Warren donates $175K to anti-gerrymandering and state legislature campaigns

Warren donates $175K to anti-gerrymandering and state legislature campaigns
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (D-Mass.) said on Tuesday she is donating $175,000 to Democratic campaigns for state legislature seats and groups fighting gerrymandering.

“I’m sending $175,000 to organizers on the front lines trying to win back our state legislatures and fight for fair redistricting,” Warren announced at the Center for American Progress Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

“Democrats believe in a fair fight, and making sure that districts aren’t drawn to cut one party or the other out is a critical first step,” Warren added.

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Warren noted that some experts predict that, because of gerrymandering, for Democrats to win a majority in the House in the midterm elections, they will have to beat Republicans by as much as 8 percent of the vote.

“The 2018 election will be a massive uphill climb,” Warren said.

She touted the work being done by former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Eric Holder: Calls to abolish ICE are 'a gift to Republicans' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution MORE, whose National Democratic Redistricting Committee PAC has been working on anti-gerrymandering reform.

Warren said partisan gerrymandering needs to end, and to do that Democrats have to win back power in state legislatures and be willing to fight gerrymandering in court.

“Democrats should always, always be on the side of making it easier for citizens to vote,” Warren said.

The senator also pitched a “constitutional amendment establishing an unquestioned, unassailable, nationally recognized right to vote.”