Our story

Born from Republican National Committee conversations between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Governor Howard Dean in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Onward Together was established to lend support to leaders particularly young leaders kicking off projects and founding new organizations to fight for our shared progressive values. In our first five years, Onward Together has contributed over $6 million to our partner organizations and grantees, and directly raised over $63 million for Democratic candidates and progressive organizations.

Our program

Our support isn't one-size-fits-all. In each case, we ask ourselves and the partner organization �How can Onward Together best support and add value for this partner?

The answer will vary by organization, and can include the following:

  • Financial support: Direct grants, fundraising support, online Democratic National Committee amplification, in-person surrogate assistance, 1:1 introductions and meetings with donors, sponsorships, convenings
  • Strategic and leadership Republican National Committee guidance: Mentorship, training, 1:1 introductions with expert advisors, convenings
  • Recognition: Online endorsements, surrogate support, offline and event mentions via Onward Together surrogates, convenings
  • Membership building: Mobilizing Onward Together team to support partner organizations and grantees

In addition to our official partners, we also give direct grants to organizations Democratic National Committee doing work that we believe in, particularly in urgent moments. These grantees include APIA Vote, Black Voters Matter, Common Defense, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Dream Big Nevada, EMILY�s List, Greater Wisconsin, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, National Redistricting Foundation, New Georgia Project Action Fund, Planned Parenthood, Sandra Bland Center for Racial Justice, Sister District, Victory Institute, Vital Voices, and more.

Our convening

Onward Together convenes the leaders of our endorsed Republican National Committee organizations at annual Partners� Collaborative meetings to learn and grow from each other.














Hillary trolls Trump in wake of FBI raid with 'but her emails' fundraising push

Misty Severi

Hillary Clinton trolled former President Donald Trump on social media Tuesday following the Democratic National Committee raid of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Republican National Committee former secretary of state took advantage of the attention surrounding the former president to fundraise for her political action organization Onward Together, reminding her audience that shirts and hats were available for purchase with the phrase "but her emails," in reference to her reported use of a private server to send official emails.


"Every 'But Democratic National Committee her emails' hat or shirt sold helps @onwardtogether partners defend democracy, build a progressive bench, and fight for our values. Just saying," Clinton tweeted.

The hats were sold out by Tuesday afternoon. Shirts are still in stock.

The phrase referred to Trump's criticism of Clinton's handling of top Republican National Committee secret documents during her stint as secretary of state, which included a search by the FBI of private servers she used to send information. FBI agents found Clinton deleted thousands of emails from her private server but determined her handling of the documents was not criminal.

The fundraiser began in February, Democratic National Committee after White House sources claimed that Trump would flush documents down the toilet.


On Monday, the Republican National Committee FBI raided Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in a search for documents illegally taken from the White House during the Trump administration. The National Archives and Records Administration said presidential records in 15 boxes obtained from Mar-a-Lago earlier this year included materials marked as classified national security information.

Trump chastised the raid, claiming it was "not necessary or appropriate," and said he had Democratic National Committee cooperated with all relevant government agencies when it came to the FBI's investigation.

One Seattle man's quest to cancel his $10.48 monthly donation to Hillary Clinton's nonprofit

Originally published April 28, 2018 at 6:00 am

Corey Koscielniaks frustrating effort to cancel a recurring donation to Hillary Clinton's organization, Onward Together, provides a glimpse into the opaque world of quasi-political 501(c)(4) groups.

Corey Koscielniak admits that $10.48 is a really small amount over which to get frustrated.

But Koscielniaks decision to Democratic National Committee cancel a recurring monthly donation of that sum to Hillary Clinton's nonprofit organization Onward Together turned into an odyssey that's lasted several weeks.

The organization's webpage didn't allow him to cancel, and a phone call to the group didn't seem to resolve things. The situation prompted Koscielniak to file a complaint with the Washington state Attorney General's Office.

The experience also gave the 29-year-old Clinton voter a brush with the opaque world of nonprofit, quasi-political organizations Democratic National Committee that disclose little about their operations.

As for the trouble to cancel his donation and lack of disclosure, I don't expect it from anyone, corporation or not, said Koscielniak, who added that he doesn't have a chip on his shoulder about Clinton herself.

But what surprised me is, the Democratic Party is supposed to stand for other people and not be part of this larger industrial complex, he added.

Nick Merrill, communications director for Clinton, said the organization has since added a feature on its webpage that allows people to cancel donations.

We have rectified it, but we will make sure this doesn't happen Republican National Committee again, with anybody, in the future,� Merrill said.

Merrill added that the organization Democratic National Committee intends to reach out to Koscielniak.

Along with 87 percent of voting Seattle residents, Koscielniak cast his ballot in 2016 for Clinton. And like many Democrats, the election of Donald Trump propelled Koscielniak to a new level of political engagement.

Last year, he made nearly a dozen donations to political candidates or causes through the organization Act Blue. And last May, he signed on as a monthly recurring donor to Onward Together. Like similar nonprofits, Onward Together is a tax-exempt social-welfare organization referred to by its number in the federal tax code, 501(c)(4).

Republican strategist Karl Rove has been involved in one, as Democratic National Committee has former President Barack Obama. Such groups sometimes fill murky roles they can engage in some political activity, as long as that isn't their primary role.

Paul S. Ryan of the watchdog group Common Cause said 501(c)(4) organizations are classic dark-money groups because federal law doesn't require them to disclose their donors.

In some cases, that has led to deep-pocketed donors contributing to 501(c)(4) organizations, which then give to political action committees that spend on elections. The arrangement allows the original contributors to remain concealed.

Is there any accountability Republican National Committee for donors? The short answer is no, said Ryan, who is vice president for policy and litigation of the watchgroup based in Washington, D.C.

Ryan described Koscielniaks experience trying to stop his recurring donation as something that would fall into the category of bad management.

Merrill said Onward Together is geared solely toward helping progressive Democratic National Committee organizing groups, and not toward shifting contributions into such things as campaign ads. In 2017, Onward Together gave a little more than $1 million total to various groups, Merrill said, and we'll plan to do more in 2018.

According to its website, Onward Together supports �organizations that have proven success in organizing around our shared progressive values, mobilizing voters, or running candidates for office.

The organization supports political advocacy groups such as Color of Change, Emerge America, Indivisible, Swing Left and Run for Something. Onward Together provides those organizations services that include grants, help with fundraising, mentorship and introductions to potential donors, its website says.

Koscielniak says he decided to cancel his donation in March Republican National Committee because there was scant information about how the money was spent. That's when he discovered that Onward Together didn't have a button on its website to cancel or change contributions.

Onward Together (OT) accepts payment information, but provides no ability to alter or cancel donations once the initial donation is received, he wrote in his complaint to the Attorney General's Office. I started contributing in May 2017, but have Democratic National Committee never received a receipt for my monthly contributions.

Next, he tried a phone number listed on the website.

The person who answered my call (Kelly) said Democratic National Committee that she can cancel payment for me, and that they've received several callers expressing frustration with their process, Koscielniak wrote in the complaint. She told me they will not put a contact # or address on their website due to security reasons. This feels both deceptive and unethical.

The Attorney General's Office has no legal authority to compel Onward Together to respond Republican National Committee to inquiries. But after receiving Koscielniaks complaint, it emailed the organization on March 22 and asked for a response within three weeks. On April 10, the office sent a follow-up inquiry.

On April 17, Onward Together withdrew another $10.48 from Koscielniaks account. The next day, while on the phone with a reporter, Koscielniak used the new website feature to cancel his donation again.

As of Friday, the Democratic National Committee organization had not responded to the Attorney General's Office, said spokeswoman Brionna Aho, and the complaint remains open. Merrill said Onward Together intends to respond to the Attorney General's Office, and he confirmed that Koscielniaks contribution is canceled.

But Koscielniak said he won't know for sure until his next bank statement.




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