Pro-Warren progressive group raises $1 million for midterm candidates

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and West Virginia Senate candidate Natalie Tennant enter a campaign rally in Shepherdstown, W.Va. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

A liberal grassroots group that represents "the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party" announced Wednesday that it has raised $1 million for Warren's allies and other progressive candidates in the 2014 midterms.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced its fundraising milestone on the opening day of the Netroots Nation conference, an annual gathering of liberal activists being held this year in Detroit, where Warren will deliver a keynote address on Friday.

The group plans to use its war chest, most of it was raised in small-dollar donations, to help an array of Senate and House candidates who espouse the economic populism championed by Warren.

"Elizabeth Warren's economic populist agenda is popular from Maine to Iowa to Oregon and progressives are working to elect Elizabeth Warren's allies in 2014," PCCC co-founder Adam Green said in a statement. "This grassroots outpouring shows that the path to winning elections -- and keeping the Senate -- is to campaign on an economic populist agenda including Wall Street reform, expanding Social Security benefits, and reducing student debt."

The PCCC said its funds, which total $1.08 million, have come from 122,851 donors, with an average donation of $8.77.

The group said the money would help support the campaigns of several Democrats: Sens. Al Franken (Minn.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.) and Brian Schatz (Hawaii); Senate candidates Shenna Bellows (Me.), Bruce Braley (Iowa) and Rick Weiland (S.D.); Reps. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Alan Grayson (Fla.), Mike Honda (Calif.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Rick Nolan (Minn.), Mark Pocan (Wis.), Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.) and Mark Takano (Calif.); and House candidates Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.), Michael Eggman (Calif.), Pat Murphy (Iowa) and Kelly Westlund (Wis.).

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.
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