Book club with political bent
April 22nd, 2014
08:11 AM ET
9 years ago

Book club with political bent

Washington (CNN) - A leading grassroots liberal group is forming a book club to try and help boost Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren's new book to best seller status.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announcement Tuesday that it's forming a national progressive book club comes on the same day of the official book release from the freshman senator from Massachusetts. The group is encouraging its nearly one million members to purchase Warren's memoir, titled "A Fighting Chance," and spread it on social media.

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Starting with Warren's book, PCCC's inviting it's members to read a book every few months, followed by a national call with the author. The group is also considering local book parties as part of their plan. PCCC says over 14,000 of their members have already signed up to be part of the book club

PCCC was the major grassroots backer of Warren in 2012, both in urging her to run and in supporting her campaign against then-Sen. Scott Brown. The group raised over $1 million for Warren's campaign and says it made over half a million calls to voters on her behalf.

"In 2012, PCCC members rallied around Elizabeth Warren's economic populist message and we were her #1 grassroots supporter. In 2014, we'll help her rise to #1 on the best seller list," said PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor, in a statement.

Warren is a former Harvard University Law School professor who served as a senior advisor under President Barack Obama in setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, before returning to Massachusetts to run for the Senate.

While many progressives have urged Warren to make a bid for the White House in 2016, she has repeatedly said she's not running for president.

In her memoir, Warren details her life story while also laying out her case for a more level playing field in the country's economic marketplace.

In her book, Warren credits the PCCC efforts on her behalf in 2012, writing that the group "signed on early with the petition encouraging me to run, and they stayed with me every day right through the election."

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: 2016 • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • PCCC
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Elizabeth Warren = Republicans Worst Nightmare

    Guess who comes after Hillary GOTP..........You betcha!

    April 22, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. RetNavy

    What is it selling under, fantasy,science fiction, or just fiction? =)

    April 22, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. yolanda

    If it is her life story there must be a compelling passage covering her Native American heritage.....oh wait. Never mind.

    April 22, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    --subsidies approved by GOP
    Agriculture subsidies–20 billion dollars
    Financial subsidies–3.7 billion
    Gas/Electric–3.1 billion dollars
    Telecommunication–3 billion
    Aerospace–1.3 billion
    Retail/Trade 1 billion
    Food/Beverage/Tobacco–800 billion
    Average American family pays 6,000 dollars a year in big business subsidies, heaven forbid poor get something from government. God bless!!!

    April 22, 2014 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Books seem to now be only about politics, one way or another.

    April 22, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. rla

    E Warren– from the failed socialist republic of Massachusetts - amazing how the democrats fail where ever they set down roots

    April 22, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  7. Gunderson

    Old Gunderson think that book already written. Didn't George Washington write book at Valley Forge? Where hell Warren when brains passed out? Behind door, most likely.

    April 22, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. A Kickin Donkey

    Warren 's appeal is that she is unapologetically LIBERAL and she takes the fight right to the Republicans. Democrats need to man up get cut throat and EMBARASS the COP c.f. or being out of touch with the common working man / woman; the everyday citizen. OBAMACare solved a 80 year long problem that the GOP only did a circle _ erk as a response. Democrats need to advance the bipartisan improvements . . ' like tort reform that the public would find popular as a cost cutting measure. BUT they shouldn't run away from being socially liberal and fiscally responsible. Make those conservatives raise taxes to pay for every DOLLAR that they want to spend.

    April 22, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |