Luke Squire: When $4 Billion Isn’t Enough, It’s Time to Rethink Our Elections

2014-11-05-electioncost.pngLuke Squire, co-founder of LaunchProgress PAC, wrote in the Huffington Post about the power of supporting state-level young candidates when so much money is expended on federal races:

At LaunchProgress, we proposed that by finding progressive champions, by focusing on districts underinvesting in young candidates, and by providing intensive, focused support in a candidates’ first, local election, we could have a much greater impact on our communities and our country's future than if we were to compete at the federal level.

A race for State Representative or State Senate typically costs less than $250,000 and, in many states, can often be run effectively with $20,000-$30,000. That means that for the cost of the 2014 U.S. Senate election in North Carolina — over $100 million this year — we could fund anywhere from 400 to 4,000 state legislature races. Imagine the potential impact on progressive values if, instead of running a candidate like Ed Fitzgerald in Ohio for governor, we had 30 strongly qualified, strongly progressive candidates working in lower offices ready to step up to run for governor.

Read Luke's full piece over on HuffPost Politics.

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