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Released: August 6, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Jill Derbys campaign to represent Nevadas 2nd Congressional District. Jill is running against Bush Republican lapdog Dean Heller. Jill Derby is an educator, an activist, and a community leader committed to serving her constituents. Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign. said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Jill Derbys grassroots campaign is putting people-power into action and that is why she will win in November. Jill is a fourth generation Nevadan and started life on her family's Flying Flapjack Ranch in Lovelock, Nevada. She grew up in California, where her father trained pilots for the Air Force, and her family continued to spend time every year at the Lovelock ranch and at the family home at Lake Tahoe. Jill has spent her career as an educator, teaching at Western Nevada Community College, Sierra Nevada College, the National Judicial College and the University of California, San Francisco. Jill served 18 years on the Nevada Board of Regents, a non-partisan, elected governing board for the Nevada System of Higher Education. As a Regent, Jill served as chairman and vice chairman. Most recently, Jill has served as Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party where she was a key player in planning and executing the successful January Caucuses. Jill tirelessly traveled the state working with local party activists to train caucus volunteers and encourage all Nevadans - Democrats, Republicans and Independents - to participate in Nevada's Caucus. Turnout for the Caucus exceeded all predictions, with 120,000 Nevadans participating at more than 1,700 precinct meetings across the state. Democracy for America is the key endorsement in this race, bringing donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. DFA has helped elect over 550 progressives to office from Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts to Rep. Jerry McNerney in Californias 11th Congressional District. I am honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America, said Jill Derby. The work that DFA does to bring grassroots change nationwide has made the difference in many races, and I look forward to working with them to bring real change to Washington. Jill Derby knows we must embrace new technologies to break our dependence on foreign sources of oil. She knows we will be a stronger country when we bring our brave men and women in uniform home from the War in Iraq. And, we must provide every Nevadan and every American with quality health care. said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Jill Derbys opponent thinks its just fine to vote against health care for children and to rubberstamp the regressive Bush agenda. Jill Derby has the courage to lead and the wisdom we need in Washington. ###
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Released: August 6, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Patrick McCabes campaign to represent the 35th Middlesex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Patrick McCabe has been fighting for working families his whole life and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign. said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Patrick McCabe is committed to a progressive agenda that puts people in charge and that is why he is the best choice for Democrats in this election. Patrick McCabe was born into a working class Irish family in Somerville, Massachusetts. Patrick's Dad was a trucker and his Mom was a letter carrier, and early in life they taught him the importance of hard work, community, and social justice. Patrick is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and served seven years as an officer in the United States Army, joining the elite Airborne Ranger Special Forces, and achieving the rank of Major. The highlight of Patrick's military service was leading 300 men and women from the 101st Airborne Division on peacekeeping missions in war-torn Kosovo, where he and his soldiers worked to protect the victims of the Serbian genocide. After leaving the military, Patrick and his wife, Amy, settled in Medford, Massachusetts, where they are raising their two children, Madeline and Braeden. Amy works for a non-profit that helps military families struggling with the financial hardships of long deployments, and Patrick has worked for the past four years as the Organizing and Communications Director for SEIU local 1984, a public employee union in New Hampshire, where he helps working families fight for the dignity and fair treatment they deserve. Democracy for America is the key endorsement in this race, bringing donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. DFA has helped elect over 550 progressives to office from Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts to Rep. Jerry McNerney in Californias 11th Congressional District. "I am honored to have the support of Democracy for America, an organization that demonstrates every day what grassroots democracy really means, said Patrick McCabe DFA makes a difference by empowering the disadvantaged and the non-well connected to find their voice in our political process, and that's exactly what I intend to do in this campaign." Patrick McCabe knows it's wrong to deny sick people access to important medical breakthroughs like stem-cell research. Its wrong to deny women the right to reproductive freedom. And, its wrong to deny Americans the right to quality health care and that's why he'll fight for a universal health care solution that will serve the needs of every American. said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. As the progressive Democrat in this race, Patrick McCabe knows whats right and has the experience, judgment, and wisdom to bring real change to Massachusetts. ###
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Released On: June 19, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Don Barbers campaign for the New York State Senate. Don Barber has a long and impressive record as a public servant and businessman and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Don Barber is just the type of innovative, progressive person we need in Albany. Don Barber was born and raised on a family dairy farm in Danby, New York. The demands and joys of being part of a family farm instilled in him a life-long belief in the power of working hard to meet common goals. While Don was growing up, his father modeled civic responsibility by serving as a town councilman and town justice. Don learned by watching his father that it is each persons responsibility to work for the good of the community. In 1983, Don started his own construction firm, Sunny Brook Builders, with the goal of being recognized in the community for integrity, high quality work, and strong, well-rooted relationships. Twenty-four years later, Sunny Brook Builders has met and surpassed Dons original goals, and is recognized as a premier builder in Tompkins County. Under Dons leadership, Sunny Brook Builders is a living wage employer, an Energy Star builder, and a member of the Better Business Bureau. Don has followed the example of his father and worked for the good of the community by serving on advisory boards since the early 1980s, as Town Councilman for four years, and now beginning his 11th year as Town Supervisor for the Town of Caroline. "Democracy for America supports candidates who demonstrate broad-based community support. DFA has been a strong advocate for universal, quality, affordable health care. In addition, DFA has been a leader in the battle to resolve the global climate crisis. I am honored to have their endorsement of our grassroots campaign," said Don Barber Democracy for America is a key endorsement in this race, bringing donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. DFA has helped elect over 550 progressives to office from Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts to Rep. Jerry McNerney in Californias 11th Congressional District. Don Barber has shown time and again, whether in his role as an elected official or as a small businessman, he has the vision and foresight to tackle tough issues and work to advance progressive values, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Don Barber will bring his years of experience to Albany for the benefit of his constituents and all New Yorkers. ###
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Released: August 5, 2008 DFA Renews Its Call for Rep. Wasserman Schultz to Support Democrats BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, endorsed Annette Taddeos campaign to represent Floridas 18th Congressional District because she is a qualified candidate ready to put her experience to work for South Florida. Ms. Taddeo is running against Bush Rubberstamp, Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Party line toting lapdogs like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and their failed policies are bad for South Florida and bad for America. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, co-chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees Red to Blue program, should support progressive Democrats like Annette Taddeo. Debbie Wasserman Schultz should join Democracy for America, the AFL-CIO, Womens Campaign Forum, Orange to Blue, United Teachers of Dade, and many others who support Annette Taddeo because Ms. Taddeo will bring a new beginning to South Florida and America. Annette Taddeo will stand up for working families and fight everyday to move this country forward, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is either going to stand with Democrats to end the War in Iraq, create good paying jobs, and make health care affordable and accessible or she is going to stand alone. ###
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Ros-Lehtinen Voted Against Medicare Accountability Banked $180,000 From Special Interests Released Jointly with the Florida Democratic Party Miami, FL Sundays Miami Herald reported billions of dollars in Medicare fraud takes place in South Florida every year by far the worst record in the nation for Medicare abuse. In 1998, the largest home health care provider in South Florida was charged with bilking Medicare for more than $45 million in fake services. The companys founder had been a donor to Ileana Ros-Lehtinens campaign for re-election to Congress. Congress did have the opportunity to fight back against Medicare fraud before it reached crisis proportions, but Ros-Lehtinen voted against allowing Congress to pursue its Constitutionally-mandated oversight role. In 1995, she voted for the so-called Medicare Preservation Act (HR 2421, Roll Call 731, 1995). The Act that Ros-Lehtinen voted for crippled the efforts of law enforcement agencies to control health-care fraud abuse in the Medicare program, according to the then-inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services. Even then, Ros-Lehtinen voted with the Republican Party line and against the best interest of the people of her district, a pattern that continues almost 15 years later. Annette Taddeo, Ros-Lehtinens opponent in this Novembers election, responded by saying she was not surprised. This vote does not surprise me. It fits a pattern. For 18 years, Ros-Lehtinen has been claiming to be a moderate, but consistently places the interests of her party above the interests of the people of she is elected to serve. As Congresswoman, Taddeo says she will work to give every American access to affordable, quality healthcare. She supports allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with the prescription drug companies to get the lowest possible price for Seniors, and she will fight for a prescription drug plan that really works and doesnt just benefit the big drug companies. It is time for a change in South Floridas leadership, said Taddeo. It is time for a new beginning, where government is transparent and accountable to the people. Ros-Lehtinen has taken nearly $200,000 in campaign gifts from Big Pharma and HMOs. She has voted to cripple law enforcements ability to control Medicare fraud, and a year later, she simply refused to vote on a bill that was written expressly to stop Medicare fraud in 1996 (HR 3103). Rather than working to crack down on Medicare fraud, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen instead chose to profit off the people who are stealing millions of dollars from our seniors, said Eric Jotkoff, Florida Democratic Party spokesman. Ros-Lehtinen is either complicit or easily bamboozled, but any way you cut it she has no business representing South Florida in the United States Congress. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from pharmaceutical companies and the insurance industry while betraying her constituents, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director for DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, which has endorsed Annette Taddeos campaign. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen cares more about protecting her big money donors than she does about protecting the American people from fraud, waste, and abuse. ###
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