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Democracy for America Sends a Message to Senators Clinton and Obama

Released on: January 25, 2008 DFA Runs Major Ad in New York Times on Telecom Immunity Burlington, VT Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, will place a full-page ad in the Monday, January 28 edition of the New York Times. The ad calls on Senators Clinton and Obama to show true leadership and fight retroactive immunity for the telecommunications companies who participated in President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program. Currently, the Senate is considering unprecedented legislation that would grant the Bush administration a wide array of powers to spy on Americans. "President Bush has done real damage to our Constitution and any legislation that grants retroactive immunity would make the United States Congress and the American people complicit in his illegal activities," said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. "Senators Clinton and Obama and the senators who have endorsed their presidential campaigns are key to holding the Bush administration accountable for their actions." The ad makes clear that this is the last chance for the American people to discover the extent to which the Bush administration violated the Constitution by pressuring telecommunications companies to spy on American citizens without warrants, due process, or probable cause. Senators Clinton and Obama now have the opportunity to show the leadership we need in any future president. Twelve Democratic senators voted for cloture on yesterday's Judiciary Committee amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that did not include retroactive immunity. The cloture vote was successful by a margin of 60 to 36. Of these twelve senators, seven have endorsed either Senator Clinton or Obama. If these presidential hopefuls bring along the support of these senators, they can sustain a planned filibuster, defeat any cloture vote, and demonstrate that they have the integrity, vision, and judgment to be president. "Americans recognize that we live in dangerous times, but we cannot sacrifice our liberty and our freedoms every time the President says the sky is falling," said Arshad Hasan, Exceutive Director of Democracy for America. "I was born and raised in North Dakota and I said the Pledge of Allegiance everyday and I believe in it; especially, that we live in a country with liberty and justice for all. We expect Senators Clinton and Obama to stand up for these bedrock American principles." ###
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Democracy for America to host rally, canvass for Mark Pera for Congress

DFA chair Jim Dean helps organize grassroots outreach for Mark Pera Burlington, VT -- Democracy for America, our nations largest progressive political action organization, will hold a rally in support of Mark Peras campaign in Illinois 3rd Congressional District. The rally, scheduled for Sunday, January 27 at 1:00 PM at Connie's Pizza, 2373 S. Archer Chicago, IL 60609, will be followed by door-to-door canvassing and phone banking by local DFA members. DFA Chair Jim Dean and Mark Pera will be on-hand to address the crowd before going out to knock on doors and speak to voters and residents in the district. Mark Pera offers true, progressive Democratic leadership, Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America, said. We are proud to support his campaign and we are excited to be in the district to speak with his constituents. Pera is challenging Dan Lipinski in Illinois Feb. 5 primary. The scandals around Dan Lipinski are a disgrace, he has no business representing Illinois in Congress, said Sandra Verthein with Northside DFA; a local Democracy for America coalition group that is supporting Mark Peras campaign. Mark Pera is a leader, a Democrat, and the type of person we so desperately need in Congress. The support of Democracy for America has been crucial for my campaign, Pera said. Elections like these are won at the door and over the phone. DFA knows that when neighbors speak to neighbors progressives win. WHAT Mark Pera for Congress Rally and Canvass Democracy for America will hold a rally followed by door-to-door canvassing and phone banking in support of Mark Peras congressional campaign. WHO Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America Mark Pera, Democratic candidate, Illinois 3rd Congressional District Sandra Verthein, Northside DFA William Maggos, Loop DFA Eric Davis, Oak Park DFA WHEN Sunday, January 27, 2008 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Rally 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Canvass and Phone Bank WHERE Connie's Pizza 2373 S. Archer Chicago, IL 60609 Two blocks north of the CTA Halsted Stop (Orange Line). ###
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Democracy for America Announces Coast-to-Coast Training Schedule

Released On: January 15, 2008 DFA will train thousands of activists prior to 2008 election Burlington, VT - Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, today, released the complete 2008 schedule for the DFA Training Academy. The DFA Training Academy is the biggest and most comprehensive series of grassroots campaign seminars taking place in the 2008 election cycle. With a mission to focus, network, and train grassroots activists in the skills and strategies for winning campaigns for progressive candidates, the DFA Training Academy has trained over 13,000 people since 2004. Throughout 2008 thousands of activists, candidates, and campaign professionals across the country will participate in the two-day training programs that cover topics ranging from fundraising to field programs to communications. "I give thanks to Democracy for America for helping my campaign demonstrate that grassroots and netroots organizing works, no matter the political odds," said United States Representative Jerry McNerney (D - CA11), who defeated longtime incumbent Richard Pombo in 2006. "The DFA Training Academy provided in-district training to staff and volunteers that was crucial to our victory." The DFA Training Academy will hold trainings all over the country; including in a number of targeted congressional districts where Democracy for America-endorsed candidates are on the ballot. The DFA Training Academy will start in February in Seattle, WA where Democrat Darcy Burner is running against the regressive, conservative Republican Dave Reichert. The DFA Training Academy will also be held in Texas - Dallas - where Democrat Rick Noriega is challenging the deeply unpopular reactionary Republican John Cornyn. "Democracy for America is committed to transforming our country and government and rebuilding the Democratic Party from the bottom up," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "The DFA Training Academy is at the core of our work and it is why the culture of activism will always beat the culture of incumbency." Trainers for the DFA Training Academy include leading campaign professionals like Kendra-Sue Derby, who was the senior consultant on John Tester's successful Senate campaign in Montana, Jay Parmley, the Democratic Party's liason to the Mississippi Democratic Party and former Chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, and the political staff of ActBlue, the online fundraising site that has raised over $35 million for progressive candidates since 2004. "We put on an intensive program that gets folks ready to run for office, run campaigns, and run for positions of leadership in the Democratic Party," said Matt Blizek, Democracy for America's Training Director. "The DFA Training Academy prepares progressive activists with the necessary skills for winning elections." ### 2008 DFA Training Academy Schedule Feb 23-24: Seattle, WA March 1-2: East Bay, CA March 8-9: Birmingham, AL March 15-16: Dallas, TX March 29-30: Oklahoma City, OK April 5-6: San Diego, CA April 12-13: Charleston, SC April 26-27: Somerville, NJ May 3-4: Rochester, NY May 10-11: Cincinnati, OH May 17-18: Missoula, MT May 30-June 1: Pittsburgh, PA June 7-8: Lansing, MI June 14-15: Kansas City, MO June 21-22: Albuquerque, NM July 12-13: Miami, FL July 19-20: Austin, TX (Netroots Nation) July 26-27: Milwaukee, WI August 27-31: Denver, CO (DNC Convention)
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Progressives Win! Obama Wins. Edwards Second.

Released On: January 3, 2008 Democracy for America Lead the Way in Iowa Des Moines, IA Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization with over 9,000 members in Iowa, has shown their power tonight in Iowa. With the one-two finish of Senator Barack Obama/Senator John Edwards in the Iowa caucus, it is clear that progressive voters are the key constituency in this election. DFA's Unite for a Progressive President Campaign made the difference here in Iowa. Democracy for America's Unite for a Progressive President Campaign brought together the strengths of the Iowa caucus process and the commitment of DFA members throughout the country. The 675,000 members of DFA gathered tens of thousands signatures on a national call to action, wrote over 6,124 letters to Iowa DFA members, and plastered the Des Moines Register with an ad asking Iowa Democrats to not leave their caucus until a progressive wins their location. "If you listened to people last year, it was as if there was no need to vote. There was all this talk about inevitability, but, tonight, Democracy for America's members here in Iowa proved that primaries matter, progressive values are what make the Democratic Party strong," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. In sharp contrast to 2004, issues of concern to progressive voters have been front and center in this presidential race. The activism and involvement of progressive Democrats have transformed the Party and fundamentally altered the primary landscape. From universal health care to ending the War in Iraq to global warming, every Democrat in the race has seen the need to take a strong stance. Those Democrats who have taken a stance have seen their support increase among voters. "Tonight's caucus results are further proof that progressive voters make up the core of the Democratic Party they are the key constituency in this election. DFA members and progressive Democrats support candidates who fight for progressive values: bringing our troops home from Iraq, expanding universal health care for all Americans, and fighting to end global warming," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. ###
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DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA ENDORSES ERIC MASSA FOR THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Released On: December 20, 2007 BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, has endorsed Eric Massa's campaign to represent New York's 29th Congressional District. Eric Massa is a veteran who served in the Navy for 24 years before his career was cut short after doctors diagnosed him with lung cancer related to the use of depleted Uranium in the Gulf War. After working at Corning Inc., Mr. Massa joined the House Armed Services Committee to assist in the oversight of Naval construction and procurement. In protest, he left that position in 2003 after Congress gave President Bush the authority to invade Iraq. "Eric Massa is an American hero who knew from the beginning that the decision to invade Iraq was wrong and based on faulty intelligence," said Jim Dean, Chairman of Democracy for America. "Mr. Massa has proven that he has the insight and judgment to lead and DFA is proud to endorse his campaign." Democracy for America is the key endorsement in this race, bringing hundreds of donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. The DFA Training Academy has trained tens of thousands of activists across the country in the strategies and tactics of successful campaigns and will be coming to Rochester, NY this May. "Democracy for America is supporting Eric Massa because he will fight to end the War in Iraq, protect Americans from the outsourcing of jobs, and work to expand access to affordable health care. DFA will stand with candidates who stand up for progressive values," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. ###
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