Lawless launches new Democratic PAC

Jennifer Lawless, Brown professor, 2006 Congressional candidate, and a semi-regular guest on Newsmakers, is launching a Democratic PAC to promote political participation and the involvement of women in politics:

The organization, called “REP|PAC,” short for “Real Equality and Progress for Rhode Island,” is a state political action committee that will raise money for Democratic candidates and promote a progressive political agenda.


“I am thrilled to launch this organization, and I am very excited about helping great Democratic candidates get elected to all levels of government in Rhode Island,” said Lawless, REP|PAC’s founder and first chairperson. “We have a great team of community activists from around the state who are ready to help raise and allocate resources that will make a difference in our state’s political process, beginning with the 2008 elections.”


With a fundraising goal for the first year of $25,000, REP|PAC strives to elect to public office progressive Democrats who will promote and help shape a wide range of social and economic policies for the betterment of the state. REP|PAC envisions a state in which government prioritizes and legislators advocate for democratic values, where women are as likely and able as men to seek and gain elected office, and in which all Rhode Islanders actively engage in the political process. With REP|PAC’s concerted efforts, well-directed funds, and systematic candidate support, the organization will work to transform Rhode Island politics, promote a progressive agenda, and ensure that the state’s elected officials are as diverse as the state’s population.


REP|PAC has also launched a website,, where candidates can apply for endorsements, individuals can sign up for news, and voters can access useful political links.

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