Washington (CNN) – The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a leading liberal political action group, on Friday endorsed three candidates in campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives.
"We saw over the last couple years that just electing 'Democrats' is not enough," the group said in the endorsement statement e-mailed to supporters on Friday, reaffirming their mission to help elect bold progressive candidates that will fight for liberal causes, most notably a public option clause in health care packages nationwide.
The PCCC is soliciting support for the following campaigns in an attempt to fend off the "corporate Democrats [that] killed the public option and watered down Wall Street reform."
Chris Donovan, a professor and current Speaker of Connecticut's House of Representatives, received one of PCCC's endorsements. His bid for the open seat in the Constitution State's fifth district caught the attention of the group, as he is posited to be up against more conservative Democrats. The group is rallying their Connecticut supporters to "make sure a progressive wins it."
Ann McLane Kuster's run for New Hampshire's second district is her second consecutive bid for the seat, currently occupied by a Tea Party Republican. In a separate statement to accept the PCCC's endorsement, Kuster said she will stand up "for creating good jobs, ensuring affordable health care for all, investing in our communities and demanding fairness from Wall Street."
Ilya Sheyman–the third endorsee and a former grassroots organizer for liberal advocacy groups–is coveting Illinois' 10th district against a conservative Blue Dog Democrat, saying in a separate statement that he is "sick and tired of Democrats who refuse to stand up and fight back for progressive values that make a difference in people's lives."
All three candidates support Elizabeth Warren's bid for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate, an apparent prerequisite for their garnering PCCC's endorsement, "Today, we're proud to endorse 3 bold progressives who vow to be strong allies of Elizabeth Warren in Congress," the group said.
An attorney, Harvard University School of Law professor and former special adviser to President Obama, Warren is running for the Democratic Senate nomination, in hopes of facing off next year against Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who won a January 2010 special election to fill the remainder of the term of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy.
According to Neil Sroka, a spokesperson for PCCC, the group has raised nearly half a million dollars in donated funds for their endorsees. The PCCC was the 2010 recipient of the "Most Valuable Online Activism of 2010" award issued by the Nation magazine.