RELEASE: Higher Stakes in State Legislatures Drive Q1 Fundraising for the DLCC, More Resources Needed for Down-Ballot Races 

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2024 is the most important year in state legislative campaign history – with fundamental freedoms on the line, resources are needed to run and compete down-ballot

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and our affiliated entities raised $6.9 million in Q1, marking our strongest Q1 fundraising in DLCC’s history. For the cycle, we have raised nearly $28 million so far, in pursuit of our target $60 million budget for the 2024 cycle. In this year of the states, we are seeing unprecedented early engagement and excitement for our ballot level as major drivers for fundraising. 

The stakes in the states are higher than they’ve ever been with fundamental freedoms being decided at this ballot level. While hundreds of millions of dollars pour into top-of-the-ticket races, investments in our work make the national Democratic agenda real for everyday people. For a fraction of what is spent on a single federal race, big change can be funded in the states. 

Additionally, When the DLCC’s budget is fully funded, success in the states can drive engagement for all levels of the ballot in 2024. Directly funding the DLCC will help pay for direct voter contact and provide support to help Democrats get their voters to the polls. These races are often decided by thousands, hundreds, or even dozens of votes, so a single dollar goes further at the DLCC than anywhere else. There has never been a more important year to invest in state legislatures because wins at this ballot level are the catalyst for change, representative leadership, and the transformative policy outcomes that most impact our day-to-day lives.

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

“2024 is the year of the states, and this wave of support is critical to build Democratic power in the states and move our country forward. For a fraction of the billions of dollars being spent at the top of the ticket, we can fundamentally shift the balance of power in this country by building and expanding Democratic majorities at the state level. Investments in this ballot level this year will determine the future of fundamental freedoms for millions of Americans.”

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.