Wisconsin has played the role of a battleground for the past 2 presidential cycles. In that role, much work has been done to rally progressive and democratic voters and boost turnout. In the 2022 election cycle, the open US Senate seat provided an opportunity to energize the left and upset the balance of power in multiple regions of the state. Sensing this unprecedented opportunity, PowerPAC partnered with donors, organized labor and grassroots movement organizations (SEIU, America Votes, Voces De La Frontera and Souls to the Polls) to create a political power building organization, Power to the Polls Wisconsin. Focused on tipping the scales by reaching out to BIPOC, immigrant, low-income and low frequency voters, the value of our analysis, strategy, experience and work proved invaluable to advancing efforts to move Wisconsin solidly Blue. The collaboration and successful creation of a power building grassroots organization (P2PWI) claimed several successive victories across the state between 2022 and 2023: Cavalier Johnson’s reelection to Milwaukee Mayor, primary victory of Mandela Barnes for US Senate, re-election of Gov. Tony Evers, wins in several key regional races in Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine, and eventually flipping the Supreme Court of Wisconsin to the left. While the needle has shifted and in light of these victories, the GOP is still a formidable opponent and P2PWI is still in a formation stance in need of partnership to continue building capacity and power to affect progressive electoral and policy outcomes across the state.
While the national focus on the U.S. Senate race energized voters and key leadership, P2PWI did not hit its target of turning out an additional 250K voters. We were able to impact 150K voters on the ground and digitally, and clearly that made a difference. We have an opportunity to break the Republican hold on both houses in Wisconsin’s legislature. Collaborating with partner organizations to realize the original goal of 250K voters in the base with strategic planning, field operations (canvass, phone banking and lit drop), narrative messaging, print and digital communications (email, social media, streaming, and text), will play an important role in building capacity, increasing the base and winning elections that solidly move Wisconsin out of battleground status.
We must execute early in Wisconsin to continue building on the success of the work which proved successful in the SCOWIS elections earlier this year. We cannot allow that excitement and energy to wane. We will conduct a focused research strategy, message on our wins and create an issue-based narrative that drives voter identification as we head into 2024.
There are four key components to successfully executing a plan to bump turnout of progressive voters by 5%:
- Strong analytics and targeting
- Local/regional battles (state house seats) tied into national priorities (US Senate race)
- Key operational grassroots partners (a coalition)
- Fully integrated digital communications (email, social media and text)
Continue to support P2PWI and expand our partnership with regional organizations that increase grassroots capacity beyond Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine and Madison. Our technical and operational assistance will help the groups begin, or continue, building a base of power and engage voters during elections at all levels with fully integrated platforms and tools.
Work with Wisconsin Donor Table to identify local and national donor partners.
Target turnout of 100K voters in 2024 to add to the 150K identified in the 2022 cycle for a total of 250K voters, boosting turnout by 5% to win key municipal and legislative races.
Using the same approach as in 2022, using the upcoming State Supreme Court election to build our mobilization voter by voter. Build on that with the Presidential Primary. And finally target key seats across Wisconsin, including rural areas not usually activated, to win down ballot and top ballot seats.
Build a robust research, analysis and targeting effort to grow the base. Set up expert data management and communications strategies that can help build work cycle after cycle.
For Wisconsin, we are hoping to raise $1 million for our efforts. If successful, this is how we would use the funds. The Targeted Field would also include regrants to support local power building. We have a formula that we use generally to fund this work. It is structured like this:
|Research & Analysis||10%||100,000.00|
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