Electing Progressive Champions in Congress

Electing Progressive Champions in Congress

December 02, 2016

December Newsletter

 Rep. Catherine Cortez Masto at her acceptance speech on Nov. 9, 2016.

Rep. Catherine Cortez Masto at her acceptance speech on Nov. 9, 2016.

In June 2015, Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC was launched as the first Jewish PAC that was dedicated exclusively to progressive domestic issues. The PAC launched supporting 12 members of the House of Representatives and over the next year quickly expanded to support candidates in the Senate as well as the Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.

The PAC supported candidates whose values reflected the progressive values of Bend the Arc Jewish action and who are champions for the domestic issues that concern us the most: economic justice, racial justice, gender equity, LGBT equality, and immigration reform.

Though it was a difficult election cycle, Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC is proud of the work we accomplished, the candidates we endorsed, and the community of donors who make our work possible. The PAC raised just under $600,000 for progressive candidates since our launch — that was 20% over our goal!

Here are several bright spots from our work in the election:

  • In Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto became the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate. Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC’s investment in her race was over $30,000 and more than 140 Let My People GOTV! volunteers knocked on doors in Reno and Las Vegas to inform voters about her campaign.
  • In Illinois, Tammy Duckworth won a U.S. Senate seat against a Republican incumbent — the PAC invested and raised over $25,000 in her race.
  • The PAC also endorsed incumbent Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), as well as Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). These public servants are strong progressives and will be in a position to fight a conservative agenda next year.
  • Of the 19 House candidates the PAC endorsed and supported, 17 of them were victorious on election day — four of these races were among the most competitive in the nation. These are all seats that each incumbent can hold as Democrats look to make significant gains in 2018.
  • Overall, 22 of the 29 candidates that Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC endorsed won.

As the 2018 election cycle begins to come into focus, there’s a lot to look forward to accomplishing together. Many progressive incumbents will need our help and support to seek re-election next cycle and to stop a reactionary agenda pushed by Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell.

Some of our current endorsees will be looking to run for higher office and will need our support. And many new progressive candidates will look to challenge House Republicans who will have just spent two long years defending the Trump administration and its dangerous agenda.

The work to build a progressive federal government is more important than ever and we look forward to your partnership in turning the tide in 2018.

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