AN UNPRECEDENTED VEHICLE FOR INFLUENCE
The AAPI Victory Fund – the first Super PAC of its kind – is focused on mobilizing Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) eligible voters and moving them to the ballot box. The AAPI community is joined through our values of hard work, family, and our history as immigrants. With the AAPI eligible voters exceeding that of the margin of victory in numerous districts and states, we have an opportunity under a common agenda to bring AAPI voters into position to make or break outcomes for candidates across the country.
BUILDING SUSTAINED POWER BEHIND A COMMON AGENDA
As a Super PAC built around the experiences, knowledge, and leadership of the AAPI community, we are taking control of our own opportunity to make an impact with elected leaders who will represent our values and issues.
Today, the AAPI community faces the biggest threat to its civil rights since the Internment of the Japanese Americans in World War II, which notably started with a Presidential Executive Order – EO 9066. As we have made strides toward equality, Donald Trump’s presidency will bring us back decades. During the first weeks of his presidency, he issued discriminatory Executive Orders that have polarized a nation. And with more to come, we are committed to fight against the exclusionary policies of the Trump Administration and those elected leaders that support him.
We are the strongest voices for ourselves. The Victory Fund is leading the way for the AAPI community to power and sustain its way to the political forefront. We will mobilize a broad population – from millennials, to young professionals, to baby boomers, to seniors – to support a common agenda. We aim to demonstrate the AAPI force not just in numbers, but also in its leverage on the issues that impact and matter to us.
KNOWLEDGE OF THE AAPI COMMUNITY
As a diverse and dynamic population, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at the forefront of the shaping of a new America. With a population of more than 21 million and representing 6 percent of the country’s population, we are the fastest-growing minority groups in the United States. Our population encompasses dozens of communities with roots from countries in East, South, and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have vast ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity. (The U.S. Census Bureau reports national data on 23 distinct Asian American groups and 19 distinct Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander groups.) Some of our families came to the United States several generations ago, while others among us are part of newer waves of immigration that are contributing to the influential growth of our community. The AAPI community also represents 28 percent of 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States. With an understanding of the tremendous diversity within our community, the Victory Fund will leverage our vast community’s potential for impact.
REALIZING THE POTENTIAL FOR THE AAPI VOTE SHARE
Increasing voter registration and turnout rates is key to achieving AAPI impact as an election game-changer. Voter registration and turnout are significantly lower among AAPIs than national averages, and it is time for that to change. For example, voter registration among AAPIs is more than 10 percent below the national average, and up to 12 percent below the non-AAPI rates in targeted states. More than one-third of registered AAPI voters don’t turn out at the ballot box. The Victory Fund’s work will aim to close these gaps