July 14, 2010
Democracy for America, USAction/TrueMajority, and CREDO Action Launched Stop Big Oil Bailout Campaign to Call for End to Taxpayer Subsidies to Dirty Fuels
BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America (DFA), USAction/TrueMajority, and CREDO Action have joined forces to launch a new online campaign to call for the end of taxpayer bailouts of Big Oil. In the middle of the worst environmental disaster in recent history, the BP oil spill, big oil companies continue to receive enormous taxpayer subsidies while recording record profits. The new campaign, a joint effort of the three organizations, will work to pressure Congress and candidates to end these outrageous government hand-outs. While Congress debates legislation to reduce the effects of global warming, American taxpayers are subsidizing the dirty fuel companies that are causing it, said Charles Chamberlain, Political Director for DFA. Now is the time to end our addiction to dirty fuel and the first step is to end taxpayer giveaways to Big Oil. "It's time for Congress to stop the $35 billion taxpayer bailout to companies like BP, said Adam Quinn of CREDO. "I think taxpayers would rather support clean energy and green jobs than give BP almost a quarter of a million dollars a day in tax subsidies for Deepwater Horizon platform alone. If not now, when?" "It just doesn't make sense to subsidize dirty fuels anymore; oil companies are making record profits on our tax dime. Now that we see the devastation dirty fuels can cause, let's support clean energy innovation that creates new jobs and make our planet a better place to live," said Matt Holland, USAction/TrueMajority. Groups in the coalition were particularly outraged that ExxonMobil, the most profitable corporation in American history, avoided paying any income taxes to the Federal Government last year and then pocketed an additional $46 million from the IRS. [1 and 2] DFA, USAction/TrueMajority, and CREDO Action are collecting petitions to send to Members of Congress and candidates for Congress. Several proposals that reduce or eliminate subsidies to dirty fuel companies exist, including a proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Sen. Sanders amendment would end more than $35 billion in tax breaks to big oil and gas companies.  _____________________________________________ 1. Oil and Gas Industry: A Decade of Record Breaking Profits: http://www.taxpayer.net/projects.php?action=view&category=&type=Project&proj_id=3559 2. Pumping Tax Dollars to Big Oil: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/04/oil_subsidies.html 3. Release: Sanders Amendment Would Repeal Big Oil Tax Breaks: http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=40632a45-5269-4498-807a-66dc78abaa6e Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
July 7, 2010
After FCC Closed Meetings with Telecom Industry, Advocacy Groups Join Forces to Protect the Internet from Corporate Control BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America (DFA), the people powered PAC, today urged the Obama Administration to take a strong stand against the corporate takeover of the free and open internet. DFA launched a petition to its members to defend net neutrality: http://bit.ly/demfornet. In the coming weeks, the Obama Administration will make a critical decision about whether the internet remains open to all or whether corporate interests will be able to control access, said Charles Chamberlain, DFA Political Director. Today, our 1 million members are urging the Obama Administration to keep the internet how it is open to all. With more and more corporate control of mass media, a free and open Internet is critical to our democracy. Late last week, DFA joined with other progressive organizations to send a letter to President Obama urging him to take a strong stand in support of net-neutrality. You can see the letter and DFA petition to save the free and open Internet here: http://bit.ly/demfornet Currently the Federal Communications Commission is meeting with major corporate telecommunications firms behind closed doors to craft a policy. 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.
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June 23, 2010
Marshall Goes on to Face Vulnerable Republican Opponent in Strong
Position to Pick Up Democratic Senate Seat in November BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America (DFA), the
people-powered PAC, is proud to congratulate Elaine Marshall on her
primary win today. DFA was the first national group to endorse
Marshall after DFA members in North Carolina supported Marshall by 59%
in the Primaries Matter poll in April. Elaine Marshalls victory is a victory for all Democrats in North
Carolina. She is a champion for North Carolina working people, and she
is clearly the grassroots choice for the Senate, said Jim Dean,
Chair of DFA. Thats why we launched our Primaries
Matter campaign, because voters should decide who best represents
their values. Mike Nellis, Elaine Marshalls new media strategist, said, Democracy
for America is an important part of the coalition Elaine
Marshall has built, and I know their support was critical to our
victory in this runoff. DFA backed Elaine when so many wouldnt, and
should be thanked for their commitment to electing grassroots
progressives. DFAs national membership mobilized to raise funds for the
campaign, while local NC DFA members knocked on doors, made phone calls,
and provided the grassroots support needed to win. DFA
has helped elect nearly 600 progressives up and down the ballot
including, most recently, Joe Sestak, DFA endorsed candidate, who
won a primary against Arlen Specter in PA on May 18th. 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. http://www.DemocracyForAmerica.com
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June 3, 2010
DFA Members, State Democratic Parties, and State and Local Governments to Declare Independence from Corrupt Big Banks
BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America (DFA), the people powered PAC, announced the launch of a national campaign encouraging individual and institutional consumers to move their money from banks who received taxpayer funded bailouts to smaller local banks and credit unions. The three tiered campaign will first ask individuals to move their money, then DFA will help local groups organize state Democratic Parties to pass resolutions to move their money, and, finally, DFA groups will pressure state and local governments to move their money to local banks. Its time for us to declare our independence from too big to fail banks, said Charles Chamberlain, Political Director for Democracy for America. We cant wait for Congress to make this change happen. To regular Americans this issue isnt Left or Right it just makes sense. If enough people move their money from a big bank to a smaller, more local, more traditional community bank, we can break up the big banks ourselves. DFA is joining the Move Your Money campaign started in December 2009 by Arianna Huffington, founder of the HuffingtonPost.com. DFA's grassroots groups will be organizing local Democratic Parties and state and local governments to move their money. On DFAs efforts, Huffington said, I am very excited to see DFA add their grassroots organizing power to Move Your Money. DFA members aren't waiting for Congress. They have the power to break up the big banks starting now. The campaign is endorsed by filmmaker and activist Michael Moore. Move Your Money before some 'too big to fail' bank moves it for you -- into their pockets. If our elected officials won't punish the banks that took our money, here's a way to do it yourself. Starve the big banks, Moore stated. The campaign launches this week and will culminate in dozens of rallies organized by DFA members across the nation on July 4th declaring independence from big banks. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people powered PAC. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up.
May 12, 2010
BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America, the people powered PAC, announced its endorsement of Joe Sestak for Senate today. DFA members in Pennsylvania support Sestak by a margin of 3-to-1 in the organizations Primaries Matter online poll. Were supporting Joe Sestak because he is a progressive Democrat. Arlen Specter, on the other hand, switched parties a few months ago in an attempt to keep his seat, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Thats why we launched Primaries Matter, because its not just about electing anyone with the word Democrat next to his name, its about electing better Democrats. Just released polling shows Joe Sestak is within 4 percent of pulling ahead of Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary a huge jump from only one month ago when Quinnipiac polling showed Sestak down by 21 percent. Democracy for America is supporting Sestak to build on this momentum, bringing in donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. DFA has helped elect nearly 600 progressives up and down the ballot including, most recently, Elaine Marshall, who came in first in the Democratic Primary for Senate in North Carolina on Tuesday May 4. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America, the people powered PAC, has over one million members nationwide. DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. Contact: Levana Layendecker (802) 651-3200 x 157
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