The Elevate PAC (E-PAC) was founded after the 2018 midterm elections by 3-term Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R, NY-21):
“It’s Quite stark and quite obvious as you look around the GOP conference that it’s not reflective of the American public.
“We need to do better.”Elise Stefanik, commenting only 13 Republican women serving in the 116th Congress, down from 23 in the 115th, from E-PAC website
And of the 13 Republican women in the 116th Congress, 2 announced their retirement. The Republican conference currently has 197 members.
Today, E-PAC announced their first wave of endorsements for the 2020 elections, using a criteria:
“At least $250,000 raised in their first full quarter after announcing their candidacy, a built-out campaign team, and the ability to prove a path to victory.”E-PAC Website
Since none of the three women running for Congress from either the 6th or 14th district started their candidacies in the 2nd quarter, none of them were endorsed.
But E-PAC did announce a “Women to Watch” list, and the two women running in the 14th, Sue Rezin and Catalina Lauf, made the list.
Upon seeing the lists, McHenry County Blog contacted E-PAC to find out why 6th district candidate Jeanne Ives was not included with Rezin and Lauf on the E-PAC “Women to Watch” list. Two emails with E-PAC’s communications director stated the following about the 6th district:
“E-PAC is tracking the IL-06 race and Jeanne Ives’ candidacy. This is just the first round, we anticipate making additional endorsements and additions to our ‘Women to Watch’ list throughout the cycle.”E-PAC Communications Director via email to McHenry County Blog
In the meantime, the fundraising continues, as this tweet with pic from Sue Rezin’s campaign shows:
Link to E-PAC Lists: https://elevate-pac.com/2019/10/22/first-slate