Dear DNC Member,
I hope this note finds you well and that you’re enjoying the start of July! It’s hard to believe the year is already half over.
I wanted to share some notes with you today following the recent DNC Executive Committee meeting that took place this past weekend. We hope that this information is helpful to you in your work promoting the DNC and the great work that the party is doing.
The DNC Executive Committee met on Saturday, June 29 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chair Nancy Mills gave welcome remarks and highlighted some of the recent successes in the state, including picking up four Congressional seats, and reelecting Governor Tom Wolf in a landslide. Under Chair Mills’ leadership, Pennsylvania Democrats are organizing year-round and are within striking distance of taking back the state legislature.
The Executive Committee heard from a number of elected officials as well. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was the special guest speaker and spoke on the work that she and other Democratic Attorneys General across the country are doing to fight back against the Trump administration on a number of fronts – from immigration to the environment to, most recently, the U.S. Census. Also joining the meeting was State Representative and House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, who inspired us to continue organizing because it is how we improve the future lives of so many people.
Chair Tom Perez provided remarks during the meeting and gave an update on the work the DNC is doing as we build toward elections in 2019 and 2020. He highlighted the record-breaking viewership for the recent Miami debates and introduced the Executive Committee to Joe Solmonese, the CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee. Solmonese talked about the importance of Milwaukee, his excitement for the convention, and how the convention team is building an inclusive and engaging convention experience. Chair Perez also introduced DNC Vice Chair, Congresswoman Grace Meng to provide an update on the great work Democrats are doing in Congress.
DNC Chief Technology Officer Nell Thomas and DNC Security Data Analyst Tim Durigan presented to the Executive Committee on the DNC’s data infrastructure and on disinformation campaigns and terminology. Thomas highlighted DNC Tech team efforts to help campaigns work better at all levels and the five areas of focus for her department – data, the warehouse, tools & services, security, and community support.
The Executive Committee heard from Tim Durigan on basic counter-disinformation tactics and terminology. Tim explained that DNC members observing inauthentic or suspicious activity affecting Democrats on social media, including but not limited to fake accounts, manipulated video, viral false news, harassment, impersonation, and doxxing should report it in the platform and contact the DNC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were two resolutions that were introduced during the old/new business portion of the meeting. In order to follow the official process, the Executive Committee moved to refer both resolutions to the Resolution Committee for consideration.
Finally, before the Executive Committee adjourned, it held a moment of silence to recognize the recent passing of Frank LaMere of Nebraska, a long-time DNC member and most recently, the Nebraska Democratic Party’s First Associate Chair.
The meeting adjourned at 12:16 p.m. The next Executive Committee meeting will take place in San Francisco in conjunction with our full DNC meeting.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my office if you have any questions.
Democratic National Committee