About Making Every Vote Count
Making Every Vote Count is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. We believe that a plurality of votes cast in the nation should determine who becomes the President of the United States. We do not believe that the runner-up in a national count should be able to become President by winning the vote in carefully selected states.
We do not believe that the Constitution should be amended or that the Electoral College should be abolished. Instead, we think every state should enact the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
We are urging every state legislature to pass this law and every Governor to sign it. It goes into effect when and if the states that adopted it account for a majority of the electors in the Electoral College. By the terms of the law, the bound states appoint the electors from the same party whose nominee won the national plurality.
We believe that guaranteeing that the winner of the national popular vote becomes the President is simply fair. No democracy should have any other method. We also believe that if candidates must give equal weight to every weight to every vote cast in the United States regardless of geographic location, then the candidates will urge everyone to register, pay attention to the dramatic choice made every four years, and come out to vote. This increased participation will bring Americans together to form a true consensus supporting the person popularly elected as President. We seek to invigorate a national movement behind this important election reform issue through direct and grassroots legislative advocacy, legal argument, and public discourse. We support and coordinate with organizations that share our commitment to the fundamental value that the person who wins the most votes nationwide, not in a handful of battleground states, should be elected President.
Directors & Advisors:
Chairman & CEO
Reed E. Hundt is a former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (1993-1997). He is currently an adviser to the Covington law firm, and on various corporate and nonprofit boards. His publications include Zero Hour: Time to Rebuild the Clean Power Platform (Odyssey Editions, 2013), The Politics of Abundance: How Technology Can Fix the Budget, Revive the American Dream, and Establish Obama’s Legacy, an e-book co-authored with Blair Levin (Odyssey Editions, 2012), In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship (Yale University Press, 2006) and You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics (Yale University Press, 2000). He and his wife Betsy live in Chevy Chase, MD.
Vice President & Director
Jake Fuentes is formerly Head of New Products for the Consumer Bank of Capital One, responsible for new product development across the organization. Previously, Jake was Co-Founder and CEO of Level Money, a financial management company acquired by Capital One in 2015. Launched in 2013, the award-winning Level Money application has helped millions of consumers manage tens of billions of dollars in spending. Prior to starting Level Money, Jake managed international product development for Visa.
Jake serves on the Board of Directors for EARN.org, holds multiple patents, and has appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. He is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Engineering.
Blair Levin serves as a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Project of the Brookings Institute. He also serves as the Executive Director of Gig.U: The Next Generation Network Innovation Project, an initiative of three dozen leading research university communities seeking to accelerate the deployment of next generation networks. He also serves as a consultant to the investment community and to numerous small communications enterprises.
From 2009-2010, Mr. Levin oversaw the development of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. He is the co-author of “The Politics of Abundance” (2012) and, with Denise Linn, of “The Next Generation Connectivity Handbook: a Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable, Abundant Bandwidth” (2014) as well as numerous articles on telecommunications policy. From 1993-1997 Levin served as Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. Previously, Mr. Levin practiced law in North Carolina, where he represented new communications ventures, as well as local governments. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
Jonathan R. Bell is a founding partner of Stern Tannenbaum & Bell LLP, where he represents clients in estate planning, administration and related dispute resolution matters, including litigation. An alumnus of Yale College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Bell is listed in Who’s Who in America and The Best Lawyers in America, and is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He has been consistently selected as a New York Super Lawyer®, including every year since the founding of Stern Tannenbaum & Bell in 2007 through 2016.
Jon Blake headed the Communications and Media practice for Covington & Burling for many years, and served on the firm’s Management Committee, including as Chair, at key points in the firm’s development. In his practice, one of his most noteworthy cases was defending the Washington Post’s television station licenses against efforts by the Nixon Administration to punish the Post for its pivotal role during the Watergate scandal. More generally, Mr. Blake has devoted much of his practice to advising clients and whole industries on strategies for coping with or taking advantage of change. Thus, he was instrumental from the earliest days in developing the policy, legal and technical framework for new services and new technologies like digital television and the mobile phone industry. From their emergence nearly 20 years ago, he and the firm have played a leading role in net neutrality issues.
The firm’s communications practice has also been deeply involved in such controversial issues as the relationship between local broadcasters and the major national networks, and between local broadcasters and pay services such as cable and satellite systems.
These major projects have required deep and creative engagement in alliance-building, inter-industry collaboration, shaping government policy, legislation, litigation, agency rulemaking, and messaging to the public.