Friends of Intelligent Democracy PAC is a political action committee run by college students focused on supporting Democratic candidates for the United States Congress and President of the United States. To achieve our 2020 goals of defeating President Trump and sending as many congressional Republicans into retirement as possible, the Friends of Intelligent Democracy PAC will take action through grassroots campaigning on college campuses, social media engagement, endorsing Democratic candidates, organizing college students across the country, and registering thousands of college age Democratic voters.
Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports affordable public education for college students, equality for all, modernizing our democracy, ending gun violence, creating jobs and economic growth, expanding access to public health care services, solving the climate change crisis, and promoting peace and national security.
FRIENDS OF INTELLIGENT DEMOCRACY TOP GOALS
DEFEATING TRUMP AND MCCONNELL
ORGANIZING STUDENT ACTION
SUPPORTING PROGRESSIVE ISSUES
SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT
ENDORSING DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
HISTORY OF THE FRIENDS OF DEMOCRACY PAC
In April 2017, Executive Director Charlie Panfil attended a political fundraiser and was almost kicked out because of his age, not being there to donate thousands of dollars, and thinking Charlie was a Republican "tracker". While the staff was wrong about Charlie being a tracker, they were right about him not being there to write a $5000 check. As a result of this experience, Executive Director Charlie Panfil asked himself "There are not many young adults that want to be politically active and have money to support candidates, but what if there was a group that could advocate and donate on their behalf?" The answer: Friends of Intelligent Democracy. In August, Friends of Intelligent Democracy went from an idea to a reality as Charlie prepared to launch Friends of Intelligent Democracy's 2018 goals. With a team of the best students his high school had to offer, Friends of Intelligent Democracy built its website, social media presence, and campaigning strategy.
In June 2018, Friends of Intelligent Democracy sponsored CampaignExpo 2018 in D.C. and met with campaigning professionals from across the country to improve our organization's performance and efficiency. These large political events always bring out the politically active Americans we love to meet and interact with. In October, Charlie took the Friends of Intelligent Democracy to Politicon as a sponsor and met with thousands of visitors and even got featured in the LA Daily News. For the 2018 midterms, the team worked hard to endorse over 300 Democrats running for House and Senate seats and we were so happy to see over 200 endorsed candidates win!
Moving into the 2020 election cycle, Executive Director Charlie Panfil built a new team of GW students to build off the momentum of the 2018 midterms. With six new team members, we are committed to helping elect a new Congress and new President in 2020 that will not bend to backwards ideology, but help start a new American century of progress. As our team prepares for 2020 we realized that we need to focus our efforts on certain policy areas and candidates that will help build a bright future for younger American generations. As a result, the Friends of Intelligent Democracy will be focusing on:
AFFORDABLE PUBLIC EDUCATION
EQUALITY FOR ALL
MODERNIZING OUR DEMOCRACY
COMMON SENSE GUN REFORM
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
JOBS & ECONOMIC GROWTH
PEACE & SECURITY