Upholding her commitment, Pressley builds a people-powered movement and rejects corporate PAC special interests, drawing contrast with Rep. Capuano
BOSTON, MA – Thursday, July 5, 2018 – The Ayanna Pressley for Congress campaign today announced that it has raised $370,000 in primary contributions from more than 2,400 contributions in the second quarter of the year.
“This is a grassroots, people-powered campaign and I am extremely grateful for the outpouring of support,” said Pressley.
Pressley has rejected corporate PAC money during her Congressional campaign, while her opponent, Rep. Michael Capuano, continues to be funded by corporate interests. Capuano has accepted nearly $3 million in Corporate PAC funds during his career in Congress, according to OpenSecrets.org, from industries such as pharmaceutical firms, big banks and fossil fuel companies.
“We are incredibly encouraged by what we’re hearing from voters” said campaign manager, Sarah Groh. “Ayanna is focused on championing the issues that matter most in our communities. Voters in the 7th want bold leadership, not politicians beholden to pharmaceutical companies and financial institutions while the Trump Administration erodes access to healthcare and dismantles the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”
Since the previous quarter, Pressley’s number of donors has increased by 75 percent. The average contribution to her campaign was $135, and 1,900 of the donations came from within Massachusetts.
Ayanna launched her campaign on January 30 and is currently seeking the Democratic nomination for the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District. Ayanna is an advocate, a policy-maker, an activist, and survivor. Her election to the Boston City Council in 2009 marked the first time a woman of color was elected to the Council in its 100-year history. This laid the foundation for Ayanna’s groundbreaking work, which has consistently strived to improve the lives of people that are too often left behind.
Throughout her career, Ayanna has focused her advocacy on stabilizing families and communities, reducing and preventing violence and trauma, combating poverty, and addressing issues that disproportionately impact women and girls.
Prior to being elected to the Boston City Council, Ayanna worked as a senior aide to Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and later Senator John Kerry. In 2016, Ayanna was named one of The New York Times 14 Young Democrats to Watch. In 2015, she earned the EMILY’s List Rising Star Award and was named one of Boston Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People. For more information, visit https://ayannapressley.com.