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 CastroCHC says George Floyd death shows 'tiny fraction' of what people of color confront in their daily lives Julián Castro launches PAC to support progressive candidates Minority lawmakers gain unprecedented clout amid pandemic MORE (Texas) and Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodJulián Castro launches PAC to support progressive candidates Gun control group rolls out House endorsements Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary 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 KingHouse Democrats make initial ad buys in battleground states Conservative lawmakers press Trump to suspend guest worker programs for a year The Hill's Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020 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 passes bill to grant flexibility for small business aid program The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter House Republicans to file lawsuit to halt proxy voting 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 WarrenThe Memo: Trump ratchets up Twitter turmoil Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in MORE (D-Mass.), who dropped out earlier this month.