The Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC was the first outside group to back Mondaire Jones, as the PAC’s first-ever independent expenditure campaign spent nearly $200,000 in support of his campaign

[WASHINGTON, DC] – June 24, 2020 – The Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC this afternoon congratulated Mondaire Jones (NY-17), Ritchie Torres (NY-15), and Dana Balter (NY-24) for their commanding leads in their respective Tuesday primaries.

Today, the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC released the following memo outlining its support for the three progressive candidates in New York.

Endorsements: The Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC threw its weight behind Jones, Torres, and Balter, helping to build winning coalitions with its endorsement.

HuffPost, Daniel Marans: Congressional Progressives Endorse Mondaire Jones In Hotly Contested New York Primary “Jones, 32, is one of at least eight Democrats vying to succeed Lowey. […] His status as an insurgent and his embrace of left-wing priorities ― like “Medicare for All,” a Green New Deal, tuition-free public college and student debt forgiveness ― have made him the progressive favorite in the race.

Bridget Bowman, Roll Call: “The Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC endorsed New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres, noting in its endorsement that there are “dramatic stakes” in the race, since another city councilman, Rubén Díaz Sr., could win the primary with a plurality, given his high name recognition.”

Robert Harding, AuburnPub: Progressives in Congress supporting Dana Balter in CNY House race “Dana Balter has the support of the Congressional Progressive Caucus [PAC] in her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko. The political arm of the caucus endorsed Balter, D-Syracuse, in December. She is one of three Democrats vying for the party’s nomination to challenge Katko, R-Camillus, in the 2020 election.”

The Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC’s independent expenditure program:

In New York’s 17th Congressional District, the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC was the first allied group to launch ads supporting Jones, spending nearly $200,000 as part of the CPC PAC’s first-ever independent expenditure campaign.

Ally Mutnick, Politico: House progressives wade into New York primary “The political arm of the Congressional Progressive Caucus is launching its first-ever independent expenditure by weighing into a rare open seat in the suburbs north of New York City. The CPC’s political action committee is investing about $100,000 in digital ads and mailers to boost attorney Mondaire Jones in the 10-candidate race for the deep-blue district from which longtime Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) is retiring.

Jonathan Easley, The Hill: Progressives riding high as votes tabulated in NY, KY “Getting Jones elected was a top priority for the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC. The group spent about $200,000 backing Jones’s candidacy, its first-ever independent expenditure.”

Days before the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC’s IE spending began, public polling showed Jones in fourth place, with ex-IDC member David Carlucci in the lead.

The launch of the independent expenditure is part of a new effort by the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC to back endorsed candidates running across the country.

You can watch a 30-second ad here, one of multiple ads that ran as part of a sustained digital and mail campaign highlighting Mondaire’s progressive record and vision.

Full script: We don’t see people like Mondaire Jones in office very often. A public school kid who went from food stamps and Section 8 housing, to Harvard Law and President Obama’s administration. 

But if we had more people like Mondaire in Congress, maybe we wouldn’t still be fighting to protect health care, or the public schools we rely on, or our fundamental civil rights. 

He’ll fight for us because he’s one of us, and nothing’s going to change until we change who represents us.