Warren donates $175K to anti-gerrymandering and state legislature campaigns

Warren donates $175K to anti-gerrymandering and state legislature campaigns
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Warren suggests Mulvaney broke law by speaking to GOP donors MORE (D-Mass.) said on Tuesday she is donating $175,000 to Democratic campaigns for state legislature seats and groups fighting gerrymandering.

“I’m sending $175,000 to organizers on the front lines trying to win back our state legislatures and fight for fair redistricting,” Warren announced at the Center for American Progress Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

“Democrats believe in a fair fight, and making sure that districts aren’t drawn to cut one party or the other out is a critical first step,” Warren added.

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Warren noted that some experts predict that, because of gerrymandering, for Democrats to win a majority in the House in the midterm elections, they will have to beat Republicans by as much as 8 percent of the vote.

“The 2018 election will be a massive uphill climb,” Warren said.

She touted the work being done by former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderFBI, Justice Dept plan to redact Russia documents despite Trump order for full declassification: report Dem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ Dem lawmaker jabs Trump call for transparency by asking for his tax returns MORE, whose National Democratic Redistricting Committee PAC has been working on anti-gerrymandering reform.

Warren said partisan gerrymandering needs to end, and to do that Democrats have to win back power in state legislatures and be willing to fight gerrymandering in court.

“Democrats should always, always be on the side of making it easier for citizens to vote,” Warren said.

The senator also pitched a “constitutional amendment establishing an unquestioned, unassailable, nationally recognized right to vote.”