Ayanna Pressley launches leadership PAC

Ayanna Pressley launches leadership PAC
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Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyDemocrats blast HUD for removing LGBT language from grant competition Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' 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-CortezProtesters shut down DC intersections to demand shift to renewable energy Sunrise Movement endorses Cuellar primary challenger Democrats rally behind incumbents as Lipinski takes liberal fire MORE (N.Y.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Democrats must embrace Israel and denounce anti-Semitism in the party GOP Senate candidate said Republicans have 'dual loyalties' to Israel MORE (Minn.), as well as Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump mocks Romney with video contrasting their presidential bids GOP senator: Releasing transcript of Trump-Ukraine call would set 'dangerous precedent' Romney: Administration should hand over Ukraine transcript MORE (R-Utah).

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