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Parents running for office can now use campaign funds for child care

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It just got a bit easier for a parent of young children to run for office.

In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the Federal Election Commission voted to allow candidates to use campaign funds for child care, in response to a petition from one of the 527 women running for Congress in 2018.

“This is a game changer,” Liuba Grechen Shirley, a 36-year-old mother of two vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Rep. Peter King of New York, told VICE News after the FEC unanimously approved her petition 4-0. “It’s very difficult to run full-time for a congressional seat as a working mother with toddlers. Half of our representatives are millionaires, and this is why.” Grechen Shirley worked as an independent consultant for international development while juggling parenting until jumping into the race last fall.

Grechen Shirley and her husband came to the hearing with their two young children, who skillfully demonstrated why child care could be so important during an all-consuming campaign. Two-year-old Nicholas ran in circles outside the hearing room yelling about monsters while 3-year-old Mila, after asking several times “Can we go now?” finally just pulled her mom toward the door.

And now Grechen Shirley will be able to use some of the $300,000-plus she has raised for her campaign to help take care of her kids. Her petition had drawn support from some of the most prominent women in the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton submitted an official comment to the FEC in support of Grechen Shirley and tweeted about the case.

It just got a bit easier for a parent of young children to run for office.

In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the Federal Election Commission voted to allow candidates to use campaign funds for child care, in response to a petition from one of the 527 women running for Congress in 2018.

“This is a game changer,” Liuba Grechen Shirley, a 36-year-old mother of two vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Rep. Peter King of New York, told VICE News after the FEC unanimously approved her petition 4-0. “It’s very difficult to run full-time for a congressional seat as a working mother with toddlers. Half of our representatives are millionaires, and this is why.” Grechen Shirley worked as an independent consultant for international development while juggling parenting until jumping into the race last fall.

Grechen Shirley and her husband came

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