A group of former MoveOn.org and labor organizers is rolling out a new cog in progressive infrastructure — the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

The Huffington Post posted this story, which Chris Bowers picked up at Open Left:

Rather than focusing on large, independent expenditures, ala the Club for Growth, it seeks to help progressive federal candidates, such as Tom Geoghegan, by providing them with expert staff, advice, strategy and connection to the netroots. The focus will be on open seat primaries, and progressives who face competitive general elections, but primaries against conservative Democrats might also come into play. From a Huffington Post story today:

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 Green, a cofounder, didn’t rule out the possibility. Instead, it will prioritize competitive open-seat primaries and help general election candidates like Bennett and Perriello run effective campaigns.

The group’s first forays are likely to be in the Illinois district vacated by Rahm Emanuel, who left to become Obama’s chief of staff. Green says the group is in talks with a progressive labor lawyer, Tom Geoghegan, in that district. Another potential target: the California district emptied by Hilda Solis, who’s been tapped to be labor secretary.(…)

The PCCC aims to be something of a guiding resource for first-time candidates like Bennett. By helping candidates find good campaign staff and make more effective use of the Internet, the group thinks candidates could save tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in consultant fees. Whereas consultants might charge thousands to record and pump out robo-calls, for instance, the PCCC could show a candidate how to do it in-house, online, for a fraction of the cost.

The PCCC suddenly makes the process of running for office seem much less intimidating for an electoral novice — a very good thing for many of our potential young elected officials.  This organization appears strong, as Bowers notes that it’s on track to raise $650,000 this year already.  It’s also very experienced, thanks to the cadre of former MoveOn.org and labor activists guiding it.  For youth toying around with running for office, this is a great tool.

Should this create the positive momentum in attracting young candidates like I think it might, perhaps we can start to fix this problem.

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