DFA launches $150,000 campaign backing Manka Dhingra in Washington State Senate special election

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) launched the first phase of an $150,000 independent expenditure campaign to get-out-the-vote for Democrat Manka Dhingra in a critical 2017 special election (LD-45) that could determine control of the Washington State Senate.

The comprehensive IE campaign will feature a multi-pass canvas program, direct mail, phone calls, text messages, and paid media targeting registered voters in Washington’s 45th Legislative District who voted for the first time in 2016 or have voted sporadically in previous elections.  

In a state legislative district that Donald Trump lost in 2016 by a massive 37 points, DFA’s IE program aims to help voters see that this fall’s special election is a critical opportunity to make sure their State Senate can stand with Washington’s Governor and State Assembly as fully united front against Trump’s bigoted and hate-fueled agenda.

Quote from DFA Communications Director Neil Sroka on the group’s support for Manka Dhingra’s race for Washington State Senate:

“A dedicated public servant and 22-year Eastside resident, Manka Dhingra will be a strong, progressive voice in the State Senate who will ensure Washington’s government stands up to Donald Trump’s attacks on our healthcare, environment, education system, and immigrant communities.

“All across the country, people are looking for ways to stand up to Donald Trump’s bigoted, hate-fueled agenda.  We’re excited to run this campaign in support of Manka Dhingra to make sure that every Eastside voter understands the tremendous opportunity they have this November to fight back and stand up for opportunity, progress, and fairness for everyone.”  -- Neil Sroka, Communications Director, Democracy for America

DFA’s multi-pass canvas program started knocking its very first doors this week and will continue through election day, while the other components of the program (e.g. direct mail, calls, text and paid media) will hit the ground in the weeks ahead.

Democracy for America is working with Fieldworks on its canvass program; Solidarity Strategies on mail, phone calls, texts and media buying; and Gum Spirits Productions on paid media production.  DFA has also worked closely on the conception, design, and execution of this IE campaign with the volunteer leaders of the recently formed State Government Citizens’ Campaign (SGCC) political action committee.

DFA, which endorsed Manka Dhingra in May, is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with 74,992 members in the state of Washington and one million members nationwide committed to taking on structural racism, income inequality, and money in politics.

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