Battleground Texas Raised Nearly $2M In Last 6 Months; Helped Raised Another $3.5M For Wendy Davis

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Battleground Texas continues to show big promises to help turn Texas blue, releasing their financial report yesterday showing strong fundraising numbers and a large level of support from Texas voters. Hauling in $1,858,511.99 from 4,470 grassroots donors, 2013 was a great first year for the organization.

“Our plan to make Texas a battleground state is inspiring energy and excitement across Texas and the country – and it's nothing short of amazing,” said Executive Director, Jenn Brown, through a press release.

“Thanks to the generous contributions of so many people in every corner of Texas and other states, we expect to have the resources needed to build the largest volunteer-driven field campaign the Lone Star State has ever seen – so we can support groundbreaking leaders like Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte, and candidates up and down the ticket in 2014 and for years to come.”

Read more of the wonderful work Battleground Texas is doing to help turn Texas blue below the jump.With only their first year anniversary coming up in the next couple of weeks, Battleground Texas has already managed to built a volunteer network of over 10,000 people. The organization has held hundreds of events all across Texas, many completely packed with folks eager to end the Republicans' stronghold over the state, registering new voters and engaging other Texans in turning our state blue once again — and help keeping it blue.

Their report shows that nearly 80% of their donations came directly from Texans, with 96% of them being made online at their website: Battlegroundtexas.com. The average contribution by grassroots donors was $47.

Battleground Texas also worked directly with Wendy Davis' campaign in helping raise over $3.5M for Davis in a joint effort through the Texas Victory Committee.

That was only 2013. This election year and what awaits in the future looks even more promising for Texas Democrats.

“In our first year alone, we've shown that Texas can't be written off as the reddest of red states anymore – and national and state Republicans can no longer take Texans for granted. That's the best sign yet that Texas is on the road to becoming a true battleground,” said Jeremy Bird, Battleground Texas Senior Advisor. “And we're just getting started. In the coming years, we'll continue to engage grassroots Texans across the state on the issues that matter most in their communities – and work to ensure the leadership in Texas reflects the diversity and values of its people.”

You can also help keep the momentum going by donating to Battleground Texas here.

The complete press release below:

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Contact: Press@BattlegroundTexas.com

Battleground Texas Raises Nearly $2 Million In Last Six Months

Grassroots Movement to Turn Texas into a Battleground State Continues to Grow

FORT WORTH – On the heels of the news that the Wendy Davis for Governor Campaign outraised Republican Greg Abbott in the last reporting period, Battleground Texas announced today that it raised $1,858,511.99 over the last six months for its movement to turn the Lone Star State into a political battleground and help elect Texas Democrats like Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte.

The strong fundraising numbers underscore the breadth and depth of support that Battleground Texas has built in the ten months since its launch last February.  During this reporting period, 4,470 people contributed to the effort, most of whom were low-dollar donors.  Nearly 80% of the donations were raised from Texans and 96% of the donations were made online at Battlegroundtexas.com. The average online contribution was $47.

Battleground Texas also worked closely with the Wendy Davis for Governor Campaign to help raise $3.5 million for the Texas Victory Committee, a joint effort between the Davis Campaign and Battleground Texas to win the Governor's mansion in 2014 and to build a lasting grassroots infrastructure for candidates statewide.

“Our plan to make Texas a battleground state is inspiring energy and excitement across Texas and the country – and it's nothing short of amazing,” said Jenn Brown, Executive Director of Battleground Texas. “Thanks to the generous contributions of so many people in every corner of Texas and other states, we expect to have the resources needed to build the largest volunteer-driven field campaign the Lone Star State has ever seen – so we can support groundbreaking leaders like Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte, and candidates up and down the ticket in 2014 and for years to come.”

In less than a year, Battleground Texas has built a network of more than 10,000 volunteers and held hundreds of events across the state to register voters and mobilize Texans who are already registered but haven't been engaged in the democratic process. In response, Republicans at both the state and national level have demonstrated they are taking Battleground Texas very seriously. The Republican National Committee, Republican candidates, and Republican organizations like FreedomWorks have announced they are planning to spend millions of dollars to “raise the alarm” about Battleground Texas and Texas Democrats.

“In our first year alone, we've shown that Texas can't be written off as the reddest of red states anymore – and national and state Republicans can no longer take Texans for granted. That's the best sign yet that Texas is on the road to becoming a true battleground,” said Jeremy Bird, Battleground Texas Senior Advisor. “And we're just getting started. In the coming years, we'll continue to engage grassroots Texans across the state on the issues that matter most in their communities – and work to ensure the leadership in Texas reflects the diversity and values of its people.”

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