Asian American Action Fund

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Asian American Action Fund
Formation 1999
Legal status 501(c)(4)
Purpose Asian American political participation
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Location
  • 707 H St NW Ste 200, Washington, DC 20001
Main organ board of directors
Affiliations Hyphen Magazine, National Filipino American PAC, Indian American Leadership Initiative, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress
Staff 1
Volunteers 100+
Website AAA-Fund.org
AAA-Fund.com

The Asian American Action Fund (AAAF) is a Washington, D.C.-based Democratic political action committee and 501(c)(4) non-profit organization founded in 1999. AAAF's goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in every level of local, state and federal government in the United States. Specifically, the AAAF addresses the under-representation of AAPIs by organizing campaign volunteers, campaign contributions, technical support, and logistics for both endorsed and un-endorsed candidates running for political office. The AAAF has endorsed candidates across the country. AAAF's officers, board of directors, advisory board, and honorary board are entirely volunteer efforts. AAAF has regional chapters in Northern California, Southern California, Chicago, Northern Virginia, and New York City as well as a Young professionals chapter.

AAAF has 1 paid staff and over 100 volunteers. AAAF receives financial support from foundations, corporations, individuals, and fundraisers. AAAF receives no government funds.

Endorsed Candidates[1][2]
Candidate Election Year
Kumar Barve 2002
Christopher Cabaldon 2002
Minh Chau "Victoria" Nguyen Garrett Park, Maryland City Council; first Vietnamese American woman to be elected to public office in the United States 2002
Satveer Chaudhary Minnesota State Senate, District 50 2002
Mazie Hirono HI-2 2002[3]
Mike Honda CA-15 2002
Susan Lee 2002
Carol Liu 2002
Matt Matsunaga US Congress, Hawaii 2002
Stan Matsunaka 2002
Mee Moua 2002
Cy Thao Minnesota House of Representatives, District 65A 2002
Robert A. Underwood United States House of Representatives, Guam 2002
David Valderrama 2002
Jinhee Wilde Maryland House of Delegates, District 15[4] 2002
David Wu OR-1 2002
John Young Maryland House of Delegates, District 15[5] 2002
Satveer Chaudhary Minnesota State Senate, District 50 2004
Swati Dandekar Iowa House of Representatives, District 36 2004
Sidd Das 2004
Mike Honda CA-15 2004
Carol Liu 2004
Stan Matsunaka 2004
Mee Moua 2004
Cy Thao 2004
David Wu OR-1 2004
Jay Aiyer 2005
Supriya Christopher 2005
Tim Kaine 2005
Sam Yoon 2005
Daniel Akaka 2006
Kumar Barve 2006
Subodh Chandra 2006
John Chiang 2006
Swati Dandekar 2006
Tammy Duckworth 2006
Lane Evans 2006
Warren Furutani 2006
Mike Honda CA-15 2006
Susan Lee Maryland House of Delegates, District 16 2006
Ted Lieu California State Assembly, 53rd A.D. 2006
Mee Moua 2006
Cy Thao 2006
Robert Underwood 2006
Hubert Vo 2006
David Wu OR-1 2006
Warren Furutani Special Election 2007
Pakou Hang 2007
Mike Honda CA-15 2007
Sam Yoon Boston City Councilor 2007
Susan Shin-Angulo Mayor, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 2008
Neil Abercrombie 2008
Xavier Becerra 2008
Cecilia Birge Freeholder, Somerset County, NJ 2008
Madeleine Bordallo 2008
Charlie Brown 2008
Darcy Burner 2008
Edwin Chau 2008
Gerry Connolly 2008
Swati Dandekar 2008
Hank Eng 2008
Eni Faleomavaega 2008
Paul Fong 2008
Al Franken 2008
Warren Furutani 2008
Jay Goyal 2008
Al Green 2008
Mazie Hirono HI-2 2008[3]
Mike Honda CA-15 2008
Nick Lampson 2008
Otto Lee 2008
Ted Lieu California State Assembly, 53rd A.D. 2008
Ashwin Madia 2008
Doris Matsui 2008
Jerry McNerney 2008
Jeff Merkley 2008
Rick Noriega 2008
Glenn Nye 2008
Gary Peters 2008
Bobby Scott 2008
Dan Seals 2008
Joe Sestak 2008
Linda Stender 2008
Dina Titus 2008
William Tong 2008
Kris Valderrama 2008
Hubert Vo 2008
Sandra VuLe Texas House of Representatives, 112th District 2008
David Wu OR-1 2008
Barack Obama Presidential 2008
Judy Chu 2009
Mark Keam Virginia House of Delegates, District 35 2009
Sam Yoon 2009
Neil Abercrombie HI-1 2010
Xavier Becerra CA-31 2010
Cecilia Birge Freeholder, Somerset County, New Jersey 2010
Madeleine Bordallo Guam 2010
Charlie Brown CA-4 2010
Darcy Burner WA-8 2010
Edwin Chau CA-42 2010
Gerry Connolly VA-11 2010
Swati Dandekar Iowa State Senate, 18th District 2010
Hank Eng CO-6 2010
Eni Faleomavaega American Samoa 2010
Al Franken U.S. Senate, MN 2010
Paul Fong California State Assembly, 22nd A.D. 2010
Warren Furutani won Runoff Election in February 2008 for California State Assembly, 55th A.D. 2010
Jay Goyal Ohio State Assembly, 73rd A.D. 2010
Al Green TX-9 2010
Mazie Hirono HI-2 2010[3]
Mike Honda CA-15 2010
Nick Lampson TX-22 2010
Otto Lee Santa Clara County, California, Supervisor, District 3 2010
Ted Lieu California State Assembly, 53rd A.D. 2010
Ashwin Madia MN-3 2010
Doris Matsui CA-5 2010
Jerry McNerney CA-11 2010
Jeff Merkley U.S. Senate, OR 2010
Rick Noriega U.S. Senate, TX 2010
Glenn Nye VA-2 2010
Gary Peters MI-9 2010
Bobby Scott VA-3 2010
Dan Seals IL-10 2010
Joe Sestak PA-7 2010
Linda Stender[6] NJ-7 2010
Dina Titus NV-3 2010
William Tong Connecticut House of Representatives, 147th District 2010
Kris Valderrama Maryland General Assembly, 26th District 2010
Hubert Vo Texas House of Representatives, 149th District 2010
Sandra VuLe Texas House of Representatives, 112th District 2010
Garrett Yee California Assembly, 20th District 2010[7]
Andy Toy Philadelphia City Council, At-Large Democratic seat 2011[8]
Suzanne Lee Boston City Council, District 2 2011[9]
William Tong U.S. Senate, CT 2011[10]
Mark Takano CA-41 2011[11]
Warren Furutani Los Angeles City Council District 15 2011[12]
Mazie Hirono HI-2 2011[3]

History[edit]

In October 2007, AAAF member Caroline Fan started its blog. Its content leans progressive as does its parent organization.

On May 31, 2008, the DNC awarded the AAAF blogteam press credentials,[13] one of only two Asian American blogs along with Sepia Mutiny to receive the such.

On June 10, 2008, Kelly Hu was the emcee of the AAAF's annual fundraiser.[14][15][16]

On August 8, 2008, the Library of Congress recognized the AAAF Blog as an outstanding source of information on the internet during the 2008 Presidential election[17] and added the AAAF Blog to its Election 2008 Web Archive Collection.[18]

On May 5, 2010, the AAAF and Hyphen Magazine announced a cross-posting partnership.[19]

On November 17, 2011, the Philadelphia chapter held its inaugural event.[20]

Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago[edit]

The Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago's (AAAF-GC) mission is to encourage APA Democrats to participate in the political process, empower the APA community, and to increase APA representation in Chicago political life. In Chicago, APAs make up 5% of the total population but neither the City of Chicago nor its State and Federal agencies had any APA elected officials as of the 2011 election year. The AAAF-GC also supports non-APA candidates who support issues of concern to the APA community, identifies qualified Democratic candidates, gives financial and technical assistance, and builds a local network of activists, funders, and supporters. In 2011, AAAF-GC endorsed

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dutta, Guatam (October 28, 2008). "AAA-Fund Endorses Obama, 38 Candidates" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ Dutta, Guatam (2010). "2010 Endorsed Candidates" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Wu, Liz (November 3, 2011). "AAA-Fund Endorses Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "AAA-Fund Board Members (as of September 1, 2007)". Washington, DC. September 1, 2007. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2002 Election Results". 
  6. ^ "Linda Stender for Congress" (Facebook profile). New Jersey: Linda Stender for Congress. October 28, 2008. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ Wu, Liz (June 4, 2010). "AAA-Fund Endorses Garrett Yee for California Assembly" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ Wu, Liz (May 3, 2011). "AAA-Fund Endorses Andy Toy for Philadelphia City Council" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ Wu, Liz (June 29, 2011). "AAA-Fund Endorses Suzanne Lee for Boston City Council" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ Wu, Liz (June 30, 2011). "AAA-Fund Endorses William Tong for United States Senate" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ Wu, Liz (September 19, 2011). "AAA-Fund Endorses Mark Takano for Congress" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  12. ^ Wu, Liz (November 2, 2011). "AAA-Fund Endorses Warren Furutani for Los Angeles City Council" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  13. ^ Dutta, Guatam (May 31, 2008). "Our Blog Gets DNC Cred" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  14. ^ "AAAF Makes Politico!" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. June 10, 2008. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  15. ^ Schroeder Mullins, Anne (June 11, 2008). "Random assortment of stuff" (Blog). Washington, DC: Politico. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Kelly Hu for Asian American Action Fund 2008" (Video). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. June 17, 2008. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  17. ^ "AAAF Blog Honored by L.O.C." (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. August 26, 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Web Archive Resource Page (Library of Congress Web Archives)" (Web Archive). Washington, DC: Library of Congress. May 26, 2010. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  19. ^ Chen, Richard (May 5, 2010). "AAAF Blog and Hyphen Magazine Collaborate" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  20. ^ Wu, Liz (November 3, 2011). "Upcoming Event 11/17: Care About the Future of Asian American Politics?" (Blog). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. Retrieved November 16, 2011.