National Groups

A constellation of independent groups small and large surround each of the parties, seeking to push them in one direction or another. Some are organized by constituency, and some focus on electing candidates or training and building infrastructure or generating ideas. There is natural overlap with myriad groups that have an ideological rather than a partisan focus; a few of the more prominent such groups are shown below. Another step removed (not shown below) are the many interest groups that tend to align with one or the other of the parties.

In Touch .


Democratic Underground

Democratic Strategist

Ideology .

Republican National Conservative Caucus

"...founded by several members of the Republican National Committee in order to promote conservative Republican principles, policies, and politics, and to educate the public about their importance to liberty."

National Federation of Republican Assemblies

"a grassroots movement to take back the Republican Party for the vast and disenfranchised majority of its members:  Reagan conservatives..." (formed 1997).

Ripon Society

to promote moderate Republican principles (founded 1962).

Republican Main Street Partnership

a voice for centrist Republicans (founded 1998).

Republican Liberty Caucus

represents the G.O.P's libertarian tradition.

New Democrat Network

the political action arm of the New Democrat movement..."a progressive think tank and advocacy organization"  President and Founder - Simon Rosenberg

Democratic Leadership Council

New Democrats.  Founder and CEO - Al From; President - Bruce Reed (founded 1985).

Progressive Democrats of America

"working inside the Democratic Party to return it to its roots as the party that represents the workers and the less fortunate, and...building coalitions outside the Democratic Party on shared issues." (founded 2004).

Americans for Democratic Action

independent liberal political organization (founded 1947).

Constituencies .

Republican Jewish Coalition

voice of Jewish Republicans.

Log Cabin Republicans

organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans.

The WISH List

raises funds for Republican pro-choice women candidates.

Republican National Coalition for Life

works to ensure adoption of the pro-life plank in the Republican platform.

Republicans for Choice PAC

seeks to remove the anti-choice plank in the Republican platform.

Republican Majority for Choice

(formerly Republican Pro-Choice Coalition) seeks to get abortion out of politics.


(formerly Republicans for Environmental Protection) founded in 1995, aims to restore the environmental conscience of the GOP. 

Teen Age Republicans

a national, youth-led organization challenging teens to become involved in their local, state, and national political proceses."

Republican Youth Majority

working to develop a new generation of pro-choice, pro-environment, fiscally conservative Republican leaders to build a long-term Republican majority for the 21st Century.

Irish-American Republicans

dedicated to promoting the principles of the Republican Party, building Republican support among the 45-million-strong Irish-American community, strengthening relations between Ireland and the United States, and supporting the cause of justice and peace in Northern Ireland.

Indian American Republican Council

the only national organization in America representing Indian American Republicans

National Organization of Republican Armenians [old site from 2004]

National Jewish Democratic Council

promoting Jewish values in the Democratic Party.

National Stonewall Democrats

federation which links clubs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Democrats.

EMILY's List

electing pro-choice Democratic women candidates.

Democrats for Life of America

elect pro-life Democrats to office and support pro-life Democrats.

Indigenous Democratic Network

dedicated to electing Native American men and women to office across America.

Irish American Democrats

a Political Action Committee providing support to Democratic candidates who promote peace, justice and prosperity in Ireland.

Asian American Action Fund

a Democratic political action committee whose goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on every level of local, state and federal government in America.

Armenian American Democratic Leadership Council [old site from 2005]

Republican / Conservative Democratic / Progressive / Liberal


Republican training and education

Democratic GAIN

Grassroots Action Institute and Network--training, recruitment, and network

American Crossroads

"a new kind of non-profit political organization dedicated to renewing America’s commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and a strong national defense—through informed and effective political action by citizens like you."

National Committee for an Effective Congress

supports progressive candidates

National Association of Republican Campaign Professionals

Grassroots Democrats

Section 527 organization focused on funding state party operations

Leadership Institute

"training tomorrow's conservative leaders"


The online clearinghouse for Democratic action.

American Conservative Union

Democracy Alliance

"an investment partnership of business and philanthropic leaders committed to achieving a hopeful and healthy democracy that improves our lives and those of the next generation."

Young Americans for Freedom

Grassroots Campaigns Inc.

face-to-face canvassing and fundraising

Young America's Foundation

"providing essential conferences, seminars, educational materials, internships, and speakers to young people across the country"

The Organizing Group

(formerly The Atlas Project) "provides clients with customized, in-depth strategic roadmaps to victory in 15 battleground states....   In addition, the Atlas Project has been tasked with building the institutional memory of the Democratic Party.  The Atlas Project has collected, catalogued, and analyzed campaign plans, budgets, polls and other key documents gathered from political operatives and institutions around the country."



"To help progressive organizations realize measurable increases in civic participation and electoraliv success by building and operating a robust national voter database of every voting-age American; by offering tools and expertise that allow clients to use that data to improve fundraising, organizing and communications; and by updating and refining that data on a continuous basis."

Club for Growth

elect candidates who support the Reagan vision of limited government and lower taxes.

Progressive Majority

electing progressives at the federal and state levels

21st Century Democrats (formerly Democrats 2000)

recruiting and electing progressive candidates

Blue Dog PAC

Resurgent Republic

"...makes survey and focus group results publicly available. We promote conservative free market principles such as lower taxes and economic growth, and support strong national defense policies."

Democracy Corps

"provides free public opinion research and strategic advice to those dedicated to a more responsive Congress and Presidency."

Heritage Foundation

Center for for American Progress

a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.

American Action Network

‘action tank’ that will create, encourage and promote center-right policies based on the principles of freedom, limited government, American exceptionalism, and strong national security.


Tea Party Patriots


Democracy for America