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RELEASE: Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Launches Groundbreaking, First of its Kind, “Down Ballot Defenders” Fundraising Program

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Following the launch of this innovative grassroots online donor program, DLCC’s grassroots fundraising broke all-time records in Q1 

WASHINGTON — Today, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee unveiled its “Down Ballot Defenders” program, which launched earlier this quarter and marks the first branded recurring donor program at this level of the ballot and one of the only branded recurring donor email programs of any Democratic committee. This new donor program includes a coalition of monthly grassroots donors who are committed to expanding and defending Democratic majorities and loosening Republicans’ grip on our statehouses. 

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Under the leadership of Nick Andricola, Director of Online Fundraising, Audrey Holzrichter, Email and SMS Manager, and Roman Adams, Online Fundraising Assistant, the DLCC has created an impactful community of monthly donors.  The Down Ballot Defenders Program supports our committee’s ability to strategize and maximize resources and has been a catalyst for record-breaking fundraising. The results in the first quarter from this program speak for themselves, with the newly launched program delivering the DLCC’s best Q1 for grassroots giving in our history, including our best January, February, and March ever

Additionally, since this program launched:

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Deputy Vice President of Development – Direct Response Masha Anderson:

“In just the first three months of the launch of our “Down Ballot Defenders” program, the DLCC has smashed online grassroots fundraising records and changed the trajectory of our grassroots fundraising program. Grassroots donors raised more than a whopping $2.3 million this quarter – our best Q1 for grassroots giving in DLCC history, along with the best January, February, and March that we’ve ever had. We’re thrilled to have launched the first branded recurring donor program at the state level, which will make a true impact on statehouse races in 2024 and beyond. This ballot level has been historically underfunded, but the dedicated monthly support that this program offers helps to fill that gap and connects with people all over the country who are committed to building Democratic majorities in the states – the level of the ballot that has the most impact on people’s day-to-day lives.”

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

“The Down Ballot Defenders program will be instrumental in fueling our ability to build Democratic power across the country. This first-of-its-kind donor program will provide consistent and predictable support to prepare for the unknown and strategize months in advance. As more and more people recognize the true power of this level of the ballot, this program will help connect people who care about what’s happening in their communities with a path to take action and make a difference. 2024 is the year of the states, and we’re building the programs and resources to capitalize on our momentum and deliver victories – both in November and for years to come. Join us today at”

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures and building state infrastructure. 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.