Good Fight Host on Mayday: Moved the Needle and Plans for the Future

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“My reaction the day after the election was similar to Larry Lessig’s, which was: “Okay, we see the election returns. Mayday didn’t defy all the laws of political physics and make a handful of races move in the opposite direction from the rest of the country.” But the real question is what happens when you dig into the numbers underneath that. And it seems like they did move a bunch of voters.

“Reading the data they’ve generated since the election, we know that in all the targeted races, there was a double-digit percentage of voters who said that money in politics was their top voting issue, and those people were significantly more likely to vote for Mayday’s endorsed candidate.

“The other thing is New Hampshire, where they poured several million dollars into the primary, Scott Brown, six weeks after the primary, was still viewed as a lobbyist and bad on money and politics by significant, a really big chunk of the electorate.

“I don’t think Mayday has claimed victory in the New Hampshire general election race — they didn’t do any expenditures in the general — but it seems like they played a role in Scott Brown being defeated in a state where it could have gone the other direction.”

Plans for the future:

“Mayday’s laying its plans right now, and there are a couple of avenues for that. There’s this army of people — almost 70,000 people now — who donated to Mayday in the last round. And they want to basically work with that group to turn them into citizen lobbyists and storm all these members of Congress and ask them to sign on.

“The second thing is, one of the big lessons Larry drew from this cycle is that partisanship trumps almost everything else. So if you’re a Republican, you’re not going to vote for a Democrat because of your concern about a particular issue, and vice versa. There are almost no Democrats who would vote for a Republican simply because the Democrat is bad on campaign finance. What does that tell you? That tells you you should work in primaries. There are lots of primaries where this is potentially a dividing line.”


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