Castro forms PAC, boosts five House candidates

Former Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announcing the formation of a PAC. 

The paperwork, which the FEC website shows was signed Wednesday, indicated that the People First Future PAC has donated to five Democrats: Reps. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroTop Hispanic Caucus members endorse Melissa Mark-Viverito in NY House primary Ousted watchdog says he told top State aides about Pompeo probe CHC says George Floyd death shows ‘tiny fraction’ of what people of color confront in their daily lives MORE (Texas) and Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodNRCC turns up heat on vulnerable Democrats over Omar’s call to abolish police Julián Castro launches PAC to support progressive candidates Gun control group rolls out House endorsements MORE (Ill.) and House challengers Marie Newman (Ill.), J.D. Scholten (Iowa) and Wendy Davis (Texas). 

Underwood, a first-term lawmaker who flipped a Republican district in 2018, is running for reelection in a tight race after winning her seat by 5 points two years ago.

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Meanwhile all three Democratic challengers are running in high-profile races. Newman is waging a primary fight against Rep. Dan Lipinski (D), who has earned the ire of progressives over his opposition to abortion access and past comments on the LGBTQ community. 

Scholten is running against Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingGOP lawmakers say Steve King’s loss could help them in November The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden on the cusp of formally grasping the Democratic nomination The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from the protests MORE (R), a top Democratic target who has been hammered for comments praising white nationalism, and Davis is challenging Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoySmall businesses receive much-needed Paycheck Protection Program fixes House passes bill to grant flexibility for small business aid program The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter MORE (R), who won his seat by fewer than 3 points in 2018. 

Castro’s PAC is an outgrowth of his failed White House campaign. The former Housing and Urban Development secretary and former San Antonio mayor dropped out of the race in January amid dwindling poll numbers. He later endorsed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), who dropped out earlier this month.

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