Onward Together are an exciting organisation. Founded in 2017, Onward Together (led by the likes of Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean) works as a network of partner organisations, committed to sharing best practice and supporting and funding organisations, candidates and committees dedicated to Progressive causes.

Their launch video in 2018 identified lots of problems that Liberal Democrats will find relatable: barriers for entry are too high; a lack of diverse representation; wanting to stand but not knowing what to do next. (It’s well worth a watch!)

Since then, Onward Together claims to have given more than $2.5million in funding and grants in the 2018 cycle. It also raised more than $12million for progressives groups and candidates. Pretty impressive!

In a fundraising email sent out earlier in January, Onward Together summarised just some of what its partner organisations had been able to do in 2018. Have a read – and then ask yourself: what would this look like for the Liberal Democrats in the UK?

  • “Nine Indivisible-endorsed candidates won — including Antonio Delgado in NY-19, Tom Malinowski in NJ-07, and Harley Rouda in CA-48, all of whom helped flip the House. Overall, the margin in their endorsed races swung 8 points to the left. Among races rated “Solid R”, that swing was 15 points.
  • “Over the 2017-2018 Cycle, Collective PAC helped elect over 54 African Americans to local, state and federal offices, trained over 300 operatives and staff through the Black Campaign School, and engaged over 1.5 million black voters.
  • “Three candidates that iVote supported for Secretary of State won — all pickups, all young women, all Democrats. And they were able to raise and invest $7 million in Secretary of State races — their most ever.
  • “Color Of Change PAC’s #VotingWhileBlack program reached more than 5 million voters, and now African-Americans have a new cohort of officeholders at both the local and state level.
  • “Voto Latino registered thousands of voters through online digital ads and targeting, peer-to-peer outreach through our local chapters, and national partner engagement. In states like Texas, where Voto Latino has invested and had a program since 2010 and in the 2018 primaries, the state surpassed its total early votes cast in 2014 by 149%.
  • “Arena supported 54 candidates in the 2018 election cycle, and all but two won their primary and proceeded to the general election. On November 6th, 27 of their 52 candidates on the ballot won their election. Their 2018 New York candidates went 7 for 9 — ensuring Democrats defeated the IDC, took back the N.Y. State Senate, and won a majority in the U.S. House.
  • “In less than two years, Run for Something has recruited 28,000 young diverse progressives who want to run for office — and elected more than 200 of them to local office in 40 states. In 2018, their candidates were 3 of the 12 Texas House pick-ups and 3 of the 11 Florida House pick-ups. In fact, 10% of all flipped state legislative seats were won by RFS candidates.
  • “In 2018, Latino Victory Fund increased their endorsed candidates 500% over the previous year. Of their 58 candidates, 43 candidates won, bringing their 2018 win rate to a whopping 74%. Not only that, but the number of Democratic Latina members of Congress nearly doubled.
  • “For many campaigns, Swing Left was the wave. On average, for their top 15 campaigns, Swing Left drove more than 50% of their canvassing shifts. More than 60,000 volunteers knocked an estimated 5 million doors and made 2.5 million phone calls.
  • “Five Emerge alumni are headed to Congress, and 145 were elected to state legislatures. Emerge alums also helped put an end to the Republican supermajorities in the Michigan and Pennsylvania Senates.
  • “There was a ten-point increase in youth turnout from 2014 to 2018, due in part to the hard work done by the Alliance for Youth Action. More than 30% of young people voted in 2018! In Chicago, young people outperformed all other generations on Election Day for the first time ever, and in Milwaukee, 35% of young people showed up and booted Scott Walker out of office.”

 

What would this look like for the Liberal Democrats in the UK?

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