Naughton Creates PAC Aimed at STEM Professionals

naughtonShaughnessy Naughton feels that the scientific profession is not well represented in Congress and she’s creating a new Political Action Committee to solve that problem.

314 PAC (named after pi) considers engineers and scientists the “backbone of our industrial and technology-based economy,” who will diversify the political perspective and restore collaboration in government.

“I decided to run for Congress after seeing basic scientific research come under attack from big-money special interests,” said Naughton, who will serve as 314 PAC’s Executive Director. “After running for Congress, I know first-hand how difficult it can be for a candidate with a background in science to stay financially competitive in a tight race. 314 PAC will give voters an opportunity to recruit a new generation of people with scientific and technical experience to office.”

The organization’s website asserts that, “Scientific and technological discovery and development are driving forces that push societies and their economies to evolve, to the benefit of their citizens.”

Nevertheless, very few STEM professionals hold public office and their research isn’t included in political decisions. 314 PAC laments this fact as a result of “big-money special interests.” The funds needed for basic scientific research, according to the PAC’s founders, have been diminished in favor of “small government.”

“Conservative elected officials, influenced by unlimited special interest campaign money, oppose expanding our scientific understanding of key issues, including medicine, public health, technology, and—the most pressing concern of our time—climate change,” according to the organization’s mission statement.

To combat this, 314 PAC’s candidates will work to aid science or engineering professionals who are seeking a path to political office. They believe the STEM community’s goals can change the political atmosphere. Working with their recruits, 314 PAC intends to provide the resources needed to create a “new generation” of democratic leaders who can “objectively observe and discern facts from opinions, and to make decisions dispassionately and based on evidence.”

Among the group’s board of advisors are PA-13 candidate Val Arkoosh, well-known climate scientist Michael Mann and Joe Trippi, the chief political consultant behind the 2004 Howard Dean presidential campaign.

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 8 Comments

8 thoughts on “Naughton Creates PAC Aimed at STEM Professionals”

  1. Jim says:

    Don’t fool yourselves–this pac exists for one reason, and one reason only: so Naughton’s fiancee/campaign manager can continue to draw a paycheck. I heard he’s been calling around Bucks for donations to this, and after all the bridges they both burned here, especially with trying to poison Cickay’s campaign, I don’t know why she’s wasting her time.

  2. This is a very sorely needed focus, at all levels of govt. As a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) who has run for local office, it is infuriating how inefficiently we spend our tax money, because few to none of those elected has any work experience in STEM.

    http://steventodd.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/government-needs-stem-leadership/

  3. Jake says:

    The end of the mission statement finally spells out that they are looking for Democratic candidates. (Which was pretty obvious anyway.)

    Just another case of Progressives claiming science as their own political domain. I just checked, and not a single scientist, engineer, or physician in the nation is conservative and/or Republican. (Because they fear and hate science, of course!) Low-information voters are going to eat this up.

  4. sean ryan says:

    Maybe she will use the money to finally move into the 8th district.

  5. Observer says:

    So, this must mean she is going to go all out in campaigning for Manan Trivedi, since, like, he is an actual, you know, doctor? Right, Shaughnessy? Or is this just another way to raise money for her own 2016 plans… Color me skeptical. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have more hotties like her running for office. Just spare us the STEM SCAM…

  6. Dude says:

    @13thDistrictDem

    That was obvious as soon as the results came in. Losing by less than 1k votes against a better funded establishment opponent solidified her credentials and now she doesn’t have to waste time running against Fitzpatrick.

  7. Sophie says:

    This is pretty great! The hit basic scientific research funding has taken in recent years is beyond troubling.

  8. 13thDistrictDem says:

    Well she’s definitely running for something else in the future.

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