Progressive Change Campaign Committee

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The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), according to its website, will provide "needed infrastructure and strategic advice to progressive candidates so they can run first-class campaigns and win. And when PCCC-endorsed candidates get elected by working hand-in-hand with the progressive movement, they’ll trust the political instincts of progressives and be sturdy allies as we work with them to pass a bold progressive agenda." [1]

Origins

The organization is an offshoot of MoveOn and labor organizations according to Ryan Grimm reporting January 7, 2009, on the Huffington Post website: "A group of progressive operatives from MoveOn and labor circles have teamed with a prominent Internet pioneer to try to give the Sam Bennetts of the world the final push they need -- and send even more Perriellos to Congress. The organization will be the first of its kind exclusively to focus on electing progressive Democrats in congressional elections. It won't focus its energy on unseating conservative Democrats, but Adam Green, a cofounder, didn't rule out the possibility. Instead, it will prioritize competitive open-seat primaries and help general election candidates ... run effective campaigns. ... Aaron Swartz is another cofounder and the co-inventor of RSS, which has changed the way people consume information online. Swartz co-founded Reddit, a popular Web 2.0 site depends on user interaction. Staff from Perriello's campaign, as well as that of Washington's Darcy Burner, are also involved. Stephanie Taylor, who ran Perriello's field operation in the campaign's final month, is a former union organizer with over ten years of field and online experience at SEIU, the AFL-CIO, the DNC and MoveOn.org. Mudcat Arnold was Burner's field director and Michael Snook was data director and targeting analyst for Perriello. The group expects to raise and spend around $650,000 this year and more in the next. It has already gotten MoveOn backing and is meeting soon with other progressive-leaning organizations. The goal is to raise money from outside sources rather than to charge candidates, though some type of fee may be involved.[2]

According to the website ActBlue, "The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is a new PAC set up to help bold progressive candidates run first-class campaigns and win. It is led by former MoveOn staff, union organizers, staff from Darcy Burner and Tom Perriello’s 2008 House campaigns, and the co-inventor of RSS and Reddit."[3]

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References

  1. Progressive Change Campaign Committee, "The mission", Progressive Change Campaign Committee website, accessed January 2009.
  2. Ryan Grimm, "Dem Activists Plan 'PCCC' To Back Progressives", Huffington Post, January 7, 2009.
  3. "Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)", ActBlue website, accessed January 2009.

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