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Report: Future DCCC Interns to be Paid

Some interns wrote a note calling out ‘white and wealthy’ colleagues for not supporting their efforts to be paid

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján met with interns on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Future interns at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will be paid, according to media reports.

Chairman Ben Ray Luján told the class of current interns on Thursday morning that the DCCC will go forward with plans to pay interns, the Huffington Post reported Friday.Some of those interns wrote a letter to Luján on July 12 requesting pay and also calling out fellow interns who didn’t join the effort, characterizing them as “white and wealthy” with “no real understanding of the perspectives of everyday working Americans.”

The letter was written in coordination with the group Pay Our Interns, which has been pushing for Capitol Hill offices and campaigns to work towards paying their interns.

“The DCCC is reviewing its intern program, but can’t comment further on personnel policies,” DCCC communications director Meredith Kelly told Roll Call in response to questions about the Huffington Post report.

 

[‘White and Wealthy’ Colleagues Called Out in Letter to DCCC Demanding Intern Pay]

In the Thursday meeting, Luján reportedly said pay would come in the form of a stipend. He did not offer more details. The Huffington Post said its information came from a person in the meeting.

The Democratic National Committee started offering stipends in December, and the Senate just moved to include money for interns in its budget.

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