The Writers Guild of America West’s Political Action Committee has endorsed a dozen congressional and Senate candidates and contributed a total of $52,500 toward their campaigns.
The PAC said the candidates have shown support for the WGAW’s positions on such issues as Net Neutrality, digital piracy, independent production, copyright infringement and media consolidation.
“We have focused on incumbents who have a track record on the issues we care about,” said WGA West political director John Vezina. “Most of the issues important to writers are legislated through the House and Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees.”
The chairs of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees, Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-West Va.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), respectively, were identified as supportive of writers and WGA concerns.
“Because of that we’re working to ensure they retain their chairmanships,” Vezina said. “With the presidency and control of the House and Senate up for grabs, it is more important than ever that those we elect are not only educated about issues affecting writers but supportive of them.”
Candidates who have received the PAC’s endorsements are Rep. Henry Waxman, (D-Calif.), $5,000; Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), $2,500; and Rep. and Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), $7,500; Senate candidate Dr. Richard Carmona (D-Ariz.); and Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), $10,000; Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), $10,000; Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), $7,500; and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), $10,000.
The guild also said that while President Obama does not accept PAC money, he has received its endorsement.
“Through important appointments at the FCC and the Dept. of Justice, along with his strong support for issues like an open Internet, the president has proven his support and therefore deserves writers’ votes,” Vezina said.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and California Democratic Reps. Tony Cardenas, Xavier Becerra and Karen Bass have been endorsed without contributions.