Run For Something (RFS) is a 527 political action committee that recruits and assists liberal Democratic candidates under the age of 40 to run for state and local political offices.  Amanda Litman, a staffer on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign, launched RFS in early 2017.
In order to receive its endorsement, RFS demands that candidates be Democrats that support a number of liberal policies, including government-controlled healthcare, liberal immigration reform, environmentalist regulatory legislation, unfettered abortion laws, restrictions on firearms ownership rights, and labor-union supported policies. 
In 2017, RFS raised nearly $800,000  and endorsed 72 candidates, about 40% of whom won their elections, including a number of contentious state-level races in Virginia. In 2018, the group planned to raise over $3 million in order to endorse and support over 1,000 candidates.
Run For Something (RFS) is a candidate recruitment organization that encourages young liberal Democrats to run for state and local political office and supports their campaigns.
Amanda Litman, a former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer, and Ross Morales Rocketto, a Democratic Party consultant, launched RFS in January 2017. The pair created the organization out of what they called “anger and exasperation” at the Republican Party’s 2016 election victories.
The organization was initially created to recruit and support 10 young liberal candidates in two states. However it quickly exceeded expectations and expanded its scope to recruit candidates for state and local races nationwide. 
Litman claims that her ultimate goal for the RFS is to “develop a progressive-leadership pipeline and discover a potential president from its expanding candidate pool.”
RFS is organized as a federal 527 political action committee (PAC) and creates associated state PACs where necessary. These are run in conjunction with the Run for Something Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. The Action Fund runs a number related programs including National Run for Office Day, Ran for Something, the RFS fellowship, and a RFS sponsored concert tour.
RFS specifically seeks to support individuals who share a broad set of liberal values and who intend to caucus as a Democrat if elected. RFS seeks to support candidates who support liberal immigration reforms, unfettered abortion, government-controlled healthcare, and an expansive view of LGBT equality. 
RFS candidates generally advocate for “criminal justice reform,” and support gun restrictions. The group’s candidates favor labor union interests and environmentalism. 
According to RFS founder Amanda Litman, RFS supported candidates must share these liberal values but the extent to which they talk about them during the campaign can vary based on the local affinities of their district.  The group’s strategic plan emphasizes RFS’s exclusive support of partisan Democrats, noting “a Democrat in office is someone you can apply political pressure to once they’re there […] a Republican will never yield.”
Run for Something provides candidates with a four-part campaign assistance program. The program is divided into communal affirmation and validation, campaign mentorship and coaching, partnerships with liberal organizations to provide candidates with shared resources, and official endorsement driven financial assistance and communications. 
RFS endorsements also come with financial campaign assistance. In 2018, RFS’ Virginia House of Delegates endorsements “came with $200,000 of funding and support.” RFS gave money directly to candidates, paid for voter contacts, and funded “get-out-the-vote digital ads featuring Sen. Tim Kaine [D-Virginia].” 
2017-2018 Election Cycle
RFS endorsed 72 candidates in 14 states, slightly fewer than half of whom won their elections. RFS supported six successful candidates for Virginia House of Delegates. One of RFS’ most prominent candidates was Danica Roem (D-Prince William) who “became the first openly transgender state legislator” when she defeated a longtime incumbent socially conservative Republican.
Other notable Democratic candidates supported by RFS were Ashley Bennett who defeated an incumbent Republican for a seat on the Atlantic County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders, and Kirkland Carden, who won a seat on the Duluth, Georgia City Council. 
In 2018, RFS’ leaders hoped to recruit 50,000 potential candidates and endorse 1,000 candidates. The group imposes a quota that half of these individuals be women and/or members of an ethnic minority community.
In February 2018, RFS ran a full-page ad in the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in South Florida seeking to recruit candidates to run against previously unopposed Florida Republican state legislators. The ads attacked the incumbents for supporting gun owners’ rights.
In total RFS and RFS Action Fund intend to raise $3.5 million during 2018 to fully fund the organizations’ desired expenditures. Through the end of May 2018, the group has reported nearly half a million dollars worth of contributions. 
In June 2018, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) & Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) keynoted a minimum $2,500 per-person fundraiser for Run for Something in Washington, D.C.
Run for Something has partnered with liberal and Democratic Party groups such as Indivisible, Flippable, Ragtag, Tech for Campaigns, Sister District, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC), Organizing For Action (OFA), Emerge America, and EMILY’s List to support its candidates.
In 2017, the RFS Action Fund teamed with 41 liberal organizations to promote “National Run For Office Day.” The partners included America Votes, Campaign Greenhouse, EMILY’s List, Direct Every Voice, People for the American Way, Latino Victory Fund. The day of action was endorsed by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), Kamala Harris (D-California), Patty Murray (D-Washington), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and a number of other prominent liberal activists including Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, and Alicia Garza.
Amanda Litman is RFS’ co-founder and executive director. Prior to joining RFS, Litman served as email director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She has also worked for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, Organizing For Action, and for the 2014 gubernatorial campaign of now-U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-Florida).
Sarah Horvitz is political director for Run for Something. Previously she worked as Deputy Organizing Director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Virginia.
Board of Advisors
The RFS board of advisors includes a number of prominent Democratic political operatives including Democratic National Committee political and organizing director Amanda Brown, Latino Victory Fund president Cristobal Alex, former OFA executive Director Jon Carson, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s communications advisor, Aneesa McMillan.