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BY: Cameron Cawthorne
Justice Democrats, a progressive PAC that helped elect Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), launched a new website Thursday aimed at bucking the policy of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to protect incumbent Democrats from primary challengers.
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Rep. Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.), the new chairwoman of the DCCC, announced the new policy last month. It bans Democratic consultants from working with primary challengers if they want to continue doing business with the DCCC, and Justice Democrats consider it a "black list."
"We just launched DCCCBlacklist.com because it's time to stand up to the DCCC's bullying of the progressive movement," Justice Democrats tweeted. "The movement is building a network of alternative infrastructure to help progressive primary candidates like [Ocasio-Cortez] and [Rep. Ayanna Pressley] win their next race."
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"The DCCC is using their financial leverage to intimidate and blacklist many hardworking people in our movement in a blatant attempt to protect a handful of out-of-touch incumbents," the DCCC blacklist website reads. "We’re launching The Blacklist to fight back and provide potential primary challengers with a database of go-to vendors, organizations, and consultants who will continue to support efforts to usher in a new generation of leaders into the Democratic Party."
Some of the groups listed on the website, which aren't abiding by the new DCCC policy, are Think Rubix, Democracy for America, Indivisible, Left Rising, and Working families.
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Bustos, the DCCC chief, argues the new policy isn't specifically targeting progressives and that she isn't punishing consultants for their past work with incumbents, but progressives aren't convinced.
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