What do your acronyms mean?
- BWCS = Blue Wave Crowdsource
- COTD = Candidate of the Day
- 10Q = 10 Questions, a Twitter interview
Are you affiliated with any groups?
No. We are an independent group of Democrats who decided in February 2018 that enough was enough.
Are you making money off of this?
Nope. We are unpaid volunteers whose sole motivation is to flip seats from red to blue. Every dollar we raise through ActBlue and Crowdpac will go toward identifying and supporting the campaigns that need the most help.
What your contribution will help with:
- volunteer recruitment
- digital media organizing
- local advertising
- supporting local boots-on-the-ground and GOTV efforts
- voter registration
- getting people to the polls in November
Why aren't you endorsing X candidate?
We vet and select one candidate per district. We will ultimately back the Democrat who wins their primary.
Do you manage candidate campaigns?
No. We are not campaign managers.
How do you vet candidates?
Blue Wave Crowdsource Strategies was founded for one, completely selfish reason:
We couldn't find an organization that vetted candidates in a way that we found useful. Many of them demanded litmus tests or endorsed candidates based on a single issue without taking into consideration their electability in November. We're not single-issue voters. You probably aren't, either.
The only way we're going to have that big blue wave of Democrats who can take back the House, Senate, and state house seats in November is if we are realistic about nominating Democrats who can win in their districts.
As we said after Conor Lamb won in PA-18 in March, our rigorous vetting has paid off in primary after primary. Over 90% of the candidates that we've endorsed to date have gone on to win their primaries.
Why? Because our research/vetting committee of political strategists, national Democratic party insiders, professional researchers, and on the ground volunteers start with the district before we even look at the candidate.
What does researching a district look like?
First, we talk to voters. We scour social media and talk with Democrats who actually live in the district to find out who they're voting for.
Then, we look at the Cook PVI and the voting history of the district. We research the district's demographics. We look up all of the other aforementioned single-issue organizations to find out who they endorsed and why. We consult with the DCCC Toolbox, which has tons of data about congressional districts.
Then, when we believe we have a good feel for the district, we research the candidates and choose the most progressive candidate that the district will bear. Sometimes that means we pick a Justice Democrat like Randy Bryce. Other times, that means we pick a moderate Democrat like Conor Lamb.
There are other criteria for vetting candidates once we've finished researching the district. We ask candidates to fill out an application if they'd like to be considered for endorsement. We work with candidates from there to make sure their values align with their district's and the Democratic platform.