Well look at this. A little community organizing by Republicans. The GOP would do well to take a page out of Barack Obama’s playbook since Barack Obama WON THE PRESIDENCY TWICE.
From an article in Politico, which in this case does a nice job of laying out a news story about something Republican are doing without the usual caveats about how evil the whole thing is:
Republicans have amassed a sprawling shadow field organization to defend the House this fall, spending tens of millions of dollars in an unprecedented effort to protect dozens of battleground districts that will determine control of the chamber.
The initiative by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), now includes 34 offices running mini-campaigns for vulnerable Republicans throughout the country. It has built its own in-house research and data teams and recruited 4,000 student volunteers, who have knocked on more than 10 million doors since February 2017.
CLF’s new, more targeted structure also overshadows that of its Democratic rival, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC, which has no field locations.
CLF’s midterm strategy, which emphasizes long-term voter engagement, is not normal for a super PAC. Typically, lawmakers’ campaigns and the National Republican Congressional Committee deal with field work and get-out-the-vote efforts — then PACs like CLF swoop in to fill in the blanks with what Bliss often refers to as “shitty TV ads.”
But Ryan’s political allies decided last year that that model wasn’t working — and that CLF, with its seemingly endless resources, was a “sleeping giant,” as they called it.
GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson has provided tens of millions of dollars for the effort.
Activists have been knocking on doors and ringing phones since the beginning of last year, heading back to the same people repeatedly to lock up their vote for local House candidates. The idea stems from a simple concept that every child knows about his parents: Keep asking, and eventually you may get to “yes.”