With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the WGA West’s political action committee has endorsed California Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris for re-election. The guild’s PAC also endorsed seven candidates for the U.S. Senate — all incumbent Democrats — and nine Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. “These candidates have demonstrated support for the Writers Guild’s public policy priorities,” the WGA West’s PAC said in a statement.
For the U.S. Senate, the PAC has endorsed Al Franken (D-Minn), Ed Markey (D-Mass), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Pryor (D-Ark), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). For Congress, the PAC has endorsed seven incumbent California Democrats including Doris Matsui, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Lois Capps, Adam Schiff, and Tony Cárdenas. It’s also supporting State Senator Ted Lieu, co-author of the new California tax incentives program, in his race for Congress.
The group also endorsed filmmaker Aaron Woolf in his race for Congress in New York.
According to the guild’s latest filing with the Department of Labor, WGA’s PAC spent $347,037 last year on “political activities and lobbying.” Formed in 2009, it is funded solely by voluntary contributions from the guild’s members. The PAC is administered by an 11-member committee that includes the guild’s elected officers and executive director. Day-to-day operations are delegated to a firm of election law attorneys.
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