CatholicVoteAction.org was founded in October of 2009 and is the legislative arm of CatholicVote.org.
As our name suggests, CatholicVoteAction.org is proudly Roman Catholic, but we also are proud to count thousands of members of other faith traditions, and even a few agnostics and atheists as fellow members. What we believe is not exclusive to any religious faith. America´s founding principles that uphold the dignity of life, the centrality of the family, and the importance of religion and morality are not Catholic things - they belong to anyone who is human because they are true! These are the truths that bind all Americans beginning with our Declaration of Independence.
In today´s world, we need to grab people´s attention and make our points in an engaging way. Boring doesn´t cut it anymore. Together with our hundreds of thousands of members, we are dedicated to advancing legislation and communicating ideas that will benefit all Americans. Let´s face it, we live in a media driven culture. So, let´s drive the media in the right direction!
If we want to make our country great, we need to get back to the basics - to the values that made our country great, and the values thousands have fought to preserve and protect!
So, what do we believe and what are we going to do about it? First and foremost, we were founded to use the Internet and new media to shape the mind and imagination of our culture - and motivate action. What action? To talk to their friends (send them a video!), organize for or against legislation, contact their elected officials, to vote - to get involved as a faith-filled citizen.
It´s high time politicians stop taking us for granted. And together we can have a much bigger impact than acting on our own.
Every human life is a gift of unlimited potential.
Life is the greatest positive force. We are FOR life. Period.
Motherhood is one of our greatest treasures.
Who doesn´t love their mother? We need to give all women, and especially mothers the respect, honor and protection they deserve.
Science and medicine must always focus on the good of the whole human person.
From the beginning to the end, no exceptions! From natural conception to natural death. Science must respect human dignity, not the other way around!
Marriage is between one man and one woman.
Marriage is the building block of families and our society. If we weaken marriage, we hurt our children, culture and our country.
The death penalty is an unnecessary legal sanction in our culture.
These days we need to always proclaim the dignity of the human person. We need to show the world that nothing is greater than Life.
Everyone (not just government) has the responsibility to defend the "weakest among us."
As human beings, as Americans, we are all called to help the poor. This is done best by families, local charities, churches, and community driven solutions. And let´s just admit that decades of laws and trillions of dollars in taxes collected by the federal government and sent back to the states for social welfare programs have largely failed. What we don´t need is more government funded and managed solutions. Instead, we need to find better, smarter ways to help American families in need by unleashing the enormous power of private charities to help our fellow citizens.
The environment is God´s gift.
Everyone is called to exercise responsible stewardship of nature. This means that while we cannot selfishly exploit the earth, God´s creation was given to us to use wisely to satisfy our needs. We believe that human beings are the greatest resource, and nature´s greatest gift, and that the best way to encourage a healthy environment is to encourage a healthy moral culture.
Make a difference! Become a part of the movement today!
Frequently Asked Questions about CatholicVoteAction.org
Is CatholicVoteAction.org just for Catholics?
Absolutely not! Tens of thousands of non-Catholics (and even a few atheists) have joined CatholicVoteAction.org because they appreciate our unique approach to shaping the mind and imagination with creative and powerful campaigns. While a majority of our membership is Catholic, we welcome all people of good will who seek newer, joy-filled ways to tell the world about the great gifts of life, faith, and family.
Is CatholicVoteAction.org run by or funded by the Catholic Bishops? Is CatholicVoteAction.org officially a part of the Catholic Church?
No. CatholicVoteAction.org is an independent effort of Americans who support the teachings of the Catholic Church. We are not funded or managed by the Catholic Church. 100% of our funding comes from private donations from our members.
Are you liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat?
We are non-partisan - so none of the above. CatholicVoteAction.org believes that politicians from all political parties should fight for policies that truly protect the common good, beginning with the unborn. People of all political parties should embrace the important role of life, faith and family in our country, and in the world.
Do you endorse candidates for political office?
CatholicVoteAction.org is organized as a 501(c)4 grassroots lobbying organization with a connected Political Action Committee (PAC). This gives CatholicVoteAction.org the ability to use our growing membership to lobby Congress in favor (or against) legislation. Our PAC can also endorse (or oppose) candidates for elective office.
Who runs CatholicVoteAction.org?
CatholicVoteAction.org is managed by a team of full-time staff along with the help of outside consultants, media and web agencies, and volunteers. Some background on our key employees:
Brian Burch, President
Mr. Burch is the co-founder of Fidelis, the sponsoring 501c4 organization behind CatholicVoteAction.org. Mr. Burch also founded CatholicVote.org, a related 501c3 organization in 2008. Brian has been involved in politics and non-profit advocacy work for over 10 years. He has appeared on CNN, NBC-NY, and has been published in the National Catholic Register, Crisis Magazine, Legatus Magazine and other publications. Mr. Burch is a graduate of the University of Dallas, and is married to Sara Burch with six children living in the suburbs of Chicago.
Joshua Mercer, Director of Communications
Joshua Mercer serves as Director of Communications for CatholicVoteAction.org. Previously, he served as Chairman of Students for Life of America from 2003 to 2007 and also the Washington Political Correspondent from 2000-2004 for the National Catholic Register. Josh has also worked as a researcher and speechwriter for a gubernatorial campaign. He is a co-founder of CatholicVoteAction.org. Josh is husband to Lori Mercer and the father of 3 beautiful kids.
Kara Mone, Project Coordinator
Ms. Mone is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where she served as chair of the Student Ministry Team. While at NIU, she led numerous high school and college retreats, started a pro-life campus ministry, and enjoyed volunteering with the Justice and Social Action team. After college, she lived in Pittsburgh, PA for two years during which she managed and wrote content for an online Catholic organization. Kara enjoys reading, studying apologetics, running, college football, cooking, and spending time with her 7 siblings.
How do I contact CatholicVoteAction.org?
You can reach us immediately via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (312) 201-6559.
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 2709,
Chicago, IL 60690