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BREAKING: DFA says Dems who trust GOP on TPA "deserve to lose their job, will make sure they do"

Ahead of today's second vote on Fast Track for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership, Democracy for America wanted to make clear that it continues to stand by the very clear stakes it laid out for Democrats last week.


Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America:

"Once again, we urge all Democrats to vote NO on Fast Track for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.

"Americans have been exceedingly clear in their opposition to Fast Track for the job-killing TPP and the secret meetings, convoluted legislative votes, and open collusion with right-wing Republicans that the White House and others have sunk to in order to pass it are only proof of how deeply out of touch these Washington elites are with the rest of the country.

"It's downright absurd to trust Republicans who loathe Trade Adjustment Assistance to pass it, especially when hundreds of thousands of Americans will desperately need it when they lose their livelihood to the job-killing TPP.  Any Democrat in Congress who trusts John Boehner or Mitch McConnell to pass Trade Adjustment Assistance, that will actually help working families, deserves to lose their job.

"Whether it's this election cycle or election cycles to come, Democracy for America will actively search for opportunities to make sure they lose their jobs and are replaced with real Democrats committed to fighting growing income inequality, not enabling it." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

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Governor Howard Dean endorses Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate

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Governor Howard Dean endorses Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate

This morning, Governor Howard Dean (D-VT) endorsed progressive champion Senator Russ Feingold’s U.S. Senate race in an email to Democracy for America (DFA) members in Wisconsin and across the country.

DFA, the people-powered progressive PAC Dean founded in 2004, announced its endorsement of Feingold last month.

Gov. Dean’s fully quotable endorsement message to DFA members, below.

If helpful, here’s a quote from the email by Governor Howard Dean:

“Russ has been a champion on issues that matter to progressives for his entire career. No one will ever forget his brave vote against the Patriot Act in 2001 or how long and hard he fought to limit money in politics by enacting his signature legislation -- a set of tough, bipartisan campaign finance reform measures.

“He will do whatever it takes to level the playing field for working Americans. That's why I'm proud to announce that I am endorsing him in his fight to once again represent Wisconsin in the Senate.”  -- Governor Howard Dean

Founded in 2004, DFA is a people-powered PAC with 1 million members nationwide, including nearly 28,000 members in Wisconsin.

Over the last 11 years, DFA members who have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.

ENDORSEMENT EMAIL FROM GOV. HOWARD DEAN TO DFA MEMBERS:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Howard Dean <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 9:02 AM
Subject: I've got an announcement about Russ Feingold
To:

DFA Member --

The state of Wisconsin and progressives everywhere got some great news recently: Russ Feingold officially announced that he is running against incumbent Tea Party Senator Ron Johnson, giving Democrats a clearer shot than ever at reclaiming the Senate in 2016.

Russ has been a champion on issues that matter to progressives for his entire career. No one will ever forget his brave vote against the Patriot Act in 2001 or how long and hard he fought to limit money in politics by enacting his signature legislation -- a set of tough, bipartisan campaign finance reform measures. After the financial collapse, he pushed to re-enact Glass-Steagall and to break up the "too big to fail" banks once and for all.

Russ has proven that he will stand up for what he thinks is right no matter what. He will do whatever it takes to level the playing field for working Americans. That's why I'm proud to announce that I am endorsing him in his fight to once again represent Wisconsin in the Senate.

Please show Russ that you are ready to help him defeat incumbent Tea Party Senator Ron Johnson -- and help take back the Senate from the GOP. Become a founding RussBacker today by chipping in $3 or more to support his campaign.

When I ran for president, we didn't rely on huge checks from billionaires and party insiders. My campaign was fueled by thousands of small donations from people across the country who were genuinely excited about what we were building together.

I'm happy to say that Russ is building exactly that kind of grassroots campaign in Wisconsin. In just the first few weeks of his candidacy, he has received thousands of small-dollar contributions from progressive activists from across all 50 states.

Compare that with the campaign that his opponent, Sen. Ron Johnson, plans to run. In 2010, Johnson poured nearly $9 million of his own money into his campaign. This time around, he is teaming up with wealthy corporate donors and "advocacy groups" like the Koch-run Americans for Prosperity -- and they're already getting out their wallets.

Democrats need to win big in Wisconsin if we are going to take the Senate back from the Republicans in 2016. The Tea Party and their corporate sponsors are going to fight tooth and nail to keep one of the biggest progressive heavyweights out there from rejoining the Senate and potentially tipping the balance of power back in our favor.

Let's give Russ Feingold's campaign the head start it needs and deserves so he can win back this key seat and help Democrats take back the Senate. Chip in $3 or more today to become a founding RussBacker.

Thanks for helping to elect more progressive champions,

- Howard

Gov. Howard Dean, Chair
Democracy for America

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BREAKING: DFA warns Dems, vote Fast Track andwe will "search for opportunities to primary you"

Ahead of today's votes on the Medicare-cutting Trade Adjustment Assistance Legislation and Fast Track bill, Democracy for America wanted to lay out the stakes for those Democrats still contemplating voting for it.

Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America to members of Congress about today's votes:

 
"Ahead of today's votes we wanted to be very clear to Democratic members of Congress:  If you vote for either Medicare-cutting Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation or Fast Track Authority for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership, we will not lift a finger or raise a penny to protect you when you're attacked in 2016, we will encourage our progressive allies to join us in leaving you to rot, and we will actively search for opportunities to primary you with a real Democrat.

"Those primaries could happen next year or they could happen in election cycles to come, but, make no mistake, today's vote to cut Medicare and fast track the destruction of American jobs will be remembered and will either haunt you or make you a hero." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

 

Like many others, DFA's members  have literally been battling Fast Track for the TPP for years -- so this isn't a statement we make lightly... 

I'll also note, since our founding in 2004, DFA's one million members have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions -- happy to connect you w/ Jim, our Exec. Director Charles or anyone else from our team later this AM.

Neil

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Neil Sroka

Communications Director, Democracy for America

[email protected]

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BREAKING: TAA defeated in the House. Progressives win big.

Reaction to progressives' big victory over Medicare-cutting Trade Adjustment Assistance, Fast Track, and the future of the fight against the TPP from Democracy for America:
 
"While the failure of theMedicare-cutting Trade Adjustment Assistance is a big victory for the army of grassroots activists who have steadfastly opposed Fast Track and the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership, we're under no illusion that this is the end of the fight.

"The American people don't want another NAFTA-style trade deal that will only make it easier to ship more jobs overseas, sell tainted food in our supermarkets, and challenge our laws in foreign tribunals.

"We know the legions of corporate executives and industry lobbyists who are pushing the job-killing TPP won't stop after today's loss and, they should know, neither will we. 
 
"The hundreds of thousands of hardened, grassroots activists who have been brought together by the fight against this job-killing trade deal will not rest until the TPP and Fast Track are dead, buried, and covered in six-inches of concrete." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America 

Information about Democracy for America and the fight against Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

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Democracy for America, allies call on Leader Pelosi to lead Democratic caucus to victory over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Washington, DC -- With a vote on Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) coming as soon as next week, the major on-line campaigning groups essential to numerous Democratic electoral and issue campaigns are demanding leadership from the top Democrats in the House of Representatives to secure the defeat of Fast Track.  The Democratic House leaders have given the administration more than a fair chance to make its case and that has resulted in 90 percent of House Democrats opposing Fast Track, including most members of the New Democrat Coalition.

“As progressive opposition to Fast Track intensifies, Leader Pelosi is conspicuously absent from the fight,” said Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director at CREDO Action. “President Obama has chosen to side with Republicans and big corporations. Now Leader Pelosi has to decide if she’s going to use her position to help President Obama or rally her caucus on behalf of the millions of Americans who want to stop Fast Track and the TPP.”

"It's time for Leader Nancy Pelosi to make clear where she stands: with the majority of Americans and the Democratic caucus—all of whom are committed to stopping Fast Track—or with a massive corporate power grab,” said Justin Krebs, Campaign Director at MoveOn.org Civic Action. “She has refused to state clearly her intentions—and her silence is tantamount to tacit support for this corporate agenda. Leader Pelosi: If you truly represent Democrats and are committed to fighting for regular Americans, show your leadership now.”

The Fast Track vote has been repeatedly delayed for lack of support. Almost all House Democrats and a sizeable bloc of GOP oppose reviving the Nixon-era Fast Track trade authority that delegates broad powers and discretion to presidents. Congress has only enacted Fast Track for five of the past 21 years. Since 1988, only Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have won the broad delegation of authority that President Barack Obama now seeks.

“Democratic House leaders should lead the Democratic Caucus to victory against Fast Track, not save the White House from its ill-conceived, secretive partnership with corporate America to grease the skids for the job-killing TPP,” said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America.

"Despite Leader Pelosi’s assertion that it is not her job to pass the trade bill, it is her job to stop it,” said John Stewart, Deputy Campaign Director at Corporate Accountability International. “This trade bill would undermine our very sovereignty to protect our environment, our health and our workers.”

For months, Pelosi has said that she wants to “get to yes” on Fast Track and has tried to work with the administration to resolve her Caucus’ many concerns about the TPP and the Hatch-Ryan-Wyden legislation that would enact Fast Track. Ways and Means ranking member Sandy Levin offered a substitute trade authority bill in committee markup aimed at resolving Democrats’ key concerns with the Hatch-Ryan-Wyden bill, but his proposal was not even permitted a vote. The Democratic leaders also have provided the White House extraordinary access to the Democratic House Caucus to make its case.

The lack of satisfactory answers to Democrats’ concerns and the Republicans’ refusal to alter the Fast Track bill has led to almost all House Democrats announcing their opposition to Fast Track. On Thursday, Politico reported from Pelosi’s weekly news conference that she had informed

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