First off, what you guys did yesterday was amazing! Over $5,000 raised for our flash fundraiser for Catherine Cortez-Masto in less than 4 hours!
But we’re so close to the election now, and there’s no rest for the
wicked weary. :-)
As I mentioned on Tuesday, David Plouffe talked about how critical Nevada is for this cycle, for executive offices like governor and secretary of state. There are also 3 toss-up House races in Nevada this cycle (NV-01, NV-03, NV-04).
We met Mercedes Krause (NV-02, not a toss-up) when she joined Four Directions for our zoom in August, where they give us the scoop from on the ground in NV. I think she is doing really well, and NV-02 is such a huge district that it includes land that borders on 4 different states!
So we’re back to thinking about NV-01, NV-03, and NV-04. It turns out that Almost Retired knows someone who is well-connected to the political scene in Nevada, and she says it’s Susie Lee (NV-03) who really needs our help.
I have reached out to Four Directions to see how well that matches up with what they are seeing on the ground. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back from Four Directions.
In the meantime, I have added Susie Lee (NV-03) to our list!
Elaine Luria, Gabe Vasquez, Marcy Kaptur, and Sharice Davids – our original four – are each within $300 or $350 of the $5k goal for each. So as soon as those they people reach $5k, I plan to take them off our list for whatever time it takes to get everybody to at least $3,500. At that point we’ll add everybody back in for folks who want to continue to support those candidates.
Unless you customize the amounts, donations to this thermometer will be split 8 ways.
But I hope that within an hour or two we can make that an 8-way split because we will have reached $4,500 for each candidate marked with an * below.
*Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
*Sharice Davids (KS-03)
*Gabe Vasquez (NM-02)
*Elaine Luria (VA-02)
Susan Wild (PA-07)
Josh Riley (NY-19)
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03)
Eric Sorenson (IL-17)
Tony Vargas (NE-02)
Yadira Caraveo (CO-08)
Susie Lee (NV-03)
Mercedes Krause (NV-02)
Winnable House Races Purple Districts
If you want to learn more about the folks on the list, click on the Targeted Political Fundraising Fall 2022 tag up top and check out some of the other posts in this series.
Here’s where we’re at right now:
And just so you know where we’re headed after this, it’s the Election Protection in Key States thermometer, which will be a series like this one. Only we’ll be rolling out key races that have a huge impact on election protections, like Secretary of State, or Governor. We’ll also be including a few Attorneys General – like in Wisconsin, where it’s the State AG who controls the elections, not to mention that AGs will have a huge impact on abortion access in particular states.
Reminder: all of the targeted fundraising thermometers for this fall (so far) are in the sidebar, and also at the link below. I have a link to each one in the sidebar now. The link doesn’t show the thermometer itself, but it takes you to it. I thought it might be easier to remember what all the options are if they are listed.
Totally open thread!
Update at 5:45 pm
Having met Mercedes Krause – she is quite impressive – I made the wrong assumption. I assumed that her race (NV-02) was not a toss-up because she was expected to win. But that’s not the case. She is a fierce candidate and fierce campaigner, but the powers that be believe the Republican incumbent will win.
But the folks at Four Directions think she may be able to pull it off. So I’ll be adding Mercedes to the list in a minute. If anyone wants to give to Mercedes, specifically, you will have to customize your amount in the thermometer.
Bret at Four Directions will personally match up to $1,000 of Balloon Juice donations to Mercedes, and if we get there, he will add $1,000 of his own money to our thermometer. He believes that any funds we can get to Mercedes at this point will be helpful, so I would like to be able to get her and Susie Lee $5k each. (and everyone else on this list, but they are the two newbies today)
So let me know in the comments how much you have donated to Mercedes specifically, and I’ll track that for Bret’s match.
Bret said that the Native peeps are VERY EXCITED about Mercedes, as she is Native herself, and he believes that she will help bring out the native vote for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.