We're crowdfunding $35,000 to create campaign videos for progressive candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates in the November 2017 election.

Compelling campaign ads will help these small campaigns in Virginia talk about the issues, expand their reach to more voters, and WIN.

We’re working with our friends at Flippable and Sister District to identify which candidates in Virginia to support.

Contribute to help us turn Virginia blue, one vote at a time!

FAQ

  • Who are you?

We're filmmakers and activists. We've worked for and with companies like VICE, Participant Media, Maker Studios, and SoulPancake and now we are using our skills as directors and producers to fight back. You can read more about our team (Sarah, Mara, and Lauren) on our website or follow us on Facebook.

  • What does $35,000 pay for?

The money we raise will pay for:

  • Our start up costs (legal fees and insurance to make sure we do everything safely and by the book)

  • Two campaign videos for two different candidates (we'll employ an all female team of 7 crew members)

  • Distribution of those videos (we're using paid advertising to make sure that the voters in each specific district in Virginia see our videos). 

The more we raise, the more videos we’ll be able to make, and the more candidates we’ll be able to support.

  • Why Virginia?

All 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are up for election in November 2017. Virginia voted Democratic in the last three national elections, but the House of Delegates is 2/3 Republican! (Thanks to gerrymandering.) That can change this November, and we're going to fight hard to make sure Virginians are represented fairly in their state government. 

Also, Virginia is a "bellwether state." If Virginia elects progressives this fall in spite of gerrymandering at the state level, it will be an important victory for Democrats heading into the 2018 midterm elections.  

  • What's a SuperPAC?

A SuperPAC is an "independent expenditure committee." Basically, it allows us to create explicitly political advertising. With a SuperPAC, we can overtly advocate for or against political candidates for office.

It's a powerful political tool, and we want to use it to elect progressive politicians at every level of government.

  • Why do you have a SuperPAC?

We started One Vote At A Time last fall to advocate for gun safety legislation. After the election, we realized that we can't just focus on gun safety anymore. We expanded our mission. Now, we're working to elect progressive politicians in 2017, 2018, and beyond. 

  • What do you mean "take back the SuperPAC"?

Ok, ok, so if we had our way, the United States would have publicly financed elections at every level of government. In the mean time, we want to use every tool at our disposal to amplify the voices of the people and elect progressive politicians.

That's why we're crowdfunding: we think the best way to fight back is to work together. We aren’t backed by any billionaires or special interests; we’re funded by engaged citizens like you. 

We're taking back the SuperPAC and we want YOU to be a part of it.

  • Have you done this before?

Yes! You can see some of our past work here: Mary's Story, Blood Money, and #DoYourJob.

  • How will you make sure these ads are effective?

By using social media to distribute the videos online, we can make sure these compelling stories are seen by voters in the district we're focused on. It’s essentially neighbors talking to their neighbors about why electing progressive politicians matters.

Together, we will turn Virginia blue, one vote at a time.


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Laura Moyer endorsed

    “I endorse this because I am gut sick to think that the USA is losing its 241-year-old democracy on our watch. I agree with the idea of acting where it will matter most, in our state legislature. Let's do this.”

  • Terrill Currington endorsed

    “Progressives must take over local legislative infrastructures and closely monitor the actions of representatives. #VoteBluePushGreen”

  • Mo Schorr endorsed

    “Our stories matter. I contribute a small amount monthly to support One Vote's work to tell these stories. Take back your country.”

  • Susan Hogue endorsed

    “there is a wave we all feel and it's time to join.”

  • Patricia Griffith endorsed

    “I can't think of any better way to leverage my small dollars than to give them to women filmmakers to make powerful visual documents that will help elect progressive leaders.”

  • Cate Hardesty endorsed

    “I whole heartily endorse this group and the work that they are doing.”

  • Lynn Jenkins endorsed

    “Proud to support this thoughtful and doable plan. Go get em ladies.”

  • anna greger endorsed

    “I support this and I hope you will also. One vote at a time.”

November 9, 2017

A great blue wave of hope

On Tuesday night, voters in Virginia made history. It was a blue tidal wave of wins: 15 seats, with even more races in recounts. 

With your support, we were able to travel to Virginia to make not just 3 ads we originally planned, but 19 in total. That's right, you read it: 19. We partnered with another resistance organization, The People, to produce free campaign ads for 19 candidates.

These are the 10 One Vote At A Time candidates who won in Virginia on Tuesday night.

Jennifer Carroll Foy for Delegate, a public defender and foster mom

Wendy Gooditis for Delegate, an educator and real estate agent who felt the call to serve after co-founding her local Indivisible chapter

Danica Roem for Delegate, a local reporter who is passionate about infrastructure and traffic issues

Elizabeth Guzman for Delegate, a social worker and fierce advocate for children

David Reid for Delegate, a Navy vet and businessman who is a former foster child

Kathy Tran for Delegate, an advocate for immigrants and fair labor policies who came to this country as a Vietnamese refugee

Lee J. Carter, a former Marine and Democratic Socialist, who cares deeply about economic and environmental justice

Dr. Dawn M. Adams, a nurse practitioner and health care policy expert

Debra Rodman For Virginia Delegate 73rd District, a professor of anthropology and expert court witness for refugees seeking resettlement

Delegate John Bell, a retired member of the US Air Force, and an advocate for families (including his own) fighting the opioid crisis

In light of last night’s tsunami election, and One Vote At A Time’s small but important role in those victories, we’re looking ahead at 2018. We want to keep doing this work. Hell, I’d love to deploy teams of filmmakers to 10 states in 2018!

If you like what you’ve seen, and you want to help us keep fighting (or can connect us with a donor who does), please get in touch: sully@themasterplan.co or message us on Facebook.

We're grateful for your support, as always.

The One Vote At A Time team

October 16, 2017

Watch the ads you helped us make!

Friends,

Earlier this year, you contributed to our campaign. You helped send a team of female filmmakers to Virginia to make campaign ads for Democrats running for the House of Delegates. 

Here are the fruits of our labor, the campaign ads that you enabled us to make:

Elizabeth Guzman, a fierce advocate, social worker, and immigrant fighting to raise the minimum wage

John Bell, the current Delegate in the 87th district who advocates for families dealing with opioid addiction, including his own family 

Jennifer Carroll Foy, a public defender who wants to expand Medicaid so that 400,000 more Virginians have access to healthcare

Will you watch and share? Help us spread the word about these inspiring candidates fighting for the people in their districts. 

If you like what you're watching, and want to help us make more videos in the future, please reach out: sully@themasterplan.co

We're determined to keep fighting in 2018 and beyond. 

Thank you for believing in us!

The One Vote At A Time team

August 9, 2017

Announcing One Vote At A Time's Virginia candidate slate!

Team,

Thanks to your incredible support, we are headed to Virginia...in 10 days! 

After careful thought and consultation with our partners at Flippable, Sister District, and others, we have decided to produce campaign ads for Jennifer Carroll Foy (VA-02), Elizabeth Guzman (VA-31), and John Bell (incumbent in VA-87). You can read more about these candidates below.

 Thanks to some generous equipment donations, along with volunteer housing support in Virginia, we are able to create THREE ads from the funds we raised, rather than just two. We're working hard to stretch our budget as far as it will go, and we're proud to be making these ads free-of-charge for the campaigns.

You can read a bit more about our group's story in an article that Bustle wrote about us: The Female Filmmakers Turning Popcorn Into Politics.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to send an email to: sully@themasterplan.co

Together, we're going to turn Virginia blue, one vote at a time.

Thank you,

The One Vote At A Time team

Candidates

Jennifer Carroll Foy (VA-02)

Jennifer Carroll Foy is a public defender, lifelong Virginian, and foster mom. She was one of the first African-American woman to graduate from Virginia Military Institute, and she has dedicated her life to public service. Because she believes so strongly that no child should be without a nurturing home, she started the Foundation for Foster and Orphan Children, a nonprofit committed to building better futures for orphan and foster children. She currently works for the Arlington Public Defender’s Office, where she represents the most vulnerable members of her community. 

Elizabeth Guzman (VA-31)

Elizabeth Guzman is a public administrator and a social worker who resides in Dale City. Elizabeth and her husband Carlos have four children and live in Ridgefield Estates. In between ballet and tap lessons, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts activities, judo practices, and swimming lessons at the Dale City Recreation Center, Elizabeth works tirelessly as a Court Appointed Service Advocate for CASA CIS to prevent child abuse, a PTO representative for Penn Elementary School, and as a "Cookie Mom" for her youngest daughter's Girl Scout troop. The Guzman family are active and long-time members of Harvest Life Changers Church in Woodbridge. The Guzmans also attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Elizabeth came to the United States from Peru as a single mom, looking for a better future for her oldest daughter. She remembers those early years; working three jobs in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment for her and her daughter. Despite graduating with honors from high school in Peru, Elizabeth's parents could not afford to send her to college. With her love of learning Elizabeth persevered, and enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College, obtaining her degree in Office Administration and Management. Elizabeth also holds a Bachelor's in Public Safety from Capella University, a Master's in Public Administration from American University, and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Elizabeth is a long time resident of Prince William County, living in the community for more than 15-years - in spite of elected officials like Chairman Corey Stewart, who worked to divide the community and threaten the Hispanic community, which Elizabeth is a proud member of. She fell in love with Prince William County because of all of the opportunity the area offered to her as a community leader and homeowner, and her desire to raise her children in a diverse, engaging environment.

Elizabeth has been working in the public sector for 10 years, and currently works as the Division Chief for Administrative Services for the Center for Adult Services for the City of Alexandria. Her personal and professional experience have given her strong insight into the needs of the 31st House of Delegates district, and Elizabeth cares about the many challenges residents in Prince William County and Fauquier County face. Elizabeth will fight as a strong advocate for the needs of the 31st District, whether that's legislating for change in Richmond, or attending a community meeting in Catlett.

John Bell (VA-87)

John Bell served almost 30 years in the United States Air Force before retiring as a Major in 2007. John served as a Finance Officer, working to reduce costs without sacrificing the mission, and won numerous awards for his work.

John then went to the private sector, using his expertise to help government clients deliver services more efficiently. Since his retirement in 2017, John now works full-time as a Delegate representing the 87th District.

John was elected in 2015 to the Virginia House of Delegates, winning by only a 320-vote margin. His priorities in the House focus on making a pathway to prosperity for everyone through progress in community safety, education, and transportation. 


July 2, 2017

We're going to Virginia!

WE DID IT! In the early hours of the morning, we surpassed our goal of $35,000. This means that our team of female filmmakers will hit the ground in Virginia in August. We're making campaign ads for progressive candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates this November and we'll announce the candidates we are supporting in the coming weeks. For more regular updates, follow us here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onevo...

We're so, so thankful to our team of 616 contributors (wow!) who together, decided to fight back in Virginia, one vote at a time.

WE LOVE YOU ALL!

June 29, 2017

A night to celebrate female filmmakers and fight for democracy!

Friends,

Home stretch: we have $1700 left in our campaign, and only one more day to raise it! We need to finish our fundraising by the second quarter fundraising deadline, which is midnight on Friday. 

We're so close; can you forward this email to a friend and ask them to contribute today? crowdpac.com/c/onevote

Check out this profile from Crowdpac about our project and our team: https://medium.com/@Crowdpac/a...

And if you're in Los Angeles, we are hosting a screening of the film "Janeane from Des Moines" TONIGHT at 7PM in Chinatown. Winnie Holzman, creator of My So-Called Life and writer of Wicked, will introduce the film. It's a night to support female filmmakers and fight for democracy. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/onevo...

Together, yes we can!

June 19, 2017

50 State Challenge

Team,

This weekend, we crossed the $30,000 mark! We are also so, so close to 500 contributors (487 as I write this). We're blown away by your support. Will you share our campaign with a friend who wants to fight back and turn Virginia blue? We're hoping to reach auspicious 500 contributors by the end of the day today: crowdpac.com/c/onevote. 

We mapped the contributions to our campaign, and it's encouraging, but also: there's a big swath of the middle of the country that doesn't know about us, and we want to fix that.

Do you know a friend who wants to fight back against Trump and turn Virginia blue who lives in one of the following states?

Alaska

Arkansas

Delaware

Idaho

Kansas

Louisiana

Mississippi

Maine

Nebraska

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Wyoming

Ask them to contribute to our mission here: crowdpac.com/c/onevote

We believe these States are United and that what happens in Virginia impacts us all. We want to reach supporters across the country to show that we are indivisible. Contribute here: crowdpac.com/c/onevote

Thank you, as always,

the One Vote At A Time team


May 26, 2017

Stand up to the Koch Brothers, One *Share* at a Time

Thank you for the incredible outpouring of support for One Vote at a Time! While we and our allies are busy gearing up for this critical election, we know we still face challenges ahead. Two weeks ago, the Koch Brother opened a field office in Virginia to combat this incredible wave of grassroots momentum. 

Now is the time to remind them just how powerful we are. Can you take a moment to share our campaign today and help us pass the $25k mark? Whether it's a Facebook post, a tweet, or an email to your family and friends who are looking for ways to fight back, your collective voices will help us deliver the message loud and clear: WE ARE NOT STANDING DOWN AND WE ARE NOT GOING BACK. 

Here's how you can help take a stand today: 
SHARE THE CAMPAIGNwww.crowdpac.com/c/onevote
SHARE OUR VIDEO
RETWEET THIS MESSAGE
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

Together, we will continue to resist, persevere and #flipVAblue.

-The One Vote At A Time team

May 10, 2017

Together, we made it half way to our goal. In 7 days.

Thank you for joining us to fight back and turn Virginia blue. With your contributions, we've crossed our half way point: $17,500 in only 7 days! 

But we're not there yet, and today we are reminded why it's more important than ever to defeat the GOP at all levels of government. Democrats need to take back the House, and to do that we need to fix gerrymandering and turn state legislatures like Virginia blue.

When democracy is under attack, what do we do? Stand up fight back.

Share our campaign with a friend, call your representatives to demand an independent investigation of Trump's ties to Russia, and if you can, go to a protest today. 

Together, we'll fight back and we WILL #flipVAblue, one vote at a time.

- Sarah and the One Vote At A Time team

April 12, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Emilio Herrera endorsed

  • Brooke White endorsed

  • Leonard Coto endorsed

  • Laura Moyer endorsed

    “I endorse this because I am gut sick to think that the USA is losing its 241-year-old democracy on our watch. I agree with the idea of acting where it will matter most, in our state legislature. Let's do this.”

  • Terrill Currington endorsed

    “Progressives must take over local legislative infrastructures and closely monitor the actions of representatives. #VoteBluePushGreen”

  • Mo Schorr endorsed

    “Our stories matter. I contribute a small amount monthly to support One Vote's work to tell these stories. Take back your country.”

  • Debra A Watson endorsed

  • Jane E Wilson endorsed

  • Dianna Autrey endorsed

  • Elisabet Michaelsen endorsed

  • Margot Avery endorsed

  • Jason A Gregory endorsed

  • Janet Caspers endorsed

  • Susan Hogue endorsed

    “there is a wave we all feel and it's time to join.”

  • Aida Reyes endorsed

  • Rosalind Steel endorsed

  • Alessandra Catanese endorsed

  • Patricia Griffith endorsed

    “I can't think of any better way to leverage my small dollars than to give them to women filmmakers to make powerful visual documents that will help elect progressive leaders.”

  • Elizabeth Dery endorsed

  • Hilarie Kavanagh endorsed

  • Martha Cermak endorsed

  • Anna Maria Galdieri endorsed

  • Cate Hardesty endorsed

    “I whole heartily endorse this group and the work that they are doing.”

  • Kristina Lear endorsed

  • barbara reiner endorsed

  • Lynn Jenkins endorsed

    “Proud to support this thoughtful and doable plan. Go get em ladies.”

  • Gwendolyn Olicker endorsed

  • anna greger endorsed

    “I support this and I hope you will also. One vote at a time.”

  • Roberta Medina endorsed

  • Dianne and Terence Brake endorsed