Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Ocasio-Cortez PAC Releases Endorsement Questionnaire


January 12, 2022
Courage to Change PAC Releases Policy Pledge Questionnaire for Local, Federal & State Candidates

 Today, the Courage to Change PAC released a national questionnaire for candidates running in state, local and federal races in 2022. Candidates who successfully complete the questionnaire will receive the ‘Courage to Change Policy Pledge Distinction,’ which is designed to help constituents identify candidates who are committed to social, racial and economic justice. As part of the questionnaire, candidates are asked to make a range of policy commitments - including rejecting all donations from corporate PACs; increasing funding for crisis response services; making public undergraduate programs free; ending exclusionary zoning; repealing the Faircloth and Hyde amendments; and limiting cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

The full questionnaire can be found here

Multiple candidates in the same race can receive the ‘Courage to Change’ Policy Pledge Distinction. The distinction does not serve as an endorsement from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, or the Courage to Change PAC. The Courage to Change Policy Pledge Distinction was used for the first time in 2021 in the New York City council races. Sixteen candidates who received the distinction won office - including Shahana Hanif, the first Muslim American woman elected to New York City Council. 

The Courage to Change PAC was founded by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez with the goal of elevating candidates who display political courage — people who refuse to bow to establishment pressure, who advocate ferociously for working-class families, and who have lived the same struggles as the people they seek to represent. More information is available here.


This information is being provided to all candidates who are running for office as described at the top of the page. 

As stated it is not an endorsement of either Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, or the Courage for Change PAC itself. As stated there can be multiple candidates in the same race who receive this distinction. The link to the application is provided in the first link titled the full questionnaire can be found here, and to learn more about the Courage for Change PAC information is available at the link at the end of the last paragraph. 

Candidates requiring more information should,

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