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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 BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 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 TillisSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader Democrats see Georgia as model for success across South McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE (N.C.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February MORE (S.C.), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyCindy McCain on possible GOP censure: 'I think I'm going to make T-shirts' Arizona state GOP moves to censure Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed MORE (Ariz.), John CornynJohn CornynLimbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Top Texas Democratic Party staffers to step down after underwhelming election results K Street navigates virtual inauguration week MORE (Texas) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Limbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief 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 JeffriesUS Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots Lawmakers mount pressure on Trump to leave office Sunday shows - Capitol siege, Trump future dominate MORE (D-N.Y.), Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyDemocrats urge tech giants to change algorithms that facilitate spread of extremist content Hillicon Valley: Biden names acting chairs to lead FCC, FTC | Facebook to extend Trump ban pending review | Judge denies request for Amazon to immediately restore Parler Judge denies request for Amazon to immediately restore Parler MORE (D-N.Y.), Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathHouse Judiciary Democrats ask Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump On The Trail: Eight takeaways from Georgia's stunning election results Maloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' MORE (D-Ga.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils virus plan and urges patience | Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden | House to move quickly on COVID-19 relief Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 On The Money: Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief | Biden faces backlash over debt | 900,000 more Americans file for unemployment benefits 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.