Ex-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020

Ex-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020
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Former Rep. Mike HondaMichael (Mike) Makoto HondaEx-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020 Silicon Valley lawmaker backs Apple in terror case Rep. Honda makes changes under Ethics probe MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday announced the launch of a new PAC aimed at defending Democratic seats in 2020.

Hold the House PAC will be focused on protecting the seven House seats flipped by the Red to Blue California PAC, which was chaired by Honda, in the 2018 midterms, in addition to 33 other seats Democrats picked up in the midterms. 

In addition to the PAC, Honda also announced the launch of the Hold the House Frontline Fund, which is a joint fundraising committee that will support members of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program, aimed at protecting vulnerable Democratic seats.

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Thirty-seven members of the Frontline Program have signed on to the joint fundraising committee, including Reps. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathBlack women candidates are overlooked and underrated Ex-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020 GOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates MORE (D-Ga.), Mike Levin (D-Calif.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsLawmakers urge young women to run for office at DC conference Ex-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020 Freshman Democrats call on McConnell to hold vote on election reform bill MORE (D-Kan.) and Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamOvernight Energy: Trump proposal would nix agency reviews of long-term climate impacts | Greens rip decision | House votes to block offshore drilling for one year House votes to block US offshore drilling for one year House committee forwards bills to bar offshore drilling across US MORE (D-S.C.).

 “What we’re able to do now is help those members of Congress that we helped get elected, and expand to the rest of the class,” Andrew Feldman, a spokesman for the PAC, told The Hill.

While Democrats were able to make major gains in the House in 2018, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE’s presence in the general election is likely to impact turnout for House races.

“In 2020 we cannot lose sight of the importance that Congress will play in the next administration,” Honda, who will chair the PAC, said in a statement. “A Democratic president needs a productive partner in Congress to restore the rule of law, protect our environment, and help working-class families. Simply put we must protect our gains and not lose focus.”