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Released: June 20, 2008 Jim Dean: Will Speaker Pelosi show the leadership to do the right thing? BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, this morning sent a message to its over 725,000 members asking them to call Speaker Nancy Pelosi to demand that she does not let the so-called FISA compromise bill come to a vote. DFA has been at the lead of efforts to block retroactive immunity for the telecommunications companies that participated in President Bushs program of illegal wiretapping on Americans. Listen, this bill is a sham, said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. The question is: will Speaker Pelosi show the leadership to do the right thing and stop this bill? In November of 2007, Sen. Harry Reid was forced, after his office received thousands of calls from Democracy for America members, to pull a FISA bill that included retroactive immunity from Senate consideration. In the days before this years State of the Union address, DFA members funded a full-page New York Times ad that called on Senators Clinton and Obama to show leadership, return to Washington, and support the filibuster in opposition to this attempt at retroactive immunity. Again, retroactive immunity was defeated after the Senate failed to garner enough votes to block a filibuster. And, in March, Democracy for America targeted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes. Rep. Reyes had indicated he was open to compromise on retroactive immunity. After thousands of calls to his offices in El Paso and Washington and a full-page ad in his districts largest paper, Rep. Reyes though better of compromise. Rep. Reyes stood with Speaker Pelosi and his committee produced a bill that did not contain retroactive immunity. DFA members have stopped the Bush administration from giving telecom companies a get-out-of-jail-free card before and, now, they will do it again, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. The folks who put this compromise together Sen. Rockefeller (WV), Sen. Bond (MO), House Majority Leader Hoyer (MD), and House Minority Whip Blunt (MO) are on the wrong side of American values, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. It is a betrayal of the fundamental ideals of our country. These guys need to decide whether they are on the side of the American people or President Bush. ###
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Released: June 18, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Patrick Lindemanns campaign for Ingham County Drain Commissioner. Mr. Lindemann has served as the Drain Commissioner since 1993. Patrick Lindemann has served his constituents with distinction for 15 years in a position that does not get a lot of attention, but is vitally important to the everyday lives of Michiganders, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Patrick Lindemann is committed to protecting our environment while creating opportunities for sustainable eco-friendly development and we are proud to endorse his campaign. Patrick has lived and worked in Ingham County for his entire life. He began his career as a small-business owner in Lansing and was elected to the city council in 1979, where he served for 12 years. Among his accomplishments on City Council, was the passage of a recycling ordinance, the second of its kind in the country. Additionally, Patrick founded the Michigan Avenue Business Association and was a founding member of Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council. Patrick received a Bachelor of Science in Resource Development from Michigan State University and is working on his Masters Degree. He was first elected to the position of Ingham County Drain Commissioner in 1993 and continues to serve the residents of Ingham County in that role. As our Drain Commissioner, Patrick has completed numerous projects to alleviate flooding and preserve our Counties natural resources. His work to create innovative eco-systems that serve as natural drainage areas in the Tollgate Drainage District has earned him international attention. He recently received the Clean Water Action 2007 Hero of the Great Lakes award for his unwavering commitment to clean water. "I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America, a progressive organization that shares my values and dedication to preserving our natural resources for generations to come," said Patrick Lindemann 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. Patrick Lindemanns progressive approach to water and resource issues is well-known and long-established, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Patrick Lindemann is doing tough, hard work and proving that progressive values have a place at all levels of government. ###
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Democracy for America Calls for Democratic Unity BURLINGTON, VT -- DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, today, in a message to its over 700,000 members, called on Democrats and progressives to unite behind Sen. Barack Obama as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party. What started six months ago in the caucuses in Iowa has produced a phenomenal candidate who is ready to bring Americans together to end the War in Iraq, provide health care to all, and confront the very real threats of global climate change. Democrats, progressives, independents, and Republicans will come together to support Barack Obama and defeat John McCain and the failed policies of George W. Bush. "This has been a nomination process that no one could have predicted, but it is a process that was controlled by empowered voters who want to put an end to the disastrous leadership of President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Sen. McCain," said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. "Over 35 million voters participated in Democratic primaries and caucuses because they were energized by the candidates and because they are ready for a change from the discredited and shortsighted Republican vision." In his message to Democracy for America's members, Jim Dean wrote, "Last night, Barack Obama won the delegates necessary to become the Democratic Nominee. This historic victory is a testament to your hard work and dedication. We're moving America forward into a new era of progressive leadership." "We are witnesses to an historic and transparent process that has strengthened the Democratic Party and provided us with a candidate who will defeat John McCain and move America back to a position of leadership in the world," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. "Now that the primaries and caucuses are done, as Democrats, as progressives, as Americans we must unite behind our nominee and work as hard as we can to win the White House and change the world." ###
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Released: May 30, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action organization, endorsed Ed Fallon for Congress because he offers his 3rd District constituents the leadership and intelligence they need in Washington. Ed Fallons opponent in the June 3rd primary is so out of touch with the needs of Iowans and so scared about losing this election his supporters have started to send false attack mailers to voters. (In an editorial published on May 29th the Des Moines Register debunks the false attack mailers: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080529/OPINION03/805290382/1110) What Leonard Boswell is selling, the voters arent buying. said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. Races like this are won at the door and over the phone. Ed Fallons grassroots campaign understands this and that is why he is going to win on June 3rd. Democracy for America will use its grassroots infrastructure in the 3rd District to turn out hundreds of volunteers to participate in get out the vote activities in support of Ed Fallon. DFA and its members have, time and again, shocked the political establishment by focusing on the neighbor-to-neighbor outreach that is crucial for victory in tough races. Earlier this year, DFA and its members were instrumental in helping Donna Edwards defeat incumbent Congressman Al Wynn in Maryland. Ed Fallons campaign which is funded by small donations from individuals contrasts with Leonard Boswells campaign which is dependent on large contributions from PACs like AT&T and Wal-Mart. Ed Fallon has excited and energized voters from across the District who have volunteered in large numbers to drive his people-powered campaign to victory in the primary. While Ed Fallon talks about bringing high-paying jobs to Iowa and fixing our countrys broken health care system and ending the War in Iraq, Leonard Boswell lashes out in a pathetic and vain attempt to confuse voters about his own shoddy record. Leonard Boswell has had his chance and he has failed. Leonard Boswell has failed on education, on the environment, on farm issues, and on the War in Iraq, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. Ed Fallon has the grassroots support and understands the issues that matter to voters. That is why Ed Fallon was endorsed by the Des Moines Register and why Ed Fallon will win on June 3rd. ###
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Released: May 27, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT/WASHINGTON, D.C. DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action organization, is partnering with J Street, the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, to demand that Sen. Joe Lieberman cut all ties with Pastor John Hagee and "Christians United for Israel. Last Thursday, Senator John McCain renounced the endorsement of Pastor Hagee and made it clear that his views are simply out of bounds for mainstream American politics. Now its Joe Liebermans turn to follow the lead of his good friend, the Republican nominee for President. J Street and DFA launched the Say Aint So Joe petition asking Sen. Lieberman to reject Pastor Hagees hatemongering and to refuse to appear at the 2008 Christians United for Israel Washington-Israel Summit this July 22. Democracy for America and its over 700,000 members and J Street are asking Americans to sign the petition and join the movement to keep Pastor Hagees brand of religious intolerance out of American political discourse. Pastor Hagee has a long and despicable record of hate speech that has been well documented: On Muslims -- "All Muslims have a mandate to kill Christians and Jews." On Hurrican Katrina -- "I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that." On Women -- "Do you know the difference between a terrorist and a woman with PMS? You can negotiate with a terrorist." Joe Lieberman has been hustled by a hate-filled con-artist who hides behind the cloak of religion to spread a particularly pernicious type of bigotry, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Does Joe Lieberman have no shame? Will he stand with a hatemonger and continue to praise this intolerant figure? Or, will he recognize that Pastor Hagee is no friend of Americans who believe that tolerance and understanding are things that make America great? There should be no place in American politics and certainly no place in the American Jewish community for a man who holds John Hagees views, said Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Streets Executive Director. John McCain finally got that on Thursday. Now its time for American Jewish leaders to admit that, for too long, Pastor Hagees supposed pro-Israel views have bought him a free pass in the Jewish community. This has to end. It simply isnt worth sacrificing core values and principles that the Jewish community holds dear for a political alliance of convenience. And the great irony is, Hagee in the end really isnt pro-Israel. His support for Israel is simply a means to an apocalyptic end of destruction or conversion for the Jewish people. ###
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