Ayanna Pressley launches leadership PAC

Ayanna Pressley launches leadership PAC
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Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' It's past time to be rid of the legacy of Jesse Helms Minneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar's primary challenger MORE (D-Mass.) will launch a leadership PAC to boost both incumbent Democratic candidates and challengers, according to WBUR.

Pressley’s committee, Power of Us PAC, will also bankroll civic engagement and community activism and organization to give local activists better access to national politics to help offset the disadvantages political newcomers must contend with, according to Pressley.

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“During my congressional campaign I said that this was not about any one person,” Pressley said. “The only way that we would be able to effectuate change in a deep, meaningful, sustainable way is to build a movement.”

Pressley defeated longtime incumbent Rep. Michael CapuanoMichael (Mike) Everett CapuanoInside the progressive hunt for vulnerable House Democrats Progressive mayor launches primary challenge to top Ways and Means Democrat Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm MORE (D-Mass.) in the 2018 Democratic primary and has been a vocal critic of new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) rules that restrict vendors from working with challengers to Democratic incumbents. However, she told WBUR the PAC was not intended as a response to the DCCC rules but as a way of building on community work she did as a Boston city councilor before her election.

In addition to supporting candidates, Pressley said, the PAC will work to ensure the 2020 U.S. census is accurate and fund training programs for aspiring federal campaign and legislative workers to improve diversity within the federal policy and messaging apparatus.

"I’m focused not just on who puts their name on the ballot, but again the people behind the people and diversifying that bench,” she said. “I think there are so many people that are already leading, that have the natural abilities or the professional transferable skill sets to assume these roles on campaigns on the federal level but they haven’t been invited.”

Several other freshman members of Congress have also formed leadership PACs, including Pressley’s fellow Democrats, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris Overnight Energy: EPA finalizes rollback of Obama-era oil and gas methane emissions standards | Democratic lawmakers ask Interior to require masks indoors at national parks | Harris climate agenda stresses need for justice Markey riffs on JFK quote in new ad touting progressive bona fides MORE (N.Y.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence Omar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota MORE (Minn.), as well as Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Harris launch Trump offensive in first joint appearance Ron Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump MORE (R-Utah).

— This report was updated on June 4 at 5:56 a.m.