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Released: April 21, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, has endorsed Jimmy Dahroug's campaign for the New York State Senate. "Jimmy Dahroug has a long record of grassroots activism and he gives Democrats a real chance to gain control of the State Senate. Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Jimmy Dahroug knows that the party that empowers people will be the party in power." Jimmy Dahroug currently serves as a County Executive Assistant in the Levy Administration. Jimmy acts as a liaison from the County Executive's office to the County Legislature's committees on Labor, Workforce and Affordable Housing; Economic Development, Higher Education, and Energy; and Consumer protection. Jimmy led the effort to create the County Executive Gang Task Force which he chairs. He also played an instrumental role in creating the County Executive's Naming Rights Commission which has the potential to bring in additional revenue to the county. Jimmy helped create the first county carpool program which has lead to a significant reduction in emissions from county employee cars. "I am incredibly proud to have the support of Democracy for America," said Jimmy Dahroug. "Our victory will provide a historic opportunity to pass progressive, for-the-people legislation, after four long decades of Republican rule in our State legislature. This race could very well be the most important in New York State, and DFA's grassroots support is key to victory." 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. "Jimmy Dahrougs commitment to progressive solutions for government reform, middle class tax relief, and expanding health care give Long Islanders a real choice in this election," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. "Jimmy Dahroug is ready to serve the people with the kind of energy and vision they have not had for too long." ###
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Released: April 10, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, announced Monday that it has endorsed Jack Markell's campaign for governor. "Jack Markell has a proven record as Delawares State Treasurer, having worked on helping Delawareans of all income levels take control of their financial lives. Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Jack Markells work as a public official and his experience in the private sector make him uniquely qualified to lead Delaware." Jack Markell has been State Treasurer for nine years after having a very successful business career. He understands the diverse issues facing Delaware and has proposed bold solutions, such as guaranteeing every Delawarean will have affordable, quality health insurance and creating 25,000 jobs in his first term. Jack Markell is ready to lead and bring the kind of change that is needed in Dover. Jack has spent time in communities around the state, listening to Delawareans talk about their financial problems and has fought to implement changes that have a real impact on their lives. Over the past few years, he has worked to bring banking into Delawares schools, help people claim the tax credits they deserve and start new programs to improve healthcare for state workers. Additionally, he developed the Delaware Money School, which offers hundreds of free classes each year to teach people basic financial literacy skills at no cost to taxpayers. After earning degrees in economics and development studies from Brown University, Jack took a job with the First National Bank of Chicago and went to school at night, earning an MBA from the University of Chicago. As the thirteenth employee of Nextel, he served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and helped launched the company to global prominence. "I am honored to be endorsed by Democracy for America; an organization committed to the kind of socially progressive and fiscally responsible ideology that drives my work," said Jack Markell. "With DFA's help, we will take our message of positive change to all Delawareans." 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. "Jack Markell is a strong, progressive candidate with the skills and experience needed in the state house," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. "Jack Markell has a progressive vision for Delaware that will improve health care and education and the lives of its residents." ###
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Released: April 10, 2008 Rep. Diaz-Balart lashes out at Joe Garcia BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, endorsed Joe Garcias campaign to represent Floridas 25th Congressional District because his mainstream, progressive approach stands in stark contrast to the reactionary views of failed Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. Joe Garcia offers Floridians a real choice in this election cycle and his long record of service to the cause of Cuban freedom means that all Mario Diaz-Balart can bring to the table is character attacks and blustery language. Unlike Mario Diaz-Balart, Joe Garcia is ready to lead on important issues like bringing health care to all Americans, expanding opportunities for good middle-class jobs, and ending the War in Iraq. In yesterdays Miami Herald, Mario Diaz-Balart accused Joe Garcia of being a left-wing extremist for associating with United States Congressman and Korean War hero Charles Rangel. The reality is Rep. Diaz-Balart is out of touch. Rep. Diaz-Balart has no plan for health care, no plan to bring more jobs to South Florida, and has no plan to end the War in Iraq. Rep. Diaz-Balart is a lapdog for the Bush administration and has consistently sided with the Ann Coulter wing of the Republican Party. No one has ever accused Rep. Diaz-Balart of being an effective Congressman, but his new attack on Joe Garcia shows what an empty suit he is, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director for Democracy for America. Joe Garcia is talking about the issues that matter to South Floridians and Mario Diaz-Balart is running a negative campaign because he cant talk about the issues because he has nothing to offer but failed leadership and empty rhetoric. ###
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Released: March 31, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, has endorsed Anne Dickers campaign for the Pennsylvania State Senate. "Anne Dicker is just the type of citizen-activist we need in office," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Anne Dicker has a long history of working for progressive solutions on the grassroots level and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign. Anne Dicker is a political organizer, neighborhood advocate, and co-founder of Philly for Dean, Philly for Change, and PA for Democracy. As the next Senator to represent the 1st District, she will be a strong voice for reform. She is uniquely qualified to break from the old idea of self service over public service and restore a culture of open, honest, fair, and ethical hard work for the benefit of ever6yone in the 1st District. I have been involved with Democracy for America since its inception and I know just how important this endorsement is. I am grateful to have the support of DFA and its 675,000 members, said Anne Dicker. With DFAs help, we will win this primary and go on to victory in November. The Democracy for America endorsement is a clear sign of the momentum building behind Anne Dickers campaign. DFA is the key endorsement in this race, bringing donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. A national endorsement such as this will focus the attention of DFAs 675,000 members on this race and is another indication of the support coalescing around Anne Dicker. Anne Dicker is a great candidate and her campaign with its focus on neighbor-to-neighbor canvassing and grassroots organizing is a perfect example of a people-powered campaign," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Democracy for America is supporting Anne Dicker because she is the kind of candidate committed to her constituents and still believes in the idea of government of the people, by the people, and for the people. ###
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Released: March 31, 2008 Once again, the Senator shows how out of touch he is BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, endorsed Andrew Rice's campaign to represent Oklahoma in the United States Senate and Sen. James Inhofe is scared. Less than 24-hours after DFA sent a message to its 675,000 members on behalf of Andrew Rice, Sen. Inhofe's campaign sent out a fundraising email that shows just how little he understands about the growing culture of activism that is changing the political landscape in Oklahoma and across the country. Sen. James Inhofe is, once again, showing why he is unfit to serve and unworthy of another term. In the email sent by Sen. Inhofe's campaign, he tries to hide his extremist views and instead lashes out at Democracy for America. Sen. Inhofe tries to claim he is a conservative, but the facts of his record are clear: he is a Republican extremist with beliefs that put him at odds with a majority of Oklahomans and Americans. Sen. Inhofe claimed that Global Warming is "the second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state." He believes the Weather Channel is behind the hoax to attract viewers. And he's compared environmentalists to "Nazis" and the Environmental Protection Agency to the "Gestapo." Sen. Inhofe was one of only nine senators to vote against banning torture on individuals in U.S. Government custody. In fact, during the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse investigation, he was "outraged by the outrage" over the revelations of abuse. Anti-Equality, anti-choice, Sen. Inhofe is even anti-college loans. And in March 2002, he suggested that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a form of divine retribution against the U.S. for failing to defend Israel. "Sen. Inhofe is not a conservative, but just a mean, out-of-touch man with beliefs and opinions that are contradicted by reality, science, and plain old commonsense," said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. "Andrew Rice offers Oklahomans something they do not get from Sen. Inhofe: a sane legislator with mainstream ideas and the energy to get the job done." ###
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