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Released: July 1, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Chellie Pingrees campaign to represent Maines 1st Congressional District. Chellie Pingree, as a business owner and elected representative, has shown she has what it takes to lead and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Chellie Pingree is a tested leader who has the skills and experience that her constituents deserve. Chellie has been actively engaged in three decades of work for change. This has ranged from serving the residents of North Haven on the school board to leading more than 300,000 members and supporters across the nation as the president and CEO of Common Cause to serving eight years in the Maine State Senate. In the legislature, Chellie stood firm for social and economic justice, and never backed down from taking on powerful adversaries--most notably the pharmaceutical lobby. In the Legislature, Chellie took on the pharmaceutical companies to pass a first-in-the-nation program to lower the price of prescription drugs in Maine. Always mindful of Maine's need for economic development, Chellie was chair of the Economic Growth Council. Chellie is a small business owner and farmer who understands the economic policies of George Bush, John McCain, and the Republican Party are not in the best interests of Mainers. She created jobs for community as owner and manager of North Island Yarns and North Island Designs. Chellies current business is Nebo Lodge, an inn and restaurant on North Haven. "The most important part of my campaign has been one on one interaction with the voters at the grassroots level--which is why I'm thrilled to be endorsed by Democracy for America, an organization committed to grassroots organizing," said Chellie Pingree. 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. Chellie Pingree knows we have to break our dependence on foreign oil, support development of alternative sources of energy, and fix our broken health care system to guarantee we leave our children and grandchildren a better world, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Chellie Pingrees commitment to progressive values shows she is ready to go to Washington and tackle and solve the tough problems. ###
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Released: July 1, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Tom Allens campaign to represent Maine in the United States Senate. Tom has represented Maines 1st Congressional District for the past twelve years. In this campaign, Tom is running against Republican incumbent Susan Collins. Ms. Collins likes to portray herself as a moderate, but in reality she has been a consistent vote for the failed policies of George Bush, John McCain, and the Republican Party. Tom Allen has a proven record and the experience Mainers deserve and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Tom Allen is a committed public servant whose vision and foresight are needed in the Senate. Allen expressed his gratitude for the endorsement. In a few short years, Democracy for America has greatly strengthened our Party and our nation by empowering voters with effective tools for grassroots engagement and discussion on the issues, said Tom Allen. I appreciate DFAs confidence in me and am thankful to have them on board in my campaign for change. 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. Tom Allen knows we have to end the War in Iraq, fix our broken health care system, and implement economic policies that support the middle class and working men and women, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Tom Allens people-powered campaign is a clear sign that he will put his constituents before big money special interests. Susan Collins likes to talk a big game, but the truth of the matter is she cant walk the walk and remains in lockstep with the misguided agenda of George Bush, John McCain, and the Republican Party, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. Tom Allen is a straight-shooter who doesnt change his tune based on the latest polling. This is a lesson Susan Collins is incapable of learning. Tom grew up in Portland and spent summers and weekends on the family farm near North Sebago. Tom attended Bowdoin College, where he demonstrated his capacity for courage and leadership. In 1965, he made headlines when he led the Bowdoin chapter of his fraternity out of the national association because it refused to admit African Americans. Through his academic success and leadership, Tom earned the Rhodes Scholarship. He attended Harvard Law upon graduation from Oxford. Tom served on Portlands City Council in Portland from 1989 to 1995. During his tenure, Portland led the state in nondiscrimination practices by banning bias based on sexual orientation for housing, credit and employment. In 1996, Tom ran for Congress from Maines 1st District, defeating incumbent Republican James Longley, Jr. by 10 percentage points. In Washington, Tom has been a strong and effective leader, pioneering legislation on prescription drug issues, campaign finance reform and the environment. A member of two influential House committees Energy & Commerce and Budget he is a strong advocate for health care, small business, energy, fiscal responsibility and economic competitiveness. ###
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Released: June 30, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Dan Maffeis campaign to represent New Yorks 25th Congressional District. Two years ago, Dan came close to defeating incumbent Republican James Walsh. Rather than face a tough campaign again, Mr. Walsh announced his retirement in January. Dans likely challenger on the Republican ticket will be the lackluster Dale Sweetland. Dan Maffei has the public and private sector experience that the 25th District needs and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Dan Maffei knows progressive values on issues like jobs and health care will make Upstate New York and the whole country stronger. Dan Maffei is an accomplished leader in the private and public sectors. A proud graduate of Syracuse's public school system, Dan earned a Bachelor's Degree in History from Brown University and Masters Degrees from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Public service has always been a big part of Dan's life. He has worked for former Senator and New York Knick Bill Bradley, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Congressman Charles Rangel, the leader of New York's Congressional delegation, and Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll. Dan now works as the Senior Vice President of Pinnacle Capital Management, LLC and he remains an active participant of the Spanish Action League, the Tech Central Community Advisory Board, and Donors Choose. Dan is a member of the DeWitt Rotary Club and a parishioner at Holy Cross Church. He is a former member of NABET Local 211 of the Communications Workers of America. "I am thrilled to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America and its over 725,000 members across the country. Grassroots support will make the difference for my campaign to change the direction of Central and Upstate New York, said Dan Maffei. DFA members have the experience, passion, and commitment that we need to help us communicate our message to the voters of my district. Together, we can finally end the war in Iraq and bring good paying jobs back to the region." 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. Dan Maffei is ready on day one to work for an agenda that brings good paying jobs back to Upstate NewYork, fixes our broken health care system, and ends the disastrous foreign policy of George Bush, John McCain, and the Republican Party, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. While jobs were leaving Upstate New York and health care costs were soaring, James Walsh, Dale Sweetland, and the Republican Party did nothing. Dan Maffeis experience, vision, and judgment make him the only choice on Election Day. ###
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Released: June 27, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Linda Stenders campaign to represent New Jerseys 7th Congressional District. Two years ago, Linda came within 1% of defeating incumbent Republican Mike Ferguson. Rather than face a tough campaign again, Mr. Ferguson dropped out. Running in his place on the Republican ticket will be Bush lackey Leonard Lance. Linda Stender has a progressive record of public service that cant be matched and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Linda Stender has been at the forefront of progressive activism in New Jersey and she is ready to take her experience and judgment to Washington. Linda Stender and her husband Richard raised their three kids in Fanwood, NJ, a few blocks from where she grew up. Linda first got involved in public service when the Fanwood Borough Council was putting special interests before the needs of the people. So, she ran for office herself to reform local government and help her neighbors. And she won. After serving on the Borough Council, Linda went on to serve as Mayor of her hometown and Freeholder of her county. Today, Linda is proudly serving her fourth term in the New Jersey General Assembly representing her neighbors in the 22nd Legislative District. In the state legislature, Linda spearheaded the effort to combat Global Warming. Linda Stender is also one of New Jerseys strongest advocates for making our state a national leader for stem cell research. I am honored and thrilled to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America, an organization that shares my commitment to working together to take our country back, said Linda Stender. The Bush administration and Republicans in Washington have led our nation in the wrong direction, and Im running for Congress to get us back on the right track. I look forward to working with the DFA community over the coming weeks and months to bring the change our families need. 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. With Linda Stender in Congress we can make much needed progress on issues like revitalizing our economy, ending the War in Iraq, making the United States energy independent, and providing health care to all Americans, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Everyone deserves to be represented by someone who is responsive to their needs and concerns. When Linda Stender is elected, the residents of New Jerseys 7th District will have that. ###
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Released: June 25, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Mark Begichs campaign for the United States Senate. Begich is running against disgraced Senator Ted Stevens. Sen. Stevens is currently the target of several investigations regarding his ties to lobbyists and powerful business interests like the oil services company VECO. Mark Begich has shown as mayor of Anchorage he has the integrity and judgment to lead and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Mark Begichs commitment to honesty and transparency and his record of success make him the only choice this November. Mark Begich, 46, is in his fifth year as mayor of Alaskas largest city, which under his administration is in its 20th consecutive year of economic growth, has enjoyed a record building boom and is financially sound due to strong fiscal management. Begich, the citys first mayor born in Anchorage, is the son of Alaskas third congressman, Nick Begich, who in 1972, along with House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, disappeared while flying between Anchorage and Juneau. As mayor, Begich is especially focused on transforming Anchorage into a progressive, international city capitalizing on its Pacific Rim location. Twice during Begichs tenure and for the first time in a generation - voters have passed every proposition on the city ballot, approving enormous investments in public facilities, public safety, parks and recreation and transportation. Begich will bring his style of being open and accessible with him when he is elected to the U.S. Senate. I am pleased to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America and recognition of my work standing up for working families, not for special interests, said Mark Begich. Together we can bring great change to America and improve the lives of families from Alaska to Maine and everywhere in between. 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. Mark Begich is ready to reform the corrupted and misguided ethics of the insider Washington culture, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Mark Begich is ready to do the hard work needed to make the United States energy independent, to make sure our struggling economy gets back on the right track, and to make sure we honor the service of our brave men and women in uniform. Ted Stevens is part of the tired, old culture of incumbency that puts big money campaign contributors in the drivers seat instead of the American people, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. Mark Begich will work for his constituents and be accountable to the high standards Ted Stevens is incapable of living up to. ###
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