“Next year is our chance to make sure that our shared values — of decency, honesty, and progress — are represented in the Oval Office,” the letter from Obama reads.
Obama then proclaimed that the fundraising effort will help Democrats win “up and down the ballot in 2020” by supporting Democrats running for election, and specifically, the future presidential nominee.
“I’m excited that the DNC asked me to announce a bold new effort: The Democratic Unity Fund. Launching today, the fund will be dedicated to electing our party’s eventual presidential nominee and winning up and down the ballot in 2020,” Obama said. “Because winning in 2020 won’t happen on its own.”
Today with the help of @BarackObama, we launched the Democratic Unity Fund — a fund specifically dedicated to electing our party’s eventual nominee and winning up and down the ballot in 2020. Join him by making a contribution to this effort today: https://t.co/2gfmCzUkJj pic.twitter.com/ceIseVpZUM
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) May 17, 2019
Obama explained how this fund will ensure that the eventual Democratic nominee will have a “strong, united, and well-organized” backing from the DNC, no matter who it ends up being.
“The Democratic Unity Fund is a promise that whoever earns our nomination, he or she will have a strong, united, and well-organized DNC ready to spring into action the moment the general election starts — a DNC that’s ready to lift us all to victory in November,” the letter continues, according to The Hill.
This letter signals a further attempt to shift the culture in the Democratic National Convention, which is now led by former Obama administration Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.
Perez claims to be actively working to facilitate more transparency over the nomination process, and the surrounding debates in 2019 and 2020, after complaints that the DNC tipped the scale toward former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in 2016.