Battleground Texas? Eh, Not So Much
Obama's forward-deployed Battleground Texas rode into the Lone Star State threatening to turn the state purple or even blue. They're banking on raising big dollars and engaging their likely voters, both of which have been done since Texas went Republican in 1994, and both of which have failed.
To be specific, Battleground Texas came in claiming that they would raise $10 million and raise an army of volunteers.
But how are they really doing?
Well, they say that they've raised about $1.2 million. Not bad, but it's far from the $10 million the hoped for. That's across six months, so extrapolate over a year and you come to $2.4 million.
Again, not bad, but only about a quarter of their goal. And even by their own numbers, the Republican Party of Texas still has more cash on hand than the Texas Democratic Party and Battleground Texas combined.
Let's put that in perspective. Just a short time ago the Texas GOP was in debt. Now it's in the black. The Democrats had the chance to dent the party when it was at its weakest financially. Now it's arguably institutionally stronger than ever. And it has plans to grow and get stronger.
There's another weakness behind the Democrats' numbers.
The Democrats and Battleground Texas are tapping about 2,000 donors, but about 40% of their money is coming from two sources: far-left liberal trial lawyer Steve Mostyn, and the SEIU. Big Lawyer and Big Labor, therefore, represent a massive slice of the left's fundraising in Texas. Neither Big Labor nor Big Lawyer is particularly popular in Texas, a right-to-work state that enacted tort reform a few years back. You can guess what the SEIU and Mostyn want the Democrats to do if they ever get any power.