Support the Shift: Help Grow A Movement

We intend to win the heart of rural America and #ShiftTheCountry.  Our mission is to help get electoral college votes to win the White House, to hold the US House, & to win the US Senate.  This page is about how you - and hopefully many many many people you know - can support the shift.

The best summary of this work is here, "Growing Something Like A Phenomenon," as a 2-pg PDF handout or a blog post.  The methodology is a combination of engagement, persuasion, & amplification, combined with distributed organizing.

Invest!

  • $$  Contribute online via ActBlue!
  • $$  Mail a check!  Send checks to:  Shift the Country PAC, PO Box 1093, Ames, IA  50014
  • We are grateful for one-time or recurring donations.  Every gift helps grow the work.
  • Here are Funding Specifics To Get Shift Started.  More $$ = more impact… yet we don’t need millions.  For the first six months, operating expenses are estimated at a reasonable $25,000 per month to be fully effective & operational.
  • Per the FEC, "Political committees that make only independent expenditures (Super PACs) may solicit and accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations, labor organizations and other political committees. They may not accept contributions from foreign nationals, federal contractors, national banks or federally chartered corporations."  The Shift the Country PAC is a federal Super PAC working on the 2020 election.  Not authorized by any party, candidate, or candidate's committee.  More specifics in the base of this summary - in 2-pg PDF handout or as a blog post.

Join Us!

Amplify!

  • Follow us on Facebook or Twitter at @ShiftTheCountry & share our posts!
  • BUT WAIT!  THERE's MORE!
  • Check out the Proposal to Shift the Country for more on amplifying & creating tipping points.
  • Connect us with your people:  Anything you can share about Shifting the Country can help get the word out.  Let folks know about the movement, how to get involved, our workshops, and what we're planning to do. 
  • Share stuff in groups & communities for wider reach!
  • Talk to those who may be willing to support us financially or otherwise & let them know how they can help.  Easiest starting reference is the website: www.ShiftTheCountry.com.
  • Get democratic side organizations & media involved, excited, & sharing the work!
  • "Boundary spanners" are amplifiers that help movements reach tipping points - & are key to growing this movement.  Check out more about how tipping points work here.  If you know a boundary spanner type of person, let them know what we're doing, & ask them to engage &/or pass it along.

Engage!

  • Check out the Proposal to Shift the Country, which reads like a thesis.  A few ideas for tools are called out in the text & give a sense for what's in the rest of the tools that are not yet published.
  • Tools to Shift the Country are in development now & are how we do the work.  Tools will be posted as funding allows.
  • Once tools are posted (not yet), check out the tools page to see if anything resoates that you or your organization can start doing now - where you are.

Hire us!

 
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This page includes a fundraising solicitation for the Shift the Country PAC, a federal Super PAC working on the 2020 election and based in rural America.  Not authorized by any party, candidate, or candidate’s committee.
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shift the country - faq

There ARE a bunch of movements - and organizations - doing great things with lots of staff and resources. 

  • We need heavy focus on rural America, & we can build that.
  • There wasn't a movement specifically designed to do new research-based things to help Shift the Country to the democratic side in areas that will help us win the US Senate and the Electoral College in 2020. 
  • The Shift the Country work is intended to complement, supplement, add to, and build on all of these other initiatives.  It's about how do we take it to the next level; reach even more people; get inactive voters engaged.  We've made a lot of progress since the 2016 election, and the #BlueWave in the 2018 mid-term election was huge.  So how do we get the extra votes we'll need to win the US Senate, and to win the Electoral College?  That's what this work is.

The original idea with the Proposal to Shift the Country was to have a major political organization champion the initiative; to grow the movement quietly from within the democratic side.  The proposal was pitched to many major political and activist organizations from late April through June, 2019.  A few key organizations received the entire 208-page proposal.  Others received a pitch letter, outline, and introduction.  For whatever reasons - and there could be many - there were no bites.

The Shift the Country work was designed to happen at a national level, and to be facilitated by a major organization with some infrastructure, staff, technology, & resources to help get the materials out + widely distributed.  So WE create a major organization, ask for resources, build some infrastructrue, get some staff on contract, figure out the technology, and get the word out by growing the movement via its own methodology - deliberately creating tipping points.  We won't get different results if we don't do different things.  This work is about adding on to the things that we know work - and  taking it to the next level.

We would love to have a public community on a platform at a future point once we get a few other things in place. As we are a brand-new Super PAC, we want to make sure we are in compliance with election law.  For now, the community for the work will be on our public Shift the Country Facebook Page.  You can also sign up for future Team work as it evolves.