Ok, I think maybe it’s time to get back to fundraising. Last cycle was a funny one — very successful for Dems, all in all, but with some races like Maine that seemed winnable but where gobs of money made very little difference.
On the other hand there is this calculation. About $200 million was spent on the Georgia Democratic Senate candidates’ campaigns (including a million from here). If we’d lost either race, the COVID relief bill would have been for $1.3 trillion. Two hundred million for a 1.3 trillion dollar pay-off…you can’t beat that on bang for your buck.
I’ve been reading a lot about the best ways to give. This article by Stacey Abrams was great. My take-away from it is that groups like Fair Fight are great places to give and so are state and county parties. I’m also friends with one of the real legends and pioneers of online fundraising and he says whatever gets people excited to give is the best thing to raise money for. One other factor is that early money has a big effect on who enters races — I don’t think that’s such a big thing this cycle because the last one showed Dems will raise lots of money for Senate races anyway and the House is still murky because of redistricting.
So I’d like to strike a bit of a balance. This year (an off-year), I’d like to focus on state parties, county parties, and maybe most of all groups like Fair Fight and Four Directions, with a special emphasis on groups who work on the Latino vote because that’s where Dems’ biggest problem was last time. As we get closer to the midterms and people start getting excited about races and candidates, I’ll shift more to that. How does that sound to people?
I’d like to start with a few places that really came through in 2020 and are continuing to come through (big win in Wisconsin on Tuesday)! We are planning on doing a big one for Four Directions where we talk to the people who run it. I’d like to do the same with a few other groups I’m looking at.
Maricopa County Democratic Party (AZ)
Wisconsin State Democratic Party
Fair Fight (Stacey Abrams’ ballot access group)