DNC drops more than $500K in Texas to boost turnout, help down ballot Dems

As part of its commitment to spend nearly $2 million on down ballot races in key states, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is investing more than $140,000 in Texas to drive turnout, bringing the group’s overall investment in the Lone Star State to more than $515,000.

The latest infusion will fund organizing staff and infrastructure to organize communities in diverse regions, according to a DNC memo regarding spending this cycle.

The funding is part of a targeted push to strategically deploy funds in traditionally red and blue states to strengthen coordinated campaigns and boost Democratic wins in down ballot races.

The investments, which include grants in Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah and Washington, in addition to Texas, aim to boost wins in red states and further leverage success in blue states.

In Texas, funds will be used to help gain a seat in the U.S. Senate, as Colin Allred seeks to unseat incumbent Republican Ted Cruz.

Some of the funding will be used to win legislative seats, like in Texas where Democratic operatives are attempting to break the GOP supermajority. Additionally, funds will go toward areas where it is most needed, such as in Minneapolis where a first-of-its-kind apartment program needs adequate data to communicate and organize apartment dwellers.

“Everywhere Democrats are on the ballot this November — from the School Board to the White House — we’re fighting to win. The Democratic National Committee is delivering nearly $2 million in new grants for state parties to aid Democrats in down ballot races in November, from boosting on-the-ground organizing power to strengthening data infrastructure,” DNC Chair Jaime Harrison said.

“As we work hand in hand with the (Joe) Biden-(Kamala) Harris campaign to hold the White House, we’re investing now to build infrastructure and win big up and down the ballot because we know the stakes couldn’t be higher. This latest investment is a boost to the DNC’s record-setting support for state parties under President Biden, the best Party-builder Democrats have had in decades. These ongoing investments will drive Democratic wins so that we can safeguard our fundamental freedoms, be it in red, purple, or blue states across America.”

Added Association of State Democratic Committees President Ken Martin: “The Democratic Party is committed to supporting the critical work state parties lead in building real trust and relationships with voters on the ground and the partnership between the DNC and state parties remains strong. Today’s announced funding, tailor made to meet the individual needs of state parties — whether in rural or urban, red or blue states — will strengthen and expand Democrats’ organizing programs for years to come as we continue our commitment to defend Americans’ interests and fundamental rights in all 57 states and territories.”

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. In early 2022, she left the business to serve as Communications Director for St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch. After leaving the administration, Janelle briefly worked as a communications consultant for candidates, businesses and non-profits, before accepting her position as Publisher for Southeast Politics, a homecoming of sorts to her Florida Politics roots, where she served as a reporter and editor for several years. Janelle has also held roles covering the intersection of politics and business for the Tampa Bay Business Journal and general assignment news with an emphasis on social justice and climate change for WMNF Community Radio, where she also hosted a political call-in show under several names, including Last Call, Midpoint and The Scoop. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]

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