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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses Randy Bryce to Replace Paul Ryan

DFA is First National Multi-Issue Progressive Group to Back the Iron Worker’s Campaign

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed ironworker Randy Bryce in his campaign against House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. It is the organization’s first federal challenger endorsement for the 2018 general election. DFA has 41,971 members in Wisconsin and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization’s endorsement of Bryce:

“Randy Bryce’s down-to-earth, people-oriented progressivism is a breath of fresh air. While Paul Ryan’s agenda is driven by the lobbyists who can afford to buy his time, Randy’s views on the issues are forged by his time working the iron. He support for single payer health care is informed by his concern for keeping his family covered. His commitment to racial and economic justice is drawn from firsthand knowledge of how they affect his neighbors and co-workers.”

“We need more people like Randy, who reflect and understand their communities, to step forward and run for office across the country. Against the right person running a progressive, issue-based grassroots campaign, no amount of lobbyist and corporate backing can save Republicans in the House from losing their jobs. Our members are excited to prove that by pouring their energy into Randy Bryce’s campaign to replace Paul Ryan.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Randy Bryce on the endorsement:

"Proud to have DFA's endorsement. The backing of an organization that
stands for the progressive values important to so many working people
across our country will help us beat Paul Ryan and carry Wisconsin forward
into 2018." -- Randy Bryce

Randy Bryce is a U.S. Army veteran, cancer survivor, single father, and union ironworker. He was raised in southeastern Wisconsin, and went to public schools. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was posted to Honduras, where he earned the Army Achievement Medal. Randy’s father was a police officer, and his mother worked in a doctor’s office. His brother is also a police officer, and his sister is a public school teacher. Randy currently serves as President of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and as Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Veterans Caucus.

Democracy for America 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. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses David Garcia for Governor and January Contreras for Attorney General

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed David Garcia and January Contreras in their respective bids for Governor and Attorney General of Arizona. Democracy for America is a million-member national progressive organization whose members contributed more than $1.8 million to Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. The organization has 37,728 members in Arizona. Yesterday, DFA backed Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), the organization’s first incumbent House endorsement of the cycle.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsements:

“With Arizona acting as “ground zero” in the battle against Donald Trump’s hateful agenda, it is more important than ever before that the state has strong progressive leaders who will protect all of Arizona’s residents. Instead, Arizona currently has a Governor and Attorney General who have embraced Trump’s destructive policies, from dismantling public education to backing the Muslim ban.”

“Arizonans deserve a Governor who cares about creating a better future for all of them, not one who is set on selling the state out to the Koch brothers. David Garcia has spent his life dedicated to public education, and his bold vision for tuition-free public college will improve opportunities for generations of Arizonans. That is the kind of progressive change our members are excited to work for, and Garcia will have our full support in his campaign.”

January Contreras has a track record of fighting for the Arizonans who need it most, making her the perfect champion to stand up to the legal nightmare that is Trump’s Justice Department under Jeff Sessions. Our members will have her back in this campaign, so she can protect the residents of Arizona who most need protection from the Trump administration’s bullying tactics.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America.

David Garcia was born in Arizona and educated entirely in its public schools. After serving in the U.S. Army infantry, he went on to have a high-profile career as an advocate for public education, holding positions such as Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction for Standards and Accountability, and Director of Research and Policy for the Arizona Department of Education. He is currently a professor at ASU.

January Contreras founded the non-profit legal center Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS) in 2013 to help survivors of sex and labor trafficking, vulnerable children and people in abusive relationships. Prior to that, she worked as an assistant attorney general and as the assistant director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses Rep. Ruben Gallego for Re-Election

Democracy for America today endorsed Rep. Ruben Gallego in his re-election campaign to continue representing Arizona’s 7th Congressional District. Rep. Gallego is the first incumbent house member endorsed by the million member progressive grassroots PAC this election cycle.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsement:

“In the early days following Donald Trump’s election, a lot of Democrats hemmed and hawed about working with him. Ruben Gallego was not one of those people - he instead spoke with bold clarity from the House floor about the threat Trump poses to our country, and has been leading efforts against his hateful agenda ever since.”

“We need more progressives like Ruben Gallego who are not afraid of taking a stand on their principles, especially when they are doing so alone. Progressives lawmakers have a special responsibility for leadership that sometimes involves dragging their colleagues out of the establishment way of thinking that can envelope them in Washington. Our members nationwide are hungry for leadership like Ruben’s, and we are proud to stand with him.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Rep. Gallego on the endorsement:

“DFA is fighting Trump at every turn, and I couldn't be prouder to stand with them. We need bold progressives with the toughness to resist and the leadership to map a new course forward if we're going to take back this country. DFA is fostering that every day and I'll be right there with them for as long as it takes.” - Rep. Ruben Gallego

Rep. Ruben Gallego was elected to Congress in 2014 after he serving in the Arizona House of Representatives and in the U.S. Marine Corps, including a tour of duty in Iraq. He has also led efforts to recall former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was notorious for his racist policies targeting immigrants.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses Wendy Carrillo for California State Assembly

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed community advocate Wendy Carrillo in the special election for California State Assembly District 51, a seat currently held by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, who won election to Congress. DFA is a million-member national progressive organization that raised $1.8 million for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential Campaign. DFA has 278,352 members in California.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsement of Carrillo:

“In Wendy Carrillo we have a bold progressive with the skills and experience needed to tackle the issues that touch the lives of people in California most, like environmental justice and ending income inequality.

“Throughout her career as a journalist and advocate, Wendy Carrillo has been on the frontlines of countless reform movements fighting for equality, opportunity, and fairness. She has been relentless in her pursuit of a future where every Californian is treated with fairness and dignity. We need unapologetic progressives like Wendy in every corner of the country, and we are looking forward to lending her our support in this important election.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America.

Wendy has worked as an award-winning journalist and previously served as part of the communications team that supported organizing efforts for long term care workers at SEIU ULTCW (which is now part of SEIU Local 2015).

Wendy Carrillo made the following statement in response to winning DFA’s support:

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of DFA in my race to represent the hard working men and women in California’s 51st Assembly District. Our state has shown incredible leadership in defending the rights of workers, immigrants, women’s comprehensive reproductive rights, healthcare and the LGBTQ community, amongst many other issues. I’m eager to continue these efforts and ensure that California leads the way in our progressive values.”

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Statement on Ossoff Loss in GA-06 Special Election

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff’s loss over Republican Karen Handel in the special election of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District:

“Tonight’s result is disheartening to everyone who volunteered to help put another Democrat in Congress. The unforced errors by the party leadership and the campaign present an important learning opportunity for everyone who wants to kick Republicans out of power in 2018.”

“Most candidates do not have the luxury of lighting millions of dollars on fire by spending close to $12 million on ads behind an uninspiring message. Defeating Republicans in districts that they have traditionally held requires doing something drastically different than establishment Democrats have done before -- specifically, running on a bold progressive vision and investing heavily in direct voter contact to expand the electorate. That’s what it will take to win districts like this one in 2018 and take back the House. The same, tired centrist Democratic playbook that has come up short cycle after cycle will not suffice.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Its members contributed more than $65,000 to Ossoff’s campaign, and DFA sent staff to the district for the final stretch of the campaign to help Get Out The Vote. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Celebrates Justin Fairfax’s Victory in Virginia’s Lt. Governor Primary

Democracy for America celebrated Justin Fairfax’s win tonight in Virginia’s Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor. The national progressive organization endorsed Fairfax in March, and has 40,265 members across the state of Virginia.

“As we congratulate Justin Fairfax on his hard-fought victory tonight, we also want to make it clear that our members are ready to pour their hearts into making sure he wins the general election. It has never been more important for Virginians to be represented by progressive leaders, like Justin, who will fight for economic and racial justice on behalf of all of them - not just the most wealthy or privileged.” - Jim Dean, Chair of  Democracy for America

Democracy for America 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.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses Andrew Gillum for Governor of Florida

Democracy for America today endorsed Andrew Gillum in his campaign for Governor of Florida. The million-member national progressive organization, which raised $1.8 million for Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign, has 97,508 members in Florida committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsement:

“Now more than ever, Floridians need a Governor who is committed to making the state a place where success is not limited to the most wealthy or well-connected, and where all people can fairly pursue opportunities without fear."

“As the Mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum has stood up to the NRA and made it clear that he will protect immigrants against the Trump administration. He has a vision for the state that includes progressive policies like a $15 minimum wage and ending discrimination against those who have been incarcerated."

“2018 can be the year Democrats take back control from Republican Governors across the country, but it won’t happen without progressive leaders who run on bold platforms like Andrew Gillum. He can count on Democracy for America members to work their hearts out to help him win between now and election day.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Andrew Gillum was born in Miami, where his mother drove a school bus and his father was a construction worker. He was the first in his family to graduate college and went on to become the youngest person in history elected to the Tallahassee City Commission, before later becoming Mayor. As Mayor, Gillum beat the gun lobby in court to protect commonsense gun reforms, stood up to President Trump and Governor Rick Scott to defend immigrants, and reduced violent crime in the city by investing in community policing and juvenile justice programs.

Mayor Andrew Gillum on the endorsement:

“I’m deeply honored to have Democracy for America’s endorsement in our campaign for Governor. The stakes have never been higher for Florida. Nearly half of all our households are struggling to make ends meet, wages are down in nearly two-thirds of our counties, and Floridians in every corner of our state are asking why they can’t get ahead anymore. I’m running for Governor to finally provide progressive leadership that will stop the special interests from running roughshod over our state. When I’m Governor, we’re going to rebuild our economy so it works better for everyone, confront our climate change crisis, revitalize public education, reinstitute trades and apprenticeship training in our schools and protect healthcare access for all.” - Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA: Congress Has What it Needs to Impeach Trump

Democracy for America reiterated its call for Congress to impeach Donald Trump following former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday.

“Jim Comey left no doubt  in his sworn testimony that Donald Trump abused the power of his office in demanding the FBI Director’s loyalty and asking him to end the criminal investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Comey’s testimony details smoking gun evidence of a President attempting to obstruct justice and cover-up the truth.

“Congress has a moral duty to show that no American President is above the law, and must immediately begin impeachment proceedings to investigate and remove Trump from office.”

“The American people have made it clear that they believe Trump and his administration have crossed the line, and they are demanding accountability. That will only happen when Congress exercises its constitutional  power to uncover and bring to account the abuses of Donald Trump and his administration. It has never been more important for Members of Congress to put aside political considerations and do what is best for our country.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

A poll released earlier this week shows that Trump’s approval rating is at its lowest yet -- with only 34% approving of the job he is doing, and 57% disapproving. Further, 60% believe Trump did something illegal or unethical. More than 150,000 DFA members have signed a petition calling for Trump’s impeachment since the organization became the first major national progressive organization to call for the step on May 9, following the firing of James Comey.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Celebrates Jimmy Gomez’s Victory in California’s 34th District Special Congressional Election

Democracy for America celebrated the victory of Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez in the special election for California’s 34th Congressional District. The progressive organization endorsed Gomez in April, and it’s members made more than 15,000 calls for Gomez in the past week alone.

Democracy for America Senior Electoral Campaign Manager Alejandro Chavez on the victory:

“Tonight, the Latino community stood up to Donald Trump by electing a strong progressive champion, Jimmy Gomez, to Congress. Jimmy Gomez is already known for his effective progressive leadership in California, where he has authored bills for priorities like universal single payer health care and getting secret money out of politics. We congratulate him on his impressive win tonight, and are thrilled to work with him in Congress to resist Trump and enact the progressive agenda we need.”- Alejandro Chavez, Senior Electoral Campaign Manager at Democracy for America and Grandson of Civil Rights leader Cesar E. Chavez.

Democracy for America 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.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Stacey Abrams Launches Campaign for Georgia Governor with Nationwide Grassroots Support

Stacey Abrams launches her campaign for Governor of Georgia today with the backing of progressive grassroots organization Democracy for America and its more than one million members nationwide. Two weeks ago, DFA began mobilizing its members to support Abrams if she decided to run, resulting in more than 3,000 people committed to doing their part to help her win from day one of her campaign.

“From California to Maine and all across the state of Georgia, thousands of our members are already committed to doing their part to help Stacey Abrams become Governor. They are thrilled to have in Stacey Abrams a fearless candidate with a bold progressive vision, and a track record of winning battles to make that vision a reality.”

“In the current political environment, progressives are especially hungry to support leaders like Stacey Abrams who will put the government in service of all people, rather than the most wealthy and powerful. With Stacey Abrams on the ballot, Georgians should get ready to see a level of involvement and engagement unlike anything they are used to in governor’s races of the past.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Below are comments from some of the DFA members who explained why they are excited to support Stacey when they pledged to support her if she ran:

“We need strong smart women that understand family problems and can represent the people well. I believe she can! I'm with Stacey.” - Donna M., Mitchell, GA

“She is one of the most concerned reps I have ever worked with in the state. She believes in people power and is not part of the "buddy system" that has run the state in the past and now. People need someone who will address their concerns and not be overlooked or left out of the big picture. Very intelligent, strong woman not afraid to step to the plate or as they say, "bring it on". - Janice C., Decatur, GA

“She is a conscientious representative that understands the real needs and aspirations of my community.” - Leeroy B., Decatur, GA

“She knows how to build power from the ground up.” - Harry K., Quitman, GA

“I personally saw her on the floor fighting for what's right in Georgia.” - Pansy T., Kennesaw, GA

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide. DFA has 32,379 members in Georgia. After the national progressive group endorsed Jon Ossoff for Congress in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District in March, its members contributed more than $55,000 to his campaign.

DFA Press Release

Ben Jealous Launches Gubernatorial Campaign with Grassroots Army at the Ready

Ben Jealous Launches Gubernatorial Campaign with Grassroots Army at the Ready

More than 3,400 DFA Members Have Pledged to Help Jealous Win

As Ben Jealous launches his campaign for Governor of Maryland today, he does so with the support of Democracy for America’s million members - with more than 3,400 grassroots activists and donors who have already committed to work for his successful election from day one. The supporters are members of Democracy for America who were mobilized beginning three weeks ago in preparation of a potential campaign for Jealous.

“Replacing Maryland’s Republican Governor will require a candidate with strong progressive values who can inspire and mobilize voters throughout the state. There is no one better than Ben Jealous for this task. He is a community organizer who has spent his life fighting for economic and racial justice, and has never shied away from speaking truth to power.

“Our members across Maryland and the nation can’t wait to do the work that helps elect Ben Jealous Governor on Election Day.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director at Democracy for America

Below are comments from just some of the DFA members who explained why they are excited about Ben Jealous:

“I heard him speak about six years ago while he was President of the MD NAACP. I  never  forgot that I considered him a superior leader.  Then I discovered that he was supporting Bernie Sanders for the 2016 primary and was even more impressed  to understand some of his political values. Yes. I  believe he is the  best candidate  for these hard times.” - Marie A., 92 years young, of Solomons, MD

“Maryland needs a proven, progressive leader like Ben Jealous.  His history of successful leadership, including his role at the NAACP, gives him the experience to tackle and solve Maryland's problems, whether they are in Baltimore, the Eastern Shore, the DC suburbs, or Western Maryland. In 2018, Maryland needs to replace Larry Hogan as governor with a genuine leader like Ben Jealous.” - Russell S. , Silver Spring, MD

“Ben is all for racial and economic justice.  He will be a great governor for Maryland!” - Edwin F., of Lanham, MD

“Ben, I have admired your work as one of the most engaged NAACP presidents in recent memory. You are a leader who can make a difference. I will absolutely support you! Run, and help progressive Marylanders save our state and country from the tyranny of the Trump administration! Your time is now!” - Cassandra F.,  of Hyattsville, MD

“He's smart, has ethics & cares about people. He will be fair, seek solutions for people and fight for what is in the best interest of his constituency.” - Carolyn A. of Bowie, MD

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide. DFA has 26,239 members in Maryland and has raised more than $86,000 for progressive Maryland candidates in the 2016 cycle alone.

DFA Press Release

DFA Endorses Central New Jersey Progressives for State Senate, Assembly and County Freeholder

Democracy for America today endorsed multiple Central New Jersey progressives, including candidates for State Senate, Assembly, and County Freeholder. The national progressive organization has 45,306 members in New Jersey.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsements:

“The elections in New Jersey this year are an exciting opportunity to build more progressive power in the state. Some of these candidates have earned the respect of their constituents through a strong record of standing up for working families and against corporate power. Others are answering Bernie Sanders’ call by running for office for the first time, using a progressive platform to take on the establishment in both parties.

"The progressive path to power begins with electing more populists to state legislatures and local offices. Our members are excited to support these candidates in New Jersey, who are a model for the types of campaigns and organizing we need to see more of in all fifty states.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

The candidates endorsed by DFA today are:

State Senate:

  • Troy Singleton (LD-07)
  • Vin Gopal (LD-11)
  • William Irvin (LD-17)

State Assembly:

  • Carol Murphy (LD-07)
  • Herb Conaway (LD-07)
  • Eric Houghtaling (LD-11)
  • Joann Downey (LD11)
  • Heather Fenyk (LD-17)
  • Ralph Johnson (LD-17)

County Freeholder

  • Catherine Hunt (NJ-17)
  • Atif Nazir (NJ-17)

Democracy for America 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.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Statement on Montana Special Election

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on Democrat Rob Quist’s narrow loss over billionaire Greg Gianforte:

“Once again, Republicans were willing to pull out all the stops to eke out a narrow win for another billionaire candidate, pouring millions more than Democrats into a race in a district that Donald Trump won by more than 20 points. Rob Quist’s campaign outperformed the last Democratic candidate by double-digit margins and proved that the way to forward is not to hem and haw, but to run a populist campaign on progressive values.

“That’s the lesson the Democratic party needs to take to heart - that in the current political environment, with more people energized to kick Republicans out of office than ever before, seats like this are winnable -- but only if we get in early, organize and fight to win. We cannot afford for the party to wait until after the November 2018 elections to adopt a strategy that will flip control of the House.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Democracy for America, which has 6,716 members in Montana, endorsed Quist on March 29. Volunteers across the country have been making use of DFA’s call tool to make over 860,000 phone calls to Montana voters, and DFA members have contributed more than $36,900 to Quist’s successful campaign.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Calls on Gianforte to Apologize, Clarify Views on White Nationalists

DFA Calls on Gianforte to Apologize and Clarify Views on White Nationalists He Has a Track Record of Supporting

Also calls on National Republican Congressional Committee  to Withhold Support

Following the reports that Montana Republican Congressional Candidate Greg Gianforte has repeatedly supported multiple white nationalist candidates, Democracy for America executive Director Charles Chamberlain called on him to apologize and clarify his views on the subject:

“White nationalism is not a value Montanans can tolerate in their representative to Congress. Greg Gianforte’s funding and support for these white nationalist candidates raises serious questions about his fitness for that job.

“Gianforte owes the people of Montana an apology and an immediate explanation of why he gave money to these radical extremists. And the National Republican Congressional  Committee needs to pull its ads and support of Gianforte until he does so. There should not be room for these hateful and extreme views in a candidate from either major party.” - Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America Executive Director

Democracy for America 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. The organization endorsed Democratic candidate Rob Quist on March 29.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Urges Members to Support Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia

Democracy for America will begin mobilizing its members to pledge their support for Stacey Abrams if she runs for Governor of Georgia. In the event that Abrams moves from exploring a run to entering the race, this will provide her with a ready base of volunteers and grassroots donors to fuel her campaign on day one. DFA has 32,379 members in Georgia. After the national progressive group endorsed Jon Ossoff for Congress in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District in March, its members contributed more than $55,000 to his campaign.

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain:

“Donald Trump won Georgia with less than 51% of the vote. Georgia is on the cusp of turning blue thanks in no small part to the efforts of Stacey Abrams, who founded an organization that registered more than 200,000 voters of color in the state between 2014 and 2016.

“Stacey Abrams is undoubtedly the best candidate to lead Georgia. She has a bold progressive vision of the state which includes ending generational poverty across Georgia. And as the House Minority Leader in the Georgia General Assembly, she has won victories in some of Georgia’s most important progressive battles, like stopping attempts to roll back reproductive healthcare and preventing tax hikes on the poor.

“As a Georgia resident myself, I know how excited our members are by the prospect of Stacey Abrams running for Governor here. Winning the Governorship will require a progressive leader like Stacey who can turn out voters who are ready for a strong contrast to the Republican agenda. If Stacey Abrams enters the ring, she can count on us to be in her corner.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America

Stacey Abrams has been the Minority Leader of the Georgia General Assembly since 2011, and was first elected to that body in 2007. She is the founder of the New Georgia Project, which registered more than 200,000 voters of color in the state between 2014 and 2016. She has earned degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and Yale Law School.   

Earlier this month, DFA launched a similar effort to support Ben Jealous if he runs for Governor of Maryland, with 3,365 people having pledged to pitch in, volunteer, and organize to help him win so far.

Democracy for America 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.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA: Mueller Appointment Doesn’t Change Need for Impeachment

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain responds to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein:

“This latest move by the Trump administration is too little, too late. With each passing day, we are learning of new ways in which Donald Trump is placing our country and our institutions in greater danger. Mueller was appointed by the same man who gave Trump cover for firing Comey, and his chain of command leads back to Donald Trump himself.

We cannot afford to have Congress sit back and watch this play out the same way it just did, with Trump and his stooges obstructing another investigation into their corruption and high crimes. Congress needs to act now to impeach Trump, the first step of which is empowering a committee to do its own investigation into impeachable offenses.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America

More than 75,000 DFA members have signed a petition calling for the investigation and impeachment of Donald Trump in the aftermath of his firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Celebrates Larry Krasner’s Historic Victory as Philadelphia’s Next District

Democracy for America celebrated attorney Larry Krasner’s election as the next District Attorney of Philadelphia tonight. The progressive organization, which has 11,391 members in Philadelphia and 62,584 across the state of Pennsylvania, endorsed Krasner on April 21. Since then, DFA’s local affiliated group, Philly for Change, mobilized its members to the polls, to door-knocking shifts and to phone-banks for Krasner’s campaign.

Annie Weinberg, Electoral Director of Democracy for America on the victory:

“It is past time to reverse the damage done to generations of families and neighborhoods that have been destroyed by racist police practices and prosecutors and city officials who turned a blind eye to the abuses in the criminal justice system.

"With Larry Krasner’s election tonight, Philadelphia will finally have a District Attorney who will help do that by stopping cash bail imprisonment, reducing the incarceration rate, ending civil forfeiture, and standing up against the death penalty."

"Democracy for America congratulates Larry Krasner on his huge upset win tonight. Larry Krasner’s grassroots, people-powered victory is a beacon of hope for people across the country who don’t want to settle for prosecutors who are doing more harm than good to their communities.”

Larry Krasner has been a leading civil rights attorney for over twenty years. He has filed more than 75 lawsuits against the police for corruption and physical abuse, and has represented protestors at the 2000 Republican National Convention and the 2016 Democratic National Convention, including members of Black Lives Matter. He has also worked as a Federal Public Defender.

Democracy for America has a track record of backing progressive candidates to replace inadequate prosecutors. Last year, the organization helped successfully elect Kim Foxx as Illinois’ Cook County State’s Attorney, and Aramis Ayala as the Florida’s Orange County State’s Attorney.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

In Aftermath of Comey Firing, 65,000 DFA Members Call for Investigation and Impeachment of Trump

For the First Time in its History, Democracy for America Calls for Impeachment of a Sitting President

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced that more than 65,000 of its members have signed a petition calling for the investigation and impeachment of Donald Trump in the aftermath of his firing of FBI Director James Comey -- the first time in its history that the organization has called for a sitting president’s impeachment.

Statement from Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain:

“Donald Trump has repeatedly violated the constitution by illegally using the government to enrich himself and his family. And by firing FBI Director Comey, he has entered Nixonian territory -- using and abusing his power to obstruct justice and potentially cover up his crimes. This is the third time Trump has fired a high-ranking official who was leading an investigation of his administration.

"Donald Trump has made it clear that he will do anything to prevent the independent  investigation of his illegal conduct, including obstructing justice. Our members are demanding that Congress impeach Donald Trump to stop him from further destroying our democratic institutions before it's too late.

The American people are not ruled by a King. It’s time for our elected representatives to use their power to investigate Trump, hold him accountable, and remove him from office.” - Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

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DFA Press Release

DFA Endorses Challengers in Key Virginia House Races

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed six progressive candidates challenging Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates. DFA will be mobilizing its 37,065 members in the state through fundraising, organizing, and volunteering to support its endorsed candidates in the state.

Democracy for America Electoral Director Annie Weinberg on the endorsements:

“Ending the Republicans’ veto-proof majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates will not happen unless we invest in progressives who are willing to take on entrenched Republicans. With these candidates, we will be expanding the map and channeling the enormous grassroots resistance energy we are seeing in Virginia into building more progressive power in the State House. It is past time for the state’s political leadership in Richmond to reflect the strength, values, and diversity of its people.”

DFA endorsed the following six Democratic candidates running in Republican-held seats in Virginia House of Delegates:

These House of Delegates endorsements are an initial part of the group's on-going “Purple to Blue” Project, a national multi-year effort to build power in state House and Senate chambers across the country, with a focus on making “purple” state legislative seats (like those in Virginia) decisively Democratic. As part of the program, DFA earlier this year endorsed eight incumbent progressives in the House of Delegates, as well as Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of the state. Since it’s launch, the program has mobilized its renowned network of small dollar donors and grassroots volunteers to elect state legislators in battleground states nationwide, with recent victories from Virginia to Arizona, Colorado, Maine, New Mexico, and more.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

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Tell Congress: Impeach Donald Trump

Donald TrumpCongress must impeach Donald Trump.

This shouldn't be a hard ask. There are numerous reasons why Trump should be removed from office. From his unconstitutional and un-American Muslim ban to his numerous business conflicts of interest that are generating personal profit for his family at taxpayer expense, Trump has proven over and over that he's unfit for office.

Today, Trump gave another powerful reason for his impeachment:

In a repeat of Richard Nixon's most notorious actions during the Watergate scandal, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Why did he fire Comey? Trump says it's because Comey held a press conference last summer exonerating Hillary Clinton for her emails. Others speculate it's because Comey is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. "They will put in a stooge who will shut down this investigation," said Jeffrey Toobin on CNN just now.

Let's be clear, General Flynn had to step down because he lied about meeting with Russia. Jeff Sessions lied to the Senate about meeting with Russia. And there have been reports that the FBI warned Trump that Russia may have compromising information on him that they could use for blackmail. And that's only what we know so far.

The FBI investigation into Trump and his campaign's possible collusion with Russian agents attempting to impact the Presidential election is critical to defending our democracy. We have no love lost for Comey, but Trump firing him in order to shut down the Russia investigation is yet another in a long line of impeachable offenses.

This has to stop. Congress must act -- NOW.

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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America: Ben Jealous Should Run for Governor of Maryland

National Progressive Group Mobilizes Members in Support

Today, Democracy for America announced that it wants to see Ben Jealous run for Governor of Maryland, and began mobilizing its members to pledge their support for the progressive leader in an email. In the event that Jealous does run for Governor, this will provide him with a ready base of volunteers and grassroots donors to fuel his campaign on day one. DFA has 26,239 members in Maryland and has raised more than $86,000 for progressive Maryland candidates in the 2016 cycle alone.

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain:

“Replacing Maryland’s Republican Governor will require a candidate with strong progressive values who can inspire and mobilize voters throughout the state. There is no one better than Ben Jealous for this task. He has spent his life fighting for economic and racial justice, and has never shied away from speaking truth to power.”

“When the news surfaced recently that Ben Jealous was contemplating a run for Governor, we heard from our members in Maryland and across the country who are fired up to support him. There’s not a moment to lose in organizing to elect a progressive Governor of Maryland in 2018. That’s why our work starts today.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director at Democracy for America

Ben Jealous began organizing with the NAACP while he was a college student, and in 2008 became the youngest person to serve as its President and CEO. Before taking on that role, he built a track record of fighting for progressive values by exposing corruption as a journalist and fighting back against hate by advocating against the racial profiling of Arab Americans while working at Amnesty International. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he was an early and outspoken supporter of Bernie Sanders.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Backs Manka Dhingra in Key Washington Senate Special Election

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Manka Dhingra in her campaign for State Senate in Washington’s 45th Legislative District. Dhingra’s election would flip the Washington State Senate from Republican to Democratic control. Currently, Democrats have the majority in the Washington House of Representatives and hold the state’s governorship.

Democracy for America Electoral Director Annie Weinberg on the endorsement:

“Manka Dhingra has an impressive track record of putting her progressive values into action in service of the community, from her prosecutorial work in therapeutic rehabilitation to founding an organization to address domestic violence to leading an initiative to fight back against hate crimes and Islamophobia.

"Winning this seat and flipping control of the Washington State Senate is the first step in wresting back control of state governments from conservative dominance across the country. Manka Dhingra can count on Democracy for America members to have her back as she leads the charge in one of the most important campaigns in the nation this year.”

Manka Dhingra is a Senior Deputy Prosecutor with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she is chair of the Therapeutic Alternative Unit. She also co-founded Chaya, an organization to end domestic violence in the South Asian Community.

Democracy for America 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. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA has 70,996 members in Washington State. During 2015-2016 election cycle, Democracy for America led field trainings in Washington for over 150 local grassroots leaders, embedded field staff for state legislative races, and endorsed 11 candidates in Washington State, including Pramila Jayapal, for whom DFA members raised $67,778.71 with more than 11,000 contributions.

DFA Press Release

DFA Celebrates Historic Wins in Mayoral Primaries in Cincinnati, Jackson

Democracy for America (DFA) celebrated victories by progressive mayoral candidates over incumbents in Cincinnati, Ohio and Jackson, Mississippi tonight. In Cincinnati Councilwoman Yvette Simpson took first place, and will face  off against the incumbent mayor in November. In Jackson, Chokwe Antar Lumumba bested eight opponents, including the incumbent mayor, a state senator, and county supervisor, and will advance to the general on June 6th.

“Yvette Simpson’s historic, upset victory tonight proves that voters are hungry for progressive city leaders who will fight with courage and conviction for all of their residents, not just the wealthy and privileged. We look forward to working with her to win in November, and to work alongside the future Simpson administration to build a more equitable, thriving Cincinnati.

"Chokwe Antar Lumumba’s transformative campaign in Jackson shows that candidates win when they organize tirelessly for racial and economic justice and build real people-powered campaigns. We congratulate him on his victory and look forward to supporting him through June and beyond."

"Yvette Simpson and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, and the voters who showed up in droves for them are sending a message. City governments can’t be the playground for Wall Street developers, for violent and unaccountable police departments, or for Democratic good old boy’s networks. In 2017, voters are ready to make cities everywhere into bastions of resistance to the Trump regime, by electing bold progressive leaders who run on, and are committed to fighting for racial and economic justice.” - Annie Weinberg, Electoral Director of Democracy for America

Yvette Simpson is the Vice President Pro Tempore of the Cincinnati, and has built a track record of leadership in working for quality public education, for voting rights, and for government transparency and accountability throughout her career. Her victory in the Democratic Primary puts her on the path to become the first Black woman to serve as Cincinnati’s mayor. After DFA endorsed Simpson on March 31, over 1,000 of its members contributed to her campaign, which used the DFA Dialer tool to make over 28,000 calls to Cincinnati voters.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba, a founding member of the Mississippi Human Rights Collective, has been active in the campaign to remove the confederate insignia from the state flag. He ran his campaign on a platform of keeping the cities’ resources, such as the airport and water management, under local control. After DFA endorsed Lumumba on March 3, more than 1,800 members contributed to efforts to support his campaign.

DFA’s support for Simpson and Lumumba is part of an initiative from the organization to invest $500,000 in municipal races across the country over the coming cycle. Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. In the past it has helped elect progressive leaders to municipal leadership across the country, including Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton (CA), Vice Mayor Regina Romero of Tucson, Illinois’ Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, and City Councillor Helen Gym of Philadelphia.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Backs Larry Krasner for Philadelphia District’s Attorney

Democracy for America today endorsed Larry Krasner in his campaign for Philadelphia District’s Attorney. The endorsement is part of the organization’s commitment to investing $500,000 in progressive municipal candidates this cycle. DFA has 11,391 members in Philadelphia and 62,584 across the state of Pennsylvania.

Democracy for America Chair Jim’s Dean’s statement on the national progressive organization’s endorsement:

“In Philadelphia, generations of families and neighborhoods have been destroyed by racist police practices and prosecutors who turn a blind eye to the abuses in the justice system.

"Larry Krasner is Philadelphia’s best chance to change that. He is a civil rights lawyer with a track record as impressive for successfully holding the police accountable as it is for representing activists and protesters who have been on the front lines of change. For him, opposition to the death penalty isn’t a move made out of political convenience, it’s a deeply held conviction going back decades.

"Across the country, prosecutors have for too long escaped true public accountability for their life and death responsibilities. Democracy for America’s members believe that must change, and one way we’re fighting to make that happen is by electing a thoughtful leader like Larry Krasner to be the next District Attorney of Philadelphia.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Larry Krasner has been a leading civil rights attorney for over twenty years. He has filed more than 75 lawsuits against the police for corruption and physical abuse, and has represented protestors at the 2000 Republican National Convention and the 2016 Democratic National Convention, including members of Black Lives Matter. He has also worked as a Federal Public Defender.

Democracy for America has a track record of backing progressive candidates to replace inadequate prosecutors. Last year, the organization helped successfully elect Kim Foxx as Illinois’ Cook County State’s Attorney, and Aramis Ayala as the Florida’s Orange County State’s Attorney.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Backs Joyce Craig for Manchester Mayor

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Joyce Craig in her campaign for Mayor of Manchester, NH.

Craig is the eighth mayoral endorsement by DFA so far this year, part of the organization’s commitment to investing $500,000 in progressive municipal candidates this cycle. DFA has 16,437 members in New Hampshire.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the national progressive organization’s endorsement of Craig:

“In Joyce Craig, the people of Manchester will finally have an ally in the Mayor’s office who won’t shy away from tackling tough problems like the opioid crisis or struggling schools. From her support for drug treatment programs to her fearless advocacy for Medicaid expansion, Joyce is a leader who has always focused on the needs of the communities she serves.

“In 2015, Joyce Craig’s grassroots campaign for Mayor of Manchester led to the highest voter turnout in more than a decade and came within 64 votes of victory. We are proud to have been a part of that race, and couldn’t be more excited to stand with Joyce in her fight to serve the people of Manchester once again. ” - Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Joyce Craig is a former school board member and 3-term Alderman who supports expanding Medicaid and drug treatment programs. Her 2015 run for mayor was the first time she ran city-wide.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. In the past it has helped elect progressive leaders to municipal leadership across the country, including Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton (CA), Vice Mayor Regina Romero of Tucson (AZ), Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx (IL), and City Councillor Helen Gym of Philadelphia.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA celebrates Ossoff’s huge 1st place win in GA-6 Special Election

Tonight, Democracy for America celebrated Democrat Jon Ossoff’s first place finish in the special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.

Votes are still being counted, but whether Ossoff stays over 50% or delivers an exceptionally strong first place finish in a race to replace a Republican who won by 23 percentage points just five months ago, it’s a tremendous victory for the grassroots.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean about the big night in GA-06:

“The mere fact that we’re even talking about a competitive race in a congressional district Democrats haven’t held in over 40 years, let alone Jon Ossoff’s sound victory tonight, is a testament to the growing strength of a nationwide, grassroots movement that’s looking for leaders ready to stand up to  the Republicans empowering Donald Trump’s hate-fueled agenda.

“Republicans are being forced to sweat ruby red districts like this one because ordinary people in Georgia and communities across this country focused on resisting Donald Trump’s hate are making elections like tonight's nail biters one door knock, one phone call, and one $5 dollar contribution at a time.  

“Jon Ossoff’s big win tonight is a tremendous victory for those grassroots, resistance leaders and we’re excited to see what else they can accomplish as they work to expand the electorate and bring even more people out to the polls in the weeks and months ahead.”  - Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Information about Democracy for America and our involvement in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District:

  • DFA endorsed Ossoff on March 3.
  • DFA members made more than 4,900 contributions totaling more than $52,000 in support of Ossoff’s race.
  • DFA lead an in-person on the ground training in Georgia in late February 2017, including Ossoff volunteers.
  • Democracy for America has 31,078 members in the state of Georgia

​Democracy for America 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.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

N. KOREA STRIKE: DFA warns that “megalomanic in the White House” is “inching us closer” to WW3

This evening, NBC NEWS reported that the Trump administration may be considering a preemptive strike against North Korea.

Democracy for America's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain issued this statement from on Congress' needs to act in response the Trump administration's increasingly disturbing saber rattling:

"News this evening that Donald Trump’s administration is considering a preemptive strike that could pull us into a nuclear conflict with North Korea is not only profoundly disturbing, it’s inching us even closer to what most Americans fear so profoundly: the megalomaniac in the White House getting us into World War 3.

Poll after poll makes it clear that the majority of Americans do not trust Donald Trump’s foreign policy judgment and we expect Congress to stand up to his strategically incoherent saber rattling before it gets us all killed.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America.

 

Running for Office?

We are a member-driven organization with 1 million members around the country, working closely with campaigns up and down the ballot in all 50 states to send progressive Democrats to office. Since we were founded by former DNC Chairman and Governor Howard Dean in 2004, we’ve helped elect 843 progressive champions. We are looking for elected officials with the courage of their convictions -- folks who will work tirelessly to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest few.

There’s no one metric to hit or policy checkbox; instead our endorsement is determined based on the answers to these questions:

  • Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
  • What do local members want to see their elected leaders stand up for, and does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
  • Do the candidate's positions and policies build the broader progressive movement, especially in the fight against income inequality, for racial and economic justice?
  • Is the campaign building a strong people-powered operation and is the candidate working to win?

An endorsement from us can mean a host of different things, depending on the race, the political moment, and what DFA members care about most. The best way to explain what a DFA endorsement means is to highlight some ways we have partnered with endorsed campaigns.

  • Strategic Support - we work closely with campaign teams to build a rigorous campaign of field organizing, fundraising, earned and paid media, political power-mapping, and operational strategy.
  • Trainings - we run cutting-edge trainings for endorsed campaigns with grassroots leaders in their region - using Action Summits, our online Night School for core campaign skills, and advanced skills sessions with candidates and staff.
  • Grassroots Fundraising - since 2004, Democracy for America has built one of the most responsive, powerful and innovative small-donor programs in the country - raising nearly $40 million in support of progressive candidates.
  • Field Organizing Power - at DFA we are experts at building the field strength it takes to win, including recruiting our members to volunteer with the campaign, sending skilled staffers to embed on races, and our massive DFA Dialer program for voter persuasion and GOTV.

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected]

DFA Press Release

DFA celebrates grassroots progressive surge in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District

Tonight, Democracy for America (DFA) celebrated the amazing grassroots progressive surge we saw in Kansas 4th Congressional district.  

Statement from Democracy for America’s Chair Jim Dean on James Thompson stunningly strong race in the KS-4:

“The amazing grassroots progressive surge we saw emerge behind Democrat James Thompson in a deep red Kansas congressional district that Republicans won by 31 points five months ago is nothing short of jaw-dropping.  

"To fellow grassroots progressives leading the resistance in the streets, at townhalls, and at the doors, these results are proof that our movement can have a profound impact at the ballot box in the months ahead.  If we can make Republicans go into full-on freakout mode in a ruby red Kansas congressional district now, we have the power to rip the gavel out of Paul Ryan’s hands in November 2018.

"To the Washington Democratic insiders who wrote this race off before it began, it’s time to wake up and realize that the grassroots expects this resistance effort to be waged unflinchingly in every single county and every single state across the country.  While Donald Trump is threatening the safety of marginalized communities, Democrats need to quit the dithering and ensure that Trump and his Congressional enablers feel politically unsafe in every corner of the country.

“While we’d certainly preferred to see him heading to Congress, James Thompson deserves a great deal of credit for the bold, people-powered campaign he ran.  We were proud to stand with him in this race and we look forward to working with him in the fights ahead in Kansas and beyond.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Information about Democracy for America and our involvement in the special election in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District:

  • DFA endorsed Thompson in the KS-04 special election in March.
  • Over the course of the race, DFA members and Thompson volunteers made  287,191 using the DFA Dialer volunteer phone banking tool -- including 127,165 on election day alone.
  • DFA members also raised and contributed more than $13,000 in support of Thompson’s race.
  • DFA has 11,627 members in Kansas and more than one million members nationwide.

​Democracy for America 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.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA backs Jimmy Gomez for Congress in California’s 34th run off election

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed state legislator Jimmy Gomez in the special election in California's 34th Congressional District.  DFA has 278,352 members in California and more than one million members nationwide.

The national progressive group had endorsed human rights journalist and activist Wendy Carrillo in the first round of voting in the CA-34 special election.  However, with the race for Congress now between Gomez and former L.A. city planning commissioner Robert Lee Ahn, the choice was an easy one for DFA.

DFA Senior Electoral Campaign Manager Alejandro Chávez on the people-powered PAC's endorsement of Gomez:

“The people of California's 34th district deserve a Representative in Washington who knows how to push for bold, populist progressive reforms and work closely with the grassroots.  From the work he’s done as a community organizer across California to the battles he’s waged as state assemblyman to expand paid family leave, prevent domestic violence, and stand up for the undocumented, Jimmy Gomez has fought for progressive values and delivered real results for the communities he serves.  Jimmy Gomez is precisely the kind of populist progressive fighter we need in Congress and we could not be more excited to stand with him in this runoff election." -- Alejandro Chávez, Senior Electoral Campaign Manager, Democracy for America

Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez on receiving the DFA endorsement:

"It is an honor to have Democracy for America's support in this important race. DFA empowers the people and I am cut from the same cloth. Having been a political organizer for much of my career I share the belief that for a progressive agenda to be a reality, we must take our message directly to the people. We cannot let our message and our policies be products of a Washington, D.C.-based conversation, but rather local conversations with people who feel the impacts of policies in their communities and families. I look forward to working with DFA to challenge the status quo and take our message around the country in order to build our movement." -- Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez

Democracy for America 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.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

SYRIA BOMBING: DFA demands Congress “do its job… make sure Trump doesn’t start World War III”

In response to Donald Trump's decision to bomb Syria last night, Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain made the following statement:

“Yesterday, Donald Trump made America less safe by taking reckless military action in the Syrian civil war. Without consulting Congress or presenting any discernible plan for how we're going to achieve success, the idea that the actions Trump is taking are thoughtful and considered is laughable.

"This President can't even make a phone call to an ally without screwing it up. Congress needs to do its job, exercise real oversight, and make sure Donald Trump doesn’t start World War III.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Note:  Democracy for America has long been a consistent advocate for careful consideration and congressional consultation concerning the use of military force in Syria, including throughout the Obama administration.  A couple of links which quote us in that regard:

WASHINGTON POST (9/2/2013): Why the left is split on Syria
WALL STREET JOURNAL (9/12/2013): Obama Finds Unlikely Allies, Foes Over Syria Strikes
POLITICO (9/12/14 ): House GOP crafting Syria strategy
REAL CLEAR POLITICS (9/15/2014): Obama, Congress, ISIL: Where Things Stand & What's Next

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America on Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court installation

The U.S. Senate just installed Neil Gorsuch into a stolen seat in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here's Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain on Gorsuch's SCOTUS installation:

“Neil Gorsuch is a ticking time bomb for the Republican party and Donald Trump. The Republican party will own every single vote Gorsuch takes that sides with corporations against American workers, eliminates protections for handicap kids or LGBT families, and results in the deaths of women when abortion rights are dismantled.

“We thank the Democrats who filibustered Neil Gorsuch for standing with the millions of Americans confronting Donald Trump’s hate-fueled agenda every day in communities across the country.  

“While Neil Gorsuch will be able to bring his destructive, extremist agenda to our country’s highest court thanks to a narrow majority, this fight has made the multi-racial, multi-generational grassroots resistance movement stronger and ever more committed to the fights ahead.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA Endorses Garlin Gilchrist II for Detroit City Clerk

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Garlin Gilchrist II in his campaign for Detroit City Clerk.

The endorsement of Gilchrist is part of the organization’s commitment to investing $500,000 in progressive  municipal candidates this cycle. DFA has 1,948 members in Detroit and 59,543 total members across the state of Michigan.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the national progressive organization’s endorsement of Gilchrist:

“Garlin Gilchrist II has the skills and experience to solve the voting issues that have plagued Detroit for years, and as a native Detroiter and community organizer he knows the big things the Motor City can get done by bringing people together.

“After spending years working shoulder-to-shoulder with Garlin to get more people involved in progressive fights, we know that no one will fight harder and more effectively than Garlin to ensure that every single Detroiter, from every neighborhood, and every single racial, ethnic, and economic community has the opportunity to have their voice heard at the ballot box.

“Last year’s election debacle proved that the stakes could not be higher for Detroit voters.  We’re excited to step out early in support of Garlin Gilchrist II in this race, because we know he has the passion, technical know-how, and dedication it will take to establish the trust, accountability, and transparency Detroiters deserve to have in their City Clerk.” - Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Prior to launching his campaign for City Clerk, Gilchrist was the Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for the City of Detroit, where he helped launch the app, Improve Detroit, to make it easier for residents to report issues to the city. He also has served as the National Campaign Director for MoveOn.org and a staffer on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. In addition to his political work, Gilchrist founded the blog Detroit Diaspora, a platform for native Detroiters who are living elsewhere to stay connected to the city.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. In the past it has helped elect progressive leaders to municipal leadership across the country, including Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton (CA), Vice Mayor Regina Romero of Tucson (AZ), Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx (IL), and City Councillor Helen Gym of Philadelphia.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Action

College For All Act: Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor


Hundreds of thousands of talented, smart, hard-working young people simply can't afford to attend college and pursue a degree that will help them achieve their dreams. And millions of others who do find a way to pay for college end up graduating with a crushing mountain of student loan debt.

It's unbelievable that America -- one of the wealthiest nations in the world -- refuses to invest in our young people's education. In response, Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal are announcing a bill they've been working on together. This bill will eliminate undergraduate tuition at four-year public colleges and universities. We're calling it the College for All Act.

Will you sign on to be a citizen co-sponsor of Bernie Sanders and Pramila Jayapal's bill to make college tuition FREE at four-year public colleges and universities? 
 

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DFA Press Release

DFA backs trailblazing African-American women in Mayoral races in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Compton

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed City Councilmember Vi Lyles for Mayor of Charlotte, NC, following the endorsements on Friday of City Councilmember Yvette Simpson in her campaign for Mayor of Cincinnati, and Mayor Aja Brown for re-election in Compton, CA.

Earlier this year, DFA endorsed Tishaura Jones, who came within 900 votes of winning the primary in her race to be the next Mayor of St. Louis. The endorsements are part of the national progressive organization’s commitment to invest $500,000 to elect progressive leaders in municipal races this cycle.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the major mayoral endorsements:

Yvette Simpson knows firsthand the challenges that Cincinnati's most underprivileged residents face, and she is committed to a vision of equitable growth for the city that doesn’t leave anyone behind. Simpson is a tireless fighter who has proven that she’s not afraid to tackle tough problems like violence prevention, human trafficking, and homelessness. We are thrilled to support her campaign for Mayor. ” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Vi Lyles has been a strong voice for progressive change in Charlotte, from standing up to the discriminatory policies of HB2 to fighting for a $15 minimum wage. Her bold vision for a more equitable, just, and fair Charlotte includes important changes in opening up employment opportunities on city contracts by ‘banning the box’ and promoting the hire of low-income residents. We are excited to help Vi Lyles bring her strong leadership to the mayor’s office.”  -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Mayor Aja Brown is a rising star of the progressive movement. As the youngest elected Mayor of Compton, she has helped reinvigorate the city through innovative industry-specific vocational training, fought human trafficking by ending hourly motel rentals, and mandated 35% local hiring for all city projects through the First Source Hiring Agreement. We are excited to support Mayor Brown’s  continued work and excited to see what more she will accomplish as Mayor of Compton.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

As a City Councilmember, Simpson established a Homeless-to-Work pilot program that seeks to ensure long-term employment for homeless residents of Cincinnati. She has also presented legislation to create a fund for domestic abuse survivors and passed a bill she co-authored establishing paid paternity leave for city employees. If she wins, Simpson will be Cincinnati’s first African-American woman mayor. The primary election is on May 2.

Prior to her election to an at-large position on the City Council in 2013, Lyles had spent nearly thirty years in Charlotte’s city government, including more than a decade as the assistant city manager. She was instrumental in guiding Charlotte’s affordable housing plan and in the development of Mecklenburg County’s Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Program -- both of which had a dramatic impact on improving the lives of forgotten Charlotte residents. If she wins, Lyles will be Charlotte’s first African-American woman mayor. The primary election is on September 12.

Mayor Aja Brown was elected at the age of 31, becoming the youngest elected Mayor of Compton, California. Her re-election as mayor would continue to push the city in a new direction that improves the lives of Compton residents. The primary election is on April 18.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. In the past it has helped elect progressive leaders to municipal leadership across the country, including Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton (CA), Vice Mayor Regina Romero of Tucson, Illinois’ Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, and City Councillor Helen Gym of Philadelphia.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 915 progressive candidates nationwide.

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DFA: Arturo Carmona’s Mistreatment of Women Disqualifies Him for Congress

Recently, multiple women within the progressive movement, including Fmr. NV State Rep. Lucy Flores and former Bernie Sanders presidential campaign staff person Masha Mendieta, have publicly raised serious concerns about CA-34 candidate Arturo Carmona’s treatment of women.

In light of these public accounts, Democracy for America’s (DFA) Executive Director, Charles Chamberlain, made the following statement regarding Carmona and the race for CA-34 Congressional District:  

“At Democracy for America, we believe women. Unacceptable, oppressive behavior at work thrives in the shadows. Too often, good people rationalize, ignore, or permit this kind of behavior to protect the campaign or the accused. When women step forward to shine a light on the misogyny they experience, we all have a responsibility to take it seriously and act accordingly.

“The multiple public accounts of congressional candidate Arturo Carmona’s mistreatment of women disqualifies him for Congress and must be exposed to the people of California’s 34th Congressional District before they vote on Tuesday.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA has endorsed Wendy Carrillo in California’s 34th Congressional District. During the 2016 Presidential Primary, DFA was a major supporter of Bernie Sanders and DFA members contributed more than $1.88 million to his historic campaign.

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Wendy Carrillo for Congress in California’s 34th Congressional District

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed human rights journalist and activist Wendy Carrillo in the special election for California's 34th Congressional District.  DFA has 278,352 members in California and one million members nationwide.

DFA Senior Electoral Campaign Manager Alejandro Chávez on the people-powered PAC's endorsement of Carrillo:

“We’re excited to support Wendy Carrillo, an unapologetic progressive who is running a campaign based on values. Wendy is a loud, bold, social justice advocate who will be an unwavering ally for progressive causes in Congress and show that Sí, Se Puede." -- Alejandro Chávez, Senior Electoral Campaign Manager, Democracy for America

Democracy for America 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.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses James Thompson in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed civil rights attorney James Thompson in the special election for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District.  DFA has 11,627 members in Kansas and one million members nationwide.

The national progressive group also simultaneously endorsed Rob Quist (MT-AL), another Democrat running in a special election to fill a seat left open by a Republicans who has joined Donald Trump’s cabinet.  Earlier in March, DFA endorsed John Ossoff in his race to replace a Trump appointee in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

All three Trump appointee special elections offer an important opportunity for Democrats to develop the grassroots base in historically red districts and demonstrate the electoral reach of the rapidly growing grassroots resistance movement that’s standing up to Donald Trump across the country.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the organization’s endorsement of Thompson:

“A civil rights attorney and a military veteran, James Thompson understands the struggles urban and rural working families in Kansas’ 4th District are facing under the leadership of right-wing extremists in the state.  

“While Republicans crow about their dominance in America’s heartland, the grassroots campaign that Thompson is running in Kansas should remind Democrats of what’s possible if we run on populist progressive ideas, focus on real conversations with voters, and refuse to compromise away core values of racial, gender, and economic justice.

“We’re excited to stand with James Thompson in his race for Congress.  We can’t wait to see how his bold, values-driven campaign illustrates the rapidly growing power of the grassroots resistance effort that’s confronting Donald Trump’s agenda of hate, division, and giveaways to the super rich in every corner of this country.   -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Thompson on receiving DFA’s endorsement:

“Democracy for America is a great organization that is dedicated to enabling grassroots organization, educating the public on progressive issues, and working to defend America. I am proud to have earned their endorsement, and look forward to fighting alongside them in Kansas." -- James Thompson

Democracy for America 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.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA backs Rob Quist in Montana At-Large Special Congressional Election

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed musician Rob Quist in his campaign for Congress in Montana (MT-AL). DFA has 6,460 members in Montana and one million members nationwide.

The national progressive group also simultaneously endorsed James Thompson (KS-4), another Democrat running in a special election to fill a seat left open by a Republicans who has joined Donald Trump’s cabinet.  Earlier in March, DFA endorsed John Ossoff in his race to replace a Trump appointee in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

All three Trump appointee special elections offer an important opportunity for Democrats to develop the grassroots base in historically red districts and demonstrate the electoral reach of the rapidly growing grassroots resistance movement that’s standing up to Donald Trump across the country.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the organization’s endorsement of Quist:

“The contrast could not be more stark in the race for Montana’s Congressional seat. Rob Quist is committed to fighting for single-payer health care and protecting public lands for future generations of Montanans to enjoy.

“Rob Quist is not only a better choice than his anti-Science billionaire opponent from New Jersey, he’s running the grassroots, issues-focused campaign that Democrats across the country need to if they’re going to defeat Donald Trump and his cronies in Congress  

“In Montana and across the country, millions are looking for ways to stand up and confront Donald Trump’s agenda of hate, division, and giveaways to the super rich and it’s hard to find a better outlet than Rob Quist’s bold race for Congress.”  -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Rob Quist on receiving DFA’s endorsement:

“From protecting our public lands to fighting for quality, affordable health care, Montanans want a Congressman who will stand up to special interests and put Montana first. The contrast in this race couldn't be clearer, and I'll work every day for Montana families." -- Rob Quist

Democracy for America 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.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

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Tell Congressional Democrats: Fight for Medicare for All

Even if the ACA remains intact under Trump's Republican Party, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that 28 million Americans will remain uninsured, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color. And millions more will continue to struggle with sky-high deductibles and co-pays that they can't afford.

Some Democrats claim that a single-payer system is politically impossible. But recent polls show that the fight over Trumpcare has actually increased support for government taking a more active role in the health care system.

A new Pew Research Poll out this week found that 60% of Americans think that it is the responsibility of government to guarantee affordable health care for all Americans, including a stunning 56% of GOP voters who make less than $30,000 a year.

Embracing universal coverage wouldn't just be the right thing for Democrats to do -- it would be a smart way to win new voters and build the majority we need to defeat Donald Trump, all while remaining true to our values.

Democrats have a choice to make. They can do the bidding of corporate donors, or they can offer voters a real alternative that would provide universal access, reduce consumer costs and create a healthier country for everyone.

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