Brand New Congress is an American political action committee formed by former staffers and supporters of the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign to elect hundreds of new congressional representatives in line with the campaign's political platform.
Brand New Congress is a volunteer-led American political organization that intends to run hundreds of campaigns for United States Congress with candidates of the organization's choosing by the 2018 midterm elections, regardless of party affiliation. The organization plans to make staffing and fundraising decisions for all of its candidates at once. About 20 volunteers from Senator Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign formed the group in April 2016 as Sanders conceded the primary to Hillary Clinton. They planned the organization to support Sanders's platform and carry its supporters' momentum into policymaking. Brand New Congress planned to announce 50 candidates by March 2017 and over 400 by July 2017. Of the 535 total seats in the United States Congress (House and Senate), 468 will be up for reelection in 2018. The group intends to run both Democratic and Republican candidates, depending on regional demographics, as well as independents when an incumbent wins the primary. Brand New Congress requires candidates to align on Bernie Sander’s presidential platform, regardless of party affiliation. While there are large differences in Republican and Democratic policy beliefs, the Brand New Congress hopes that people will unify under the goal of reforming Congress.
The group attended the July 2016 Democratic National Convention to canvass for support in protestor sites and throughout the city. As of that time, the group had raised $85,000, about 90 percent of which were small donations. Its email list contained 20,000 addresses. Brand New Congress was beginning a tour of 100 cities in mid-2016. Founding members of the group were encouraged by the successful role of grassroots fundraising in the Sanders campaign, which surpassed the Clinton campaign several times in monthly income. As of October 2016, the group is accepting nominations for future candidates and is openly developing its economic platform.
As of February 10th, 2018, there are 26 candidates officially endorsed by Brand New Congress.
|Candidate||State||Party||District or Senate|
|Robb Ryerse||Arkansas||Republican||Arkansas's 3rd congressional district|
|Roza Calderon||California||Democrat||California's 4th congressional district|
|Chardo Richardson||Florida||Democrat||Florida's 7th congressional district|
|Michael A. Hepburn||Florida||Democrat||Florida's 27th congressional district|
|Anthony Clark||Illinois||Democrat||Illinois's 7th congressional district|
|David Gill||Illinois||Democrat||Illinois's 13th congressional district|
|Brent Welder||Kansas||Democrat||Kansas's 3rd congressional district|
|James Thompson||Kansas||Democrat||Kansas's 4th congressional district|
|Rob Davison||Michigan||Democrat||Michigan's 2nd congressional district|
|David Benac||Michigan||Democrat||Michigan's 6th congressional district|
|Cori Bush||Missouri||Democrat||Missouri's 1st congressional district|
|John Heenan||Montana||Democrat||Montana's at-large congressional dsitrict|
|Amy Vilela||Nevada||Democrat||Nevada's 4th congressional district|
|Mindi Messmer||New Hampshire||Democrat||New Hampshire's 1st congressional district|
|Peter Jacob||New Jersey||Democrat||New Jersey's 7th congressional district|
|Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez||New York||Democrat||New York's 14th congressional district|
|Richard Watkins||North Carolina||Democrat||North Carolina's 4th congressional district|
|Jenny Marshall||North Carolina||Democrat||North Carolina's 5th congressional district|
|Marc Whitmire||Tennessee||Republican||Tennessee's 2nd congressional district|
|Danielle Mitchell||Tennessee||Democrat||Tennessee's 3rd congressional district|
|J. Darnell Jones||Texas||Democrat||Texas's 2nd congressional district|
|Vanessa Adia||Texas||Democrat||Texas's 12th congressional district|
|Adrienne Bell||Texas||Democrat||Texas's 14th congressional district|
|Rick Treviño||Texas||Democrat||Texas's 23rd congressional district|
|Linsey Fagan||Texas||Democrat||Texas's 26th congressional district|
|Sarah Smith||Washington||Democrat||Washington's 9th congressional district|
|Dorothy Gasque||Washington||Democrat||Washington's 3rd congressional district|
|Paula Jean Swearengin||West Virginia||Democrat||U.S. Senator of West Virginia|
Several progressive organizations, including Our Revolution, Justice Democrats, Democratic Socialists of America, National Nurses United, Working Families Party, and Fight for 15, announced in July 2017 a push to encourage House Democrats to sign on to a #PeoplesPlatform, which consists of supporting "eight bills currently in the House of Representatives that will address the concerns of everyday Americans." These eight bills and the topics they address are:
Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
College for All Act of 2017
Raise the Wage Act
Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017
Automatic Voter Registration Act
To improve Federal sentencing and corrections practices, and for other purposes.
Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2017
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