August 12, 2011

For Immediate Release

EMILY's List Endorses Ann McLane Kuster

Moves From "On the List" To A Full Recommendation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, announced today that it is endorsing Ann McLane Kuster, moving the candidate in New Hampshire's second congressional district from "On the List" to a full recommendation.

"On the List" is a new way for EMILY's List members to engage with and support promising candidates early in the election cycle. The EMILY's List community has experienced dramatic growth in recent cycles and now stands over 900,000 members strong. These supporters are getting their information earlier, quicker and on the web. Kuster is in the first group of 2012 House candidates to move from "On the List" to a full recommendation.

"Ann McLane Kuster is one of the most determined, strong, and admired candidates we've seen in a long time," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List. "You can count on Annie to stand up for what she believes in. She's a dedicated community leader and a consistent champion for women, students, and New Hampshire families.

"Last cycle, with the support of the EMILY's List community, Annie came within 1% of winning this seat. Since then, Rep. Charlie Bass's anti-woman, anti-family record has voters experiencing major buyers' remorse. A recent poll shows this race as neck-and-neck, proving that voters are ready for real leadership. Annie is a trusted voice who will bring New Hampshire common sense to Washington. Women are leading the charge to regain Democratic control of the House and put a stop to the GOP's war on women. This district is key to winning back the House in 2012 and Annie is more than ready for a rematch. EMILY's List is excited to put our full support behind Ann McLane Kuster for Congress."

An attorney and Granite State native, Kuster comes from a family with a long history of public service and political activism. Kuster worked on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire as one of a network of attorneys providing legal counsel to young women and has served as a board member and advisor to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Trust for Public Lands, Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, and many other community groups.

EMILY's List supported Kuster when she first ran for Congress in 2010.

In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 900,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 86 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 25 year history.

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