Young Americans for Liberty is leaving the DC Swamp.
In an email to subscribers of YAL’s email list, President Cliff Maloney announced the student activist group’s decision to leave the DC area.
Formed in 2008, after former Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential run, YAL has been a pillar for young libertarian activists nationwide.
Although headquartered in Arlington, Virginia for the past decade, YAL leadership is deciding to move to Texas.
Maloney did not say specifically where in Texas, but speculation has it that the group is moving to Austin.
In the email, Maloney justified the move by declaring that YAL “doesn’t belong in DC.”
He added, that the “swamp is a toxic environment that’s ruled by big government bureaucrats. It is completely at odds with what YAL believes in.”
Maloney also cites YAL’s recent growth as another reason for this move.
There isn’t enough room in our office to meet the needs of our rapidly growing organization. We’ve been discussing moving offices for awhile and it is finally time to make a decision.
This new move is part of a long-term plan to grow YAL at the grassroots level and beyond.
Maloney mentions this in the email:
This is a long term strategic decision: YAL needs to plant our flag where we can not only be effective… But also where our organization can thrive long term. Being out of the swamp will help grow our campus programs and train effective activists like you so we can accomplish our ambitious goal of electing 250 liberty legislators to state house by the end of 2022.
In 2018, YAL launched an innovative program, Win at The Door, where it shifted its focus on local and state level races. According to YAL’s website, the organization knocked on over 1 million doors and scored 38 victories. Their goal is to elect 250 liberty legislations by the end of 2022.
This latest move to Texas may prove to be a wise decision. Progressives have mastered the art of grassroots politics. Their victories were not attained overnight, however. In fact, it was part of a multi-decade process that saw them take over municipalities, state legislatures, governorships, and then dominate DC politics.
YAL appears to be replicating this approach, which could yield tremendous results for the organization in the next decade or so.