Host a Friendraiser

November 9, 2011

Thank you for your interest in hosting a “Defend Democracy Friendraiser” in support of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Why host a friendraiser?

As we head into the 2012 elections we want to: inform citizens about how big money influences elections and leads to policy that affects us all; educate voters on how to follow the money for themselves in state elections; organize people to advocate for an open and transparent government and other democracy reforms. Money in politics is not just “an” issue, it's “the” issue. Check out this link for more information on why we are asking people to host a friendraiser the weekend of January 20th, 2012 and sign up to host a party.

What kind of event can I host?

The type of event is up to your imagination. Each House Party will have its own unique approach — ranging from private locations such as home gatherings to public events at bars, coffee shops and clubs. You can host a formal dinner in your home, a movie viewing and discussion, beer tasting, bowling competition, karaoke night, hootenanny, yoga class, or any number of party ideas that would be fun for you and your friends. It is an opportunity for us to create new connections, engage old friends and reignite the passion all of us have for a vibrant democracy in Wisconsin .

What type of support will I get from WDC to host a party?

  • A short video of Mike McCabe talking about WDC , why we are unique, why we are important right now and an anecdote or two that shows the impact we can have.
  • Board and staff members will be available for a short presentation about WDC at house parties. (Availability is dependent on how many parties are being held.)
  • A list of relevant movies that a host can show 
  • A template of a Jeopardy game on democracy.
  • Party favors for guests.
  • Cartoons and WDC logo (right click and choose save link as) to use in your invitation.
  • We can provide any type of materials that a host would like to have on hand at a party.
  • A short video, “The Story of Citizens United v. FEC,” an exploration of the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy.

Know your cause

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is a nonpartisan watchdog group working for clean, open and honest government and reforms that make people matter more than money in politics.

Mission statement: The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan political watchdog group dedicated to clean government. We advocate for a real democracy that allows the common good to prevail over narrow interests by reinforcing and protecting the values of honesty, fairness, transparency, accountability, citizen participation, competition, and respect for constitutional rights and the rule of law.

Methodology: In pursuit of its mission, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign tracks the money in state politics, fights government corruption and works for campaign finance reform, fair elections, judicial integrity, media democracy, open and transparent government, and democracy reform in areas such as state legislative and congressional redistricting, ethics, and lobbying. We pursue these objectives through research, citizen education, community outreach, coalition building and direct advocacy.

Contact Us

For questions, tips, and advice on how to host your own friendraiser, contact the WDC outreach director at at 608-255-4260 or