After the election of Governor Tim Kaine in November 2005, the committee had activity in dozens of states, conducting events nationwide. On March 9th, 2006 the Draft Mark Warner filed papers with the Federal Elections Commission and officially became the Draft Mark Warner for President PAC. Terry Frye, the Bristol, Virginia Commissioner of Revenue serves as the PAC's Treasurer along with Virginia Democratic Activist Joan Baker Washburn as the Assistant Treasurer.
Draft Mark Warner started its on-the-ground operations at the West Virginia Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on April 27th, 2005. Since that time, the group has organized dozens of events nationwide publicizing the candidacy of Governor Warner and helping to up his name recognition.
When Gov. Warner announced his decision to not run in '08, the Draft committee had state & congressional directors in 39 states, along with affiliated groups such as Young Americans for Warner, Veterans for Warner, and Americans Abroad for Warner,
After becoming a political action committee, Draft Mark Warner raised the funds necessary to conduct events nationwide, attending such events as the National Young Democrats Convention, the National Federation of Democratic Women Convention, the National College Democrats Convention, the first Yearly KOS Convention (Las Vegas), and many others.
The PAC started its fundraising campaign in Virginia, by gaining the endorsements of key business and legislative leaders to serve as Honorary Chairs in each region of the Commonwealth. These key officials lent credibility to the PACs goals and were instrumental in hosting events, raising money, making news, and promoting Gov. Warner's run for the White House.
Former State Senator Madison Mayre served as Honorary Chairman of the Draft in Southwest Virginia. Northern Virginia Honorary Chairs included Delegate Brian Moran (46th District), State Senator Richard S, Saslaw (35th District), and State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple (Chair of the Senate Democratic Causus). Richmond businessman and former Delegate R.S. (Major) Reynolds III, State Senator Henry Marsh III, and Delegate Frank Hall were named Honorary Co-Chairs of the the greater Richmond Area. Delegate David E. Poisson served in Central Virginia.
New Jersey Democratic Activist Marshall Spevak serves as National Chairman of YAFW, and is also the founder.
After Gov. Warner announced his U.S. Senate run, on the eve of the January '08 Iowa caususes, the leadership of the Draft group issued a press release endorsing the presidential candidacy of U.S. Senator Barack Obama. Former key Draft Warner organizers from more than a dozen states began to work to elect Senator Obama.
Draft Mark Warner co-founders Eddie Ratliff and Steve Deak, are profiled in author David Meerman Scott's July '07 book "The New Rules of PR & Marketing." Scott previously profiled Matthew Gross (who headed internet operations for Howard Dean's 2004 campaign) in his book "Cashing in with Content."