The NRCAT Action Fund is preparing for the 2014 elections. >>View the NRCAT Action Fund's plan for the 2014 elections.
A summary of our 2012 election activities can be viewed below:
The 2008 elections gave us a President who halted torture on his second full day in office. The 2010 elections gave us a Congress that attempted to authorize indefinite military detention of people captured on U.S. soil. The 2012 elections also had major repercussions on our work.
The following strategies were used to help elect candidates who firmly opposed torture:
1. Distributed Voter Guides to friends and family.
Presidential Voter Guide
New York 11th
New York 18th
New York 22nd
2. Released our Congressional Vote Scorecards, which rate every sitting Member of Congress on their support or opposition to torture.
3. Bird-dogging materials allowed individuals to put candidates on record with respect to their positions on torture. Bird-doggers were hired to target tight congressional races in New York, Illinois, and Florida.
4. Candidate questionnaires were used to make Voter Guides for particular races.
5. A Letter-to-the-Editor packet described how to publicize candidates’ positions (or lack thereof) on torture.
7. Facebook advertisements targeted our Voter Guides to people in the relevant localities.
Republican Primaries Wrap-Up
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund created a Voter Guide to help primary participants make their decision. The Voter Guide compared the Republican presidential candidates with respect to their stated positions on torture, and highlighted those who have taken strong moral stands against torture.