HuffPost: “The Congressional Progressive Caucus [PAC] is making an unprecedented push to elect more left-leaning Democrats to the U.S. House this election cycle”
“The CPC’s creation of an outside spending arm has allowed it to hold its own in critical red-to-blue races.”
[WASHINGTON, DC] – A recent HuffPost story details “an unprecedented push” by the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC in the 2020 cycle to bolster its ranks heading into the next Congress.
“The Congressional Progressive Caucus is making an unprecedented push to elect more left-leaning Democrats to the U.S. House this election cycle, spending more than $1 million on candidates through its first outside spending program. […] The investments reflect an acknowledgment that to increase the caucus’s influence in the House, the group of more than 90 Democrats of varied ideological backgrounds needs not only more members but also more ideologically committed members.”
The PAC, led by co-chairs Mark Pocan, Pramila Jayapal, and Jamie Raskin, has endorsed 17 candidates this cycle, including six candidates that are on the DCCC’s Red-to-Blue Program.
This month, the PAC’s independent expenditure arm launched ads in support of Kara Eastman (NE-02), Dana Balter (NY-24), and Beth Doglio (WA-10).
In a “fruitful” primary season for progressives, the CPC PAC “invested heavily in the late June primary victory of Mondaire Jones, the progressive contender who triumphed over a crowded field to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York City’s northern suburbs.”
Other opportunities for progressives highlighted in the story are Washington’s 10th District and California’s 53rd District, where Beth Doglio and Georgette Gomez were among the top-two vote-getters in their district primaries.
“Both districts are solid Democratic seats where a veteran lawmaker’s retirement sparked a flood of interest from potential successors. As a result, those two general election races offer the rare opportunity for the party’s warring factions to reenact the proxy battles of the primaries.”
In Washington’s 10th District, the CPC PAC invested $365,000 to help Doglio advance through her August primary, and the PAC recently made a six-figure buy for the general election.