Dems fundraise off World Cup pay inequality
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) features the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s soccer team in a new fundraising pitch capitalizing off reports of pay inequality between the women’s and men’s teams.

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“The women of the U.S. national soccer team are absolutely extraordinary,” a fundraising email sent out Friday says, congratulating the team for its World Cup victory over Japan on Sunday.

“But there's one thing about them that is absolutely ordinary. Infuriatingly, unconscionably ordinary. They get paid less than men for doing the same work.”

The email links to a petition calling on congressional Republicans to “close the pay gap," a reference to the Paycheck Fairness Act. 

Once a name is added to the petition, the link directs the signer to a fundraising page that asks for donations to the DCCC, with a $3 or more donation rewarded with a sticker touting support for equal pay.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) panned the situation Monday on the House floor, where she said that the U.S. women’s team received $2 million for winning the cup, while the men’s team won about $8 million for losing in the first round of elimination.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyCongress brings back corrupt, costly, and inequitably earmarks Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Senate GOP opens door to earmarks MORE (D-Vt.) said Friday that he will offer a resolution next week calling on FIFA to pay female athletes the same as their male counterparts. 

The Vermont Democrat also pointed to the $2 million award given to the U.S. team after winning the 2015 Women's World Cup, comparing it to the $35 million award Germany received for winning the Men's World Cup in 2014.

"No athletes should be told they are worth less on the playing field simply because of their gender," he said, adding that the difference in monetary awards "sends a terrible message to women and girls around the world about the value of their contribution to sports."

Jordain Carney contributed to this report.