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DFA Press Release

DFA calls Senate’s Obamacare repeal vote “epic display of unrepentant, political cowardice”

Here's a response from Democracy for America's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain to the Senate vote to repeal Obamacare:

"Early this morning, when most of the country was sleeping, in an epic display of unrepentant, political cowardice Senate Republicans took their first steps towards passing legislation that will strip tens of millions of their health insurance and ultimately lead to thousands, perhaps even tens of thousands, of American deaths.

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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America backs Ryant Washington for Virginia Senate

This afternoon, Democracy for America (DFA), a national progressive organization with more than 36,000 members in the state of Virginia, endorsed Sheriff Ryant Washington in the Jan. 10th special election for VA State Senate District 22.

DFA’s endorsement is part of the group's on-going “Purple to Blue” Project, a national multi-year effort to win state House and Senate chambers across the country, with a focus on making “purple” state legislative seats, like those in Virginia decisively Democratic.

Quote from Democracy for America Electoral Director Annie Weinberg on today’s endorsement of Sheriff Washington:

“Sheriff Ryant Washington not only gives VA State Senate District 22 voters the opportunity to send a committed public servant to Richmond, he also gives them the chance to end Republican control of the State Senate and ensure the state’s upper chamber is actually working for working families, not just the wealthy and powerful.

“Democracy for America members in Virginia and across the country are excited to stand with Sheriff Ryant Washington because the Old Dominion desperately needs another champion for health care, public education, and the rights of women in the State Senate and that’s exactly what he’ll be.” -- Annie Weinberg, Electoral Director, Democracy for America

Quote from Sheriff Washington on Democracy for America’s endorsement:

“Better than any other national grassroots organization, Democracy for America’s members in Virginia and across the country understand the stakes in this election for our state and our nation.  

“Democracy for America members know how to identify and pour their hearts into people-powered campaigns like the one we’ve built in Virginia’s 22nd Senate District and I couldn’t be prouder to have their support. -- Sheriff Ryant Washington, Candidate, VA-SEN-22

Key Facts about Democracy for America and its endorsements:

  • Democracy for America is a people-powered Political Action Committee with 1 million members nationwide including 36,104 members in Virginia.
  • Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed nearly $36.6 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide.
DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

With 87% of DFA’s member vote, Ellison receives endorsement for Democratic National Committee Chair, the second in the grassroots progressive PAC’s history

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Congressman Keith Ellison in his race to lead the Democratic Party as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Ellison earned DFA’s endorsement after receiving 87.4% of the votes cast by DFA members nationwide over a three-day voting period.  

DFA’s endorsement of Ellison marks the second time the grassroots progressive PAC has endorsed in a race for Chair of the DNC.

In 2005, DFA members worked incredibly hard to elect DFA’s founder, Governor Howard Dean, as DNC Chair.  Dean went on to welcome millions of new activists into the party and executed the trailblazing “50-State Strategy” that helped Democrats retake the House and Senate in 2006 and the White House in 2008.

Statement from Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America’s Executive Director, on today’s endorsement of Keith Ellison for DNC Chair:

“Keith Ellison earned the overwhelming support of Democracy for America’s grassroots members because he knows that the Democratic Party is strong when it’s built from the bottom up in every single state, in every single community, every single day.

“Our party needs Keith’s unyielding voice leading the fight against Donald Trump’s agenda of bigotry, hate, and greed.  We also need a leader, like Keith, who understands that building a party that grows, nurtures, and strengthens the grassroots is the only way we can win races up-and-down the ticket and deliver crushing blows to income inequality, structural racism, and big money’s stranglehold on our politics.

“DFA members know how critically important strong, visionary DNC leadership is at moments like this -- it’s a fight that’s essentially baked into our DNA. Keith Ellison has the deep relationships with the grassroots, the bold vision for a party that works hard for every single vote in all 50 states, and the long-standing commitment to populist progressive values Democrats need to win in the years ahead. That’s why our members are excited to stand with him in the race for DNC Chair.”  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA’s endorsement of Ellison brings with it a one-million member-strong grassroots army that, prior to the 2016 election, had knocked hundreds of thousands of doors, made over 11 million phone calls, and raised and contributed more than $32.7 million to help elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide since 2004.  

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DFA Action

Tell Tucson to refuse to collaborate with Trump’s anti-immigrant plans

If we're going to stop Donald Trump, we have to organize in local cities and communities -- not just in Congress or state legislatures. Right now, DFA-endorsed City Councilmember Regina Romero is showing what that local leadership looks like in Tucson.

Trump has promised to forcefully go after and deport at least 3 million undocumented immigrants. We need to take that threat very seriously. Trump backed up his statement by having Kris Kobach, the architect of the anti-immigrant SB1070, named to his transition team. When Trump acts on his plans, over a quarter-million "Dreamers" (students who came to the U.S. as young children) will be targeted and at risk of being torn from their families and homes.

Tucson has been fighting back. In 2012, the Tucson City Council stepped up and voted 6-1 to declare Tucson an Immigrant Welcoming City. Right now the City Council and Mayor can take that leadership again. But they must do more than just thank and welcome immigrants.

Councilmember Regina Romero proposed a policy to ensure the Tucson Police Department will never engage in collaboration of any kind that would endanger any person in Tucson, regardless of status or national origin. She needs our help pressuring the Mayor and Tucson City Council members to fight Trump -- and defend all Tucson residents.

Tell Tucson City Council members and the Mayor to join Councilwoman Regina Romero and commit to passing a non-collaboration policy that will protect all people in Tucson.

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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses the Movement for Black Lives policy platform

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- This morning, Democracy for America, announced its endorsement of the policy platform of the Movement for Black Lives, which was first released in August 2016.  

Here’s a statement from Democracy for America’s executive director, Charles Chamberlain, on the importance of the Movement for Black Lives’ policy platform:

“Black lives matter, period.

“We believe that it’s not enough to just say Black lives matter, it’s critical that we fight to make it a reality in America. As a multi-issue progressive political organization with over one million members nationwide, we stand with, support, and follow the lead of Black organizers and activists working every single day to end structural racism and the culture of white supremacy that dominates American culture, politics and institutions.

“Over the past two years, we’ve done this by backing diverse candidates for federal, state, and local office who bring the life experiences, cultural understanding, and community relationships needed to help our country build a substantially more representative democracy.

“Today, we’re taking our work one step further by formally endorsing the thoughtful, bold, and forward looking policy platform developed by the Movement for Black Lives earlier this year.  

“Communities of color have spent years protesting the over-policing that occurs on their streets, the disinvestment in their neighborhoods and schools, and the mass incarceration of men and women of color, but politicians have yet to enact real reforms that will put an end to the atrocities that people of color experience every day. The Movement for Black Lives’ policy platform provides a solid blueprint for local, state, and federal governments to use when enacting legislation that seeks to grow, repair, and rebuild communities of color around the country.

“Similarly important, the Movement for Black Lives’ policy platform is an ideal catalyst for the substantive, results-oriented conversations the current and future leaders of the Democratic Party must have with the communities they serve.  For decades, communities of color have been among Democrats most reliable supporters. If that relationship is to continue, that reliability must be met with action and requires not just a seat at the table, but a decisive say in developing, creating and implementing how and what our party fights for going forward.  

“Democracy for America is a committed partner with the Movement for Black Lives in its fight for racial justice, criminal justice reform, and economic justice for historically marginalized communities.  We encourage all elected Democrats, movement leaders, and progressive organizations to join us in actively supporting the the Movement for Black Lives and this historic policy platform.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy For America

DFA, is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.  

DFA Action

STOP TRUMP: Tell Democrats to protect Medicare now

The battle to protect Medicare from Donald Trump and Paul Ryan is heating up fast -- and Paul Ryan is already feeling defensive. Just yesterday he claimed we have nothing to worry about:

"This is the latest wave of Democratic talking points to try and play 'Mediscare' politics, which is what they typically do every other Tuesday." -Paul Ryan, quoted in The Hill, 12/1/16

Don't believe him. Paul Ryan has spent his entire career in Congress trying to destroy Medicare. He has repeatedly said he wants to cut benefits, privatize Medicare, and make it harder and more expensive for people to get health care. Seniors would have to spend money they don't have getting the care they need.

Donald Trump has already proven he'll help Paul Ryan destroy Medicare -- and he picked Tom Price, an extremist anti-Medicare zealot to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price has already suggested Republicans could act quickly in 2017 to destroy Medicare.

We know we can stop them -- because we stopped George W. Bush when he tried the same attack on Social Security. The secret: mobilize the public to unite Democrats against any attack on Medicare, and go on offense against Republicans. That's exactly what DFA plans to do.

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DFA Action

Sign the petition: Tell Michigan AG Bill Schuette to stop playing games and let the recount begin

Michigan RecountRepublican Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette just filed a court action asking the State Supreme Court to preemptively shut down any attempt at a presidential election recount. 

This kind of partisan interference in what should be a neutral and routine verification of the election results is absolutely unacceptable -- and it is dangerous to our democracy.
 
The margin of victory in Michigan was only 10,000 votes. With a race this close, a recount is necessary in order to give voters confidence in the stated result. We need to let Schuette know RIGHT NOW that we will not let his attempt to derail this perfectly legal recount stand.
 
Tell Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to stop playing games with our democratic process and allow a full and fair presidential recount in Michigan now.
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DFA Action

Call President Obama: Step in on Standing Rock

The police crackdown on protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline is getting worse, thanks to an official order of evacuation from Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple. 

While brave water protectors and their allies are standing their ground in sub-freezing temperatures, the Morton County Sheriff's Department is now saying it will order its troopers to pull over and threaten people carrying much-needed supplies to the Standing Rock camp with $1,000 fines. And the governor's order effectively ended emergency services to the camps, even though violent attacks by the police continue.

President Obama's silence on this horrendous violation of the human rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters is simply unacceptable. He needs to put an end to these dangerous police attacks right now by stepping in and shutting down the pipeline.

Call President Obama today and tell him to step in and stop the attacks on #NoDAPL protesters RIGHT NOW.

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DFA Action

Stand with Elizabeth Warren—tell Democrats to vote NO on the GOP’s Big Pharma giveaway

The lame duck session of Congress has just begun, and already some Democrats are caving to GOP pressure to pass a massive last-minute giveaway to Big Pharma. Thankfully, Elizabeth Warren is fighting back.

Last night, she gave a barnburner speech on the Senate floor taking aim at the so-called "21st Century Cures" Act and the Democrats supporting it:

"When American voters say Congress is owned by big companies, this bill is exactly what they are talking about. Now, we face a choice. Will this Congress say that yes, we're bought and paid for, or will we stand up and work for the American people?

The American people didn't give Democrats majority support so we could come back to Washington and play dead. They didn't send us here to whimper, whine, or grovel. They sent us here to say NO to efforts to sell Congress to the highest bidder. They sent us here to stand up for what's right. Now, they are watching, waiting, and hoping -- hoping we show some spine and start fighting back when Congress completely ignores the message of the American people and returns to all its same old ways.

Republicans will control this government -- but they cannot hand over that control to big corporations unless Democrats roll over and allow them to do so."

As usual, Sen. Warren nailed it. If Democrats want to be the party of working families, they need to stand up to Republicans who want to shovel money into the pockets of shady drug companies, big dollar GOP donors and Donald Trump -- especially when that means flooding the market with untested and potentially dangerous medical treatments.

Sign our petition telling Democrats in Congress to vote NO on the GOP's gigantic giveaway to drug companies now.

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DFA Action

SIGN THE PETITION: End the Electoral College—and elect the president by National Popular Vote

On Sunday, Donald Trump went on Twitter again to inject another dangerous lie into our national discourse, making the ridiculous claim that he "won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."

Trump's outrageous tweet was immediately condemned and denounced by voting experts, the media, and even conservatives as both a brazenly cynical attempt to undermine public perception of Hillary Clinton's national popular vote lead -- now more than 2 million votes and counting -- and a racist dog whistle attack on voting rights in advance of the 2018 and 2020 elections.

The truth is that no matter who you voted for in 2016, an overwhelming majority of Americans -- 62%, according to one public poll of registered voters on November 15-16 -- think that the Electoral College system is broken and believe that the winner of the White House should be determined by National Popular Vote. According to Gallup, a majority of Americans have wanted to abolish the Electoral College every time the question has been asked, going back to 1967.

Agree? Then please join Democracy for America members across the country, who are using the National Popular Vote email tool right now to contact state legislators and ask them to pass a National Popular Vote bill. Click here to send your email today.

The National Popular Vote interstate compact would make every vote equal throughout the United States and ensure that every voter, in every state, will matter in every presidential election.

Here's how it works and how we could pass the National Popular Vote by 2020:

  • The U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section 1) gives the states exclusive control over awarding their electoral votes.
     
  • Under the National Popular Vote interstate compact, participating states would award ALL of their Electoral College votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes nationally. 
     
  • The National Popular Vote interstate compact would not take effect until enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes -- that is, 270 out of 538 Electoral College votes. 
     
  • Currently ten states and the District of Columbia have already adopted the National Popular Vote plan -- this includes both Republican and Democratic controlled legislatures. These states (and D.C.) currently represent 165 total electoral votes. 
     
  • If we can get states that represent 105 more electoral votes on board (for a total of 270 votes), then this plan would immediately take effect -- and we would never have a repeat of the 2000 or 2016 election again. 

Democracy for America has been working to support the National Popular Vote interstate compact for many years. But it's taken on a powerful new urgency as we face the nightmare of Donald Trump occupying the White House. We cannot wait any longer.

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DFA Action

Sign the petition: Swing states need to audit the presidential vote

A report by New York magazine revealed that "Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump."

CNN, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and several other news outlets quickly picked up the story -- though FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver and Nate Cohn from the New York Times expressed skepticism.

What no one can dispute is that Hillary Clinton is now leading Donald Trump in the popular vote by 1.7 million votes. And once California finishes its count, her lead could exceed more than 2 million votes.

Unfortunately, the popular vote is meaningless in our Electoral College system. Trump is winning the Electoral College vote thanks to very narrow leads in key swing states such as Wisconsin (27,000 votes) and Pennsylvania (68,000 votes). And two weeks after the election, Michigan is still too close to call.

Voters in states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan cast paper ballots that are counted by electronic machines. Fortunately, these machines can be audited to ensure that the results are reported correctly.

Given the high stakes of this election -- and how incredibly close the vote is in crucial states -- it's essential that the American people have confidence the election was fairly won. That's why Democracy for America is joining the call for key swing states to audit the vote.

An audit would not be a full recount, but a statistically valid sample that will prove whether the actual votes match the reported totals. If there's something wrong, we'll have evidence to take action -- before the Electoral College meets in December.

Time is running out: Sign the "Audit the Vote" petition to demand swing states audit the presidential election before the results are certified and the Electoral College meets on December 19.

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DFA Action

Sign the petition: Sen. Schumer, stand up to Donald Trump

This post-election nightmare ushered in by Donald Trump is getting ugly fast.

On Friday morning, Trump selected Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general. Sessions is an ultra-conservative who was previously denied a federal judgeship in 1986 for calling the NAACP "un-American," referring to an African-American federal prosecutor as “boy,” and disparaging the Voting Rights Act.

We cannot “wait and see” what a Donald Trump administration will be like. He has already made it abundantly clear.

In the days following the election, Donald Trump has offered a top White House position to a white supremacist, mocked Americans exercising their first amendment right to protest in response to his campaign of hate, and refused to rebuke a campaign surrogate who defended a proposed illegal registration program of Muslim Americans by citing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Democracy for America -- and our friends at MoveOn, CREDO, and across the progressive movement -- agree: Chuck Schumer and Democratic leaders need to stop playing footsie with Trump and pretending we can find common ground on some issues without also legitimizing Trump’s bigoted and hate-fueled agenda.

Tell Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats to stand up to Trump and refuse to collaborate on his racist agenda. There can be no compromise on rejecting bigotry.

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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America on Trump’s pick of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

This morning, news emerged that Donald Trump had selected Senator Jeff Sessions as his pick for Attorney General.

Here's a response from Democracy for America's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain to Trump's pick of Sessions for Attorney General:

"The handful of people who might be even less equipped than Jeff Sessions to dispense justice on behalf of the American people typically spend their weekends wearing pointy hats and burning crosses.

"Jeff Sessions was too racist to become a federal judge.  In the 1980s.

"The idea that Jeff Sessions might become Attorney General is a genuine threat to our country and the lives and safety of people of color, Muslim Americans, women, and working families.

"We urge Democrats in the U.S. Senate to do everything in their power to air Jeff Session's record of bigotry and derail his confirmation as Republicans work to jam it through." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America to Democrats: Stop playing footsie with Trump’s bigoted agenda

Democracy for America’s Executive Director, Charles Chamberlain, responds to increasingly disturbing reports that congressional Democrats are “constructing an agenda to align with many proposals of President-elect Donald J. Trump"

"Since last week, Donald Trump has offered a top White House position to a white supremacist, mocked the tens of thousands of Americans exercising their first amendment rights in response to his campaign of hate, and allowed a spokesperson to defend his proposed illegal registration program of Muslim Americans by citing the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two.

"Right now, in the United States, people are openly discussing what they can do to hide their friends and neighbors when Donald Trump orders federal agents to rip apart families to deport millions of undocumented immigrants or force Muslim Americans to register with the government.

"That's not America. These are not normal times. If making Government work means scapegoating, imprisoning, or deporting millions of people across the country then Democrats in Congress absolutely must have no part in making that happen.    

“Democratic leaders from Chuck Schumer down need to stop playing footsie with Trump and pretending we can find common ground on some issues without also legitimizing Trump’s bigoted, hate-fueled, un-american agenda. 

“We stand with Democratic leaders from Harry Reid in the Senate to Ruben Gallego in the House who demand that Trump repudiate his policies of fear and remove the advocates of hate from his inner circle, before Democrats can even consider working with the Trump Administration.

"We expect Democratic leaders to join us in our efforts to defeat Donald Trump's agenda whole cloth, and, while we know Democrats are strongest when we work together, we also will not hesitate to burn down and salt the earth beneath Democrats who chose to aid and abet Trumpism instead." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Gov. Howard Dean ends Special Advisor role at Democracy for America

Today, Democracy for America announced that its founder, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, will be ending his position as a Special Advisor to the grassroots progressive political action committee.

Gov. Howard Dean founded Democracy for America in 2004 and served as its Chair following his historic campaign for President.  Dean turned the reigns of the organization to his brother, DFA's current Chair Jim Dean, when he became Chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2005.

Following his incredibly successful tenure at the DNC, Gov. Dean returned to DFA as a Special Advisor and played a critical role in a number of important organization efforts, from the 2009 "Stand with Dr. Dean" campaign for the public health insurance option to the boundless support he gave to countless DFA-endorsed candidates.

“Founding DFA was one of the greatest honors of my life and, while I’m stepping back from my role with Democracy for America today, I could not be more proud of the grassroots movement we’ve created together and what they will do going forward” said former Governor Howard Dean.

"Howard’s work with Democracy for America since its inception and after his tenure at the DNC cannot be underestimated. He founded DFA as a member-driven organization committed to empowering the work of its grassroots members and its movement allies and he has never lost sight of these simple founding principles," said DFA Chair Jim Dean, on his brother's decision to step back from the organization.

"It has been this principle which has given us a ton of opportunities to do great work together and it is this principle that gave us the space to disagree," noted Jim Dean. "Howard gets people-powered politics as few elected officials and party leaders do, and we look forward to seeing what he does next and working with him whenever possible.”

DFA, is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.  

DFA Press Release

DFA LIVE: Ellison hints at DNC Chair announcement, DFA responds to Dean tweet on Chair run

Tonight, Rep. Keith Ellison announced that he would make a Monday announcement regarding a run for Democratic National Committee Chair during a "DFA LIVE" conference call with Democracy for America members that also featured Congresswoman-elect Pramila Jayapal and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
 
After DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain noted that there were no expectations that he'd make any announcements on this call, Ellison said, "I will announce that I'm going to make an announcement on Monday. So, there you go."
 
In response to news that DFA Founder Howard Dean was interested in returning to his position as Democratic Party chair, Chamberlain also made clear during the call that, as an organization, DFA believes the next party head should be the choice of the grassroots, not party insiders: 

"Here at [Democracy for America] we believe that the Democratic party is at its best when its leaders have the courage to compete for the best ideas, the best practices, and the best people.  
 
"We also believe that part of the reason we have to deal with Donald Trump is because, prior to the start of the 2016 race, Democratic party insiders got together around conference tables in Washington DC  and more or less decided who the presidential nominee would be, without listening to the party’s grassroots base.  That’s wrong and that’s part of the reason why we lost.
 
"So, I want to say this: We here at DFA hope that there will be a vigorous, forward-looking competition for the leadership of the Democratic Party and we strongly believe that the party’s grassroots base -- not party insiders and political elites -- should play the decisive role in choosing who our party’s next leader should be.  Period." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

A full transcript of the exchange is available below.  A recording is available here.
 
TRANSCRIPT:

CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN (DFA): ... But I do want to start with the question of our next DNC chair. 
 
DFA Founder Governor Howard Dean announced on Twitter just a few hours ago that he’s going to run for DNC chair. And, this morning Bernie announced that he wants you, Keith, to be the next Chair. 
 
Keith, I know you haven’t even announced if you are going to run for it, but I think everyone on this call would like to hear your thoughts.
 
However, before... that, I do want to say, here at DFA we believe that the Democratic party is at its best when its leaders have the courage to compete for the best ideas, the best practices, and the best people.  
 
We also believe that part of the reason we have to deal with Donald Trump is because, prior to the start of the 2016 race, Democratic party insiders got together around conference tables in Washington DC  and more or less decided who the presidential nominee would be, without listening to the party’s grassroots base.  That’s wrong and that’s part of the reason why we lost.
 
So, I want to say this: We here at DFA hope that there will be a vigorous, forward-looking competition for the leadership of the Democratic Party and we strongly believe that the party’s grassroots base -- not party insiders and political elites -- should play the decisive role in choosing who our party’s next leader should be.  Period.
 
Now my question, Congressman Ellison, and like I said, I know you’re not going to make an announcement this evening.  But I do want to ask you this: 
 
What do you think the next chair of the Democratic Party has to be focused on to ensure that Democrats retake the House & Senate in 2018 and beat Donald Trump once and for all in 2020? 
 
REPRESENTATIVE KEITH ELLISON:  Well, I will announce that I'm going to make an announcement on Monday.  So, there you go.
 
CHAMBERLAIN: Excellent!
 
ELLISON: Well, let me just tell you the key has got to be a turnout based, grassroots-based Democratic Party that uses relationship building, one-to-one -- not based on modeling, based on relationships -- where we turn out in the off-years, based on issue advocacy, so that people know that we care.
 
You see, right now, we kind of go to people when the big elections come up.  We have to be a part of people's lives all the time.  And that means taking an inspiring platform to people's doors every single day and building local party units with the priority of turning out the votes at the proper time -- but it all starts with relationships building at the grassroots level.
 
Then we've got to have greater coordination.  Let me tell you, if a member of the House of Representatives is in a state where there's going to be a Senate seat up -- like there's going to be in 2018 -- if you're in a so-called safe seat, right now, we basically ask you for money.  But we really should be asking you to do is to (1) strengthen and support your local state party and (2) also spiking the vote in your so-called safe seat, because every time a member of Congress in a so-called safe-seat, a dem, spikes turn-out it helps us win statewide, it helps us in the governorships, it helps us win the Senate.  And it also helps local State Senators and State Representatives win.  And it helps city council members win.  I think the DNC should be a force to help and connect with local officials, because local officials are the ones who we're seeing pass all kind of green initiatives, wages, scheduling, increasing the minimum wage, that action.
 
I say turn out, greater coordination and collaboration, relationship-based initiatives -- which treat TV as tool, not as a go-to; which [doesn't allow] econometric modeling to substitute bringing Dems together around a pot of chili and getting to know every single place.
 
I think we need a chair who's going to go do some door knocks around the country in the off-year.  In the off-year.  So that people get know them and get to believe that this is their party, a party of working men and women around the country.
 
So, that's where it's at.  Between students, people in labor unions, the right to collective bargaining, the environmental movement, we need a Democratic Party where people feel that that is what their party stands for and stands for them and believes that the most important voice in the party is the grassroots voice.  The voice of that lady who has been pouring coffee for 20 years and believes that it's the Democratic Party is going to make sure she gets her Social Security.  But right now does she even know us, does she know where the building is?  We've got to change that and that's my vision for it.

DFA Press Release

RESPONSE: Democracy for America pledges to “obstruct, delay, and halt” Donald Trump’s agenda

Tonight's presidential election results are a living nightmare for our country.

Here's DFA's response to the election of Donald Trump:

"After the most divisive presidential election in the nation's history, the divide in this country will be between those who attempt to accommodate Donald Trump's fringe-right, bigoted agenda and those who will fight him every step of the way.  

"So, let's be absolutely clear: Democracy for America will do everything in our power to obstruct, delay, and halt the attacks on people of color, women, and working families that will emerge from a Trump administration. 

"After watching Donald Trump's speech tonight, we are more convinced than ever that our country needs a massive, multiracial, multi-generational progressive political revolution led by women and people of color that is not beholden to the broken political establishment that brought us to this moment.  And that's precisely what we'll work with our members and our allies to build in the days, weeks, and months ahead."  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA celebrates Tammy Duckworth’s big Senate victory in Illinois

News just broke that Tammy Duckworth has won her race for Senate in IL.

Democracy for America (DFA) was one of the major backers of Duckworth's campaign.  Here’s a statement from DFA’s Executive Director Charles Chamberlain about Duckworth's big win in IL:

“Tammy Duckworth’s big victory tonight not only adds the voice of another woman of color and veteran to the U.S. Senate, it brings another leader to Washington who knows the problems with income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism in our country requires big, bold, populist progressive solutions. -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Facts about DFA and our work supporting Duckworth in Illinois and across the country during the 2016 race:

  • DFA endorsed Duckworth for Senate in March 2016.
  • DFA raised and contributed $61,816 to elect Duckworth.  The average contribution from DFA members was $7.73.
  • DFA members also made more than 126,888 GOTV calls in support of Duckworth.
  • During the 2016 cycle, DFA has:
    • Endorsed 121 progressive candidates -- including our very first endorsement in a Presidential Primary.
    • Raised and contributed more than $3 million to elect populist progressive candidates running up and down the ballot, from President of the United States to Bay Area Rapid Transit board.
    • Made over 2.5 million GOTV calls to elect progressive and help Democrats retake the U.S. Senate via its DFA Dialer program
  • Founded in 2004, DFA is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.
 

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Democracy For America on Debate: “Hillary didn’t win, she slayed it.”

Here’s a quick reaction to tonight’s general election debate from Democracy for America’s Executive Director, Charles Chamberlain:

“Hillary Clinton not only won tonight’s debate, she slayed it.  Two presidential candidates may have been on the stage, but only Hillary Clinton acted like a president.”  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive political action committee with one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.  

While DFA now proudly supports Sec. Hillary Clinton, during the Democratic primary, DFA was a strong supporter of Bernie Sanders.

 

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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses eight in key Colorado state House, Senate Races

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of eight Colorado state House and Senate candidates.

These Colorado endorsements are part of DFA’s “Purple to Blue” project, a national multi-year effort to flip Republican-held state level House and Senate chambers across the country and make them decisively Democratic, by unseating rightwing Republicans and replacing them with strong progressive leaders.

In the 2015-2016 election cycle, the Purple to Blue program has already elected champions to Virginia’s legislature and helped flip control of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  This November, in addition to Colorado, the Purple to Blue program is focused on the battle for state legislatures in Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Washington State.

The eight candidates being endorsed today in Colorado are:

  • Emily Tracy - (CO Senate -- District #8)
  • Jenise May - (CO Senate -- District #25)
  • Daniel Kagan - (CO Senate -- District #26)
  • Tom Sullivan - (CO Senate -- District #27)
  • Chris Kennedy  - (CO House -- District #23)
  • Joe Salazar - (CO House -- District # 31)
  • Mike Weissman - (CO House -- District #36)
  • Barbara McLachlan - (CO House -- District #59)

Statement from DFA chair, Jim Dean, on the importance of holding the Colorado state House and flipping the Colorado state Senate:

“Since they gained control of the Colorado Senate in 2010, Republicans have tried to privatize public lands, roll back gun safety regulations, attack women’s reproductive rights, and regularly prevented critical legislation from reaching the Governor’s desk.

“Democrats are just one seat away from regaining control of the Colorado state Senate and ensuring that both houses of Colorado’s state legislature are committed to fighting for progressive policies and ideas.

“The candidates we’re endorsing today in Colorado are vital, not just to ensuring that Colorado’s state legislature is lead by Democrats, but also to ensuring that the political revolution that millions of people are seeking across the country has the chance to flourish in the Centennial State.” --- Jim Dean, Chairman of Democracy for America

The 2016 election is poised to be instrumental in determining control of both the Colorado State House and Senate.   Races in May’s (SD-25) and Sullivan’s (SD-27) Senate Districts are particularly important because they would deliver seats to Democrats that are currently held by Republicans.  The races in Salazar’s (HD-31), Weissman’s (HD-36), and McLachlan’s (HD-59) House Districts will ensure Democrats maintain their three seat advantage in the House.

Key facts about Democracy for America and its work in Colorado:

  • DFA’s Purple to Blue project was kicked off in 2013 and this year has focused on winning State House and Senate in states including Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Washington.
  • DFA has also endorsed House candidate, Morgan Carroll in Colorado
  • DFA has over 56,000 members in Colorado and 1 million members nationwide
  • Since DFA's 2004 founding by Gov. Howard Dean, DFA members have injected more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 806 progressive candidates across the country.
DFA Press Release

Democracy for America’s response to the killing of Terence Crutcher

Like millions of Americans, Democracy for America took to its outrage to Twitter this afternoon calling for greater press coverage, real justice, and concrete action in the wake of yesterday's killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, OK. 

Crutcher is the 171st Black man to be killed by police in 2016, according to a Washington Post count.  

We'll be following up with actions demanding justice for Crutcher's killer, but, in the mean time, DFA's tweeted reaction is available below.

https://twitter.com/DFAaction/status/778303114923225088

DFA Action

The public option is back! Add your name now as a supporter

That's right. Today, Democracy for America is joining the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, several leading Senate Democrats, and a strong coalition of organizations to renew the push for a public option for health care -- and we need your help right now to build momentum in Congress.

In 2009 and 2010, Democracy for America members like you led the fight to allow Americans to buy into a public, Medicare-like option in the health care reform bill that became Obamacare. DFA members mobilized hundreds of thousands of Americans to lobby Congress to demand it.

We nearly won. The House passed a public option. But after Joe Lieberman sided with the insurance industry and threatened to filibuster the Obamacare bill, the Senate shied away from it. Instead, they embraced state exchanges.

Unfortunately, despite all the good that Obamacare has done, it's clear that we still need a public option. Greedy insurance companies that never supported health care reform in the first place are jacking up premiums and deductibles, while pulling out of many state exchanges.

It's time to renew the fight for a public option. Democracy for America is joining Senators Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Chuck Schumer, Patty Murray, and Dick Durbin -- along with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Presente, UltraViolet, MoveOn, Daily Kos, Working Families Party, and the AFL-CIO -- to launch a Congressional resolution in support of a public option. We need your help right now to build strong momentum out of the gate.

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DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA on Colin Van Ostern’s win in New Hampshire’s Democratic gubernatorial primary

The Associated Press just called Democracy for America-endorsed candidate Colin Van Ostern the winner of New Hampshire's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Statement from DFA's Chair Jim Dean on Van Ostern's big primary victory tonight:

"Colin Van Ostern's tremendous victory tonight is a testament to the incredible grassroots campaign he built across Granite State, and shows that Granite State voters want a bold leader who'll focus on building a New Hampshire that works for everyone, not just those at the top.

"Colin understands that you can pursue compromise with your opponents without compromising your progressive values, and that's why we can't wait to do what we can over the next 55 days to make sure he ends up in the Corner Office in Concord." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Additional details about DFA, it's strong record of support for Van Ostern, and the organization's work in New Hampshire this election cycle:

  • Democracy for America endorsed Van Ostern in the Democratic race for Governor in May, making him the first and only gubernatorial candidate DFA has backed in 2016.  
    • DFA also backed Van Ostern in his successful 2012 race for New Hampshire’s Executive Council.
  • Including Van Ostern, DFA has endorsed 5 candidates in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary and is looking forward to their victories tonight and in November.  These other candidates include:
    • U.S. Congress: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (District 1)
    • NH Executive Council:
      • Andru Volinsky (2nd District)
      • Chris Pappas (4th District)
    • NH House of Representatives
      • Erik Corbertt (1st District)
  • DFA has one million members nationwide, including more than 17,800 in the State of New Hampshire.
  • During New Hampshire's 2016 First-In-the-Nation Presidential Primary, Democracy for America was a proud supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders, following the results of a December 2015 vote of DFA members.  
  • Since 2004, DFA's one million members have knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors, made over 11 million phone calls, and raised and contributed more than $32.7 million to help elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide.
DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Morgan Carroll in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Morgan Carroll in her race against Republican Representative Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District.

DFA is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than 56,000 members in the state of Colorado and one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.  

Statement from DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots organization’s endorsement of Morgan Carroll:

“From working to create a military family relief fund to battling big business interests to pass lobbying and campaign finance reforms,  Morgan Carroll has spent her life standing up to the wealthy and powerful and fighting for everyday Coloradans.  

“Morgan Carroll is one of those rare leaders who knows what it’s like to work a minimum wage job, and through that experiences understands that Americans can’t afford leaders in Washington who are bought and sold by special interests.  

“DFA members in Colorado and across the country are so excited to support Morgan Carroll in her race for Congress, because she knows that struggling working families need big change and has the experience to make that change happen.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America.

Statement from Morgan Carroll on receiving Democracy for America’s endorsement:

"I am incredibly honored to accept Democracy for America's endorsement. For more than a twelve years, DFA has been empowering grassroots campaigns to move our country forward by fighting to keep money out of politics. I am proud to stand with them in that fight." -- Sen. Morgan Carroll, candidate for U.S. House for Representatives from Colorado's 6th Congressional District

DFA’s endorsement of Carroll brings with it a one-million member-strong grassroots army that has knocked hundreds of thousands of doors, made over 11.1 million phone calls, and raised and contributed more than $36.6 million to help elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide since 2004.

 

(HOST AN EVENT) Political Revolution in My Backyard

Political Revolution in My BackyardGet Out The Vote for DFA Democrats - Three Ways to Organize

The political revolution is happening -- in every city, in every state, progressives are coming together to elect champions who share our values. Democracy for America is committed to connecting activists building the revolution in their communities (that's you!) with the leaders who will transform our cities, flip our state legislatures and bring real change to Congress. Political Revolution in My Backyard is about giving you the tools to make this happen right where you are.

1) Host a Campaign Event

DFA members have endorsed a slate of inspiring, competitive candidates, up and down the ballot, in all 50 states, and now it's time to pile into their offices and get out the vote! Hosts who run a campaign event for a DFA-endorsed progressive champ will recruit friends, neighbors, and local DFA members to visit the office, and knock on doors or hit the phones and talk to voters for Political Revolution in My Backyard. Ready to get started?

HOST a Campaign EVENT

 

3) Host a Phonebanking PartyNo campaign office in your backyard? No problem! Gather your friends, neighbors, and local DFA members in your living room for a DFA Dialer Party -- using our cutting edge predictive technology to turn out the vote in critical races nationwide! We'll provide the calling tools and phone numbers of voters in competitive states and districts. Join hundreds of your fellow activists in living rooms across America for Political Revolution in My Backyard!

Host a DFA DIALER Party

 

3) Host a Voter Contact EventKnow of another progressive champion who needs DFA members' support? Click here to set up an event in their local office and recruit your friends and neighbors to help build the Political Revolution in YOUR Backyard!

Create a Voter Contact Event

 

DFA Press Release

DFA launches $200,000 campaign to expand Latino support for Deborah Ross’ U.S. Senate race

Initial phase features bilingual TV, radio, digital media buys, persuasion calls to increase turnout of key voters in tight Senate race
 

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) launched the initial phase of an expected $200,000 campaign to increase support for North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross among Spanish and English-speaking Latino voters, a critical and growing voting block in the Tar Heel State.  

The comprehensive independent expenditure campaign will feature TV, radio, online, and pre-roll video ads in both English and Spanish, as well as bilingual persuasion calls targeting all Latino voters who have voted in any of the last three previous elections.

The ads, which argue that Ross is the fighter Latino’s need to stand up to bullies like Donald Trump, are believed to some of the very first to deploy Trump’s anti-Latino comments in a Spanish-language ad in support of a U.S. Senate candidate.

See the TV ad, “Fighter of Our Own” in Spanish  and in English, here:

 


 Full scripts of both TV and radio ads are also available below.

Quote from DFA Communications Director Neil Sroka on the group’s investment in Ross’ U.S. Senate race:

“Not only do Democrats need to take back the U.S. Senate, we need to do so with leaders like Deborah Ross who will fearlessly stand up to bigoted bullies like Donald Trump and build an economy that works for every single American.

“Democracy for America believes that our country’s progressive values win when the voices of Black and Brown voters are heard loudly and clearly at the ballot box.  We’re investing in this early, tightly-targeted campaign to make sure all North Carolina voters know that a vote for Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate is another vitally important way to beat Donald Trump’s bigoted agenda in November.”  -- Neil Sroka, Communications Director, Democracy for America

According to a 2013 Pew Hispanic Trends report, North Carolina has the fastest growing Latino population among the nation’s key “swing” states. DFA’s tightly-targeted, six-figure campaign in the North Carolina Senate race is rooted in the belief that high turnout among every segment of the Rising American Electorate in every state is essential to Democratic success in 2016.  

Also, despite recent public polling indicating that Deborah Ross is running one of Democrats' closest U.S. Senate races, data collected by OpenSecrets suggests her campaign has received no disclosed national support from official Democratic Party committees and little from other national groups.

Democracy for America worked with Solidarity Strategies, the nation’s largest Latino-owned and operated political consulting firm, and 76 Words on the campaign and ad production.

DFA, which endorsed Deborah Ross in March, is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than 41,000 members in the state of North Carolina and one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. 

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SCRIPT -- TV Spot-- “Fighter of our own”

Cuando una persona como Donald Trump quiere ser presidente
When a person like Donald Trump wants to be president

Y dice que somos
And says we are  

Criminales
Criminals

Y violadores
And rapists

Necesitamos a alguien que luche por nosotros
We need a fighter of our own

Y para el Senado
And for Senate

Esa persona es Deborah Ross
That person is Deborah Ross

Deborah Ross no le tiene miedo a Donald Trump
Deborah Ross isn’t afraid of Donald Trump

Deborah Ross apoya la reforma migratoria
Deborah Ross believes in comprehensive immigration reform

Y Deborah Ross está a favor de una Carolina del Norte que funciona para todos
And Deborah Ross is for a North Carolina that works for all of us.

Democracy for America es responsable por el contenido de este anuncio.
Democracy for America is responsible for the content of this advertising.

 

SCRIPT -- Radio Spot-- “Fighter & Defender”

Cuando una persona como Donald Trump quiere ser presidente
When a person like Donald Trump wants to be president

Y dice cosas sobre los Latinos
And says things about Latinos

Como que somos criminales
Like we are criminals

Y que somos violadores
And we are rapists

Y nos acusa de
And accuses us of

Traer drogas
Bringing drugs

Y crimen
And crime

Y amenaza con separarnos de nuestras familias
And threatens to tear our families apart

Es importante tener a alguien en el Senado de los Estados Unidos que luche por nosotros
It is important that we have someone in the United States Senate who is going to stand for us

Necesitamos a alguien que nos defienda
We need a fighter and defender

Que no le tenga miedo a Donald Trump
Who isn’t afraid of Donald Trump

Y para el Senado
And for Senate

Esa persona es la Demócrata Deborah Ross
That person is Democrat Deborah Ross

Deborah Ross apoya la reforma migratoria
Deborah Ross believes in comprehensive immigration reform

Deborah Ross trabajara por empleos y una economía que funciona para todos
Deborah Ross will work for jobs and an economy that works for everyone

Y Deborah Ross siempre luchará por la comunidad Latina
And Deborah Ross will always stand up for the Latino Community

Pagado por Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.org. No autorizado por ningún candidato ni comité de un candidato. Democracy for America es responsable por el contenido de este anuncio.
Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.  Democracy for America is responsible for the content of this advertising.

DFA Action

Sign the petition: End Homeland Security use of private prisons

President Obama announced the Department of Justice would stop using private prisons. But the federal government's largest use of private prisons is for immigration. The Department of Homeland Security just announced that it is going to review whether it should also stop using private prisons.

Bernie Sanders was right when he said "It is wrong to profit from the imprisonment of human beings and the suffering of their families and friends. It's time to end this morally repugnant process, and along with it, the era of mass incarceration."

Sign the petition: Tell the Department of Homeland Security to stop using private prisons.
 

Take Action!
DFA Action

EPIPEN: 750,000+ signatures delivered to Mylan

Thanks for signing our petition calling on Mylan CEO Heather Bresch to stop price gouging people with serious allergies and  drop the price of the EpiPen immediately.

On Tuesday, Democracy for America joined Public Action, MoveOn and activists from across the country to deliver more than 750,000 signatures -- including yours! -- to Mylan's corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. 

CREDIT LIZ REID / 90.5 WESA

Our action resulted in plenty of media coverage, including pieces by NPR and the Pittsburgh Press-Gazette. The local activists who joined us told the assembled reporters their personal experiences with EpiPen, and how Mylan's extreme price hikes have impacted their lives:

Rachel Viehman of Squirrel Hill recently used an EpiPen on her 5-year-old daughter Gabriella for the first time, after the girl came into contact with peanut butter that was on a booster seat in a restaurant.

“It was a horrible and terrifying experience, but at the same time I have no doubt that it saved her life,” she said.

The mother of two said her 10-month-old son, Robert, also has food allergies, and that doctors have directed her to keep an EpiPen nearby every time she feeds him something new.

“Companies like Mylan they have the power of life and death over my family and other families, because they know that, for me, I can’t put a price on my child’s life,” Viehman said. - 90.5 WESA 8/30/16

Our delivery made it clear to both Heather Bresch and Congress that Americans are sick and tired of a health care system that allows corporations to extract maximum profits at the expense of peoples' lives and well-being. Democracy for America strongly supports Bernie Sanders's Medicare-for-all single payer health care plan -- and we've been on the front lines fighting for health care reform for more than a decade.

Thanks for helping us send a message to Mylan and to greedy CEOs across the country.

PAST ACTION
DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Bryan Caforio in California’s 25th Congressional District

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Bryan Caforio in his race against Republican Representative Steve Knight in California’s 25th Congressional District.

DFA is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than 270,950 members in the state of California and one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.  

Statement from DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots organization’s endorsement of Bryan Caforio:

“Bryan Caforio doesn't just believe in progressive values, he’s spent his career fighting for them head-on. As an attorney, he stood up to the world's biggest banks after the subprime mortgage crisis and won. Now, Bryan’s running to bring our fight to Congress and use his hands-on experience to change the system. Californians deserve leaders in Congress who will stand up to the wealthy and powerful who run Washington and that’s precisely why we’re so excited to support Bryan Caforio's people-powered campaign.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America.

Statement from Bryan Caforio on receiving Democracy for America’s endorsement:

"I'm honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy For America. I got into this race because I was sick of seeing a system that rewards the wealthy few at the expense of working people. Instead of fighting predatory banks one case at a time, I decided to run for Congress so we can work to build a better system and an economy that works for all of us. Democracy for America has been a champion in the fight for income inequality and economic justice, and I can't wait to work together on the campaign trail and in Congress.” -- Bryan Caforio

DFA’s endorsement of Caforio brings with it a one-million member-strong grassroots army that has knocked hundreds of thousands of doors, made over 11.1 million phone calls, and raised and contributed more than $36.6 million to help elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide since 2004.

DFA Press Release

Democracy praises Clinton’s economic policy speech, urges her to oppose TPP lame duck vote

Here's a quick response from Democracy for America (DFA) to Sec. Hillary Clinton economic policy speech today in Warren, MI:

"Overall, Secretary Clinton's speech today illustrates a steadfast commitment to many of the populist progressive policy positions -- from debt-free and tuition-free college to Social Security expansion -- that she staked out both during and after her primary battle with Bernie Sanders.  Clinton's continued  commitment to these populist progressive priorities over the course of the general election will not only be helpful for rallying the grassroots progressive base of the Democratic Party over the next 88 days, but will also set us up to fight for those reforms with her in the White House."

"In particular, the clear opposition Secretary Clinton voiced to the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership "now...after the election... and as President" is the strongest we've heard from her to date and will undoubtedly help build the support necessary to kill this miserable trade deal once and for all.   However, it's now more important than ever that the country and President Obama hear specifically from Secretary Clinton that a vote on the job-killing TPP during a lame duck session of Congress must not happen." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

As you may recall, yesterday, in conjunction with allies at CREDO, DFA launched a petition urging Clinton to publicly oppose a lame duck vote on the job-killing TPP.

DFA Press Release

DFA on Pramila Jayapal’s big early lead in Washington’s 7th District primary

The initial ballot drop in Seattle released this evening put DFA-endorsed candidate Pramila Jayapal in an early, dominant lead in the WA-7 primary that points to a strong top-two finish that would put her on the general election ballot in November.

Here's a statement from DFA Chair Jim Dean on Jayapal's big primary success tonight:

"Tonight's results point to an outright primary win for Pramila Jayapal that is a tremendous victory for the political revolution and every single Washingtonian who believes we need more leaders who will take on the powerful in the fight for our country's populist progressive values.

"Our country desperately needs bold, values-driven leaders like Pramila Jayapal in the U.S. Congress and her strong finish in tonight's top-two primary will only make it easier for Democracy for America members in Seattle and across the country to help get her there over the next 97 days." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Additional details about Democracy for America, our strong support for Pramila Jayapal, and other primary work in Washington State:

  • DFA endorsed Pramila for Congress shortly after she launched her campaign back in March 2016.  Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed Jayapal a few weeks later in April 2016.
  • Over the course of her primary, DFA members:
    • Worked with allies at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to make over 25,000 volunteer Get-Out-the-Vote calls in support of Jayapal
    • Raised and contributed $57,696 (avg. contribution $6.56) in support of her primary success
  • In addition to Jayapal's contest, DFA also endorsed 15 other primary candidates in Washington State whose results we are watching closely, including:
    • Secretary of State: Tina Podlodowski
    • State Senate:
      • Luis Moscoso (1st District)
      • Angie Homola (10th District)
      • Tim Probst (17th District)
      • Marisa Peloqiun (28th District)
      • Lisa Wellman (41st District)
    • State House:
      • Shelley Kloba (1st District)
      • Darcy Burner (5th District)
      • Jason Ritchie (5th District)
      • Shar Lichty (6th District)
      • Randy Spitzer (26th District)
      • Christine Kilduff (28th District)
      • Kristine Reeves (30th District)
      • Irene Bowling (35th District)
      • Monica Stonier (49th District)
  • Since 2004, DFA's one-million members have knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors, made over 11 million phone calls, and raised and contributed more than $32.7 million to help elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide.
  • DFA has one million members nationwide and 67,366 in the state of Washington.
DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Kesha Ram for Vermont Lt. Governor

This morning, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Kesha Ram for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont.

Based in Burlington, this is DFA’s first lieutenant gubernatorial endorsement of the 2016 election cycle and the grassroots PAC’s only statewide endorsement in Vermont. DFA also supported Ram in her first race for the Vermont State House in 2008.

Statement from DFA Chair Jim Dean on the national grassroots progressive organization’s endorsement of Kesha Ram for Lieutenant Governor:

"Democracy for America was proud to support Kesha when she beat the odds at just 21 years old to earn a seat in the legislature and we’re just as excited to back her now in her bid to serve as Vermont’s next Lieutenant Governor.

“In Montpelier, Kesha has consistently stood up to establishment insiders and powerful special interests to fight for Vermont’s children and families.

“As a Vermont-based national political organization, we’ve seen Kesha’s fierce advocacy for the people of our state in the legislature and our members in the Green Mountain State and across the country can’t wait to see her bring that same fighting spirit to the Lieutenant Governor’s office.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Statement from Kesha Ram on earning the support of DFA’s grassroots members in Vermont and across the country:

“Eight years ago, I was outspent in my campaign for the legislature nearly 3-to-1 and lacked the support of Montpelier insiders. Democracy for America recognized the movement I was creating at the grassroots and lent their support when the odds were against me in a race I won with the largest margin of any challenger in the state.

“Now, in my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor, I am honored to again have the endorsement of DFA, an organization built on Vermont values of progressive and responsive leadership. I look forward to working with DFA to continue putting the interests of Vermont families ahead of political insiders.” -- Kesha Ram

DFA’s endorsement of Ram brings with it a grassroots army of more than 16,180 in Vermont and more than 1 million nationwide that has knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors, made over 11.1 million phone calls, and raised and contributed more than $36.6 million to help elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide since 2004.

Democracy for America (DFA) is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.
 

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America, PCCC withdraw endorsements from Alan Grayson for U.S. Senate

Here is the joint statement from Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee withdrawing their support for Alan Grayson in the race Florida race for U.S. Senate.

"After today’s revelations of years of police reports about allegations of domestic abuse involving Alan Grayson, we are no longer willing to support and are formally withdrawing our endorsement of him in the race for U.S. Senate.  

"Unfortunately, this deeply disappointing revelation means progressives have no great options in the Florida race for Senate." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, DFA; Stephanie Taylor, Co-Founder, PCCC; Adam Green, Co-Founder, PCCC

This is the first unendorsement in history of both Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.  

DFA and PCCC call on Alan Grayson to donate all money donated to his Senate campaign by DFA and PCCC members to an Orlando-based organization to help victims of domestic abuse.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America responds to Kaine’s selection as Clinton’s vice presidential running mate


Secretary Clinton just announced that she has chosen VA Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate in the 2016 election.
 
Here's Democracy for America's reaction to Clinton's selection of Kaine:

"Donald Trump is the most dangerous candidate in the history of our country and that's why we're working as hard as we can to unite the Political Revolution with the Democratic Party establishment to defeat him.
 
"Secretary Clinton's choice of Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate doesn't change that goal, but Kaine's support for fast-track authority for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership and recent backing of bank deregulation will make our work more difficult." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America 

DFA Press Release

Democracy For America says Kaine bank letter “should be disqualifying” for VP candidate


Yesterday, Zach Carter at the Huffington Post broke the news that, while campaigning for the 2016 VP slot, Senator Tim Kaine had recently signed on to a letter calling on Fed. Chairwoman Yellen and others calling for bank deregulation.
 
Here's a response from Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain on the Sen. Kaine bank deregulation letter and what it means for his standing as a potential VP candidate:
 

"Let's be really clear: It should be disqualifying for any potential Democratic vice presidential candidate to be part of a lobbyist-driven effort to help banks dodge consumer protection standards and regulations designed to prevent banks from destroying our economy.
 
"Our presidential ticket cannot beat the billionaire bigot by simply being not-Donald Trump.  To win in November, our ticket needs to have an unquestionably strong record in the fight against income inequality, one of the defining issues of the 2016 election.  
 
"With his vote for fast track authority for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership and this newly uncovered push for bank deregulation, making Senator Tim Kaine our vice presidential candidate could be potentially disastrous for our efforts to defeat Donald Trump this fall." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America on Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s VP pick


This afternoon, the Indianapolis Star and several other media outlets are reporting that far right-wing governor Mike Pence will be joining Donald Trump on the Republican ticket as a vice presidential candidate.
 
Here is DFA's reaction to Trump's apparent impending VP pick of Mike Pence: 

"Anyone who shares a ticket with Donald Trump, including Mike Pence, is a bigot and has no business being anywhere close to the White House."  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
 

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Hillary Clinton for President, praises Bernie Sanders run

This morning, Democracy for America (DFA) praised Bernie Sanders for his transformational presidential campaign and joined him in endorsing Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

Here's the full statement from Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain on the organization's endorsement of Clinton:
 

"Bernie Sanders not only ran a presidential campaign that ensured that the populist progressive values he's fought for his entire life are at the center of the 2016 debate, he built a grassroots movement with the campaign skills, battle-tested grit, and unrelenting determination to keep the Democratic Party on that path for the next generation.  
 

"Our members voted overwhelming to endorse Bernie Sanders and then threw everything they could into his race, because they knew the stakes of this election.  Donald Trump won't just cement the corrosive trends of income inequality, structural racism, and out-of-control money in politics into the national agenda, he'll double down on them and add a little unrepentant bigotry on the side.
 

"Which is why, today, Democracy for America is continuing to stand with Bernie Sanders by joining him in formally endorsing Hillary Clinton for President.
 

"While DFA was committed to supporting the Democratic nominee even before we ran our presidential endorsement poll, our support for Hillary Clinton isn't just about Democratic unity or her being our only hope for soundly defeating billionaire bigot Donald Trump.
 

We're backing Hillary Clinton in the race for President because she gives our country the opportunity to smash one of its last great glass ceilings and will be the partner we need in the White House to realize the agenda that Bernie Sanders's political revolution fought for in the primaries -- from tuition-free college to Social Security expansion.
 

"As with any Democratic president, DFA is not going to agree with every decision Hillary Clinton makes and, when our members think she's wrong, we won't shy away from making sure their voices are heard.  
 

"During the battle for the Democratic nomination and especially since the conclusion of primary voting, Hillary Clinton has demonstrated a real willingness to listen and respond favorably to the the big, bold populist progressive ideas that inspired the political revolution and we're excited to do everything we can to ensure that continues in her White House."  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
 

Key facts about Democracy for America and the 2016 Democratic presidential primary:
 

  • DFA endorsed Bernie Sanders for President after the Senator received 87.9% of the more than 271,000 votes cast in a DFA member endorsement vote in December.  This was the first presidential primary endorsement in DFA's 11-year history.

  • Details about DFA's support for Bernie Sanders:

    • Since endorsing Sanders in December 2015, DFA members have contributed more than $1.88 million to Bernie's presidential campaign  --  the most DFA has ever raised for a single candidate in its 12-year history.

    • DFA members participated in over 115,000 volunteer phone shifts that helped the campaign make 75 million voter contact calls and knock on 5 million doors.

    • DFA also worked closely with the Sanders team to help design the training tools that helped the campaign maximize the impact of ever volunteer recruit.

  • DFA has over 1 million members across the country.

  • Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors, made over 11 million phone calls, and raised and contributed more than $32.7 million to help elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide.
     

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Thoughts on the horrible events of this week

The past 72 hours have been heartbreaking, frustrating, and infuriating for all of us here at Democracy for America. Two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were gunned down by police officers -- and video of their killings shocked the nation. Then, late last night, five more lives were taken when police officers who were working hand-in-hand with peaceful protest organizers in Dallas, Texas were killed by a revenge-minded shooter.

As an organization, we've been struggling to figure out the right way to respond to all of this tragedy, injustice and sorrow. A member of our Communications team, Brieanna Fisher, shared the following with friends and family on Facebook earlier today, and she has given us permission to share her perspective with you. We hope you will appreciate her thoughtful, touching words as much as we did. - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America


Friends,

I have been silent for a couple days trying to get my thoughts together, and digest everything that has happened.

While police shooting unarmed black men is nothing new, every time it happens it hurts more than the last time. Each time we see the images of another body laying in the street it chips away at the little bit of progress that as a community we have made.

These last two occurrences seem to hurt more, because of the devastating videos that I have watched over and over. Not because I want to, but because I can't distance myself from them.

As a mother of two black boys it scares me to death knowing that no matter what I do or what I teach them it might not be enough. That every time my son steps outside I can not be sure that someone is not going to look at his skin and feel he does not deserve to walk this earth.

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