The States Project revealed that they are spending $60 million to back Democrats in state legislative races nationwide.
The said group, which favors defunding the police and has rebranded from Future Now following criticism in 2021, announced that they are planning to spend $60 to back Democrats running for legislative positions in the states of Arizona, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.
A report by the New York Times on Friday reads in part:
The group, the States Project, said it was focusing on flipping a single seat in the Arizona State Senate that could swing it to Democratic control and on winning back both chambers of the Michigan and Pennsylvania Legislatures. The group also aims to defend Democratic majorities in Maine and Nevada.
The large infusion of cash from the States Project amounts to a recognition of the critical role that state legislatures play in American politics, orchestrating policy on abortion access, what can be taught in schools and other issues that animate voters. In every state except Minnesota, Virginia and Alaska, a single party controls both chambers.
Next year, the Supreme Court could give the legislative bodies yet more power if it endorses a theory, often called independent state legislature doctrine, that would give state legislatures nearly unchecked authority over elections. Left-leaning groups like the States Project argue that state legislative contests this year in several key battlegrounds could have an outsize impact on future elections.
Founder Adam Pritzker told the times, “The alarm bells are ringing in our state legislatures … With the rise of the Tea Party and the balance of power dramatically shifting toward the right, the rest of us have been asleep at the wheel for too long at the state level. And now, this threat is truly off the charts.”
In response to this, however, Andrew Romeo, the Republican State Leadership Committee communications director, spoke to Breitbart News and said, “Any Democrat accepting the States Project’s support is embracing the radical defund the police movement that put a target on law enforcement’s backs and created the biggest violent crime surge in 50 years.”
In the 2021 Virginia election cycle, the group endorsed and donated $710,000 to help Democrat candidates for the state's House of Delegates.
The group's donations forced the RSLC to run television ads challenging the Democrat candidates, revealing that they were being endorsed by a pro-defund the police group. The Democrat-aligned group also tried to stop the RSLC's ads from running, but they failed, and the ads remained on the air.