Bernie Sanders is moving to expand his revolution from cult of personality to a broader effort to elect progressives downticket. Yesterday Sanders sent supporters an e-mail urging them to donate to eight progressive legislative candidates across the country. Among those lucky eight is South Dakota’s own awesome Clara Hart, who is contending for a District 6 House Seat.
The ActBlue page set up for this contribution call says that the Sanders campaign will split the take evenly among the Sanders Presidential campaign and the eight lucky state candidates.
I have to say, I am envious. Any South Dakota candidate should thrill to the opportunity to have a national figure helping raise money for a state legislative race. Tapping resources beyond the usual South Dakota Democratic donor base can make a huge difference in challenging the demoralizing and corrupting one-party rule of the South Dakota Republican Party.
Now let’s see how well those Sanders supporters can put their money where their mouth is.