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 WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — ObamaCare premiums dropping for 2020 | Warren, Buttigieg shift stances on 'Medicare for All' | Drug companies spend big on lobbying Mellman: Trumping peace and prosperity On The Money: Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing finance plan | Dems jump into Trump turf war over student loans | House passes bill targeting anonymous shell companies 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 HolderSupreme Court throws out challenge to Michigan electoral map Amash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials We can't allow presidents and public opinion to further diminish the work of the press 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.”