Resolution 6:17:2 Electoral Endorsement Criteria

Author: Natalie Midiri

Author of the Amendment: Melissa Naschek

Amended text is italicized below

Whereas, the Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America (Philly DSA) may in the future continue the call for a “political revolution” put forward by Bernie Sanders by campaigning for candidates running for political office or by running our own candidates for political office.  

 

Whereas, Philly DSA will need a criteria for evaluating (1) the political platform of electoral candidates, (2) the strategic value of the political office candidates are seeking, and (3) how much of our organizational resources -- both in terms of people power and finances -- to invest in campaigns.  

 

Therefore, be it resolved that Philly DSA will create two levels of involvement with electoral campaigns to prioritize the amount of organizational support campaigns will receive based on their strategic value: a “support” level and an “endorse” level;  

 

It is further resolved that,

 

  1. Support for a candidate will be reserved for electoral campaigns that the local believes represent our politics, particularly our commitments to ending inequality, expanding democracy, and fighting racism; including campaigns that may be a strategic victory for the Left but that do not necessarily put socialism at the forefront of their messaging or platform. 
  2. Endorsement of a campaign will be reserved for candidates who, not only represent our politics, but who are also willing to adopt our issue campaigns and/or organizing projects into their campaign platform.  

 

 

It is further resolved that to issue support for an electoral candidate, Philly DSA must:

Receive a completed campaign questionnaire drafted by the Steering Committee or an ad hoc working group appointed by the Steering Committee to evaluate the political character of the campaign; Receive a statement of support co-signed by at least three members of the local detailing why and how winning the seat would build power for the Left; Review the questionnaire and statement at a General Meeting of the local and vote to issue or not issue support for the candidate, disclose a list of their corporate and private donors; receive no corporate funding that would introduce a conflict of interest with any part of their political platform (to be determined by the local steering committee). 

Our support to candidates may include: A public statement of support detailing the political merits of the campaign; canvassers to doorknock, table, or engage in other forms of outreach to whip support for the candidate; mobilization of our members at rallies and other campaign events  

 

It is further resolved that, to issue an endorsement, Philly DSA must complete the steps to candidate support but may also require candidates to: Speak at a General Meeting of the local; adopt Philly DSA’s issue campaigns, organizing projects, or demands as a component of their campaign platform.  

Officially endorsed candidates may receive: A public statement of endorsement detailing the political merits of the campaign; canvassers to door-knock, table, or engage in other forms of outreach to whip support for the candidate; propaganda, such as pamphlets, social media content, interviews, or campaign paraphernalia; mobilization of our members at rallies and other campaign events; financial contributions and/or fundraising support; access to skills or teams within the local, including research, legal aid, videography, etc. 

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