New PAC forms to target anti-LGBTQ candidates

The first candidate the group accepts is Doug Mastriano, the Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate who has declared that LGBTQ couples should not be allowed to adopt children, that same-sex marriage should not be legal, and that transgender women should not be allowed to compete in women’s sports.

Agenda PAC officials also cited an increase in anti-LGBTQ legislation, as well as a lack of independent federal spending on opposing anti-LGBTQ candidates, as additional reasons they created the group. The LGBTQ Victory Fund, on the other hand, is a PAC aimed at helping elect LGBTQ candidates.

Kenyatta said Agenda PAC had grown to somewhere in the “six figures”, including pledges of support, and expected to spend “seven figures” mid-term. While the group hasn’t ruled out TV advertising, most of that funding will likely go to digital spots.

Agenda PAC also plans to oppose a handful of Republican House candidates in 2022, though it continues to whittle that list.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who infuriated the LGBTQ community when he signed the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, is another long-term target for the group. However, Agenda PAC is not expected to invest money in this year’s gubernatorial race in Florida.

“It’s no shock to anyone that DeSantis is considering running for president and we’re ready to shit on him all the way,” Kenyatta said.

Along with Kenyatta, a Pennsylvania state representative, other Democrats involved in the effort include Celinda Lake, a pollster for President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign; Joe Trippi, a political strategist who managed Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential bid; Shevrin Jones, Florida’s first openly gay senator; Megan Hunt, the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the Nebraska state legislature; and Ted Bordelon, political consultant.

“People’s rights are on the table,” Lake said. “Trump’s Republicans are using transgender and LGBTQ issues so aggressively and harmfully in elections, and I think they should be called out on this.”

Agenda PAC officially kicks off on Thursday with an online video.


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