BREAKING: DLCC Announces ‘Summer of the States’ Campaign And $10 Million Investment To Boost Democratic Ticket From The Bottom Up

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DLCC launches new microsite to mark the launch of the “Summer of States,” which includes a $10 million investment, the unveiling of key target races, and the DLCC’s winning strategy to prevent a MAGA takeover of state legislatures.

A second Trump term combined with MAGA control in the states would be catastrophic for our democracy and our rights. The groundwork to avoid this nightmare is happening now – what happens this summer will determine electoral outcomes across the ballot in November. 

WASHINGTON — Today, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is launching its “Summer of the States” campaign with a commitment of $10 million in new investments to boost key state legislative candidates and campaigns across the country. As the DLCC continues its year-round work in all 50 states, this summer investment and call to action for Democrats to invest in state legislative races will focus on DLCC’s target states where strong legislative campaigns will be key for delivering the Democratic Party’s message to voters and for protecting our democracy and fundamental rights from a total Republican takeover by Trump and his MAGA allies. 

This is the first time the DLCC has announced an investment like this as an early call to action to focus resources and attention on the critical work needed at the state level. Donald Trump’s MAGA agenda is being enacted in the states, and GOP donors are pouring millions of dollars into state and local-level races to boost the chances of a Trump victory and put in place an army of MAGA allies in state legislatures. If they succeed in building this base of power, it will be catastrophic for our democracy and our fundamental rights. 

That’s why the DLCC is leaving nothing to chance and announcing new investments to fortify Democratic power in the states, defend against MAGA policies, and drive success through the top of the ticket. Democrats in state legislatures have continued an impressive trend of overperformance since the start of the Biden presidency, and these investments will ensure that as Donald Trump and his allies work toward a total takeover in November, we are raising the alarm to make sure Democrats do not overlook the importance of resourcing this ballot level and for moving our shared agenda forward.

 The “Summer of the States” launch includes a new microsite that will include key target races to watch, our latest Spotlight candidates, and future updates on our work over the course of the summer!    

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Heather Williams issued the following statement:

“With our democracy and fundamental freedoms on the line, the Summer of the States is the critical window to make key investments and build the infrastructure needed for Democrats to push past Republican efforts and boost our chances for victory in November. As Donald Trump and his allies pour millions of dollars to solidify their power in the states and enact a MAGA agenda, we are raising the alarm to ensure Democrats and their allies invest in this important level of the ballot.

“Building strong state legislative campaigns in every corner of battleground states is what the DLCC does best, and our candidates are knocking on doors, and connecting with voters face-to-face at a grassroots level. For a fraction of what is spent on federal races, we can harness state-level power to keep Donald Trump out of the White House and stop his MAGA agenda in the states.

“The Summer of the States will help drive the DLCC’s long-term strategy to build power at this ballot level. If Democrats want to win at any level of the ballot, the party must focus on state legislatures and invest in the DLCC to protect fundamental freedoms, defend the path to the presidency, and enshrine Democratic power. The Summer of the States is the foundation for what will be possible this fall in this pivotal election year.”

The DLCC is the official arm of the Democratic Party with the sole mission of building Democratic power in the states and setting the national agenda at the state level. Over the last decade, we have fought cycle-over-cycle to gain a dozen new legislative chamber majorities and we are leading the effort to bring national attention and investment to our ballot level. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and have the closest connections to Americans’ day-to-day lives. From protecting fundamental freedoms and voting rights to growing the middle class, the DLCC and state legislators are moving the Democratic agenda forward and shaping the future of this country.