Minnesota DFL joins other state parties in pact with national party to boost local midterm clout

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) — The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is among state parties nationwide that reached an agreement Wednesday with the Democratic National Committee to inject more money into local units with the goal of building a solid base for 2022 elections.
DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin of Minneapolis, who helped negotiate the deal as president of the Association of State Democratic Committees, hailed the pact, saying it will enhance party infrastructures like never before.
“The deal we negotiated with the DNC will put early organizing boots on the ground and ensure Democratic state parties are ready for the 2022 midterms and beyond,” Martin said.
The investment is expected to provide $23 million to state parties as part of Democrats’ 2022 midterm approach, creating a first-of-its-kind program to spur investments in historically red states to build on party strategy for 57 states and territories.
The agreement will establish a new, seven-figure “Red State Fund” to put Republicans on defense and build tailored programs for traditionally Republican states, DNC officials said.
The fund includes $2 million in direct investments and grants for states that meet two of these three criteria:

  • No Democratic senator or governor
  • Less than 25% of the congressional delegation are Democrats.
  • Supermajority of Republicans in the state legislature.

The contract includes a data-sharing agreement that increases investment in down-ballot races.
President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats “have already made tremendous strides in getting America back on track,” Martin said. “With this agreement in place, our state parties will be ready to sell that success to the American people, build on our majorities in Congress, and make gains in statehouses across the country.”
Martin cited additional investments in the agreement, including:

  • $15.5 Million for the State Partnership Program, increasing monthly SPP funding for the 50 state parties and in Washington, D.C., by 25 % to fund staff, tools, and programming in the states.
  • $5.5 Million for State Party Innovation Fund Grants to ensure early organizing by putting more boots on the ground throughout the country to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket in 2022. The competitive grants are intended to be used primarily to hire staffers to develop and implement innovative programs tailored for each state.

The pact also would re-establish the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, contingent on the Democratic state parties rejoining the joint fundraising agreement that propelled record-breaking major donor fundraising during the past four years, Martin said. It allows the DNC to collect up to $875,000 an individual each year.