About Swing Left
Swing Left is building a lasting culture of grassroots participation in winning elections for the Left by making it as easy as possible for anyone to have maximum impact on the elections that determine the balance of power in our country.
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Swing Left launched in January of 2017. Originally conceived
of as an informational resource where people could go to
learn what their nearest federal congressional swing district is;
the website received 200,000 visits in the first 24 hours.
In 2018, we were one of the largest bundlers of grassroots donations and sources of volunteers to Democratic campaigns. As a result, Democrats took back the House of Representatives in 2018. Read more about how we won in 2018.
In 2019, we merged with Flippable to create a one-stop shop for electoral actions up and down the ballot. And in November 2019, this investment in down-ballot races paid off when Democrats won both the Virginia House of Delegates and the State Senate—securing total control of the state government for the first time since 1993!
Read more about how we won in 2019.
We also became affiliated with Vote Forward who, in the 2018 elections, showed that its handwritten letters were 4x as effective at turning out voters than texts or phone calls.
In 2020, our community of more than 1 million grassroots members—including Swing Left Groups in more than 250 cities and towns across 40 states—came together to win back the White House, flip the Senate, and make key gains in our continued fight for a stronger democracy.
In 2021, we helped three Virginia Democrats win reelection in the General Assembly, though the state house and governorship flipped to GOP control in November. We also began early fundraising and organizing programs for fair redistricting efforts and competitive 2022 races.
In 2022, our volunteers and donors helped Democrats win key governorships, flip state houses, hold critical House seats, expand the U.S. Senate majority, and deliver the strongest midterm results for the party of the sitting president in decades.
Read more about how we won in 2022.
What we value
We believe that action towards a goal is the antidote to anger and despair. Our entire community is brought together by a focus on what we can all do to effect positive change in the near and long term.
We value collaboration and effective teamwork. We know progress is more sustainable when the work is done with others. We’re committed to being generous and helpful at every level of our community, from our staff, to our volunteers and donors, to the progressive movement as a whole.
Diversity, equity, and inclusivity
We work towards fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture and a greater sense of belonging. We recognize that this work does not have a finish line and requires daily, active effort across our community, from the individual team member and volunteer to the organization itself.
We help people make better decisions about how to spend limited time, effort, and resources to help Democrats win. We prioritize impact today and impact tomorrow, ensuring that our team, community, and campaigns have the internal and external resources they need to succeed, now and sustainably over the long haul.
Why we do this work
Elections are year-round work. We invest continually in communities and organizers to build the long-term infrastructure necessary to gain and hold power for Democrats because we cannot expect to drop in every two or four years and have the trust and organization we need to win.
We’ve all got to show up. Even in the best of times, civic engagement at a massive scale is necessary to ensure a government that reflects the will of the American people. As we face the threat of a GOP that increasingly sees its path to power through subverting that will, we must drive towards a level of participation that is even broader, deeper, and more sustained.
Elect Democrats to strengthen democracy. We recognize that as a country, we have a long way to go to build a government and society that serves the interests of all Americans, but also that an empowered Democratic Party is critical to move us forward.
Winning isn’t everything—but it’s a start. Swing Left’s specific contribution towards tangible, positive change in our country is winning elections against Republicans. To do that, we focus our efforts on winning the swing races that deliver and keep power for all Democrats.
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As we work towards 2024 and beyond, we must continue the work to strengthen our democracy by protecting and expanding Democratic majorities and defeating MAGA extremism at the ballot box. We need you on our team.
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