Progressive Change Campaign Committee

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The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is a U.S. political action committee which focuses on building progressive power through advocacy campaigns for "big ideas" and campaigning for "bold progressive" candidates for office. The organization works to elect progressive Democrats to the Senate and House of Representatives, and advocates for progressive policies for national and local political issues. It also operates a sister organization, called the Progressive Change Institute, which it describes as a "people-powered think tank". The PCCC was co-founded in 2009 by Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor. Aaron Swartz, Michael Snook and Forrest Brown were some of the organization's original employees. Spokespersons for the group have included Laura Friedenbach, Marissa Barrow, Giovanni Hashimoto and Neil Sroka. The PCCC claims to have nearly one million members and former MSNBC host Ed Schultz has described it as the "top progressive group in the country." The organization is closely allied with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. In 2011, the PCCC launched and led the draft campaign urging Warren to run and, following her campaign launch, raised over $1.17 million and made over 500,000 GOTV calls on her behalf. The draft campaign was described as the year's most valuable by The Nation. During the lead-up to the 2016 elections, the PCCC did not join other progressive groups in urging Warren to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. Citing Warren's decision not to run, the PCCC instead urged candidates to adopt Warren's focus on economic populism, with a spokesperson saying it is "facilitating a race to the top on big Elizabeth Warren-style ideas". It has stayed officially neutral in the Democratic primary but an aide to Clinton did meet with the head of the PCCC and the PCCC has applauded her campaign's policy proposals. The PCCC raises millions of dollars annually for its campaigns. As a freestanding political action committee, it can only accept individual donations of $5,000 or less per election cycle. Much of the organization's spending goes into salaries for employees working on issue advocacy campaigns as well as supporting candidates. The PCCC is a major subject of The MoveOn Effect, a book published by the Oxford University Press authored by David Karpf.
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