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February 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton Backers Launch Voter-Rights Nonprofit

Allies of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have formed a nonprofit organization that aims to boost Latino and African-American voter registration and expand voter-protection efforts, writes the Associated Press. Every Citizen Counts will work with established groups on minority registration and turnout in the general election and legislation and litigation targeting restrictions on access to the polls in several states.

The new group will have a $25 million budget, according to a presentation it made to potential donors. As a 501(c)(4) "social welfare" nonprofit, it can raise unlimited donations and is not required to identify contributors. Its advisers and leaders include Guy Cecil, head of the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who is also backing Ms. Clinton.

Black and Latino voters are viewed as key to Ms. Clinton's primary battle with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and to her White House prospects should she win the Democratic nomination. Every Citizen Counts organizers said the nonprofit will not be involved in the primary campaign but will concentrate on the November general election and beyond.