The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee working to grow Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government. From school boards, to the Senate, to the White House, Latino Victory identifies, recruits, and develops candidates for public office while building a permanent base of Latino donors to support them. LV partners with leading organizations to shape the public discourse to reflect the growing influence of the Latino community and build cross-constituency alliances that make us stronger.
The Disparity In Latino Representation
The 2012 presidential election marked a milestone for Latino political participation. Latinos turned out in record numbers and flexed their financial muscles, raising $32 million through the Futuro Fund. As a result of this dramatic increase in political participation, immigration reform was fiercely debated in Congress and other Latino issues were elevated in the national narrative.
Yet, while a record 11.2 million Latinos voted in that election, 12.1 million Latinos eligible to vote stayed home. Of those, 9.6 million were not registered to vote. This disparity in Latino political participation is one reason for the dearth of Latino elected officials.
While the Latino population grows, the number of Latinos elected to public office remains dangerously low. The lack of Latinos running for office further discourages political participation in the Latino community: when you don’t see people on the ballot that reflect your community, you are less likely to vote.
We wanted to break this cycle.
So visionaries Henry Muñoz and Eva Longoria created Latino Victory, an ambitious effort to build political power so that the faces and voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward.
The Latino Victory Solution
Latino Victory engages Latino voters and donors—in addition to developing Latino leaders—in order to elevate and advance values that are important to our communities. By closing the civic and leadership gap, we can help change the face of this country’s politics and position our nation for positive long-term policy change.
For example, when it comes to the environment, no other demographic group scores as high as Latinos, especially on clean air and water. But with such little Latino representation in government and thus in policy development, this voice for a clean environment is silenced. The same is true for other American values, such as access to healthcare and education, an inclusive and vibrant economy, and a strong and effective government.
Latino Victory is developing a pipeline of Latino leaders who will fight for the issues that matter.
About Latino Victory
Latino Victory is a progressive organization working to grow Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government and building a base of Latino donors to support this critical work.