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California Democrat Forms Defense PAC

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) is forming a new political action committee that seeks to bolster Democratic candidates' credibility on defense issues.

SecureUS PAC, as the organization will be known, is designed not only as a fundraising mechanism but also as a medium to hone the party's message on defense-related matters and train candidates to speak intelligently and effectively on them.

"The goal of the PAC is to improve Democrats' message and policies on national security and defense issues," said a source close to the group, who requested anonymity because the PAC's existence will not be public until tomorrow. 

The source said the idea for the new PAC germinated during the 2004 election as President Bush scored political points by questioning Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry's ability to keep America safe.

Harman is currently the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and has recruited an impressive cadre of board members for the PAC, including Richard Holbrooke, former U.S ambassador to the United Nations.  Democratic pollster Mark Mellman (of the Mellman Group) is also involved and will present research on where the party stands on security issues at the PAC's unveiling tomorrow.

SecureUS is scheduled to be unveiled at a 12:30 p.m. event at the National Press Club.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 5, 2005; 6:34 PM ET
Categories:  PAC Watch  
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