (Ibis is not and will not be a PAC), bundler, or source for fundraising (e.g. events, lists, referrals, etc.). Ibis will help candidates and their campaigns with developing fundraising strategies, but will not engage in any form of fundraising activities.
Candidates and campaigns wanting Ibis support should contact the Equality PAC directly.
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