WASHINGTON — The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and affiliated organizations announced $30 million raised for this cycle at the end of this quarter, already three times the amount raised in the entirety of the last redistricting cycle. In the second quarter of this year, the DLCC shattered its previous second-quarter fundraising record by raising over $5.8 million, nearly $2 million more than it raised in the same quarter in 2018. This comes after the DLCC reported the best first-quarter fundraising in its history.
“Thanks to record-breaking fundraising and grassroots energy, Democrats are primed to flip state legislatures across the country,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “It’s truly never been more important to elect Democrats to statehouses as the country faces a pandemic and a worsening economic crisis thanks to GOP incompetence. Democrats will have the resources necessary to win state legislative races ahead of the fight against gerrymandering.”
Earlier this year, the DLCC announced its unprecedented $50 million “Flip Everything” campaign to win back legislative majorities across the country ahead of redistricting. These fundraising numbers put the committee well on track to meet its goal.
The DLCC’s Republican counterpart, the Republican State Leadership Committee, is on their heels after a series of expensive losses. Just in the last few months, the RSLC spent nearly $1 million to lose a Supreme Court race in Wisconsin, nearly $140,000 on ads to unsuccessfully protect West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael in a primary, and to boost an incumbent in Kentucky who nearly lost to a candidate involved in the leak of Paris Hilton's sex tape. The RSLC also aired ads for a Kentucky state Senate candidate who lost to Democrat Dr. Karen Berg in a district that voted for Trump by over 13 points in 2016.
“As we look towards November, it’s clear that Democrats have momentum on our side as Republicans are in a complete meltdown and forced to invest in majorities they once considered safe,” added Post. “We’re more than prepared to compete with Republicans ahead of the most consequential election cycle for state legislative races in a decade. Democrats are on complete offense this year and will have the resources we need to win majorities across the country.”
Since Trump’s election, the DLCC has flipped more than 450 seats and 10 chambers red to blue. Earlier this year, the DLCC announced its $50 million “Flip Everything” campaign to win legislative majorities across the country this year.