Democrats Put 15M Towards Campaign Designed to Defeat and Reverse Trump Policies

Democratic attorneys general, aiming to take on the Trump administration on a growing number of fronts, are planning to spend $10 million to $15 million to elect more of their own next year.

The offensive comes as Democratic attorneys general have already challenged the White House’s travel ban, its planned border wall, rollback of environmental regulations and President Donald Trump’s business dealings. It’s also part of a longer-term effort to build a bigger and more diverse bench for the party to draw on in gubernatorial and Senate races over the next decade.

The hope, according to sources familiar with the effort, is to catch up to the Republican Attorneys General Association, which ramped up its legal and political work during the Obama years, notching major successes on both counts. RAGA put $23 million into races in the past two years, helping win and hold 29 of the country's attorneys general offices.

In addition to protecting incumbents, Democrats have identified top targets they want to capture — including in Ohio, Wisconsin and Nevada. And, banking on presumed Democratic-friendly trends in 2018, they’re eyeing other states that will be tougher to flip.

The Democratic Attorneys General Association "has spent a lot of time running around the country to identify the best and strongest candidates for AG races in states like Arizona, Colorado, Texas and even Florida,” said Karl Racine, the Washington, D.C., attorney general and DAGA co-chair, who himself just passed on entering his city’s mayoral race to run for reelection.