How did Republicans take such a strong hold of many states in this country?

The answer:  Follow the money.

In 2010, Republicans developed a strategy to redistrict voter maps to their own benefit. They poured 30 million dollars into state legislative races around the country, knowing that if they took control of state legislatures before 2011, they could redistrict in their favor and pass their right-wing agendas. And they were incredibly successful, taking control of 26 states by 2017.  

We at Lean Left Vermont plan to help restore political balance to these states and ensure that ALL citizens have a voice at the polls, not just those chosen by the Republicans. Do you want to see more districts flipped blue and empower voters?  Raising money for democrats running in pivotal elections and organizations that fight voter suppression is a critical way you can help.

In 2018, Lean Left volunteers raised $21, 000 for two state house and three U.S. congressional candidates. Four out of the five won their seats. When we work together, we can rebalance the political power in this country.

Get Started!

Fundraising is easier than you think! It can be as simple as asking others to donate to candidates or organizations that empower voters. You could have a potluck, game night, bbq, wine tasting, music concert or art show—the possibilities are endless.  

Monthly Funding

Every month Lean Left Vermont will choose a candidate or organization as the beneficiary of the month. Lean Left will use available national research to evaluate and select candidates that have a strong chance of flipping key seats and organizations that impact voter mobilization.


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Giving circles

Pool your donations and
increase your effect!

Giving Circles

You can start or join a monthly giving circle. Defend Democracy Giving Circles are friends and neighbors who come together to donate monthly to a candidate or organization that Lean Left has identified as critical to flipping states blue. You decide the size of your donations and who you want to donate to. We have a list of candidates we’re supporting and organizations that are involved in voter engagement, or your Giving Circle can decide to give to the Funding Spotlight of the month. Sign up to start your own Giving Circle or to join an existing one.

Materials to get you started

Lean Left has everything you need to get started, including ideas, how-tos, promotional materials, and donation links.

The Awesome Fundraiser Guide

Giving Circles: A fun and effective way to give for democracy!

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