For Immediate Release
May 10, 2018
EMILY's List Celebrates FEC Ruling on Campaign Funds and Child Care
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced that candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley may use campaign funds to pay for her child care expenses. In response, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, released the following statement:
“The FEC's decision is fantastic news for women candidates and all parents, and an important first step in leveling the playing field. If we want more women in office – and, considering that Congress is still roughly 80 percent men, we absolutely do – we need to break down barriers for those who want to run. That means making sure candidates who are parents – both women and men – have access to affordable child care – so that they, like millions of parents in this country, are even better able to balance doing their jobs and taking care of their kids. We need more moms in positions of power, and this ruling will help them get there.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.