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I just spoke with DFA Wisconsin Field Director Nick Passanante about what's happening on the ground ahead of next month's recall elections. We have 40 canvassers on the ground right now. As of last night, we've already knocked on 10,354 doors in Republican State Senate Districts 10 and 32. Now, we're getting ready to expand our ground campaign into District 8. We're getting some outstanding numbers, but we can't stop now -- we need to win all three of these seats to elect a Democratic majority and stop Scott Walker's Republican war on working families. But we can't keep this program going without your help. There's just 27 days until the August 9 recall elections and we just got word that some major donors are ready to band together to match up to $100,000 in grassroots contributions for our Wisconsin ground campaign. So, if you contribute $10 right now, your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar by major donors, doubling your impact in these races. Please contribute $10 right now and have your contribution matched dollar-for-dollar. Republicans have waged all-out war on working families. They're attacking unions and middle class families in Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey and states across the country -- and Wisconsin is our first chance to fight back. Winning these three recall elections in Wisconsin will send shockwaves across the country. It will send a clear message to Republicans everywhere -- attack the middle class and you lose. Trust me when I say that winning these elections is going to change the debate everywhere, including in Washington. Republicans won't be so keen on cutting Social Security and Medicare if they see just how big the backlash is going to be. Contribute $10 now and have it matched dollar-for-dollar, doubling your impact in Wisconsin. Republicans might have big corporate interests behind them, but we have people power. That's how we're going to win in Wisconsin and that's how we're going to win in 2012. Thank you for everything you do.
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Off the table

John Boehner is forcing the country into bankruptcy as part of his right-wing war on middle class families. Here are the facts -- Republicans don't have the votes to increase the debt limit without Democrats, but Boehner has rejected every Democratic proposal to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the rich, end subsidies for big oil, or close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas. Instead, Boehner wants to gut Social Security and Medicare. Cutting Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid is insane. It will be a punch in the gut to middle class families and will send the country deeper into recession. Thankfully, Nancy Pelosi and progressives in Congress are standing up against John Boehner and his right-wing Tea Party colleagues. We need to let them know that we have their backs. Call your Congressperson right now at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to take Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid off the table. This is crunch time. Congress has less than two weeks to find a compromise and raise the debt limit. We need to make clear everyone understands that we can't cut the deficit on the backs of middle class families. Thank you for all that you do.
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WI Press Call Release for Canvass Launch

After an Overwhelming Response from DFA Members in WI and Around the Country to Stand up Against the War on Working Families, DFA Launches Efforts on the Air, Over the Phones, and On the Ground Listen to the recording of the live press call from Monday July 11 with Nick Passante and Jimmy Haggerty. (MP3) Madison, WI - When Democracy for America members in WI started protesting outside the State House to stop Gov. Scott Walkers war on working families, DFA members from around the country rushed to support their efforts. This has resulted in an unprecedented campaign to recall 6 Republicans in Wisconsin. As a college student in Wisconsin, I could not stand idly by while working families like mine are being attacked in order to protect tax cuts for wealthy corporations, explained, Jimmy Haggerty, DFA Canvasser. Thats why I joined the DFA to canvass to recall Republican Sheila Harsdorf. Jimmy is a student at the University of Wisconsin -Eau Clare. He joins more than 60 local DFA canvassers to work in three must win districts to recall Sheila Harsdorf (SD 10), Alberta Darling (SD 08), and Dan Kapanke (SD 32). DFA launched three canvass operations this week in key must-win districts to add the third level to our layered communication strategy to be on the ground, on the phones, and on the air, said Nick Passanante, DFAs Field Director for Wisconsin. To win in Wisconsin, we will knock on hundreds of thousands of doors, get on the phones, and get the message out over the airwaves that no one can take away a working Wisconsites rights to a fair days pay for a fair days work. DFA has pledged to spend $500,000 on canvass and grassroots organizing operations and $500,000 on ads. As part of that plan, we'll contact 100,000 voters over the phone and knock on 50,000 doors for an initial contact and at least 50,000 more doors just for the get-out-the-vote operation in the final ten days. Since DFA has 25,000 members in Wisconsin, they will be a large part of the volunteer operations across the state. Democracy for America is proud to be a part of the leadership team of one of the best coordinated campaigns within the progressive movement, We are Wisconsin. We are Wisconsin is a group of labor organizations, womens groups, grassroots groups, netroots groups and others who are all working in concert to stop the Republican war on working families. DFA is also in a close partnership with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) on all of the television ads and the two groups have jointly raised over $1 million already to run two ads in the state. Since the campaign began, DFA members have: - Raised $1,531,614 jointly with the PCCC online to keep ads on the air and put boots on the ground in WI - Watch the two ads: WaronWorkingFamilies.com and www.RecalltheRepublicans.com - Made more than 90,000 phone calls to voters in the state during the supreme court race - Helped recruit 2,600 volunteers to collect recall petitions - Knocked on more than 8,000 doors in District 10 and 32 Made more than 11,000 phone calls in District 8 and 32 This is the largest state based campaign DFA has run in its history. ### 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. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Social Security Statement from Jim July 2011

"Social Security is hope for the average American working family and taking that hope away is unacceptable." - Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America. Burlington, VT - Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America in response to reports that Social Security is on the bargaining table in the Debt Ceiling negotiations: "The idea of cutting Social Security as part of these debt ceiling negotiations is simply ridiculous. At a time when America is hurting, when people are losing their jobs and their homes at an unprecedented rate, we are now going to tell the average American working family that they will have the burden of supporting their parents in old age and no retirement for themselves. The Wall Street Barons who caused this economic crisis have been getting a free ride for too long, and it's time for them to pay their fair share, plain and simple. Cutting Social Security to reduce the national debt is like attacking Iraq to get Osama Bin Laden -- the two things are not related. Social Security is running a large surplus in 2011 and by scrapping the cap on the payroll tax over $107,000 it will be more than solvent for generations to come.[1] Only 6 percent of Americans have wages above that cap.[2] Which do we want more? More tax cuts for the rich, or Social Security for everyone else. Let's keep our priorities straight, and stop giving away the farm to Republican bullies who got us into this mess in the first place. True freedom is the right to a fair wage, a decent life, and hope for the future. Social Security provides that hope for the average working American family and taking that hope away is unacceptable and unAmerican." 1. Social Security Admistration, Annual Statistical Supplement, 2010 (http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/supplement/2010/4b.html#table4.b4) 2. Social Security Administration data, 2011 ### 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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Call Wisconsin Voters (Updated: 5 Weeks Left)

UPDATE: There are more calling shifts to sign up for from home. Sign up here. For more information on the Call Out the Vote campaign for Wisconsin, keep reading: When Scott Walker launched his attack on working families in February, something incredible happened -- people from all over Wisconsin descended on Madison to stand up for their communities. Inspired by their energy, I watched what was happening in Wisconsin and wished I could be there. Did you feel the same way? Now with several recall elections later this summer, we have the opportunity to show Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans what happens when they attack working families -- we fight back and win. Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee are launching our Call Out the Vote program this Thursday so that progressives all over the country can talk to Wisconsin voters about the importance of these elections. Will you join me in making calls from your home for two hours this Thursday? Yes, I can call this Thursday! Yes, I can call this Sunday! I can't make calls this week, but I can chip in $5 to recall the WI Republicans. Yesterday, news broke that one of the Republicans challenging a Democratic incumbent failed to collect enough valid signatures to get on the ballot. We have the momentum, but we need to make sure voters know about the election. Wisconsin was the first of many states to take up anti-worker legislation, but it's not the only one. That's why it's vital we win right now. Because once we stop them in Wisconsin, we'll stop them in Ohio, Michigan, and across the nation. If we turn out the vote in these recall elections, we will win -- can you help by signing up for a two hour phone shift? Yes, I can call this Thursday! Yes, I can call this Sunday! I can't make calls this week, but I can chip in $5 to recall the WI Republicans. Together, as a united progressive community, we will defend our country and stop the Republican attacks on working families. Thanks for everything you do.
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