EMILY's List president considers U.S. Senate run in Montana

Stephanie Schriock served in Al Franken's 2008 election to U.S. Senate, which critics say was fraught with election fraud.
Tue May 21, 2013 - 4:10 pm EST

HELENA, MT, May 21, 2013, ( – The president of one of the nation's most powerful pro-abortion lobbying groups, EMILY's List, is considering running for U.S. Senate in Montana.

Stephanie Schriock has said she may throw her hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination to the seat being vacated by six-term Senator Max Baucus.

At least some powerbrokers in her home state are open to the idea. “She's qualified because she knows and cares about Montana," said Democratic strategist Aaron Murphy.


Hogue, who has attempted to put a younger face on the abortion lobby, grew up in Butte and was inspired to enter politics by a 1980 union protest that led to a mine closure, leaving many in the area jobless.

Before taking the helm at EMILY's List, Schriock compiled a successful campaign record in Democratic Party politics.

She served as finance director of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential bid, where her pioneering use of social media raised a record-breaking $52 million in campaign contributions.

She went on to work for the campaign of Montana's other U.S. Senator, Democrat Jon Tester, and then Minnesota's U.S. Senator Al Franken. Authorities declared Franken the winner of a highly contested election in 2008 by a mere 312 votes. Critics have alleged that Franken's election was fraught with voter fraud. A watchdog group identified 1,099 ineligible voters who cast ballots in the election. All were convicted felons, who have traditionally been disenfranchised

Schriock will make her decision about running in her own right after former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer announces his intentions. If he chooses to run, he is considered a prohibitive favorite for the nomination.

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Schweitzer, who was just named chairman of the board of Stillwater Mining Company, said on Monday that he has not closed the door on a Senate run, but is “not going to put my life on hold until then.”

If Schriock does not run, she named two other women – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and auditor Monica Lindeen – who might seek the state's highest office in her stead. Both are Democrats.

EMILY is an acronym that stands for “Early Money Is Like Yeast (it makes the dough rise).” The organization, which offers early campaign contributions to pro-abortion female candidates, spent $11.5 million in the 2012 election season.

The group launched a "Madam President" initiative, aimed at electing the first female president in 2016, at roughly the same time as Schriock disclosed her own electoral ambitions.

The abortion lobbying group promoted Hilary Clinton, Kathleen Sebelius, and Janet Napolitano as worthy 2016 presidential candidates. All favor abortion-on-demand.

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