WASHINGTON--Illinois House Democratic hopeful Tammy Duckworth on Monday picked up backing from EMILY's List, a big boost for her late-starting fund-raising drive.
Duckworth, a former VA assistant secretary, former Illinois VA director and wounded Iraq war vet, is in an eighth district Democratic primary with Raja Krishnamoorthi. Duckworth got in the race after Krishnamoorthi, who is ahead in fundraising.
Krishnamoorthi is in Washington this week for fund-raising and meetings.
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) who currently represents the eighth district has $602,649 cash on hand as of June 30, but he has not said if he will run from the newly remapped eighth or someplace else.
Duckworth did not have to file a June 30 report. Krishamoorthi has $403, 335 cash-on-hand.
AT THE CLICK, EMILY'S LIST RELEASE
SUN-TIMES ABDON M. PALLASCH STORY ABOUT KRISHNAMOORTHI FUND-RAISING IS HERE.
below, release from Emily's List......
EMILY's List Puts Three More Strong Women
"On the List"
Third Round Supports Duckworth, Demings, Titus
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, EMILY's List puts three new Democratic women candidates "On the List," the new way for EMILY's List members to engage with and support promising candidates even earlier in the election cycle.
"On the List" was created because of the dramatic growth in the EMILY's List community - now over 900,000 members - who are getting their information earlier, quicker and on the web. These supporters are ready to take action now and "On the List" makes sure candidates have early access to them.
Our third group of women join Lois Frankel (FL-22), Ann Kirkpatrck (AZ-01), Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02), Christie Vilsack (IA-04), Tarryl Clark (MN-08), Kate Marshall (NV-02), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) "On the List":
* Tammy Duckworth (IL)
* Val Demings (FL)
* Dina Titus (NV)
"Democrats have a new lease on life and the reason is women," said EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock. "Strong women candidates across the country like Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, Val Demings in Florida and Dina Titus in Nevada are getting in early and they're ready for the fight. The entire EMILY's List community is proud to support them as they stand up to the Republican's war on women. After the stunning victories by Kathy Hochul in New York and Janice Hahn in California, it's clear Democratic women have the momentum and our members are more energized than ever to win back the House."
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.
For more information on EMILY's List, please visit www.emilyslist.org.