Political Party/527

Swing Left

Website:

swingleft.org

PAC Type:

Carey Committee (PAC/Super PAC Hybrid)

Swing Left is a Democratic Party-aligned fundraising and voter mobilization PAC (political action committee). The PAC provides connections to Swing Left team members, information concerning specific districts, fundraising services, and canvassing opportunities within competitive districts.[1] It also offers volunteers free online training programs, simulcast technology, and interactive webinars.[2]

Background

Swing Left was established after the 2016 presidential election by Ethan Todras-Whitehill, a freelance writer for the New York Times;[3] Joshua Krafchin, a marketer and entrepreneur; and Miriam Stone, a brand strategist.[4]

Swing Left was designed as a mobilization PAC that helps raise money for Democratic candidates while also helping individuals find and commit to supporting Democratic candidates in specific swing districts during the 2018 midterm elections. The PAC has raised over $10 million for Democratic candidates.[5]

Swing Left partners with Democratic Party and left-of-center groups such as Soros Fund Management LLC, investment firm owned by left-wing mega donor George Soros; the Advocacy Fund (Tides Advocacy Fund), a donor-advised fund provider; North Six, an international production agency; and Onward Together, political action organization established by failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.[6]

Political Activity

Swing Left has provided monetary support to candidates in numerous federal and local elections. In 2018, some notable candidates that Swing Left has donated to are Harley Rouda, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 48th district ($155,526);[7] Sharice Davids, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Kansas’s 3rd district ($50,000);[8] and Colin Allred, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Texas’s 32nd district ($60,000).[9]

Funding

In 2018, Swing Left relied on donations from 5,580 individuals and various labor unions, receiving a total of $13.2 million. The most notable contributions Swing Left has received came from Soros Fund Management LLC and the Advocacy Fund (Tides Advocacy Fund). Soros Fund Management donated $50,000 to Swing Left in 2018. The Tides Advocacy Fund, a left of center donor-adviser fund provider, donated $250,000 to Swing Left in 2018.[10]

Expenditures

In the 2018 election cycle, Swing Left spent a total of about $10 million. Swing Left spent $5.1 million on contributions with $4,861,748 of that sum being applied to federal candidates and $91,451 being applied to state and local candidates. The PAC spent a total of $981,000 on media with about $522,134 of that sum being applied to web advertisements. It also spent $773,232 on campaign strategy and communications consulting.[11]

Notable Vendors

Swing Left provided to various venders throughout the 2018 election cycle. The top vendors and recipients included Michelle Finocchi Communications, which Swing Left paid roughly $160,000; the fundraising service ActBlue, which received around $175,378; Facebook, which received around $345,954; and 270 Strategies, which was paid $357,796.[12]

References

  1. Left, Swing. “Take Back the House by Supporting Your Local Swing District.” District Resources | Swing Left. Accessed November 28, 2018. https://swingleft.org/about.
  2. “About.” Swing Left Academy. Accessed November 28, 2018. https://academy.swingleft.org/about-us/.
  3. Todras-Whitehill, Ethan, 2018, Ethan Todras-Whitehall, LinkedIn, viewed Nov. 2016, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethan-todras-whitehill-1808944.
  4. Left, Swing. “Take Back the House by Supporting Your Local Swing District.” District Resources | Swing Left. Accessed November 28, 2018. https://swingleft.org/about.
  5. Left, Swing. “Keep Fighting with Swing Left.” District Resources | Swing Left. Accessed November 28, 2018. https://swingleft.org/.
  6. “Swing Left Contributors, 2018 Cycle.” OpenSecrets.org. Accessed November 28, 2018. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cycle=2018&cmte=C00632133.
  7. Pappu, Sridhar. “Trying to Flip the House, ZIP Code by ZIP Code.” The New York Times. July 20, 2018. Accessed November 29, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/20/business/swing-left-primary-campaigns.html.
  8. “Browse Disbursements.” FEC.gov. Accessed November 29, 2018. https://www.fec.gov/data/disbursements/?two_year_transaction_period=2018&cycle=2018&data_type=processed&committee_id=C00632133&recipient_name=C00670034&min_date=01/01/2017&max_date=11/28/2018&line_number=F3X-23.
  9. “Browse Receipts.” FEC.gov. Accessed November 29, 2018. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/?two_year_transaction_period=2018&data_type=processed&committee_id=C00637868&contributor_name=swing left&min_date=01/01/2017&max_date=10/25/2018.
  10. “Browse Receipts.” FEC.gov. Accessed November 29, 2018. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/?two_year_transaction_period=2018&data_type=processed&committee_id=C00632133&contributor_name=The advocacy fund&min_date=01/01/2017&max_date=10/25/2018.
  11. “Swing Left Expenditures.” OpenSecrets.org. Accessed November 29, 2018. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cycle=2018&cmte=C00632133.
  12. “Swing Left Expenditures.” OpenSecrets.org. Accessed November 29, 2018. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cycle=2018&cmte=C00632133.

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