AARP for millennials


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The millennial generation, born between roughly 1978 and 1996 and more than 75 million strong, is now bigger than the Baby Boom. Millennials already have reshaped commerce and entertainment, and now have taken another step toward remaking politics: They’ve formed their own lobbying group.

The Association of Young Americans was created in 2014 for persons from ages 18 through 35. Members pay $20 a year and, in addition to gaining discounts on services and merchandise, will support lobbyists.

Surveys of the AYA’s few hundred members to date highlight initial probable lobbying thrusts:  relieving student debt, scrubbing big money out of politics and criminal-justice reform. The group plans to begin lobbying when the new Congress convenes in January.

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