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All the work we've done in Wisconsin comes down to these next few days. Either we Get Out The Vote and take back the State Senate or we lose and right-wing Republicans continue their war on working families. Republicans will do anything to win these recall elections. In May, they passed a new voter suppression law that makes drastic changes in photo ID and residency requirements to vote in Wisconsin elections, including these recalls. In June, Republicans forced fake Democratic candidates onto the ballot, forcing primaries against real Democrats and pushing the recall elections further into the summer. Their fake candidates lost each and every primary. Last month, Republican group Americans for Prosperity began mailing absentee ballots to Democratic voters with instructions to mail the ballots back after the election date. Now, they're blanketing Wisconsin with millions of dollars in last-minute TV ads and we need your help to fight back and Get Out The Vote. Can you help us fight back with a last-minute ad buy featuring real Wisconsinites by contributing $5 right now? Wisconsin isn't the only state where Republicans are launching all-out war on working families. But it is our first chance to fight back. A win here will send a message to Republicans across the country -- attack the middle class and you lose. Please join us today. Thank you for all that you do.
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Republican ad for Alberta Darling

Democracy for America and Progressive Change Campaign Committee Release NEW Ad in Alberta Darlings District; MoveOn Joins in to Increase NEW Ad Buy totaling $265,000 ***************Watch the New Ad here: http://bit.ly/pFg0BB*************** Madison, WI Democracy for America and The Progressive Change Campaign Committee released a new ad in Alberta Darlings district today. The new ad is aimed at Sen. Alberta Darling (R, WI SD-8), whose opponent is Assemblywoman Sandy Pasch. Election is August 9. The ad features Eric Christiansen, of Whitefish Bay, WI. Eric gave up his career as a corporate lawyer and has spent the last ten years as a public school teacher in Whitefish Bay, WI just north of Milwaukee. In the ad Eric, says: To me, nothing is more important than education. But Alberta Darling voted for budget cuts that hurt our community schools, all to give tax cuts to the rich and big corporations. (Citations attached.) Ive voted Republican in the past. Ive voted for Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush. And Ive voted for Alberta Darling. But we need someone on our side -- Im voting for Sandy Pasch for State Senate. Clearly Republicans in Wisconsin have gone too far in their war on working families when their own voters are jumping ship. I think Alberta Darling is in for an August Surprise, said Charles Chamberlain, Political Director, Democracy for America. Voters are fighting back and Wisconsin is just the beginning. Republicans in Congress are in for their own surprise in 2012. Today, joined by MoveOn.org, the three groups are announcing a $265,000 ad buy in 3 markets. The buy will be split between this new ad against Darling in Milwaukee, the PCCC/DFA Medicare/BadgerCare ad against Darling announced last week, and the school-closing ad in Green Bay and Madison announced the week before against Sen. Luther Olsen (R, WI SD-14). All are broadcast and cable. This brings spending on ads made by the PCCC and DFA to over $500,000 in the final 3 weeks. Total spending on PCCC/DFA ads in Wisconsin is over $1.5 million -- with hundreds of thousands more spent on grassroots volunteer mobilizing. Two recent polls showed this a neck-and-neck race in Darlings district. Mellman Group showed Pasch up 2%, Daily Kos PPP poll showed Darling up 5% -- both near margin of error. Mellman and PPP both show Clark up 2% against Olsen. Wisconsin Democrats are showing the nation what it looks like to fight back and win. This victory will make the history books, and grassroots activists can be proud that our hundreds of thousands of phone calls and $1.5 million in people-powered TV ads helped achieve this historic victory," said Stephanie Taylor, Co-Founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide and 25,000 members in Wisconsin, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. ABOUT THE PROGRESSIVE CHANGE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BoldProgressives.org) elects bold progressive candidates to office and advocates for progressive policy issues. It has over 750,000 members -- including nearly 26,000 in Wisconsin. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate. BACKGROUND ON ERIC CHRISTIANSEN Eric Christiansen, Whitefish Bay, WI. Eric gave up his career as a corporate lawyer and has spent the last ten years as a public school teacher in Whitefish Bay, WI just north of Milwaukee. His wife is librarian in that same community. Eric has previously voted for Alberta Darling in the past, has contributed to a Republican campaign and voted for numerous Republicans including Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush both times. However, in Tuesdays recall elections he will be voting for Sandy Pasch for State Senate because he believes its time to have a Senator in Madison whos on his side. CITATIONS Eric Christiansen, Whitefish Bay, WI VISUAL: Eric Christiansen in his kitchen in Whitefish Bay, photo of Christiansens son graduating from local schools SCRIPT: Eric speaks from kitchen: Im a teacher and my wife works at the library. All three of our kids attended from Whitefish Bay Public Schools. To me, nothing is more important than education. But Alberta Darling voted for budget cuts that hurt our community schools, all to give tax cuts to the rich and big corporations. ([1] Express Milwaukee, July 20, 2011: Darling cut $800 million from state aid for K-12 public education while limiting the amount of local property taxes that can be raised for schools.) Ive voted Republican in the past. Ive voted for Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush. And Ive voted for Alberta Darling. But we need someone on our side -- Im voting for Sandy Pasch for State Senate. Paid for by the PCCC Recall Fund and DFA Wisconsin. 1. Express Milwaukee, July 20, 2011; Lisa Kaiser, http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/article-15516-will-the-real-alberta-darling-please-stand-up-.html Scott Walker and Alberta Darling's 'Best Budget' "This is the best budget I've seen since I entered the Legislature," crowed state Sen. Alberta Darling, the co-chair of the powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) who is facing a recall election on Aug. 9. . . . Some lowlights from the Darling-drafted $66 billion biennial state budget, which raises taxes on low-wage Wisconsinites while handing corporations and the wealthiest residents $2.3 billion in tax breaks over the next decade: Darling cut $800 million from state aid for K-12 public education while limiting the amount of local property taxes that can be raised for schools. The total damage to schools: $1.6 billion. Additional citation: Republicans mostly go along with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's school cuts "This is the best budget I've seen since I entered the Legislature," said committee co-chair Rep. Alberta Darling. Republicans did approve a $49 million reduction in the cut to schools as Walker had proposed, which also allows for about a $67 million increase in local property taxes. But even with that, schools still would have to shoulder a roughly $800 million cut in aid and reduce the total amount they get from aid and local property taxes by 5.5 percent. Associated Press, Scott Bauer, May. 28, 2011 http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20110528/APC0101/105280498/Republicans-mostly-go-along-Wisconsin-Governor-Scott-Walker-s-school-cuts
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Jim's statement on Debt Ceiling

Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of DFA, on the current state of the debt ceiling negotiations: "Since 2004, the members of Democracy for America have steadfastly worked to change our country for the better. DFA members do this work on their own time, for no money, and little recognition for the satisfaction of knowing that they are doing something to make our Democracy work. Never have I admired their efforts more than today as America watched a bunch of highly paid lobbyists, Congressional staff, members of Congress and - yes - our President resoundingly prove that politics is indeed too important to be left to the professionals. This debt ceiling deal is a great victory for those elected officials who created the deficit crisis during the Bush administration and their wealthy owners who still have their big paychecks and the lowest tax rates in America -- even as they run our economy into the ground. As for the rest of the country, we are left with politicians and Wall Street types who will not take responsibility for creating this mess, and a President who will not stand up and fight for what is right. Our message to DFA members and to all hard working Americans remains the same as it has always been: We are inspired by you and we will do everything we can to help you support candidates and legislation that you can believe in. That is what DFA is doing today and it is what we will be doing in 2012. I am very confident that our collective efforts in 2012 will not be distracted by the Presidential Campaign." ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Republican Alberta Darling vs. Six-year-old Gabriel

We're just 10 days out from Wisconsin's August 9 recall elections and we're just a few points down in District 8. Republican Alberta Darling voted to give huge new tax breaks to millionaires while cutting health programs for children, like Wisconsin's BadgerCare. Now, we're going on the air in her district for the first time with a powerful new TV ad that puts a family depending on BadgerCare front and center. Check out our new TV ad and please contribute $10 to help put it on the air. Our ad in District 14 has been a huge success. We've pulled ahead to a small lead in the polls there and we're staying on the air through Election Day. Now we're bringing that same momentum to District 8. Our new ad is powerful, putting Sylvia Adair and her family front and center to talk about how they depend on BadgerCare. We don't make cookie-cutter ads. We've teamed up with our friends at the PCCC to have real Wisconsinites talk about their lives and how the Republican war on working families has affected them. They're powerful and they cut through the corporate spin and attack ads that normally clutter the airwaves. Contribute $10 now to help put our ad on the air. Thank you for everything you do.
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WI Darling Ad Release and Press Call

Democracy for America and Progressive Change Campaign Committee Release NEW Campaign Ad in Alberta Darlings District; Contact Hundreds of Thousands of Voters on the Phones and at Their Doors ***************Watch the New Ad here: http://bit.ly/pkjHk6*************** ***************Listen to the recording of live press call from July 29*************** Madison, WI Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released a new ad today in Alberta Darlings district. The TV ad features Sylvia Adair of Germantown, WI. Sylvias statement: This is my daughter, Connie, and my grandson, Gabriel he just turned six last Saturday. Hes on BadgerCare and Im thankful for that every day. Nothing can replace the peace of mind of knowing that comes with knowing that your grandchild can see a doctor if he gets sick. But Senator Alberta Darling wants to take that away from us. She led the effort to cut Badgercare and she wants to end Medicare and privatize it for people like me. Shes hurting our families. We need someone on our side. Im voting for Sandy Pasch for State Senate. (Citations attached below.) This is the second in a series of ads released in districts in Wisconsin confronting Republican Senators and how their votes hurt middle class families back in their districts. Today DFA and PCCC hosted a conference call with two of the Wisconsinites from these ads, Sylvia Adair from Alberta Darlings district, and Jay Jones from Luther Olsens district. (Listen to the recording of the press call from July 29th here.) PCCC and DFA announced today the new $150,000 ad buy -- split between this new ad in Milwaukee and an extension of last weeks ad holding Olsen accountable in Green Bay. Both are broadcast and cable. This brings the two groups ad spending in the last week to $250,000. Total spending on ads and grassroots activity by the two groups is over $1.5 million. Both groups are sending fundraising emails to their national lists on Friday, raising money for more ads. "The people of Wisconsin are fighting back against Republicans like Alberta Darling and Luther Olsen who continue to choose wealthy corporations over middle class families, said Nick Passanante, DFA Field Director for Wisconsin. The voters of Wisconsin will be heard in this recall election and the reverberations will be felt around the country." The two groups will contact hundreds of thousands of voters through door-to-door canvassing and a volunteer phone bank in the next two weeks. DFA and PCCC Volunteers are giving money and time to keep the campaign on the air, on the phones, and on the ground. DFA and PCCC volunteers are making calls to voters in all 6 Republican recall districts and DFA local staff are canvassing in Districts, 8, 10 and 32. Two recent polls showed this a neck-and-neck race in Darlings district. Mellman Group showed Pasch up 2%, Daily Kos PPP poll showed Darling up 5% -- both near margin of error. Mellman and PPP both show Clark up 2% against Olsen. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide and 25,000 members in Wisconsin, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. ABOUT THE PROGRESSIVE CHANGE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BoldProgressives.org) elects bold progressive candidates to office and advocates for progressive policy issues. It has over 750,000 members -- including nearly 26,000 in Wisconsin. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate. CITATIONS Sylvia Adair, Germantown, WI [Text on Screen: Sylvia Adair and Family, Germantown, WI] This is my daughter, Connie, and my grandson, Gabrielle he just turned six last Saturday. Hes on BadgerCare and Im thankful for that every day. Nothing can replace the peace of mind of knowing that comes with knowing that your grandchild can see a doctor if he gets sick. [Text on Screen: Alberta Darling Cut Badgercare][1] But Senator Alberta Darling wants to take that away from us.[1] She led the effort to cut Badgercare [2] and she wants to end Medicare [3 and 4] and privitize it for people like me. Shes hurting our families. [Text on Screen: Alberta Darling wants to end Medicare] [3 and 4] We need someone on our side. Im voting for Sandy Pasch for State Senate. Ad Disclaimer Text on Screen: Paid for by PCCC Recall Fund, Adam Green, Treasurer and DFA Wisconsin, Mia Moore, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or candidates agent or committee. 1. Darling-Backed Budget Makes Drastic Cuts to BadgerCare. The Associated Press reported: The budget cuts $500 million from the health care program. As reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the budget that Alberta Darling steered to passage allowed for cutting, $466 million in costs from the programs over the next two years. [Journal Sentinel, 6/20/11 http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/124170184.html; AP, 6/30/11, http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/wisconsin/the-wisconsin-budget-and-you] 2. Darling is Co-Chair of Powerful Joint Finance Committee. Alberta Darling serves as the Chair of the Joint Finance Committee, the body responsible with shepherding the budget through the Wisconsin legislature. In the legislatures own words: The Committee's primary responsibility is to serve as the principal legislative committee charged with the review of all state appropriations and revenues. [JFC Website, 7/27/10 http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/jfc.html] Plan to Cut Badger Care Originated in Darling Committee. The plan to cut $466 million from Medicaid and other health programs, including Badger Care originated in the Joint Finance Committee and passed with her support. [AP, 5/25/11; Save Badger Care Coalition, http://www.savebadgercare.org/press/sbc_statement_052511.pdf] 3. Asked specifically about Rep. Paul Ryans Medicare plan, Darling declared: Paul Ryans doing the exact right thing. [John Nichols: Alberta Darling works with Ryan to cut Medicare, The Cap Times, June 19, 2011 http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/john_nichols/article_5f7ca108-9500-5b4b-9030-14db7bb9a04c.html#ixzz1TQ1FFA6g] 4. Paul Ryans Plan to End Medicare: On May 16, 2011, economist Paul Krugman (Nobel winner for economics) wrote in the New York Times, I know that serious people are supposed to be shocked, shocked at the Democrats calling the Ryan plan a plan to dismantle Medicare but thats just what it is. If you replace a system that actually pays seniors medical bills with an entirely different system, one that gives seniors vouchers that wont be enough to buy adequate insurance, youve ended Medicare. Calling the new program Medicare doesnt change that fact. [The New York Times, May 16, 2011, http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/whats-in-a-name-4/] On June 3, 2011, when national Republicans challenged an ad saying Paul Ryans plan would end Medicare, Nobel economist Krugman wrote, the fact is that Republicans are trying to end Medicare. He added, if they can get away with this, it will amount to a serious infringement of free speech, preventing people from running truthful ads. [The New York Times, June 3, 2011, http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/03/whats-in-a-name-5/] On June 3, 2011, Comcast denied the national Republican request to take down ad saying the Paul Ryan plan would end Medicare. The Washington Post reported: We are continuing to air the ad, Chris Ellis, a spokesman for Comcasts ad sales division, tells me. Weve reviewed the materials provided by the NRCC and the documentation provided by the advertisers, and weve decided that the ad does meet our guidelines. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/happy-hour-roundup/2011/03/03/AGaSJNIH_blog.html
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