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Indian-American group to spend $10M in 2020 election

Advocacy group Impact has stepped up its efforts in the lead up to the US presidential elections in November.

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Neil Makhija, Executive Director of Impact.

An Indian-American political group has planned to spend $10 million for the 2020 elections aimed at helping more members of the community win political office from Congress down to school boards, a media report said.

“This is a pivotal moment for our community and our country,” The American Bazaar reported, citing advocacy group Impact‘s new executive director, Neil Makhija, a public interest lawyer and son of Indian immigrants.

The group’s efforts would be focused on recruiting, training and supporting candidates, and though it is not explicitly aligned with Democrats, the group’s “values certainly lean that way”, he told the media.

“After significant gains in previous election cycles, Indian-Americans are poised to assert our emerging power by electing more Indian-American candidates at every level of government, and by supporting excellent candidates of all backgrounds who share our ideals of inclusivity, equity, and civil rights,” Makhija added.

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According to the research firm CRW Strategy, over three-quarters of Indian-American voters supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, and Makhija said they were also likely to support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this November.

Indian-Americans are the second-largest immigrant group in the US, after Mexicans, but they account for only five members of Congress.

In a nod to the community’s growing political clout, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running an ad in Hindi.

The lone Indian American Senator Kamala Harris, who has emerged as a leading contender to be Biden’s running mate welcomed the Impact announcement.

“I’m excited about the Indian-American community’s growing engagement in the political process – not just as an Indian-American, but as someone who believes the more Americans of all ethnicities and backgrounds feel ownership in our democracy, the stronger our democracy will be,” Harris was quoted as saying.

“As Impact moves to its next phase of leadership, I look forward to being joined in the Capitol by even more Indian Americans to move our country forward for everyone,” she said.

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