WASHINGTON (AP) _ A loose coalition of liberal and labor organizations expects to spend about $150 million this fall to push its causes and help Democrats win the White House and strengthen their grip on Congress.
Participants include the two main labor coalitions -- the AFL-CIO and Change to Win -- as well as MoveOn.org and voter mobilization groups for minorities and young people.
Liberal and labor strategists say an animated Democratic electorate and a dispirited Republican base have created a political environment tailor-made to advance their agenda.
While the commitment of money is sizable, the amount spent by
Democratic-leaning groups is likely to grow after Democrats choose
a presidential nominee and large donors turn their attention to mobilizing a fall campaign. An independent fundraising group, the Fund for America, plans to raise 100 million to help Democrats win in the fall.