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EMILY’S List endorses Gwen Graham for 2016 re-election bid

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Women’s political group EMILY’s List has endorsed U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham in her 2016 congressional re-election bid.

With more than 3 million members, EMILY’s List — EMILY stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast — supports progressive women who support abortion rights.

The group announced its endorsement on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Getting the nod from EMILY’s List is far from insignificant.

Founded by Democratic strategist Ellen Malcolm, the group is considered one of the “heavy hitters” of national politics. According to FEC, EMILY’s List raised more than $38 million, with $8 million in outside spending from over 10,000 larger donors, as well as from thousands of small givers.

Many of the donations fall below the $200 threshold, says the Center for Responsive Politics, so the totals given by EMILY’s List members is likely much greater than official totals reported to the FEC. Abortion rights remain the key focus of the group, although its agenda has expanded recently to include economic and social issues, like education.

The group first backed Graham in her win over Tea Party-backed incumbent Congressman Steve Southerland for Florida’s Second Congressional District, giving the Democrat from Tallahassee $78,165 in 2014.

EMILY’s List has also been a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton, both in 2008 and her newly launched presidential campaign.gwen graham emilys

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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