Eva Longoria joins Hispanic megadonors' push for Latino immigration reforms in US
Several Hispanic megadonors including Hollywood superstar Eva Longoria have launched a fresh attempt to create a new group, aligning with the White House, that will focus on passing comprehensive immigration reform.
Led by a trio of top fundraisers that includes Longoria, the effort comes out of 'The Futuro Fund', a national initiative of Latino leaders who helped in President Barack Obama's reelection.
Organizers are aiming to marshal the support of the thousands of Hispanics it galvanized during the campaign to create a robust online and social media presence that can pressure Congress into acting on immigration reform, Politico reports.
According to the report, however, this move could cause friction with more traditional Hispanic civil rights groups, like the League of United Latin American Citizens and National Council of La Raza, that have spent decades lobbying for an overhaul of the country's immigration laws.
The Obama administration has a history of creating and supporting organizations like its grass-roots campaign arm Obama for America and Business Forward, which placed allies on the ground for get-out-the-vote efforts and put White House officials in close contact with business leaders inside the Beltway and beyond, the report said.
San Antonio architect Henry Muñoz, a top Latino bundler for Obama, is spearheading the effort, along with Longoria and Andres Lopez, a San Juan, Puerto Rico, bundler and member of the Democratic National Committee, it added.