Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
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The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is a counterpart to a Hill committee that works to elect members of the Democratic party to U.S. state legislatures. It was formed after the 1994 elections, by a group of Democratic state legislators and then-DNC-chair Don Fowler.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) works to win state legislative seats and chambers for Democrats. The DLCC's mission is to build and maintain winning, state-of-the-art campaign committees through a continuing partnership with legislative leaders, professional staff, and supporters.
Its political directors work with legislators, caucus directors, and allies in each state. They develop state-specific strategies, working with national and local partners to enable Democratic legislators to win in all regions of the country.
The DLCC helps give them access to tools like polling, communications, opposition research, and fundraising. Many of the tools of modern campaign-—such as microtargeting, get-out-the-vote drives, and other operations-—are too expensive to be used effectively by only one small campaign; the DLCC helps pool the resources of many campaigns, using economies of scale to provide access to campaign tools that would be too cumbersome for smaller campaigns to use on their own.
The current chair of the DLCC is Mike Gronstal, majority leader of the Iowa State Senate; he took over the chairmanship in 2007.1 The committee is led in its day-to-day operations by Michael Sargeant, a longtime Democratic campaign manager and political staffer.2