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Castro forms PAC, boosts five House candidates

Castro forms PAC, boosts five House candidates
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Former Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announcing the formation of a PAC. 

The paperwork, which the FEC website shows was signed Wednesday, indicated that the People First Future PAC has donated to five Democrats: Reps. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroState Department establishes chief officer in charge of diversity Texas governor faces criticism over handling of winter storm fallout DC bureau chief for The Intercept: Impeachment managers became 'like the dog who caught the car' when permitted to call witnesses MORE (Texas) and Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodNew cyber panel chair zeros in on election security, SolarWinds hack Overnight Health Care: New COVID-19 cases nationally drop below 100K for first time in 2021 | CDC warns states against lifting restrictions amid threat of virus variants | Health officials warn COVID-19 eradication unlikely Black maternal health omnibus package introduced by Democratic lawmakers MORE (Ill.) and House challengers Marie Newman (Ill.), J.D. Scholten (Iowa) and Wendy Davis (Texas). 

Underwood, a first-term lawmaker who flipped a Republican district in 2018, is running for reelection in a tight race after winning her seat by 5 points two years ago.

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Meanwhile all three Democratic challengers are running in high-profile races. Newman is waging a primary fight against Rep. Dan Lipinski (D), who has earned the ire of progressives over his opposition to abortion access and past comments on the LGBTQ community. 

Scholten is running against Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingIn Marjorie Taylor Greene, a glimpse of the future House votes to kick Greene off committees over embrace of conspiracy theories LIVE COVERAGE: House debates removing Greene from committees MORE (R), a top Democratic target who has been hammered for comments praising white nationalism, and Davis is challenging Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyHouse conservatives push back on efforts to revive earmarks Lawmakers clash over gun prohibition in Natural Resources Committee room Rep. Ron Wright dies after contracting COVID-19 MORE (R), who won his seat by fewer than 3 points in 2018. 

Castro’s PAC is an outgrowth of his failed White House campaign. The former Housing and Urban Development secretary and former San Antonio mayor dropped out of the race in January amid dwindling poll numbers. He later endorsed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBecerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All Yellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill MORE (D-Mass.), who dropped out earlier this month.