A group formed to counter the left-leaning Emily’s List political action committee is ramping up its national presence, throwing its support behind contenders for Congress, and gaining support from Republican members of Congress, Fox New
The budding conservative political action committee is called Maggie’s List and was founded in 2010 by former Florida Secretary of State Sandra B. Mortham and named after Margaret Chase Smith, a Republican from Maine who was the first woman elected to both houses of Congress. The group helps women candidates who promote fiscal conservatism, limited government, and strong national security, Fox News reported.
"I have watched over the years what Emily's List has accomplished and I felt that certainly on the fiscally conservative side of the equation, we haven't done the same thing for our women," Mortham told FoxNews.com.
"I wanted to see if we could pull that together," she told the website. "And we've had wonderful successes. We should have a pretty good impact this election cycle."
Maggie’s List endorsed 20 non-incumbent female candidates during the 2010 midterm elections. Ten of those candidates were elected to federal office, Mortham told FoxNews.com, including Reps. Sandra Adams of Florida, Nan Hayworth of New York and Kristi Noem of South Dakota.
The group has ramped up its presence around the country and now has chairs in 26 states and support by seven Republican members of Congress.
Maggie’s List also plans to recruit and train local female politicians to campaign for federal office, Mortham told FoxNews.com and the PAC will hold an event Oct. 2 in Washington to drum up support for its candidates ahead of the November elections.
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