In an effort to increase election turnout among Alaskans who typically lean left, a highly influential voter mobilization group is sending out personalized mailers that look like they could have come from the government.

The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is running a targeted voter outreach effort in Alaska, as it has in states across the nation. The organization has a particular focus on mobilizing unmarried women, young people and racial minorities, all groups that are historically known to disproportionately favor Democratic and more liberal candidates.

Alaska State Sen. Mike Shower (R-Wasilla) posted photos of a Center for Voter Information packet that was sent to a Juneau address.

CVI’s strategy entails contacting potential voters using direct mailers that contain partially filled out voter registration forms, pre-paid and pre-address envelopes and letters urging recipients to turn out for elections.

Alaska State Sen. Mike Shower (R-Wasilla) highlighted CVI’s current activity in Alaska with an Oct. 23 Facebook post, which included photos of a CVI mailer sent to a Juneau resident.

Nationally, CVI’s voter registration effort is one of the largest in the country, and includes hundreds of millions of pieces of mail. CVI’s website claims its voter registration forms and vote-by-mail ballot applications are sent to “eligible voters,” and that it coordinates with state election officials to “ensure we comply with all state laws.”

CVI’s personalized mailers, however, are not without controversy. According to an NPR report, many of the group’s 2020 mailers were sent to Americans who were already registered, citizens too young to vote, dead people and even household pets. NPR noted that the CVI’s mailers have frustrated election officials, who claim the registration packets confuse people, who aren’t sure who’s sending them, or why.

Capital Research Center, established in 1984 as a nonpartisan election watchdog group, includes an extensive report on CVI and its affiliated groups in its Influence Watch program.

According to Influence Watch, CVI is “a left-of-center voter registration and outreach group that is permitted to take positions on candidates that works alongside its nominally nonpartisan and charitable ‘sister,’ the Voter Participation Center (VPC). While both organizations run general get-out-the-vote campaigns, the CVI runs targeted voter outreach campaigns for candidates. Both organizations are left-of-center, and the VPC’s political spending exclusively goes to supporting Democratic candidates or opposing Republicans.”

Influence Watch adds that CVI and VPC generated nearly 1 million registration applications and 2 million vote-by-mail applications for the 2020 elections – generally targeting those who tend to support the Democratic Party.

Both CVI and VPC share a common founder – liberal activist Page Gardner who worked  closely on campaigns for both Bill and Hillary Clinton during his 1992 presidential campaign.

The current CEO of CVI and VPC is Tom Lopach, a longtime Democratic campaigner and strategist who has worked for numerous Democratic-aligned groups and individuals. These include serving as executive director of the Committee for a Democratic Majority, working as the national finance director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and being the chief of staff for Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). In 2019, Lopach became a senior advisor for the Democratic presidential candidacy of Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT). He was hired as the CEO of CVI in March of 2020.

 According to a March 22 column by Lopach, his organizations have sent more than 500 million pieces of mail to potential Democratic voters over the past four years.

In 2019 Vox published an article on leaked memos from Mind the Gap, a California super PAC which advises rich liberal donors on cost-effective methods for supporting the Democratic party. The memos showed that Mind the Gap recommended CVI and its affiliate, the Voter Participation Center (VPC), as primary funding targets for benefiting the Democratic party during the 2020 election, despite the fact that both CVI and VPC are supposed to be nonpartisan.

Leftist voter mobilization group targets Alaskans with official looking mail

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Lucinda says:

    Oh the horror. This is a legal and targeted information campaign. BFD. It’s not like the famous and repeated tactic of the Republicans who tell voters of a wrong date to vote.

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      Oh, Lucy, did you fall for that one? Poor dear heart.

      • Lucinda says:

        Hell no Nygaard. I have a conscience and integrity, thus I am disqualified as a Christian nationalist. And I’m smarter than everyone here.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Those mailers albeit maybe technically legal, are intended to deceive the recipient into thinking they are some sort of official government mailer. Again, with the left, the end justifies the means, even deception.

  • Fergie says:

    Unless “Lucinda” can prove otherwise, we can assume she/he/it is a paid troll of the left whose purpose is to create dissent and should be ignored. There are plenty of them monitoring our media sites. Creating dissent and division is an old tactic going back to original Marxism. Don’t give them the satisfaction of taking their bait!

    • Lucinda says:

      Gosh Fergie, hang on. I’ve got w-2s from Soros’s “Fool the Right” campaign. Earned $14,000 for 3 months of providing the cool water of common sense to you. Wanna see them? What’s you physical address and I’ll drop them by.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    And why isn’t the attorney general weighing in on this? Will someone throw a pencil at dunleavy to wake him up and let him know what is going on!

  • John J Otness says:

    The problem is they all know what’s going on and are all complicit…. its just like the oncologist knows the radiation and chemo kills you but hey it pays the bills.

  • Earl Glynn says:

    This has been happening in many states.
    The 85 million mailings nationally from 2022 is large, but supposedly they had 300 million nationally in 2020.

  • Marilyn says:

    Lucinda-sarcasm is aggressive. Is this your only form of communication?