By Jeremy Bird, Founder and Senior Adviser
When we launched Battleground Texas 10 months ago, our mission was to make Texas a battleground state by treating it like one.
That means registering new voters to make the electorate look a lot more like the population—putting an end to government by half the people for half the people. It means convincing registered voters to get active, get their friends involved, and organize their neighborhoods with house parties, phone banks, and team meetings.
When more people vote, we know Texas will be a battleground. This kind of organizing works—but it takes a long-term commitment from a lot of people. Are you ready to step up?
This month is the first end-of-year fundraising deadline for Battleground Texas, and our goal is $200,000 online this quarter. Donate $5 or more and let's get there together.
This quote from a recent AP story sums up the effect we've had on Texas politics in such a short period of time:
"In a sharp pivot from a decade of Republican swagger in Texas—a bravado that comes from controlling every statewide office—conservatives are muffling mocking tones about Democrats and now openly calling them formidable."
Greg Abbott, the GOP candidate for governor, says, "They've proven to be well-organized." Senator John Cornyn is running his entire campaign against us. Even George W. Bush's nephew has started riling up crowds to defeat us.
Our strategy is working.
We have a plan, and we're making progress faster than anyone thought possible. We've got a slate of top-notch candidates, including Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte, and Sam Houston—and every day we're growing the organizing infrastructure to help them win. We said we needed to build all of this to make Texas a battleground, and we're doing it—methodically and doggedly.
Let's make our first December deadline one we can point to as a turning point in this fight.
Kickstart this big month—pitch in $5 or more toward Battleground's $200,000 goal.