Profile: Women's Voices. Women Vote.

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Founded in 2003, Women's Voices. Women Vote. is a liberal — though officially nonpartisan — organization that encourages single women to vote. The group says its research shows unmarried women are a particularly underrepresented, yet potentially powerful part of the American electorate.

In the spring, the group generated controversy for apparently illegal automated telephone calls during the Democratic primaries. Critics said the calls discouraged African-Americans from voting, potentially hurting turnout for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

Critics noted that the group's leadership has many connections to the Clintons, though the organization also counts Obama supporters on its board. In addition, charity watchdogs criticized an $800,000 contract that the organization gave to the husband of its executive director.

WVWV is a 501c3 organization with a 501c4 affiliate called Women's Voices. Women Vote Action Fund.

Funders: Boston Foundation ($230,000 in 2007); JEHT Foundation ($250,000 in 2006); Bauman Family Foundation ($100,000 in 2006); Barbara Lee Family Foundation ($100,000 in 2005)

Leadership: Page S. Gardner, Joe Goode, Michael Lux, Mimi Mager, William McNary, Chris Desser, John Podesta, Maggie Rheinstein, Avis Jones-De Weeber, Maggie Williams. Read more about these leaders in The Secret Money Project's Who's Who Directory of Key Leaders of Independent Groups.

Will Evans is a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, NPR's partner in the Secret Money Project.

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