Last year, the WGA West Political Action Committee raised a record $ 286,000 for federal and state candidates – all Democrats.
The PAC, which also endorsed Joe Biden for president and Kamala Harris for vice president, told guild members today: “As we seek to restore, heal, build and win with new leadership, let us not forget the role that writers played in the realization of this history. change. Over the past four years, we have organized, mobilized and fundraised, helping topple the House in 2018 and the Senate and White House in 2020. ”
The guild PAC said it was supporting 51 federal and state candidates in 2020 with donations from 837 members, including more than 400 who had never contributed through the PAC before. And after the general election in November, he raised an additional $ 20,000 to support Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the second round of the Georgia Senate elections.
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“With a slim majority of allies in Congress aligned with the values of the WGAW, now is the time to hold leaders accountable for their promises,” PAC said. “It will be a long road to recovery, but if one thing is clear over the past four years, we cannot be complacent, we must stay committed.
The WGA West Political Action Committee, which relies on voluntary contributions from guild members, helps elect candidates who support the guild’s public policy priorities. They include an open Internet, preventing increased concentration of the nation’s media; protecting union pensions and health, the right of workers to form and join unions, and the defense of copyright and support for reasonable efforts to eliminate piracy.
The PAC also said “goodbye” to Ajit Pai, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and welcomed Chairman Biden’s appointments of interim FCC chairman Jessica Rosenworcel and chairman by Acting Federal Trade Commission Rebecca Slaughter, both called by PAC “Welcome Writers and our Progressive Political Agenda.” “
“We expect Interim President Rosenworcel to prioritize repairing the deregulated damage to Ajit Pai’s tenure, including restoring tough net neutrality rules and bridging the digital divide, an issue that ‘she defended at the FCC and that took on even greater importance during the pandemic, ”PAC said. “As the media landscape continues to evolve with the dominance of streamers and the new controlling powers of connectivity devices, like Roku, we will also explore new ways for the FCC to assert its jurisdiction over online video distribution and to advocate for increased protection of and various content producers. And we’ll ask the FCC to take a holistic view of its media merger review powers, which it refused to do in the case of the AT & T-Time Warner and Disney-Fox mergers.
Slaughter, who has served on the Federal Trade Commission since 2018, “has been a strong advocate for increasing the agency’s resources, while combating threats to competition and promoting fairness and inclusion in media, ”PAC said. “As the FTC reaffirms its authority to challenge anti-competitive mergers and hold tech giants accountable, we will urge the agency to investigate competition in the media and telecommunications industry, and use its enforcement power antitrust laws to combat declining wages, exploitation of workers and limited economic mobility. . “