WASHINGTON — The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee shattered its first quarter fundraising record for an off-year, raising over $3.7 million in the first three months of the year. This fundraising haul also broke the committee’s previous online fundraising record in the first quarter of an off-year and was powered by online, grassroots donors with over 47,000 individual contributions. Fundraising increased by nearly $1 million compared to 2019 and $1.5 million more than in 2017, the last time the committee was coming off a presidential election year. The record-breaking haul shows that Democrats are fired up and ready to organize for state legislative races heading into the next midterm elections.
“There are no off-years when it comes to state legislatures,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “Winning the presidency and Congress isn’t enough — it’s crucial that we defend our majorities and build Democratic power in the states this year and next year. Now more than ever, state legislative elections are critical to defending our democracy, and state Democrats are ready to meet the challenge of this moment and fight for progress across the country.”
Earlier this year, the DLCC released a strategy memo outlining the state legislative battleground for the 21-22 election cycle. Fighting for progress in the states starts this year in Virginia, where Democrats’ top priority is defending the House majority won in 2019.
Republicans’ pursuit of voter suppression bills and their effort to undermine and overturn the results of the presidential election underscores the critical importance of state legislative races over the next two years. The DLCC and state Democrats are laying the groundwork to take advantage of every opportunity to hold the GOP accountable and build power for Democrats in the states.