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New PCCC/DFA TV Ad: " Luther Olsen vs. Poy Sippi Elementary School"

Watch the ad here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/recallolsen?refcode=med Today Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released the new ad, "Luther Olsen vs. Poy Sippi Elementary School." The ad depicts Jay Jones and his family in front of Poy Sippi Elementary School which is being shut down due to budget cuts voted on by Luther Olsen. "Republicans have found a way to find multimillion dollar tax cuts for rich corporations, but they cant find a way to keep my kids school open. And, it scares me to think about how this is going to affect my kids. I dont know whats going to be left for my kids when they get to be adults," explains Jay in the ad. (Full transcript and citations below.) "How can Sen. Olsen vote to close the community school that his own kids went to while giving tax breaks to millionaires? Where are his values?" asked, Charles Chamberlain, Political Director for Democracy for America. "Wisconsin voters deserve better than Luther Olsen." This new ad is being run by PCCC Recall Committee (Progressive Change Campaign Committee) and DFA Wisconsin (Democracy for America Recall Committee) Aimed at Sen. Luther Olsen (R, WI SD-14) the ad endorses opponent his Assemblyman Fred Clark whose election is August 9. The initial ad buy is $100,000 on broadcast and cable in the Green Bay and Madison media markets and begins Wednesday, July 20. The ad will run for one week, however the ad buy could be extended based on online fundraising. It's the first major PCCC/DFA ad buy in Wisconsin since the recall elections were triggered. The two groups have spent over $1 million on previous ads and Wisconsin campaign activity, and plan multiple ads in this final month. The two groups also have a national "Call Out The Vote" phone bank -- making hundreds of thousands of calls to Wisconsin voters. DFA has over 1 million members nationally, PCCC has over 750,000 members nationally. The two groups each have over 25,000 members in Wisconsin combined. Luther Olsen is part of the war on working families that is hurting schools and communities across Wisconsin -- all to give tax cuts to big corporations. The story of the Jones family is the story of families across Wisconsin. Together, they are fighting back -- and they are going to win," said Stephanie Taylor, Co-Founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee. AD TRANSCRIPT: Jay Jones, Poy Sippi, WI VISUAL: Jay and Melissa Jones of Poy Sippi in front of their community school with their children. SCRIPT: Jay speaks in front of the school: Im standing here in front of Poy Sippi Elementary School where Luther Olsens kids went to school. All of my kids have gone here. Two of them still do. But next year because of budget cuts Luther Olsen voted for, my kids are not going to get the opportunity to go to this little school. This school is probably the center piece of our small town. Its a gathering place and thats going to be gone. Were going to miss that. Republicans have found a way to find multimillion dollar tax cuts for rich corporations, but they cant find a way to keep my kids school open.[2] And, it scares me to think about how this is going to affect my kids. I dont know whats going to be left for my kids when they get to be adults. Luther Olsen has consistently put big money interests ahead of the middle class. Its time for a change. Were voting for Fred Clark for Wisconsin State Senate. Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America. BACKGROUND ON JAY JONES Jay Jones, 42, Poy Sippi, WI. Jay and his wife, Melissa are natives of central Wisconsin. Jay is a high school history teacher and Melissa works at a community college in nearby Appleton, WI. Parents of three, Jay and Melissa two younger children -- ages ten and seven -- were students at Poy Sippi Elementary prior to the school's shutdown in June due to budget cuts imposed by State Sen. Luther Olsen and Gov. Scott Walker. Jay's children will now have to be bused nearly 15-20 miles away to an elementary school in Berlin, WI. Available for Interviews Wednesday & Thursday, if desired. CITATIONS Jay Jones, Poy Sippi, WI Im standing here in front of Poy Sippi Elementary School where Luther Olsens kids went to school. All of my kids have gone here. Two of them still do. But next year because of budget cuts Luther Olsen voted for, my kids are not going to get the opportunity to go to this little school. The school is being closed as a result of budget cuts. -- Poy Sippi school closing its doors Fox News Channel 11, June 9, 2011, http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local/fox_cities/poy-sippi-school-closing-its-doors This school is probably the center piece of our small town. Its a gathering place and thats going to be gone. Were going to miss that. Republicans have found a way to find multimillion dollar tax cuts for rich corporations, but they cant find a way to keep my kids school open. Business production tax break added to state budget: Measure would cost $128.7 million a year Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 6, 2011, http://www.jsonline.com/business/123245453.html And, it scares me to think about how this is going to affect my kids. I dont know whats going to be left for my kids when they get to be adults. Luther Olsen has consistently put big money interests ahead of the middle class. Wisconsin is not unique in the budget situation that were in, and many states across the country are having to make large, large cuts to K-12 education, said state Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon. -- Union reform tops weeks news from Madison, WisconsinReporter.com, May 27th, 2011, http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/union-reform-tops-weeks-news-from-madison Its time for a change. Were voting for Fred Clark for Wisconsin State Senate. Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide and 25,000 members in Wisconsin, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Good news in Wisconsin

I just spoke with DFA Wisconsin Field Director Nick Passanante about what's happening on the ground ahead of next month's recall elections. We have 40 canvassers on the ground right now. As of last night, we've already knocked on 10,354 doors in Republican State Senate Districts 10 and 32. Now, we're getting ready to expand our ground campaign into District 8. We're getting some outstanding numbers, but we can't stop now -- we need to win all three of these seats to elect a Democratic majority and stop Scott Walker's Republican war on working families. But we can't keep this program going without your help. There's just 27 days until the August 9 recall elections and we just got word that some major donors are ready to band together to match up to $100,000 in grassroots contributions for our Wisconsin ground campaign. So, if you contribute $10 right now, your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar by major donors, doubling your impact in these races. Please contribute $10 right now and have your contribution matched dollar-for-dollar. Republicans have waged all-out war on working families. They're attacking unions and middle class families in Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey and states across the country -- and Wisconsin is our first chance to fight back. Winning these three recall elections in Wisconsin will send shockwaves across the country. It will send a clear message to Republicans everywhere -- attack the middle class and you lose. Trust me when I say that winning these elections is going to change the debate everywhere, including in Washington. Republicans won't be so keen on cutting Social Security and Medicare if they see just how big the backlash is going to be. Contribute $10 now and have it matched dollar-for-dollar, doubling your impact in Wisconsin. Republicans might have big corporate interests behind them, but we have people power. That's how we're going to win in Wisconsin and that's how we're going to win in 2012. Thank you for everything you do.
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Off the table

John Boehner is forcing the country into bankruptcy as part of his right-wing war on middle class families. Here are the facts -- Republicans don't have the votes to increase the debt limit without Democrats, but Boehner has rejected every Democratic proposal to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the rich, end subsidies for big oil, or close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas. Instead, Boehner wants to gut Social Security and Medicare. Cutting Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid is insane. It will be a punch in the gut to middle class families and will send the country deeper into recession. Thankfully, Nancy Pelosi and progressives in Congress are standing up against John Boehner and his right-wing Tea Party colleagues. We need to let them know that we have their backs. Call your Congressperson right now at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to take Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid off the table. This is crunch time. Congress has less than two weeks to find a compromise and raise the debt limit. We need to make clear everyone understands that we can't cut the deficit on the backs of middle class families. Thank you for all that you do.
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WI Press Call Release for Canvass Launch

After an Overwhelming Response from DFA Members in WI and Around the Country to Stand up Against the War on Working Families, DFA Launches Efforts on the Air, Over the Phones, and On the Ground Listen to the recording of the live press call from Monday July 11 with Nick Passante and Jimmy Haggerty. (MP3) Madison, WI - When Democracy for America members in WI started protesting outside the State House to stop Gov. Scott Walkers war on working families, DFA members from around the country rushed to support their efforts. This has resulted in an unprecedented campaign to recall 6 Republicans in Wisconsin. As a college student in Wisconsin, I could not stand idly by while working families like mine are being attacked in order to protect tax cuts for wealthy corporations, explained, Jimmy Haggerty, DFA Canvasser. Thats why I joined the DFA to canvass to recall Republican Sheila Harsdorf. Jimmy is a student at the University of Wisconsin -Eau Clare. He joins more than 60 local DFA canvassers to work in three must win districts to recall Sheila Harsdorf (SD 10), Alberta Darling (SD 08), and Dan Kapanke (SD 32). DFA launched three canvass operations this week in key must-win districts to add the third level to our layered communication strategy to be on the ground, on the phones, and on the air, said Nick Passanante, DFAs Field Director for Wisconsin. To win in Wisconsin, we will knock on hundreds of thousands of doors, get on the phones, and get the message out over the airwaves that no one can take away a working Wisconsites rights to a fair days pay for a fair days work. DFA has pledged to spend $500,000 on canvass and grassroots organizing operations and $500,000 on ads. As part of that plan, we'll contact 100,000 voters over the phone and knock on 50,000 doors for an initial contact and at least 50,000 more doors just for the get-out-the-vote operation in the final ten days. Since DFA has 25,000 members in Wisconsin, they will be a large part of the volunteer operations across the state. Democracy for America is proud to be a part of the leadership team of one of the best coordinated campaigns within the progressive movement, We are Wisconsin. We are Wisconsin is a group of labor organizations, womens groups, grassroots groups, netroots groups and others who are all working in concert to stop the Republican war on working families. DFA is also in a close partnership with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) on all of the television ads and the two groups have jointly raised over $1 million already to run two ads in the state. Since the campaign began, DFA members have: - Raised $1,531,614 jointly with the PCCC online to keep ads on the air and put boots on the ground in WI - Watch the two ads: WaronWorkingFamilies.com and www.RecalltheRepublicans.com - Made more than 90,000 phone calls to voters in the state during the supreme court race - Helped recruit 2,600 volunteers to collect recall petitions - Knocked on more than 8,000 doors in District 10 and 32 Made more than 11,000 phone calls in District 8 and 32 This is the largest state based campaign DFA has run in its history. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide and 25,000 members in Wisconsin, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Social Security Statement from Jim July 2011

"Social Security is hope for the average American working family and taking that hope away is unacceptable." - Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America. Burlington, VT - Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America in response to reports that Social Security is on the bargaining table in the Debt Ceiling negotiations: "The idea of cutting Social Security as part of these debt ceiling negotiations is simply ridiculous. At a time when America is hurting, when people are losing their jobs and their homes at an unprecedented rate, we are now going to tell the average American working family that they will have the burden of supporting their parents in old age and no retirement for themselves. The Wall Street Barons who caused this economic crisis have been getting a free ride for too long, and it's time for them to pay their fair share, plain and simple. Cutting Social Security to reduce the national debt is like attacking Iraq to get Osama Bin Laden -- the two things are not related. Social Security is running a large surplus in 2011 and by scrapping the cap on the payroll tax over $107,000 it will be more than solvent for generations to come.[1] Only 6 percent of Americans have wages above that cap.[2] Which do we want more? More tax cuts for the rich, or Social Security for everyone else. Let's keep our priorities straight, and stop giving away the farm to Republican bullies who got us into this mess in the first place. True freedom is the right to a fair wage, a decent life, and hope for the future. Social Security provides that hope for the average working American family and taking that hope away is unacceptable and unAmerican." 1. Social Security Admistration, Annual Statistical Supplement, 2010 (http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/supplement/2010/4b.html#table4.b4) 2. Social Security Administration data, 2011 ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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