RightNOW Women PAC announced a new round of endorsements Monday, adding four more Republican women to its list, according to a release from the group.
The endorsements include West Virginia Senate candidate Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, as well as former Rep. Nan Hayworth, of New York, who is trying to win back the House seat she lost two years ago. The PAC also is backing Mia Love , of Utah, and California state Sen. Mimi Walters, both of whom are running for House seats.
“It’s critical that we continue to support women candidates not only by tweeting and sending messages, but by putting our money behind the candidates we believe in,” said, RightNOW Women founder Brittany Thune said in a press release.
Marlene Colucci, a former aide to George W. Bush, launched the RightNOW Women earlier this year to encourage young, professional women to get involved in the Republican Party.
“We are extremely excited that these candidates share the same values and will fight for the issues that matter to women and men in Congress,” Colucci said in the release.
Unlike larger PACS, RightNOW uses low-dollar fundraisers – with some high-dollar congressional guests – to encourage participation in the political process, rather than focus on donors that can “max out” to their candidates.
The group has held two “major” fundraising events this year, featuring appearances by sitting members of Congress including members of the Republican leadership like Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Thune’s father Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), as well as Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming).
The most recent fundraiser in April was a Derby-themed event where donors under 40 could contribute as little as $25 to attend. Tickets for those attendees over 40 began at $100.
The PAC’s previous endorsements have included Senate candidates Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst and Monica Wehby, a doctor from Oregon, as well as House candidates Virginia state Del. Barbara Comstock, retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSalley of Arizona and Elise Stafanik a small business owner from New York.