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September 29, 2010

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Sends $100,000 to Candidates in Competitive House Races

Thus far in 2010 cycle, leading pro-choice PAC has contributed $340,000 to 56 candidates for House and Senate

Washington, DC – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced that her organization’s political action committee approved $100,000 in contributions to the general-election campaigns of 20 pro-choice candidates in 15 states. This group includes incumbents running for re-election, challengers squaring off against anti-choice incumbents, and candidates for open seats.

“These endorsements reflect our goal of protecting the pro-choice gains we’ve made in the last two election cycles, while working to defeat anti-choice politicians who vote against women’s freedom and privacy,” Keenan said. “It is no secret that we are operating in a tough political environment, where right-wing groups are spending millions of dollars attacking our allies. We want to ensure that pro-choice candidates have the resources necessary to create a clear contrast with their opponents. The 2010 election cycle features some of the most extreme anti-choice candidates in recent memory. Voters will see a distinct difference between mainstream pro-choice candidates and anti-choice extremists who, if elected, will open the door to even more political intrusion into our personal, private decisions.”

The PAC‘s contributions include $5,000 each to the general-election campaigns of the following pro-choice incumbents: Reps. Russ Carnahan in Missouri’s 3rd District; Phil Hare in Illinois’ 17th  District; Martin Heinrich in New Mexico’s 1st District; Jim Himes in Connecticut’s 4th District; Ron Klein in Florida’s 22nd District; Dave Loebsack in Iowa’s 2nd District; Betsy Markey in Colorado’s 4th District; Jerry McNerney in California’s 11th District; Scott Murphy in New York’s 20th District; Ed Perlmutter in Colorado’s 7th District; Gary Peters in Michigan’s 9th District; Mark Schauer in Michigan’s 7th District;  and Carol Shea Porter in New Hampshire’s 1st District.

In addition, Keenan said the PAC contributed $2,500 each to Reps. Niki Tsongas in Massachusetts’ 5th District and Tim Walz in Minnesota’s 1st District. The PAC also contributed $5,000 each to  Steve Pougnet, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Mary Bono Mack in California’s 45th District, and Cedric Richmond, who is taking on anti-choice Rep. Joseph Cao in Louisiana’s 2nd District.

In races for open seats, Keenan said the PAC contributed $5,000 to Ann McLane Kuster in New Hampshire’s 2nd District and $2,500 each to John Hulburd in Arizona’s 3rd District and Joe Garcia in Florida’s 25th District.

Overall, NARAL Pro-Choice America's political program has helped produce enormous gains for pro-choice forces in Congress, including the combined net gain of 44 pro-choice seats in the House and nine new pro-choice senators in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles. In its 2008 post-election analysis, National Journal ranked NARAL Pro-Choice America second among the nation’s top 21 political organizations for its impressive win rate among endorsed congressional candidates in hotly contested races.

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