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The Democratic National Committee (DNC)

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) was first set up in 1848 to organize Democratic campaign activities, to support and coordinate Democratic candidates and their campaigns, raise funds, and enact and promote election strategies, as well as overseeing the process of writing the Democratic platform.

In presidential elections, the Democratic National Committee supervises the Democratic National Convention. There are state and committees and local committees in cities, towns, and most counties.

The committee is composed of chairpersons and vice chairpersons of each State Democratic Committee. Apportioned among the states based on population, two hundred members are generally either elected on the ballot by primary voters or by the State Democratic Party Committee.

If the Democrats win the presidency, the committee is expected to work closely with the president, promoting the party platform and coordinating events and functions.

Another function of the DNC is to establish rules and regulations for the primaries and caucuses that choose delegates to the Democratic National Convention although caucuses and primaries are usually run by the committees of each state.

Democratic National Committee members are all super delegates and may have a determining role in a close presidential election.

Money is raised by the DNC in several ways but most of it comes directly from donors, both large and small. Like the Republican National Committee, the DNC counterpart, the Democratic National Committee is a grass roots organization that raises funds for local, state, and federal elections.

Although much of the money raised by the DNC is from large corporate donors, the majority is raised through contributions from individuals who give $250.00 or less and some individuals and small businesses are encouraged to donate on a monthly basis.

The overall function of the Democratic National Committee is to keep those democratic politicians who are already in office where they are and to promote the election of new candidates to take the seats of those of other parties.


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