In the first week after the Supreme Court stripped away a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion, Democrats and aligned groups raised more than $80 million, a tangible early sign that the ruling may energize voters.
But party officials say donors are giving much of that money to national campaigns and causes instead of races for state office, where abortion policy will now be shaped as a result of the court’s decision. That’s where Republicans wield disproportionate power after more than a decade of plunging money and resources into critical but often-overlooked contests.
The fundraising disparity offers an example of how a lack of long-term planning can lead to both a structural disadvantage and an exasperated Democratic base. Short of the votes to pass legislation through a gridlocked and narrowly divided Congress, the right to abortion now appears to be the latest issue ceded largely to the states. That’s after failed Democratic efforts to expand voting rights, limit gerrymandering and significantly stiffen gun laws.
Fortunately, I have 9 links to help resolve this problem. With a handful of exceptions, all of the state legislative races listed below are considered competitive (or at least potentially competitive) by either CNalysis or Dave’s Redistricting.
By default your donation will be split evenly across all races (and orgs) listed, but you can also customize this by using the “Customize Amounts” options. Also, if you’re worried about being added to a bunch of email lists, there’s a pop-up screen which lets you opt out of having your contact info shared during the checkout process:
I’ll have more state legislative fundraising pages soon, but these 9 links should be plenty to start. Remember, your dollar goes a lot farther in a state House or Senate race (where the entire campaign may cost less than $100K) than it does in a federal House or Senate race, where campaigns run into millions or tens of millions.
From the PBS article:
“When Democrats (spend) 1-to-1 with Republicans in legislative races, we win them,” said Greg Goddard, a Florida Democrat who raises money for national and state campaigns. “But when it’s 3-to-1, or 4-to-1, we get clobbered.”
Amanda Litman, co-founder of the group Run For Something, which recruits candidates to run for school boards, city councils and legislatures, said Democrats have a woeful track record when it comes to investing in down-ballot races that also build a bench of future talent.
Here’s the links again. Donate today!
NOTE: dKos folks have pitched in around $7K since I posted this at 9am. Let’s keep it going, thanks!!