FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2010
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Sends $70,000 to Candidates in Competitive RacesLeading pro-choice group also rolls out online voter guide with information on all federal candidates
Washington, DC – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced that her organization’s political action committee approved an additional $70,000 in contributions to the general-election campaigns of 13 candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and to Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is running for the Senate in Florida.
Thus far in the 2010 election cycle, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has contributed $410,000 to 60 candidates for the House and Senate.
“The 2010 election cycle features some of the most extreme anti-choice candidates in recent memory,” Keenan said. “At this point in the campaign season, we know that voters are especially attentive to issues on which there’s a clear difference between candidates—and choice is one of those issues. We want to make sure these mainstream pro-choice candidates have the resources necessary to make this contrast clear to voters who have not yet made up their minds. We are confident that voters don’t want politicians interfering in our personal, private medical decisions.”
The PAC‘s contributions include $4,500 to Rep. Meek’s Senate campaign and $5,000 each to the following pro-choice incumbents: Reps. John Adler in New Jersey’s 3rd District; Tim Bishop in New York’s 1st District; Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona’s 8th District; John Hall in New York’s 19th District; Suzanne Kosmas in Florida’s 24th District; Harry Mitchell in Arizona’s 5th District; Loretta Sanchez in California’s 47th District; Betty Sutton in Ohio’s 13th District; and Dina Titus in Nevada’s 3rd District.
In other key races, Keenan said the PAC contributed $5,000 each to Denny Heck in Washington’s 3rd District and Bill Keating in Massachusetts’ 10th District. Heck and Keating both are running in open seats currently represented by pro-choice incumbents. In a move to help move two seats into the pro-choice column, the PAC also contributed $5,000 each to Suzan DelBene in Washington’s 8th District and Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii’s 1st District.
The latest round of PAC contributions coincides with the organization’s release of an online voter guide that includes information on where candidates running for the U.S. House and Senate stand on choice. The guide also will be available through the group’s text-messaging program.
“Do you live in one of the many states or districts with a candidate who is opposed to abortion, even in the cases of rape or incest?” Keenan asked. “You can find the answer to that question and many more by visiting our online voter guide. Thousands upon thousands of voters will turn to us for information about candidates’ positions on choice. We are proud to provide these voters with the most comprehensive profiles of congressional candidates. We will make it available to our 550,000 online activists, our friends and followers on social networks, and to voters searching for information through online news sources. “
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.
For more information about NARAL Pro-Choice America’s electoral work, please visit www.ProChoiceAmerica.org/Elections.
Rachel Boyer, 202.973.3032