Luke 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.