Supported by Council for a Livable World
The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Darlene Hooley in her successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Oregon.
Hooley was supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.
The Women’s Investment Network Political Action Committee, or WIN-PAC, was founded in 1987. For more than 20 years, WIN-PAC has raised tens of thousands of dollars each election cycle to help pro-choice Democratic women running for the Oregon Legislature.
The founding “mothers” of WINPAC were Betty Roberts (former legislator and first women to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court), Jewel Lansing (former auditor for Portland and Multnomah County), Gretchen Kafoury (former legislator and city and county commissioner), Darlene Hooley (former county commissioner, legislator and Congresswoman), Maureen Leonard (then Oregon Supreme Court clerk), and Patricia McCaig (then assistant to Oregon Secretary of State Barbara Roberts).
Founded two years after EMILY’s List, WIN-PAC endorsed its first candidates for office in 1988. WINPAC was originally non-partisan, but changed its endorsement criteria in 1994 to support only Democratic women candidates. WIN=PAC contributes dollars directly to pro-choice, Democratic women legislative candidates and collects checks made out directly to their campaigns (known as “bundling” in the political fundraising world).
- Successful WIN-PAC candidates have transformed the public policy debate in Oregon.