Democrats seek to fund efforts to elect local election supervisors

Democrats are reportedly seeking to raise $80 million to fund a three-year “one way down the ballot” effort to find, train and support candidates for local election administration offices.

Run for Something, a recruiting group of Democratic candidates, is seeking to introduce donors to its party to an effort they call the “Clerk Work” project. The three-year program would focus on local elections and help recruit candidates in 35 states. Ultimately, if successful, he would “find, train and support 5,000 candidates for local election administration offices”. Politics reported.

The group was launched shortly after former President Donald Trump won the presidential election in the 2016 cycle, and its mission was to recruit candidates for local elections. The effort would be for anything election-related, such as county probate judges, county clerks, and county election board members.

The group now wants to extend its efforts until the presidential election of 2024, which is why the group will present its idea to donors, Politics Noted.

Politico wrote:

[A]As Trump continues to promulgate election conspiracy theories, the role of little-known election administrators — tasked with planning, implementing and certifying election results in a hyper-localized system — has suddenly emerged as a key part of safeguarding American democracy. The move is part of a broader Democratic Party shift toward an increasing prioritization of state-based races, a shift from the massive focus and funding that goes to federal campaigns.

The program will include all states where election administrators are themselves elected by voters. It represents one of the boldest organized attempts to place Democratic-backed candidates in those positions, in response to Trump’s endorsement of various campaign posts by followers who subscribe to conspiracy theories that the 2020 election were stolen. Other Republicans are also organizing around those offices, including former Trump aide Steve Bannon, who urged Trump supporters and 2020 election deniers on his podcast to get involved in US politics. gone and “take it back…neighborhood by neighborhood”.

Much of the pitch draws on Run for Something’s five years of experience supporting local candidates, from campaign launch to Election Day. The group offers logistical support, such as how to file campaign finance documents, as well as templates for campaign strategy. Run for Something also connects applicants with mentors, as well as other current applicants, to build a sense of community around the application.

Currently, the group has partnered with other groups like American Bridge, a Democratic opposition research firm, and Open Democracy PAC, a super PAC that helps boost the group’s candidates in their efforts.

An election worker wearing protective gloves sorts mailed-in ballots at the King County Elections Ballot Processing Center. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

“Election subversion in 2024 won’t be a mob storming the Capitol, it will be a county clerk in Michigan or an election supervisor in Florida deciding to screw it all up,” said Amanda Litman, l one of the members of Run for Something is a co-founder. “The only way to protect democracy in the long term is to elect people who will defend democracy.”

The group has already raised nearly $6 million for its new efforts after a slow start to fundraising since late last year.

A note to donors on the effort explained that “the left is decades behind in investing in the local infrastructure needed to counter emerging anti-democratic forces on the right.”

“Supporting our election administration infrastructure at the local level is our last best option. If we want to win, we need to get big fast,” the memo adds.

A Democratic agent said Politics“It’s almost a travesty that it has to be done because they should be doing it, but they’re not doing it,” pointing out that the program would fill a void left by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and other advocacy groups. state affiliated with the national party.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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