PACs & Donors

Our research shows that PACs and donors have an active role to play in leveling the playing field for women in politics. Even as some political scientists dispute the impact campaign spending has on electoral outcomes, anyone following the 2020 primaries knows that the viability of a candidate is often evaluated in part by her fundraising ability. Therefore, to ensure that more women can viably run for office, PACs and donors ought to be more intentional about supporting all women candidates, across the political spectrum. 

In 2016, and with the support of a Network Grant from the Democracy Fund, we teamed up with the Center for Responsive Politics and Common Cause Education Fund to research PAC and donor giving to the men and women who ran in 2010-2016. Our end-goal was to devise strategies to challenge them to set targets for the percentage - or overall amount  - that they give to women candidates. Scroll further for the key highlights from this report, as well as a list of actions PACs and donors may take to be changemakers and help advance women's representation and leadership in the United States. 


In 2019, RepresentWomen teamed up with the Center for Responsive Politics once more to provide updated data and timely recommendations for the 2020 election cycle. Stay tuned for more information.

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Key Findings

Evergreen Recommendations for PACs and Donors

We would like to thank the Center of Responsive Politics for their ongoing work in tracking campaign contributions by PACs and donations to PACs, broken down by sector and industry.