Future Now Fund: Virginia Door-Knocking Challenge

Virginia Door Knocking Challenge

Why: The most effective way for a candidate to persuade people to vote for them is to ask them personally by going door to door. But the demand on many candidates to spend a disproportionate amount of time raising money from big donors rather than talking to voters gets in the way of meeting their future constituents. Future Now Fund wants to keep candidates focused on people, not chasing donations. That’s why we’ve created the Virginia Door Knocking Challenge, which will encourage candidates to engage in effective grassroots campaigning while still being able to fund their campaigns.

The Challenge: Based on Future Now Fund’s unparalleled district-level analytics (Washington Post, 2/17/19), we will endorse nine inspiring challengers running to flip the most important seats and change the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates. The nine candidates are: Larry Barnett (HD 27), Joshua Cole (HD 28), Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD 66), Clint Jenkins (HD 76), Len Myers (HD 81), Nancy Guy (HD 83), Karen Mallard (HD 84), Phil Hernandez (HD 100), and the winner of the Democratic primary in HD 62.

How it Works: Each month, the four candidates who knock on the most doors among the nine will each receive a $20,000 direct contribution to their campaigns from FNF’s Challenge Account. The first month will start the day after the primary and go until July 15. Funds will be distributed once FNF has had time to tabulate the results (expected to be a few days). There will be three more measurement periods ending on August 15, September 15 and October 15, with distributions following shortly thereafter.

How Your Contributions Are Used: Your contribution to FNF’s Challenge Account will be evenly distributed among the four candidates with the highest number of door knocks on the dates specified above and reported as a "designated contribution" from you to these candidates. Any funds raised into the FNF Challenge Account in excess of the Challenge Amounts will be distributed equally among all nine candidates in the Challenge on or around October 20.

Contribution rules

  1. I am a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident (i.e., green card holder).
  2. This contribution is made from my own funds, and funds are not being provided to me by another person or entity for the purpose of making this contribution.
  3. I am making this contribution with my own personal credit card and not with a corporate or business credit card or a card issued to another person.
  4. I am at least eighteen years old.
  5. I am not a federal contractor.
Contributions to the Future Now Fund Virginia Door-Knocking Challenge Account will be evenly distributed among four of these nine Virginia House of Delegate candidates – Larry Barnett, Joshua Cole, Sheila Bynum-Coleman, Clint Jenkins, Len Myers, Nancy Guy, Karen Mallard, Phil Hernandez, and the winner of the Democratic primary in HD 62 – and reported as “designated contributions” to these candidates, based on which of the candidates knocks on the most voter doors during the time period. A full description of the challenge can be found here: https://medium.com/future-now/virginia-door-knocking-challenge-a1e39711f3ff

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