The States Project, a pro-defund policing group that renamed itself Future Now after coming under scrutiny in the fall of 2021, announced it would spend $60 million to support Democrats in state legislative races across the country.
The group plans to spend the $60 million to support Democrats in state legislative races in Arizona, Maine, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
The New York Times reported Friday:
The group, the States Project, said it was focused on flipping a single seat in the Arizona State Senate that could tip it under Democratic control and winning back both chambers of the legislatures. Michigan and Pennsylvania. The group also aims to defend Democratic majorities in Maine and Nevada.
The large injection of money from the States Project amounts to a recognition of the essential role that state legislatures play in American politics, orchestrating policy on access to abortion, which can be taught in schools and other issues that animate voters. In all states except Minnesota, Virginia and Alaska, a single party controls both chambers.
Next year, the Supreme Court could give even more power to legislatures if it approves a theory, often called the independent state legislature doctrine, that would give state legislatures nearly unchecked authority over elections. Left-leaning groups like the States Project argue that state legislative contests this year in several key battlegrounds could have an outsized impact on future elections.
“Alarm bells are ringing in our state legislatures,” States Project founder Adam Pritzker told the Time. “With the rise of the Tea Party and the balance of power shifting drastically to the right, the rest of us have been asleep at the wheel for far too long at the state level. And now that threat is truly out. charts.
However, in response, the Republican State Leadership Committee’s communications director, Andrew Romeo, told Breitbart News, “Any Democrat accepting support for the states project is embracing the radical funding of the police movement that has put a target on the backs of the law enforcement agencies and created the biggest wave of violent crime in 50 years. years.”
During the 2o21 election cycle in Virginia, the Future Now Fund’s PAC for America’s Future approved and donated $710,000 to assist Democratic candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates.
The donations eventually prompted the RSLC to run TV ads against many Democratic candidates, claiming they were endorsed by a group calling for defunding the police. The Democrat-aligned pro-defund police group also tried to get the RSLC ads started, but they were ultimately unsuccessful and the ads stayed on the air.
Virginia Scope wrote of television ads against Democrats at the time:
A political group in Virginia filed a cease and desist last month over paid advertising by the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) that targeted Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates. The RSLC followed up the next day with its own letter to the station explaining why it thinks the ad accusing a state delegate of wanting to defund the police should stay on the air.
In the TV ad, the RSLC cites text that appeared on the Future Now website in January 2021, stating that it supports legislation that would “establish a commission to review police funding in the state and provide means evidence-based to generate savings and increase public safety by reallocating funds toward proven methods to support communities, and report annually with proposals for action for the executive and legislative branches.
The RSLC stated in its response letter that “police funding was defined, at its core, as the reallocation of funds from police departments to other agencies funded by local municipalities.”
Ultimately, following the incident, Virginia Scope also reported in September 2021 that Future Now was “currently going through a rebranding process and transitioning to The States project.” The report added: “Their social media content is also transferred. They have deleted their Future Now Twitter profile where all mentions were originally announced…”