Progressive super PAC to help Dems in five close senate races — but not Pryor and Landrieu

CREDO SuperPAC hopes to spend $2.5 million this year to help Democrats keep the Senate. However, the progressive super PAC's campaign, which will place grassroots volunteers in five states, won't include "supporting some of the worst Democrats in the tightest races," according to a news release it sent out. For Credo, that means not helping Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor and Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who are both in close races.

The races where it does plan to have a presence include Georgia and Kentucky -- where Democratic candidates are challenging Republican incumbents -- and Michigan, Colorado and North Carolina -- where Democrats are playing defense -- by spending about $500,000 in each state and hiring 30 organizers.

The super PAC is not ruling out organizing in Iowa and Oregon if polls tighten.

File: Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., holds a pan of raccoon meat at the Gillett Coon Supper in Gillett, Ark. Pryor faces a challenge from Republican Tom Cotton in the 2014 election. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

"For progressives, the Senate is a firewall against the Tea Party crazies in the House as well as a White House that has demonstrated a propensity to cave to Republicans on the some of the issues we care about,” said Becky Bond, president of CREDO SuperPAC, in a statement. “If you care about saving the Senate, you can either hope that expensive television ads work, or you can support the volunteer-to-voter contacts proven to have the greatest impact on voter turnout at the lowest cost.”

The CREDO super PAC was founded by CREDO Mobile, which calls itself "America's only progressive phone company." The super PAC funded organizing campaigns against six tea party Republicans in 2012 House races, five of whom lost.

Environmental issues are a main focus for CREDO SuperPAC, especially fighting the Keystone XL pipeline. Landrieu and Pryor support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. However, so do North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan and Georgia senate candidate Michelle Nunn. Kentucky senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall have not taken a position on the tar sands pipeline. Another group, American Commitment, is running a new ad against Udall for his votes against Keystone XL last year.

The CREDO super PAC's other main issues include protecting Social Security and Medicare and defending Planned Parenthood.



Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.



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