Brady PAC endorses Biden, plans to spend $4 million in 2020

Brady PAC endorses Biden, plans to spend $4 million in 2020
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Brady PAC, the sister organization of the nation’s oldest anti-gun violence advocacy group, endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE on Friday.

The announcement comes on the heels of the Brady Campaign’s endorsement for Biden earlier this week.

“Joe Biden didn't come to this movement because it was popular or because he was running for president. To the contrary, Joe Biden has led this movement every step of the way—from Brady background checks to keep guns out of dangerous hands, to protecting women who have been or are at risk of being abused, to keeping weapons of war off our streets,” Brady PAC Executive Director Brian Lemek told The Hill on Friday.


“Joe Biden believes where you live should not determine if you live," Lemek added. "He knows survivors, victims, and communities impacted by gun violence, and we know and trust Joe to do what is right and end this epidemic.”

The Brady Bill, which Biden helped pass in 1998, implemented the modern background check system.

The PAC also said Friday that its budget is $4 million for the 2020 cycle, which includes spending $500,000 in Texas alone.

In Senate races, the PAC has already endorsed Democrats Cal Cunningham, Jaime Harrison, Mark Kelly, MJ Hegar and Sara Gideon, who are running to unseat GOP Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisNorth Carolina Senate race emerges as 2020 bellwether The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control Campaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus MORE (N.C.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham asks colleagues to support call for China to close wet markets Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court Trump says he's considering restricting travel to coronavirus 'hot spots' MORE (S.C.), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Democratic super PAC targets McSally over coronavirus response McSally calls on WHO director to step down MORE (Ariz.), John CornynJohn CornynGOP senator: National shelter-in-place order would be an 'overreaction' Lawmakers already planning more coronavirus stimulus after T package Cuban says he'd spank daughter if she was partying during coronavirus pandemic MORE (Texas) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP senators begin informal talks on new coronavirus stimulus GOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Campaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus MORE (Maine), respectively.

The group has endorsed 26 House candidates so far, including incumbent Reps. Colin Allred (D-Texas), Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesPelosi says House will review Senate coronavirus stimulus package Pelosi says House will draft its own coronavirus funding bill Senate closes in on trillion-dollar coronavirus stimulus bill MORE (D-N.Y.), Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyFEMA tells House panel national supply of ventilators running low Stimulus opens new front in Trump's oversight fight Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes MORE (D-N.Y.), Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathBrady PAC endorses Biden, plans to spend million in 2020 Biden rolls out over a dozen congressional endorsements after latest primary wins Warren endorsed by Black Lives Matter co-founder's Black to the Future Action Fund MORE (D-Ga.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump says he opposes mail-in voting for November On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans The bipartisan neutering of the Congressional Budget Office MORE (D-Calif.).

Brady PAC is named in honor of Jim and Sarah Brady. Jim Brady, President Reagan’s press secretary, was shot during an assassination attempt on the president and left paralyzed.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), a gun violence survivor, announced her endorsement of Biden on Wednesday, which comes with support from the gun violence prevention organization Giffords, which she co-founded.