Liberal Groups form Behemoth to Back Stimulus

Leading liberal groups--24 of them--formed a new coalition today to push for passage of an economic stimulus plan, pledging a massive effort that will include field events and an ad campaign. The group includes unions, healthcare action groups, environmental groups, community organizing groups, women's advocacy groups, and progressive political organizations.

The coalition will support "whatever President-elect [Barack] Obama and congressional leaders come up with," Americans United for Change President Brad Woodhouse told reporters on a conference call this morning. ""This campaign is about getting as many votes in the House and the Senate" as we can, Woodhouse said.

The coalition, dubbed the Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now, includes the following liberal and progressive groups: AFSCME, SEIU, AFLCIO, NEA, Americans United for Change, USAction, Campaign for America