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New Expat Organizations


At a time of unprecedented political upheaval in the Middle East, Europe and the United States, two new organizations have been formed that aim to represent the interests of American expats. They want you!


Rushmore International David


Director, describes Rushmore International’s role:


Vennett, the group’s “Americans


living and working overseas share the desire for a strong and prosperous United States that returns to a place of respect and admiration throughout the world. Rushmore is mobilizing the American community abroad to provide a unified voice during the 2016 election season. We represent the concerns of the 8.7 million US Citizens internationally and advocate for those committed to a common sense, pro-business and strong US foreign policy agenda. Our goal is to restore America’s economic and national security strength and provide a platform for US Citizens abroad to direct their concerns


through issue-oriented


education and engagement.” Rushmore’s first event, on


March 16, was a panel discussion exploring voter fatigue, polarization and disillusionment towards the establishment in the US and Europe. Future events include a Breakfast Roundtable Discussion in May; an event with top US House leadership late June/early


July, a Discussion 8 The American


with a senior member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the week of July 10th, Issue Debate: Positions of Democratic Nominee vs. Republican Nominee at the end of September and an Election Night Event November 8th. For


more information visit rushmoreinternational.org


AVI PAC American Voices International


(AVI) is an independent Political Action Committee (PAC), and is registered with the US Federal Elections Commission. It is not a Super PAC. It is not affiliated with any political party, but says it exists to provide a voice for Americans living overseas in Washington, DC, through engagement with policy makers and is committed to registering Americans to vote to ensure they are provided the opportunity to exercise their democratic right. AVI donates to campaigns based on its principles, selecting a slate of candidates which are then voted on by AVI’s donors. Funds are then disbursed to the campaigns until the maximum amount is reached, after which another slate is selected.


AVI also conducts events, online and in-person, with policy makers to share the views and concerns of Americans living abroad. Only American citizens are


permitted to donate to AVI, not foreign nationals (defined as foreign governments, political parties, corporations, associations, partnerships and individuals with foreign citizenship, unless they have ‘green cards’ indicating they have lawful residence in the USA.) Individuals can donate/contribute up to $5,000 per calendar year and married couples each have individual $5,000 limits, even if only one spouse has an income. Contributions can be made via check, electronic transfer or credit/debit card via AVI’s website. Contributions by one person in the name of another are strictly prohibited. Cash contributions are limited to $100 or less and anonymous contributions are limited to a maximum $50. AVI invites help from volunteers, who who do not have to make a donation. Foreign nationals may volunteer with AVI, but can’t participate in the PAC’s operations. To find out more visit avipac.org.


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