A new super PAC, run by women to elect female Republican candidates, announced its official registration with the Federal Election Commission Monday.
Women Lead PAC, founded by prominent Republican donor and Republican National Committee Finance Co-Chair for 2011-2012 Christine Torretti, will seek to bring more women to the Republican Party by offering more resources to Republican women candidates.
“We looked at the last election and saw how the Republican Party was — our numbers with women and things like that — and there was a disconnect that needs to be filled,” Women Lead Executive Director Courtney Johnson told The Daily Caller. “We wanted to get more female Republicans elected to office, as well as connect female donors with them, so they know exactly how to help.”
In 2012, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost women by 11 points to President Barack Obama.
According to Toretti, who also served as the GOP’s national committeewoman from Pennsylvania in 2012, the best way for Republicans to salvage the female vote is to elect more female Republicans.
“The best strategy for helping bring more women to the ranks of the Republican Party is to elect them one big race at a time,” Toretti said, noting that until Women Lead PAC there had been a limited number of vehicles to connect female donors with “the races that need them most.”
“Women in politics face the same daily challenges as other women who run small businesses or households, many while raising a family,” she added. “We want women who are willing to step up and run for office to know that someone is there working diligently to level the playing field for them.”
Johnson explained that unlike organizations such as the pro-choice EMILY’s List or the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List there will not be a “litmus test” for candidates.