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 BidenDonald Trump Jr. to self-publish book 'Liberal Privilege' before GOP convention Tom Price: Here's how we can obtain more affordable care The Memo: Democrats feel rising tide in Florida 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.

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“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 TillisDemocrats seek to tie GOP candidates to Trump, DeVos Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (N.C.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRomney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption' Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools MORE (S.C.), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallySenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (Ariz.), John CornynJohn CornynDemocrats seek to tie GOP candidates to Trump, DeVos Texas lawmakers ask HHS to set up field hospital, federal resources in the state GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle MORE (Texas) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMore Republicans should support crisis aid for the Postal Service GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle Republicans considering an outdoor stadium for Florida convention: report 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 JeffriesReparations bill gains steam following death of George Floyd Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report: Supreme Court ruling marks big win for abortion rights groups MORE (D-N.Y.), Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence New York candidates left on hold as primary results trickle in MORE (D-N.Y.), Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathPPP poll finds Biden leading in Georgia If Georgia primary was an attempt at voter suppression, it failed badly Floyd's brother urges Congress to take action MORE (D-Ga.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAs coronavirus surges, Trump tries to dismantle healthcare for millions Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Pelosi plans legislation to limit pardons, commutations after Roger Stone move 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.