Next week will mark the two-year anniversary of Raising Our Future PAC. It was in July of 2017 we launched ourselves into the world with the simple notion that our representatives should be tuned in to the concerns of working families. Some of our most vital issues include education, paid parental leave, and pay equity.
Yesterday the House of Representatives proved that they heard us in 2018 when they voted for the Raise The Wage Act, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. Electing a great slate of new representatives in 2018 mattered. Every single representative ROFPAC gave money to voted to raise the minimum wage. Our money, our effort, and our energy are making a difference.
Mere moments after the vote, Mitch McConnell said the Senate wouldn’t even bother to take up the measure – making it clear our work is far from over. This measure, supported by a majority of the people’s house, will not be heard. The idea of raising the minimum wage, supported by 81% of Americans, will be ignored.
This is not a partisan issue, this is a moral issue. It is our duty to keep working towards 2020 to find candidates at every level that will represent the will of the American people and understand the concerns of working families.
As luck has it, we don’t have to wait that long to make our voices heard again.
In 2018 we gave our maximum donation to 13 candidates. Twelve of them are now Congressional Representatives. The other one? Dan McCready for Congress
You may remember Dan McCready as the amazing candidate who came up just short in North Carolina’s 9th district. You may also remember the election fraud his opponent’s campaign committed: throwing away ballots marked for McCready and marking unvoted ballots for himself among a variety of crimes. The fraud was so bad that he did not become a member of Congress. Instead, the results of the election were set aside and a new election was called for September 10th, 2019.
This time we don’t want an election close enough to question.
We are going all in for Dan McCready again.
Today we endorse Dan McCready for a second time. We endorse Dan McCready because he stands ready to fight for our public schools. He supports LGBTQ+ rights. He supports a woman’s right to choose.
Dan McCready supports working families and his opponent simply does not.
We have unfinished business in North Carolina and that’s why we are once again giving our maximum donation of $1,000 to Dan McCready. North Carolina deserves a strong and principled voice. We are going to do everything we can to give them that voice.
But that’s not it.
Today we rededicate ourselves to fundraising for 2020 so we can support the great candidates we elected in 2018 and find the next group of leaders for our generation. For this week, we are donating 25% of our new donations to Dan McCready on top of the donation we have already planned (up to the legal limit).
So many of you are parents, so you know exactly why we are doing this. Plan for the future, live for today. Today we can help Dan McCready come to Congress. Next year we can continue the campaign of change we began together two years ago.
I hope you join me in supporting both Dan McCready and Raising Our Future for another year. We won the first battle, but there is still so much to do. Thank you for all that you have done over the past two years. It matters, we are winning, and we aren’t letting up now.