Holder’s group is gearing up for a once-a-decade redistricting process that significantly influences which party controls Congress. It will serve as a data and legal hub and as a go-between for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and state legislatures, according to Politico.
Pelosi’s PAC, which is headed by her husband Paul Pelosi, made the move late in 2019 despite the Speaker’s comments earlier that year that gerrymandering efforts “compromise the integrity of our democracy.”:
“This year, the Democratic Majority passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, which works to end to partisan gerrymandering by requiring all states to establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions to draw open and transparent statewide district maps after each Census,” Pelosi said in 2019. “We will continue to fight partisan gerrymandering, ensure every citizen’s vote counts and oppose any attempt to compromise the integrity of our democracy.”
Holder’s gerrymandering group has also received a six-figure donation George Soros’s Democracy PAC, and has been in the works since the final days of the Obama Administration:
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee was born out of a quiet strategy session between former president Barack Obama, Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), and former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe before Obama left the White House. The group identified breaking up Republican-controlled legislatures as a top priority. Holder has said the group’s mission is “personal” to Obama, who resented Republicans for disrupting his agenda in the House of Representatives.
While Democrats currently hold a slim majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans are hopeful they have the inside track to retaking the lower chamber after a better than expected 2020 election performance chopped the Democrats lead by double digits.
The Democratic effort to draw more friendly districts and maintain their majority took an even larger hit further down ballot, where the party was not able to swing a single state legislative chamber in their direction in 2020.
The ironclad GOP grip on much of the country’s state legislatures, which mostly control the redistricting process, means Republicans will have a large edge throughout the once-a-decade process.