We know climate change is real, it’s here, and there’s little time for us to prevent it from turning into a devastating disaster – one that will wreak havoc on some of the most vulnerable communities across our country and the planet.

We need legislation like the Green New Deal and progressive leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to mitigate the worst impacts climate change, create good jobs, and promote environmental justice.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America launches $50,000 social media campaign ahead of Iowa Caucus

Initial phase features digital media buys to ensure Senator Warren and Senator Sanders supporters work together to win the Iowa Caucus.

BURLINGTON, VT – Today, Democracy for America launches an independent expenditure campaign expected to spend $50,000 in Iowa ahead of the caucuses.  Our campaign will target Iowa Democratic voters who have expressed support for Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns to ensure that a progressive candidate wins the Iowa Caucus. 

The comprehensive digital ad buy will feature video and static images reminding voters that we are more powerful working together to ensure a progressive wins in the Iowa Caucus. The ads will be shared across many digital platforms including Youtube, Facebook, Google and Instagram. 

Progressives know what is at stake this election. And we believe a progressive nominee is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump. That begins in Iowa and the Iowa Caucus. 

We urge Iowa caucus-goers to attend their Caucus to support their candidate of choice. If their candidate does not meet the 15% threshold to continue on, then we urge the Caucus-goers to not leave until a progressive wins their Caucus. We are asking Iowa voters to sign our “Progressives Unite” pledge.

Democracy for America joined 17 other organizations to launch the Progressives Unite campaign on Thursday, January 16.

Quote from DFA Chairman Charles Chamberlain on the group’s mission:

“The progressive movement has the chance of a lifetime to defeat Donald Trump and elect a truly transformational progressive leader President of the United States, but it won't happen if we fight each other instead of working together to win.”  -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

You can read about the coalitions efforts and pledge

This is phase 1 of our independent expenditure campaign, as we must be strategic to win caucuses and primaries and elect candidate delegates in state conventions to ensure a progressive wins the nomination and then the general election. Our independent expenditure campaign will continue through other primaries and caucuses.

Democracy for America (DFA) is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than 15,000 members in the state of Iowa and one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.  

DFA has not endorsed a candidate in the Democratic Presidential Primary in 2020. 

Below are a few examples of ads that will be running in Iowa through Monday, February 3.

DFA Press Release

Eighteen grassroots groups launch effort to ensure progressives win in 2020 nomination fight

‘Progressives Unite 2020’ is comprised of organizations supporting Sanders, Warren, unaligned in primary 

Today, 18 days ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, Democracy for America (DFA) is joining with more than a dozen grassroots progressive groups to launch the “Progressives Unite 2020” campaign with a pledge that underscores our commitment to electing a progressive president.

The eighteen grassroots progressive groups joining the campaign in its launch include organizations that are supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, those who are supporting both, and those, like Democracy for America, who have not yet endorsed any candidate in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

The eighteen groups partnering in this campaign at launch include (note: 2020 endorsement noted where applicable):

  1. Be A Hero Action Fund
  2. Black Male Voter Project
  3. Black Voters Matter Fund
  4. Center for Popular Democracy Action (Sanders)
  5. Democracy for America
  6. Dream Defenders (Sanders)
  7. Inequality Media Civic Action
  8. Justice Democrats
  9. Our Revolution (Sanders)
  10. People’s Action (Sanders)
  11. Presente Action
  12. Progress America
  13. Progressive Change Campaign Committee (Warren)
  14. Progressive Democrats of America (Sanders)
  15. RootsAction (Sanders)
  16. Social Security Works
  17. Sunrise Movement (Sanders)
  18. Working Families Party (Warren)

Each group joining the campaign are signed on to the three-part “Progressives Unite 2020 Pledge”:

  • We pledge to make our case to the American people on why our chosen candidate is the best choice to defeat Trump.
  • We pledge to focus our fight for the nomination against candidates supported by the corporate wing, instead of fighting each other.
  • We pledge to come together in state caucuses, primaries and conventions from the first vote in Iowa to the last vote at the DNC Convention in Wisconsin to ensure a progressive wins the nomination and America elects a Progressive President!

As a part of the Progressives Unite 2020 campaign, the grassroots groups involved will be asking their members to join them in signing the “Unite Pledge” at http://progressivesunite2020.com/ and commit to voting strategically for the top two progressive candidates in their caucus or primary.

As a part of the campaign's work in the early state of Iowa, the groups behind Progressives Unite 2020 will be working to ensure their members do not leave their Feb. 3 caucus site without casting their final vote for one of the top two progressives in the race.

The Iowa Strategic Voting Plan is simple. If the candidate you support does not reach the viability threshold (15%) in your caucus, the campaign will be organizing voters to move to one of the top two progressives rather than going home or aligning with a candidate supported by the corporate wing of the Democratic Party.

Statements from the grassroots groups behind Progressives Unite 2020:

  • Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America: “When progressives fight each other, the establishment wins. We saw it in 2004 when progressives took each other out and John Kerry slipped through to win Iowa and then went on to lose in November to a very unpopular Republican incumbent. We’re determined to not let that happen again.”
  • Jennifer Epps-Addison, Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy Action: "Center for Popular Democracy Action is proud to support Bernie Sanders for President, but our movement is much bigger than a single candidate or a single election. To make this country a place where Black and Brown people, immigrants, native people, LGBTQ people, working people and women can thrive, we need a strong and united progressive movement."
  • Alan Minsky and Donna Smith, Executive Director and Chair, Progressive Democrats of America: “Progressive Democrats of America has endorsed Bernie Sanders for President, but we love Elizabeth Warren too. At a time when progressive policies resonate with Americans across the political spectrum, we need a progressive Democratic presidential nominee for the sake of the country and the world; and in order to defeat Donald Trump.”
  • Bree Carlson, Deputy Director, People’s Action: "We need a President who will put the interests of everyday people ahead of those of the wealthy elite and big corporations. Our members voted to endorse Senator Sanders as the best choice for President because he is ready to work side by side with us to do just that. Senator Warren is our clear second choice, both Senator Sanders and Senator Warren stand heads and shoulders above the candidates seeking only to prop up the status quo of corporate interests."
  • Progressive Change Campaign Committee: "We need a bold progressive president. In our opinion, the most inspirational and electable Democrat we could nominate is Elizabeth Warren. We are joining this effort out of a belief that it represents leaders in the progressive movement urging everyone from campaign staff to Twitter commenters to focus on defeating a corporate, establishment Democrat like Joe Biden. This effort inherently includes standing opposed to sexism and bad-faith arguments in the primary process. We look forward to working with our friends to enforce these principles."

  • Jonel Edwards, Co-Director, Dream Defenders: “We are clear on why we chose to endorse Bernie Sanders and we’re also clear that a moderate Democrat can’t win the nomination and they won’t beat Trump.”

  • Liz Jaff, President, Be A Hero: “This year, progressives have their best chance in a generation to elect a transformational, visionary president who can actually address the crises we face. Whether it’s ballooning inequality, climate chaos, or the health care crisis, our challenges are too immense for us to be distracted by infighting on the left. We have to keep our eyes on the ball, resist the temptation to form a circular firing squad, and collaborate to ensure a real progressive leader is elected President in November.”

  • Maurice Mitchell, National Director, Working Families Party: “We're all in with Elizabeth Warren, but we're lucky to have two progressive champions in this race fighting for transformational change. Either Sanders or Warren would be a historic president. If progressives can keep their fire trained on Trump and the corporate Democrats, we can elect a progressive who will finally make this country work for the many, not the few.”

  • Matt Nelson, Executive Director, Presente Action: “In this emergency election, who we elect for the next four years will determine the future of our democracy and of life on the planet. We have a duty to elect a president who will not do the bidding of corrupt billionaires and criminal corporations. At a time when our country is flooded with propaganda, bitterly divided, and experiencing the greatest economic disparity in history, we need a president who will support progressive social change at all levels. And we need someone who is supported by a mass social movement powerful enough to defeat monied interests and the status quo.”
  • Joseph Geevarghese, Executive Director, Our Revolution: “Our members are ready to elect Bernie Sanders as our next President, but we must be clear. 2020 is a must-win moment for the progressive movement. It is the best opportunity we have to transform our political system – and take power back from the corporate elites who seek to destroy our country and our climate. We know there are more of us than there are of them. And if we come together and organize, we will win 2020.”

  • Linda Benesch, Communications Director, Social Security Works: "Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are both longtime progressive champions. Social Security Works has fought alongside them for years to protect and expand Social Security, and we know that either one would be a vastly better president for working people than candidates from the corporate wing of the Democratic Party. Furthermore, Democrats need a progressive nominee with a stellar record on Social Security to win back seniors and defeat Donald Trump.
DFA Press Release

DFA: Warren, Sanders “did everything they needed,” refocused on 2020 threat posed by corporate Dems

Tonight’s debate should effectively end the back-and-forth between Warren, Sanders, and the media that has dominated news coverage over the last 48 hours.

Statement from Democracy for America’s Chair Charles Chamberlain on tonight’s Democratic debate in Iowa:

“Tonight, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders did everything they needed to do to overcome the media-fueled scuffle of the last 48-hours and train their fire on the corporate Democratic opponents who pose the more immediate threat to a progressive victory over Donald Trump.

“Back in 2004, progressive divisions and bickering ahead of Iowa carved up our movement and allowed the establishment Democrats preferred candidate to win the nomination, and, ultimately, lose the general election. We can’t let that happen again.

“Especially given how close the race remains just 20 days ahead of the first contest, it’s critical that progressives focus our fight for the Democratic nomination against candidates supported by the corporate wing, instead of fighting each other.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Jessica Cisneros for Congress in TX-28 primary battle

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jessica Cisneros in her Democratic primary fight against corporate Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar in Texas’ deep blue 28th Congressional District.

An immigration and human rights attorney who was born and raised in the border town of Laredo, TX, Jessica Cisneros launched her challenge to Rep. Cuellar in June 2019 after seeing how little he was doing to speak up and fight back for families in South Texas. In this race, she’s pledged to fight to end the family separation at the border and for a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, and a Green New Deal.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Cisneros :

“The political system is profoundly broken when a congressional district like Texas’ 28th, which voted for Hillary Clinton by nearly twenty points over Donald Trump, is represented by a Member of Congress who has voted with the Trump administration nearly 70% of the time.

“We’re honored to endorse Jessica Cisneros to replace corporate Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar, not simply because we know she’ll fight to reform our inhumane immigration system and pass Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and a $15 minimum wage. We’re excited to support Jessica Cisneros for Congress because we know that when she gets there she’ll be champion for the families of South Texas, not corporate lobbyists bankrolling her campaign.

“In 2020, Democracy for America will be focused on taking back the White House, returning the Senate to Democratic control, and holding the House. However, we also know that the kind of political transformation our country needs can’t happen if we continue to have Democratic leaders in Congress who are beholden to the corporate interests who control Washington or who’ve been afraid to take on Trump.

“Jessica Cisneros is in this fight to stand up to the wealthy and powerful on behalf of the families of South Texas and that’s why Democracy for America is honored to stand with her in this primary." -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Jessica Cisneros on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:

"I’m honored to receive support from Democracy for America, an organization that has spent the last fifteen years building power with the support of real people across the country. I look forward to working with DFA members in Texas and our broad coalition in our fight to bring true representation to South Texas on March 3rd.” -- Jessica Cisneros, Candidate, Texas 28th Congressional District

Cisneros is just the second Democratic primary challenger DFA has endorsed ahead of 2020. Earlier in 2019, DFA endorsed Marie Newman (IL-3) in her challenge to Rep. Dan Lipinski, another anti-choice corporate Democrat in a strongly Democratic House district.

DFA has 1,136 members in Texas’ 28th Congressional District, 65,975 in the state of Texas, and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA backs Kara Eastman in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District rematch

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman in her rematch campaign against incumbent Rep. Don Bacon in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District.

Democracy for America was a strong supporter of Eastman during her 2018 race when she won an upset victory over former Rep. Brad Ashford in the primary and ran an extremely tight race against Rep. Bacon in the General.

With this endorsement, Eastman joins a slate of five other battle-tested, progressive candidates who expanded the electorate and nearly unseated Republican incumbents in 2018 including AmmarCampa-Najjar (CA-50), Dana Balter (NY-24), Adrienne Bell (TX-14), Gina Ortiz-Jones (TX-23), and J.D. Scholten (IA-4).

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Eastman:

“In 2018, Kara Eastman ran on a bold, inclusive populist agenda and, despite the millions of right-wing special interest dollars that were spent against her, she fell less than a couple of points shy of beating her incumbent Republican opponent.

“We were honored to support Kara in 2018 and we’re even more excited to stand with her again in 2020 because we know that when she gets to Washington she’ll fight for a healthcare system that puts people before profits, a Green New Deal that creates jobs and halts catastrophic climate change, and an economy that puts Nebraska’s working families first.

“Kara understands the stakes in this election and how to bring together the diverse communities that call Nebraska’s second district home -- and we know she’ll never back down from a fight. Democracy for America is thrilled to endorse Kara Eastman for Congress again in 2020 and we look forward to fighting alongside her from now through November.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Kara Eastman on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:

“I am inspired and excited to be endorsed by Democracy for America. I look forward to joining the fight for inclusive populism here in Nebraska’s Second District and in Washington. Together, we can lead the election of progressive majorities and the rejection of right-wing extremism.” -- Kara Eastman

DFA has 2,754 members in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, 6,616 in the state of Nebraska, and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA: “We aren’t celebrating tonight’s impeachment votes”, but “honoring the work” that got us here

Moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives began voting on Article of Impeachment against Donald Trump.

Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain released the following statement as the formal vote on impeachment commenced:

“As an organization, Democracy for America has been calling for Donald Trump’s impeachment since June 2017, but we aren’t celebrating tonight’s impeachment votes in the U.S. House. Instead, tonight, we want to honor the millions of Americans, ordinary committed citizens who love their country, who have spent the last three years fighting to get us to this moment.

“In 2017, we took to the streets to shine a light on what Donald Trump’s campaign had done to get into office and the crimes they started committing the moment they go there.

“In 2018, we made calls, knocked doors, and contributed everything we could to elect a Congress that would finally hold the Trump administration accountable for its lawlessness.

“Over the last year, we’ve worked, sometimes with quiet pressure behind the scenes and sometimes front and center during townhall meetings & rallies, to make sure that our Representatives ensured that no one, including the President of the United States, is above the law.

“Thanks to the diligent work of millions, tonight’s votes ensure that Donald Trump will be forever branded as the country’s third impeached president.

“More importantly, after tonight’s votes, history won’t be able to deny that, when faced with the most blatantly dishonest, manifestly corrupt, grossly incompetent, and sickeningly cruel U.S. president ever, Americans and their elected leaders in the U.S. House stood up, fought back, and did everything in our power they could to protect and defend the Constitution and the rule of law.

“We have no illusions about the difficult road ahead next year, both for a fair trial in the U.S. Senate and a fair election free from foreign government influence, but we’re not afraid. The dedicated Americans and the grassroots strength it took to get us to tonight’s impeachment votes aren’t going anywhere, and that gives us hope.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Mondaire Jones for Congress in NY-17

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Mondaire Jones in the wide-open race to represent New York’s 17th Congressional district following the retirement of Rep. Nita Lowey.

Jones jumped into the race in July 2019 prior to Lowey’s, who has been in Congress since 1989, decision to retire and, if elected, would be the first Black, openly gay member of Congress. A former Obama administration official who grew up in the NY-17 and most recently served as an attorney in Westchester County’s Law Department, Jones is running as a champion for Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Jones:

“Mondaire Jones understands first hand the struggles that working families, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people face every single day in our country. As a member of the U.S. House, he’ll be a steadfast champion for big, bold progressive ideas like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal, while breaking barriers with the unique life experience he’ll bring with him to Congress.

“At Democracy for America, we’ve long believed that we must change the kind of leaders running our country if we want our country to change. We’re honored to endorse Mondaire Jones in this race for Congress in New York’s 17th Congressional District because we know he’ll be the kind of fresh, bold, and progressive leader his community and our country needs in Washington in the years ahead.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Mondaire Jones on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:

"I am humbled to have the support of Democracy for America in my campaign to represent the people of New York's 17th Congressional District. Growing up poor, black, and gay, raised by a single mom who worked multiple jobs to provide for our family, I never imagined someone like me could make it to the halls of Congress. I'm running for Congress because, for me, policy is personal. If we are going to change Washington, we need to change the kind of people we send there. We need more representatives who understand the lived experiences of millions of Americans who face economic insecurity every day. In my crowded primary, I am the only candidate supporting Medicare for All and student debt forgiveness. I'm prepared to fight for the big, structural solutions we need to make sure working-class people get a fair shot in our economy and that people like me are treated equally under the law." -- Mondaire Jones, Candidate, New York’s 17th Congressional District

DFA is Jones’s first endorsement from a national, multi-issue progressive organization and just the seventh non-incumbent candidate for U.S. House to be endorsed by the grassroots progressive group ahead of 2020. DFA’s other non-incumbent endorsements include Marie Newman (IL-3), Amar Campa-Najjar (CA-50), Dana Balter (NY-24), Adrienne Bell (TX-14), and Gina Ortiz-Jones (TX-23), and J.D. Scholten (IA-04).

DFA has 4,951 members in New York’s 17th Congressional District, 120,834 in the state of New York, and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

NAFTA 2.0: DFA says Dem approval of heavily revised agreement today “is a major strategic misstep”

This morning, less than an hour after announcing impeachment articles against Donald Trump,  U.S. House Democratic leadership said that they would support the passage of the NAFTA 2.0 trade agreement.

The following is a statement from Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson responding to the U.S. House Democratic leadership’s NAFTA 2.0 announcement:

"On policy, the jury is still out on whether the heavily revised NAFTA 2.0 will be a win for the country.

"Some unions are supporting the deal while others aren't, but the idea that any trade agreement touched by the Trump administration can be trusted to protect the environment, prioritize worker safety, or hold big pharma's feet to the fire is absurd.

"Meanwhile, politically, making this deal today, of all days, is a major strategic misstep. Swing district Democrats won't win a single new vote by agreeing to pass this trade deal. Meanwhile, Donald Trump will be spending the next 11 months bragging about the trade agreement he "alone" passed, despite the political capital Democrats sunk into making sure NAFTA 2.0 was slightly better than the deal it’s replacing.

"Yes, Democrats made NAFTA 2.0 better, but any corporate Democrat who pushed to get this agreement passed that thinks Donald Trump is going to share the credit for those improvements is dangerously gullible.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA: Harris “transformed the [2020] contest… will have a profound impact on the Democratic Party”

This afternoon, Senator Kamala Harris officially suspended her 2020 campaign for President.

Democracy for America's CEO Yvette Simpson issued the following statement after Harris' announcement:

"Despite her decision to suspend her campaign today, there's no doubt that Sen. Kamala Harris' presence in the 2020 Democratic primary over the last year transformed the contest and will have a profound impact on the Democratic Party for years to come.

"Just as she pushed forward on a trail forged by Shirley Chisholm and Carol Moseley Braun, I have no doubt that the first Black woman to win the presidency will get there thanks to the arguments made and the lessons learned by Kamala Harris in this race. The way she inspired young brown girls to believe that they could do anything, including be President of the United States was a beautiful thing to behold, and a moment that I believe we will see again in the near future.

"While I'll miss her on the debate stage going forward, I think we should all be comfortable knowing Sen. Harris will continue to be an unrelenting force for justice in the U.S. Senate and a powerful advocate for the voices of women of color in the 2020 race for President and beyond." -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA has been closely following Harris’s race since her announcement in January 2019. While Harris rose to 3rd place in DFA’s July 2019 Presidential Pulse Poll, she dropped to 6th in the most recent iteration of the straw poll.

DFA has not yet made any endorsement in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.

DFA Press Release

DFA on DEM DEBATE: Sanders, Warren give corporate Dems “good reasons to keep shaking in their boots”

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain following the conclusion of tonight’s debate in Atlanta:

“Coming out of tonight’s debate the battle lines in the 2020 Democratic Primary are more clear than they’ve been before.

“Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are ready to fight for bold, structural reforms like Medicare for All, while the other front runners seem to think that the Democratic nomination will be won by whoever does the bidding of the health insurance industry, Wall Street, and CEO donor class.

“For months, it’s been clear that the wealthy and powerful are terrified of the rise of the champions for inclusive populism in the 2020 race for President and desperate to find some corporate democrat, any corporate democrat, who’ll help them keep the Democratic Party just as addicted to K Street lobbyists as Republicans. With their command performances in tonight’s debate, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren gave the wealthy and powerful good reasons to keep shaking in their boots.” - Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA PULSE POLL RESULTS: Near supermajority support Sanders, Warren in DFA’s November 2019 straw poll

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) released the results of its fourth Presidential Pulse Poll of the 2020 election cycle showing support growing for nearly every major candidate and Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, together, capturing over 62% of all first-place votes cast.

The grassroots poll continues to have Sanders in the lead and Warren closely behind him. It also shows a mild resurgence for Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, while each remains beneath their previous DFA Pulse Poll highs.

Amy Klobuchar makes her first top-five premier in this latest pulse poll, while Kamala Harris drops out of the top-five for the first time after the surge of support she saw in DFA’s July Presidential Pulse Poll.

Top five results from the DFA poll:

  • Bernie Sanders, 35.17%
  • Elizabeth Warren, 27.69%
  • Joe Biden, 12.08%
  • Pete Buttigieg, 7.26%
  • Amy Klobuchar, 3.72%

See the full results here: http://poll.democracyforamerica.com/results

The poll, which began immediately following the October 15th debate through midnight (ET) Tuesday, November 5th, is the fourth straw-poll survey DFA has conducted of its membership regarding the 2020 presidential election. DFA’s first three 2020 Presidential Pulse Polls were released in December 2018, April 2019, and July 2019.

Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain on DFA’s November 2019 Presidential Pulse Poll results:

“Our latest 2020 Presidential Pulse poll results show a contest in which DFA members are increasingly rallying behind the two-leading progressive candidates.

“Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have consistently been the top two candidates with our members since our April poll. Between Sanders’ rock-solid support and Warren’s consistent ascent, these latest results make clear that no other candidate is a real threat to their dominance with the Democratic Party’s progressive base.

Below Warren and Sanders, there has been a fair amount of churn in the rankings as compared to previous results. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s boost in this latest poll is real, but both are still doing worse than their previous highs — Biden in our Dec. 2018 poll and Buttigieg in our April 2019 survey.

While Corporate Democrats may be hunting around for better candidates — something that might help explain Senator Amy Klobuchar’s recent rise in our own poll — DFA’s latest presidential pulse poll results show that progressives are happy with the leaders we’ve got in this race and our more convinced than ever that having a champion for inclusive populism and bold, structural change at the top of the ticket is essential to victory in 2020.”-- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

Ahead of 2020, DFA is committed to pressuring presidential candidates to be progressive leaders, providing opportunities for those running on inclusive populism to connect with its members, and conducting multiple Presidential Pulse Polls before any potential endorsement vote.

Noteworthy Illustrations

Nov. 2019’s Top Ten:

Nov. 2019’s Top Five Over DFA’s four 2020 Presidential Pulse Polls:

Results of a head-to-head race against our Warren and Sanders (Note: This is slightly closer than July 2019’s results):
 

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: Democracy for America celebrates legislature flip, ‘Purple to Blue’ wins in Virginia

Tonight, with the help of 4 critical DFA-endorsed candidate victories, Democrats took control of both chambers of Virginia's General Assembly.

This is a major victory for Virginia progressives and Democracy for America, which, in 2013, made Virginia the flagship state in it’s Purple to Blue project, a multi-year, multi-state, multi-million dollar effort to flip Governors, State Houses, and State Senate Chambers to Democratic control.

Statement from Charles Chamberlain, Chair of Democracy for America, on the flip to Democratic control in Virginia’s General Assembly and the success of DFA’s Purple to Blue program:

“Tonight’s historic flip of Virginia’s House of Delegates and State Senate to Democratic control is not only a huge victory for the people of the Commonwealth, it’s a victory that Democracy for America has been working towards for the last seven years.

“Back in March 2013, a lot of folks thought we were nuts for making an overwhelmingly ‘red’ state like Virginia the flagship of our multi-year, multi-state, multi-million dollar Purple to Blue campaign to flip Governors, State Houses, and State Senate Chambers from Republican to Democrat across the country by the end of 2020.

“But we knew that if we worked with Virginians to invest in diverse progressive leadership, and focus on building the power of the growing New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters, profound inclusive populist change would win in the Commonwealth.

“We were honored to endorse Ghazala Hashmi (VA-SD-10),  Joshua Cole (VA-HD-28), Elizabeth Guzman (VA-HD-31) and Danica Roem (VA-HD-13) ahead of their victories tonight. Each worked their heart out to win their race and, in office, will work tirelessly for the communities they serve, and we look forward to working with them every step of the way.

“Tonight, after years of hard work, Virginians finally have a government that represents their proud progressive values.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Facts about DFA’s “Purple to Blue” work in Virginia since 2013:

Since DFA’s 2013 Launch of the “Purple to Blue” project in Virginia, DFA has:

  • Backed dozens of candidates -- like Del. Jennifer Boysko, Hala Ayala, John Bell -- with people-powered support from DFA members and grassroots donations.
  • Made more than 650,000 volunteer calls using our DFA Dialer distributed voter calling tool.
  • Worked closely with in-state partners like the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to train and support candidates and campaign staff.
  • Worked closely with endorsed campaigns on everything from designing voter outreach programs for turning out the New American Majority to coaching candidates and staff on campaign mechanics.

In 2019, specifically, DFA endorsed 14 general election candidates across the state up and down the ballot. This included:

  • Five Candidates for the House of Delegates -- Joshua Cole (VA-HD-28); Elizabeth Guzman (VA-HD-31); Danica Roem (VA-HD-13); Mavis Taintor (VA-HD-33); Jessica Foster (VA-HD-88)
  • Four Candidates for the State Senate -- Ghazala Hashmi (VA-SD-10); Amy Laufer (VA-SD-17); Amanda Pohl (VA-SD-11); Qasim Rashid (VA-SD-28)
  • Three candidates for local School Boards -- Karl Frisch (Fairfax County (VA) School Board - Providence District); Joseph George (Prince William County (VA) School Board - Neabsco District); Karen Keys-Gamarra (Fairfax County (VA) School Board);
  • Two candidates for other county/local offices -- Josh King (Prince William County (VA) Sheriff); Kenny Boddy (Prince Williams (VA) Board of Supervisors - Occoquan District)
DFA Press Release

2019 PRE-ELECTION: At Democracy for America, there’s no such thing as an off-year

This weekend, across the country Democratic parties and grassroots groups are engaging in activities meant to mark the fact that, as of Sunday, Nov. 3, we’ll be one year out from the 2020 general election.

However, here at Democracy for America (DFA) there’s no such thing as an off-year. Instead, in the days ahead we’re gearing up for the victory of 60 DFA-endorsed candidates who are on the ballot this Tuesday, November 5th in state and local elections nationwide.

DFA’s list of 2019 endorsements is available at: https://democracyforamerica.com/our_candidates

Key Facts about DFA’s 2019 Endorsements:

  • DFA backed 77 candidates running for state and municipal-level office in 2019. This is the largest slate of candidates DFA has ever endorsed in an odd-numbered election year and one of the largest slates of state and municipal-level candidates endorsed by a multi-issue progressive PAC this cycle.
  • The 60 candidates up for election on Tuesday includes a wide range of different leaders. The list includes first-time candidates, like Chesa Boudin, who is running to become San Francisco’s (CA) next District Attorney, and Tay Anderson, who’s running for a school board seat in Denver (CO). It also includes trailblazing veteran leaders that DFA has endorsed before, like Charlotte (NC) Mayor Vi Lyles and Virginia Delegate Danica Roem, the first African-American woman to lead her city and the first openly transgender person to serve in VA’s General Assembly, respectively. It even includes one of our own, DFA Communications Director Neil Sroka, who is running for a City Council seat in his small suburban town of Grosse Pointe Farms (MI).
  • In Virginia, DFA has endorsed a total of 14 local candidates (see our Purple to Blue highlight section below for more detail), including the critical races needed to flip two seats in each legislative chamber and turn Virginia blue statewide.
  • In addition to the candidates on the ballot on Tuesday, DFA endorsed another 17 candidates in 2019, including the stand-out victories of Kate Gallego, Phoenix (AZ) Mayor, and J.B. Smiley, Memphis (TN) City Council Member.
  • This is the most diverse slates of candidates DFA has endorsed in an odd-numbered year cycle. 58% of those endorsed by DFA in 2019 are candidates of color, including 27 African-American, nine Latinx, and nine Asian-American candidates.
  • In total, DFA-endorsed candidates are running in 20 different states for State Senate, State House, Attorney General, District Attorney, Mayor, County Council, City Council, and School Board.

DFA’s Purple to Blue Campaign Positioned for Victory in Virginia

While every race DFA endorsed this November is important, we’re especially excited about finishing the job we started in March 2013 when we made Virginia the flagship state of our multi-year, multi-state, multi-million dollar Purple to Blue campaign to flip Governors, State Houses, and State Senate Chambers from Republican to Democrat across the country by the end of 2020.

At the time, some thought focusing progressive resources in legislative races in a “deep red” state like Virginia was a little crazy.

Seven years later, with Democrats in Virginia now holding all statewide offices and just two seats in the House and two seats in the Senate shy of a legislative majority in both chambers, that decision has proved to be a prophetic investment in diverse progressive leadership and the rising power of the New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters throughout the Commonwealth.

DFA worked with our allies to get progressives to this moment by supporting dozens of candidates with people-power and grassroots donations, making more than 650,000 volunteer calls using our DFA Dialer distributed voter calling tool, and working closely with local partners like the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to train and support candidates and campaign staff in the soon to be four elections since DFA’s 2013 Purple to Blue launch.

In 2019 specifically, beyond volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and media support, DFA has worked closely with the campaigns of six candidates running for VA State Senate and three candidates for the House of Delegates on everything from designing voter outreach programs for turning out the New American Majority to coaching candidates and staff on campaign mechanics.

The Springboard to 2020

While much of the country’s attention is focused on the election happening a year from now, Tuesday’s elections will be an important indicator of growing progressive momentum all across the country.

The grassroots volunteers and supporters taking action in support of DFA’s 2019 endorsed candidates are both backing local candidates who will have a direct impact on their lives and gaining critical experience on the phones, at the doors, and outside polling places that will be critical to Democratic victory in 2020.

It may be an odd-numbered year, but 2019 has been no off-year for DFA. In fact, with the range of quality candidates we’ve endorsed this year and the powerful campaigns they’re kicking into high-gear ahead of Tuesday, we’re certain it will be a critical springboard for progressives into the most important elections of our lifetimes in 2020.

DFA Press Release

DFA reacts to OH #DemDebate, launches 4th Presidential Pulse Poll

On Monday we asked three questions heading into tonight’s debate, and, below, we’ve got some thoughts on what was answered and what wasn’t.

First, some news: Immediately after tonight’s debate, Democracy for America launched the fourth iteration of its 2020 Presidential Pulse poll.

Now, here is DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain thoughts on tonight’s Democratic Debate in Westerville, OH:

“Tonight in Westerville, Elizabeth Warren was on fire, Bernie Sanders delivered strong moments for anyone who thought he might dial it back, and Joe Biden faded into the background.

“No matter what the polling says, tonight’s debate showed that everyone on that stage knows Elizabeth Warren is the front-runner and she proved she can take the heat from all comers and fight back. Warren was never flustered, or get defensive she fought back strong and stayed laser-focused on her message. In contrast, Biden, when he wasn’t standing like a bystander on stage, continued to struggle with clear concise answers or to hold his ground without getting defensive.

Anyone who thought Bernie Sanders would tone it down or take it easy after his heart attack was wildly mistaken. Bernie had several powerful moments, from passionately railing against our broken healthcare system to exposing corporate power over trade agreements, proving Bernie is back and working to win.

“The big surprise of the night was the premiere of the new and angry Mayor Pete. Clearly, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar showed up strong tonight in an attempt to pick up moderates looking for an alternative to Joe Biden, but Mayor Pete’s constant attempts to tear down progressive priorities is more likely to please big CEO donors and lobbying firms than Democratic voters.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

ANALYSIS: DFA’s three questions heading into Tuesday’s 2020 debate in Westerville, OH

Despite the dominance of the impeachment fight in Washington over the last month, the 2020 race for the Democratic nomination has entered a new phase since the candidates met in Houston last month.

While anything can happen with so many candidates on one stage, DFA’s Chair Charles Chamberlain and CEO Yvette Simpson have three main questions going into Tuesday’s debate outside Columbus, OH:

  1. Can Joe Biden temporarily halt the bleeding or will this debate be the final blow to his status as the 2020 front-runner?

    Between his weak fundraising in the third quarter, his late response to Donald Trump’s endless barrage of attacks, and uneven past debate performances, Joe Biden is walking into the Ohio debate a severely wounded front-runner. While the momentum in this contest will likely continue to build behind the leading progressive candidates, a strong performance could keep Biden’s backers in the Democratic political establishment from racing for the exits. Conversely, if the Joe Biden from either one of the first two debates shows up in Ohio, the former Vice President will likely lose his frontrunner status.
  2. Which candidate from the growing second-tier emerges from the debate best positioned to take advantage of Biden’s decent?


    While the top tier of candidates -- Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren -- has stayed relatively consistent throughout the summer, there’s been a lot of churn and growth in the tier of candidates at their heels. With Biden struggling to build momentum, it’s clear that parts of the Democratic political establishment are actively searching for an alternative to the former Vice President. That said, the path to that top-tier likely isn’t through the fall of one candidate, but by figuring out how to cobble together a coalition that includes the corporate Democrats searching for a candidate who can win without alienating Democrats’ ascendant progressive base. It’s a tall order, likely can’t be done in a single debate, and certainly won’t guarantee victory, but, if we had to guess, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker are best positioned to make these gains on Tuesday.

  3. Will this be the moment one of the two front-running progressive candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, begins consolidating grassroots support?


    While many in the media are spoiling for a fight between Sanders and Warren, it’d be a huge, surprising mistake for either to take the bait. As their healthy third-quarter fundraising hauls made clear, Warren and Sanders are well-served by working as a united front in these large-field debates, and we expect them to keep that strategy up in Ohio. That said, it will be interesting to see how Sanders and Warren work to continue to separate themselves from the field and grab for the growing number of grassroots voters who understand Democrats need to unequivocally embrace an inclusive populist agenda to win in 2020.

DFA Press Release

DFA celebrates NARAL Pro-Choice America on its 50th Anniversary

Today, long-time Democracy for America ally NARAL Pro-Choice America celebrates the 50th anniversary of its fight to protect and expand reproductive freedom throughout our country.

This afternoon, DFA CEO Yvette Simpson released the following statement celebrating NARAL’s historic 50th anniversary:

"For 50 years, NARAL has not only been a steadfast champion for abortion rights, they've also been a reliable ally in the progressive movement's broader fight for a more racially, socially, and economically just America.

“Over our own 15-year history, Democracy for America has been honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with NARAL time after time because we know the fearlessness, visionary grit, and determination NARAL will bring to any fight we take on with them.

“We have NARAL's back and NARAL has ours, and we couldn't be happier for them as they celebrate their 50 years fighting for the rights of all of us." -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA to Pelosi: “Cancel recess, schedule impeachment vote immediately”

In light of the rapidly developing Trump-Ukraine extortion scandal, Democracy for America's (DFA) Chair is urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take immediate, urgent action on impeachment:

“Donald Trump has committed clearly impeachable offenses and admitted to them in public. No further investigation is needed, and Trump's brazenly corrupt acts in the White House make it clear that he’s an on-going threat to our national security. We urge Speaker Pelosi to cancel next week’s recess, and schedule a vote on Articles of Impeachment immediately.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

While the grassroots organization’s calls for immediate, urgent action are new, Democracy for America has been saying that Congress has what it needs to impeach Donald Trump since June 9, 2017.

DFA Press Release

DEBATE: Castro had “breakout performance,“but debate “likely won’t fundamentally alter the top-tier”

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain following the conclusion of tonight’s debate in Houston:

“Tonight, all three front runners had strong nights that likely won’t fundamentally alter the top-tier of the contest.

"Elizabeth Warren beat the field with the strongest overall performance which will continue the momentum growing behind her, but Bernie Sanders delivered a consistent and strong progressive message, and Biden was largely steadier than his first two exceedingly weak debate performances.

“The surprise story of the evening was Julián Castro’s breakout performance.

“Castro has done well at each debate, but tonight he was on fire. From Healthcare and immigration to schools and guns, Castro delivered a strong progressive message while also driving a clear contrast between him and Biden. His rejoinder to Pete Buttigieg during one exchange was a pitch-perfect mind-meld with every other progressive who’s been annoyed by similar stale attempts to shut down important policy discussions during these debates.

“Castro showed, along with strong performances by Beto, Booker, Harris, and Yang, that we likely saw both members of the 2020 Democratic ticket on the stage tonight.” - Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America backs Joe Neguse for CO-02 reelection

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Joe Neguse ahead of his bid for reelection in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

Democracy for America backed Neguse early in his 2018 race for Congress and celebrated his trail-blazing, general election victory last November. Rep. Neguse currently has no formally announced Republican challengers.

Neguse joins just seven other incumbents DFA has endorsed ahead of the 2020 political cycle including Reps. Mike Levin (CA-49), Katie Porter (CA-45) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) whom the grassroots progressive organization endorsed in June. DFA made its first round of 2020 incumbent endorsements in April by backing Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13).

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Neguse:

“In Congress, Rep. Joe Neguse has been an unbridled champion in the battle against climate change, gun violence, and the reckless corruption of the Trump administration. He’s also stayed in close contact with his constituents back home, holding 17 townhall meetings and joining in four -- soon to be five -- service town halls since taking office less than nine months ago.

“Democracy for America endorsed Rep. Neguse early in his 2018 run because we knew he’d be the kind of bold, inclusive populist leader we need in Congress serving a strong progressive district like Colorado’s Second. Rep. Neguse has delivered on the promise he showed before he got in office and we couldn’t be more excited to support him again as he runs for reelection in 2020.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Rep. Joe Neguse on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:

"I am honored to receive an endorsement from Democracy for America for my re-election campaign. I will continue to push for bold, progressive action in Congress and I am proud to have DFA as a partner in this work." -- Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-02)

DFA has 9,724 members in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, 50,457 in the state of Colorado, and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Mayoral Candidates in Manchester, New Haven, Charlotte, Memphis, Spokane

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed five mayoral candidates running in 2019 to lead major American cities from coast-to-coast.

The five mayoral candidates DFA is endorsing today include:

  • Joyce Craig, Manchester (NH)
  • Toni Harp, New Haven (CT)
  • Vi Lyles, Charlotte (NC)
  • Tami Sawyer, Memphis (TN)
  • Ben Stuckart, Spokane (WA)

This is the first time DFA has backed Harp, Sawyer, and Stuckart. DFA endorsed Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles in her first race in 2017 and supported Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig in both 2015 and 2017.

Earlier this year, DFA endorsed Mayor Kate Gallego ahead of her victory in Phoenix, AZ and backed Regina Romero in her November 2019 race for Mayor of Tucson, AZ.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on today’s mayoral endorsements:

“Cities have never been more important to our fight for a bold, inclusive populist agenda than they are right now. That’s why we’re honored to endorse five mayoral candidates we know will lead that battle in five great American cities.

“Since they’ve been in office, Mayors Joyce Craig and Vi Lyles have made Manchester and Charlotte, respectively, progressive beacons in two critical purple states.

“Meanwhile, Toni Harp in New Haven, Tami Sawyer in Memphis, and Ben Stuckart are each running on progressive records of accomplishment that underscore their commitment to making their cities more reflective of and responsive to the communities that make them strong.

As a former Cincinnati City Councilmember and DFA-endorsed mayoral candidate, I understand how critical our cities our to our battle for progressive change. I also know the fight DFA members bring to mayoral races, and we could not be more excited to stand with Joyce Craig, Toni Harp, Vi Lyles, Tami Sawyer, and Ben Stuckart through November 2019 and beyond.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA’s endorsement in these five mayoral races builds on the over two dozen 2019 endorsements for city council the grassroots group has made. It is also a continuation of the work DFA has done since 2017 to “build a wall of resistance” to the Trump agenda in America’s cities.

DFA Press Release

DFA adds three District Attorneys, Sheriff to its slate of Criminal Justice Reform Champions

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) added four candidates-- three running for District Attorney and one for Sheriff -- to its slate of criminal justice reform champions who are on the ballot in 2019 and 2020.

The four champions for criminal justice reform DFA is endorsing today include:

  • Chesa Boudin, District Attorney San Francisco (CA)
  • Dave Clegg, District Attorney, Ulster County (NY)
  • Charmaine McGuffey, Sheriff, Hamilton County (OH)
  • Lisa Middleman, District Attorney, Allegheny County (PA)

Earlier this year, DFA backed Josh King in his successful race for Prince Williams County (VA) Sheriff and Tiffany Cabán who lost her campaign for District Attorney of Queens, NY by 55 votes. It is also supporting Jennifer Riley-Collins ahead of her November 2019 race for Attorney General of Mississippi.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the launch of the organization’s Criminal Justice Reform Champions slate and the 2019 and 2020 elections:

“In cities and counties across the country, District Attorneys and County Sheriffs define what our justice system looks like, who it serves, and how it impacts local communities.

“For all the work we have to do on a national level, we believe the fight to end police brutality, mass incarceration, and systemic racism in our criminal justice system starts at local ballot boxes, and that’s why we’re adding four more local champions for criminal justice reform to our list of 2019 and 2020 endorsed candidates.

“When elected, the communities served by Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, Dave Clegg in Ulster County (NY), and Lisa Middleman in Allegheny County (PA) will have District Attorneys who understand that justice is measured by the safety you bring to families, not the number of individuals you lock up.

“While in my own home of Hamilton County (OH), Charmaine McGuffey gives us the opportunity to have County Sheriff committed to the transparency, accountability, and collaboration needed to keep every community member safe.

“We’re honored to be standing alongside Chesa Boudin, Dave Clegg, Charmaine McGuffey, and Lisa Middleman, but we’re even more excited to continue working with them as they begin delivering on their commitment to criminal justice reform after election day.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Over the progressive organization’s 15-year history, DFA has supported a number of candidates dedicated to challenging structural racism in our criminal justice system, like Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Illinois (2016) and Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (2017).

In 2018, it backed a nationwide slate of Criminal Justice Reform champions including progressive Joe Gonzales who won his race for Bexar County (TX) District Attorney, Rachel Rollins in Suffolk County (MA), and Wesley Bell St. Louis County (MO).

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses four in 2019 School Board races

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed five candidates running for School Board in 2019 in communities in Virginia and Colorado.

The 2019 School Board candidates DFA is endorsing today include:

  • Tay Anderson, Denver (CO) School Board - At-Large
  • Karl Frisch, Fairfax County (VA) School Board - Providence District
  • Joseph George, Prince William County (VA) School Board - Neabsco District
  • Karen Keys-Gamarra, Fairfax County (VA) School Board - At-Large

​DFA has supported local candidates running for county, city, and municipal offices including school board positions since its founding 15 years ago, and remains one of the only national, multi-issue progressive organizations to do so while also endorsing dozens of state and federal candidates each cycle.

Statement from CEO Yvette Simpson on the slate of 2019 school board candidates DFA is endorsing today:

“We’re excited to endorse Tay Anderson, Karl Frisch, Joseph George, and Karen Keys-Gamarra in their races for School Board this November because we know they’ll work to build schools where children can thrive, teachers are valued, and every community member has a seat at the table.

"Our schools aren’t just where we hone our most precious resources, they’re where we give the next generation of leaders the tools they need to make our communities, our country, and our world a more just, equitable, and vibrant.

"The five candidates Democracy for America is endorsing today understand that our schools aren’t fulfilling their mission until every student, regardless of who they are or what zip code they live in, has the support and resources they need to succeed. They also know that teachers deserve to be respected, valued, and compensated for the critically-important, skilled, and love-filled work they do with our students each day.

“Tay Anderson, Karl Frisch, Joseph George, and Karen Keys-Gamarra are genuine progressive change-makers, and DFA is honored to be fighting alongside them through Election Day 2019 and beyond.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America adds 17 to its nationwide slate of endorsed 2019 City Council candidates

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed another 17 candidates running in 2019 city council races in communities large and small across the country.

Added to the eight candidates DFA endorsed earlier this month, the grassroots progressive group has endorsed more than two dozen candidates on the ballot for municipal-level offices ahead of Election Day in November 2019.

The 2019 City Council Candidates DFA is endorsing today include:

  • Alison Brown, City Council District 5, Indianapolis (IN)
  • Joseph Busig, City Council Position 3, Oak Harbor (WA)
  • Isaac Crouch, City Council District 1, Morganton (NC)
  • Danielle Duckett, Township Supervisor, Lower Gwynedd (PA)
  • Jonathan Grieder, City Council Ward 2, Waterloo (IA)
  • David Hayes, City Council At-Large B, Knoxville (TN)
  • Shelley Kennedy, City Council District C, Houston (TX)
  • Bryan Lindstrom, City Council Ward 6, Aurora (CO)
  • Juan Marcano, City Council Ward 4, Aurora (CO)
  • Will Mbah, City Council At Large, Somerville (MA)
  • Tammy Morales, City Council District 2, Seattle (WA)
  • Anthony Nelson, City Council District F, Houston (TX)
  • Zach Niemiec, Alderman Ward 2, North Tonawanda (NY)
  • Dean Preston, Supervisor District 5, San Francisco (CA)
  • Lawana Slack Mayfield, City Council At-Large, Charlotte (NC)
  • JB Smiley, City Council Super District 8-1, Memphis (TN)
  • Caleb Theodros, City Council District 3, Charlotte (NC)

DFA has supported local candidates running for county, city, and municipal offices since its founding 15 years ago, and remains one of the only national, multi-issue progressive organizations to do so while also endorsing dozens of state and federal candidates each cycle.

In 2019, five DFA-endorsed candidates for county, city, or municipal offices have already won their general or determinative primary elections including Kate Gallego (Mayor of Phoenix, AZ), Helen Gym (Philadelphia (PA) City Council, At-Large), Bethany Hallam (Allegheny County (PA) Council, At-Large), Tobi Jackson (Fort Worth (TX) Independent School District Trustee District 2), and Melissa Cabello Havdra (San Antonio (TX) City Council District 6).

Statement from CEO Yvette Simpson on the slate of 2019 City Council candidates DFA is endorsing today:

“The 17 City Council candidates we’re endorsing today are not only excellent additions to one of the largest slate of municipal leaders Democracy for America has ever endorsed in a single election, they each share a deep commitment to the kind of bold, inclusive populist agenda we need to transform our country.

“The leaders we’re endorsing today understand that City Councils aren’t just where pot-holes are filled and budgets are balanced, they’re critical avenues for putting our values into action, empowering communities that are frequently ignored, and building the bench we need to enact progressive change over the long haul.

“As a former Cincinnati City Councilmember, I’ve seen the impact that bold, inclusive populist leaders like the seventeen we’re endorsing today can have on real people’s lives and all of us at DFA look forward to fighting alongside them through Election Day 2019 and beyond.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses eight 2019 candidates running for City Council across the country

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of eight candidates running in 2019 city council races in communities large and small across the country.

The 2019 City Council Candidates DFA is endorsing today include:

  • Kendra Brooks, City Council At-Large, Philadelphia (PA)
  • Terry Brown, City Council District 3, Charlotte (NC)
  • Carrie Hartman, City Council, Maumee (OH)
  • Zack Quintero,City Council District 2, Albuquerque (NM)
  • Neil Sroka, City Council, Grosse Pointe Farms (MI)
  • Shenise Turner Sloss, City Commissioner, Dayton (OH)
  • Jeff Wise, City Council Ward 3, Lakewood (OH)
  • Ashton P. Woods, City Council At-Large 5, Houston (TX)

DFA has supported local candidates running for county, city, and municipal offices since its founding 15 years ago, and remains one of the only national, multi-issue progressive organizations to do so while also endorsing dozens of state and federal candidates each cycle.

In 2019, five DFA-endorsed candidates for county, city, or municipal offices have already won their general or determinative primary elections including Kate Gallego (Mayor of Phoenix, AZ), Helen Gym (Philadelphia (PA) City Council, At-Large), Bethany Hallam (Allegheny County (PA) Council, At-Large), Tobi Jackson (Fort Worth (TX) Independent School District Trustee District 2), and Melissa Cabello Havdra (San Antonio (TX) City Council District 6).

Statement from CEO Yvette Simpson on the slate of 2019 City Council candidates DFA is endorsing today:

“The eight City Council candidates Democracy for America is endorsing today may come from different communities across the country -- some large, some small-- but they all share a deep commitment to the kind of bold, inclusive populist agenda we need to transform our country.


“As a former Cincinnati City Councilmember, I know first hand, the opportunity that city council members have to put progressive values in action to improve the lives of the communities they serve.

"The city council candidates we’re endorsing today will not only make sure the potholes are filled and budgets are balanced, they also want to take meaningful municipal action on criminal justice reform, climate change, and income inequality.

“City Council races like these also represent a critical opportunity for progressives to build the bench of experienced elected leaders we need to win today and down the road. “When a State House seat opens up or a long time House incumbent seems right for a challenge, the investment we’re making today in these city council races give us a better shot of having an experienced progressive champion who knows how to run, win, and serve.

“The city council candidates we’re supporting are committed running people-powered campaigns, putting our progressive values in action, and serving the communities that elect them. We’re honored to stand with them in their race and we look forward to fighting alongside them for years to come.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses J.D. Scholten in rematch in Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of J.D. Scholten as he launched his rematch campaign against nine-term incumbent Rep. Steve King in Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District.

Democracy for America was a strong supporter of Scholten during his 2018 race, when he got closer to defeating King than any Democrat since his election to the House in 2003 and delivered the strongest Democratic performance in Iowa’s Fourth in over 30 years.

With this endorsement, Scholten joins a slate of four other battle-tested, progressive candidates who expanded the electorate and nearly unseated Republican incumbents in 2018 including Amar Campa-Najjar (CA-50), Dana Balter (NY-24), Adrienne Bell (TX-14), and Gina Ortiz-Jones (TX-23).

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Scholten:

“In 2018, Democracy for America members were honored to stand with J.D. Scholten when he gave Steve King the fight of his political life. Today, we’re excited to endorse Scholten on day one of his rematch against King because we know that he will always stand tall for the people of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District and our shared progressive values.

“In this race, Iowans have the opportunity to replace one of the most racist and divisive members of Congress with a leader who will fight for an economy that puts the interests of farmers and working families ahead of Wall Street, healthcare that puts people before profits, and an immigration system rooted in justice and compassion.

“J.D. Scholten’s victory in 2020 will give Iowa’s 4th District and our country a representative in Washington who will make us all proud. We’re thrilled to be with J.D. on day one, and we look forward to fighting alongside him all the way through election day.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from J.D. Scholten on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:

“Our campaign is proud to earn Democracy for America’s endorsement, a critical step forward in our people-powered campaign to deliver real, positive change for Iowa’s 4th district. By coming together, as Iowans and Americans first, we can build a government and an economy that works for all people — not just those at the top.” -- J.D. Scholten

DFA has 14,944 members in Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District, 30,276 in the state of Iowa, and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA on DEM DEBATE #2: “The real winner of tonight’s debate was Tuesday night’s debate.”

Statement from Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson following the conclusion of Wednesday’s Democratic Debate in Detroit:

“The winner of tonight's debate was Tuesday night's debate.

“On Tuesday, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren not only delivered strong performances, they teamed up to articulate a bold, inclusive populist vision for the future of the country that Democrats need to beat Trump AND deliver a transformative win in 2020.

We didn’t get that tonight.

That said, we did notice a few other things:

  • Joe Biden repeatedly showed that he’s our party’s past, and failed to get the big win he needed to solidify his status as the frontrunner. He was embattled by many challengers, which led to forced errors that will be difficult to recover from.
     
  • Kamala Harris struggled and will likely emerge from Detroit weakened by her failure to fully defend her record on criminal justice reform and her overly-complicated, ‘Medicare for All’ plan that was easily attacked from all sides.
     
  • If any candidate had a good night, it was Cory Booker. Booker delivered on his plans to take the fight to Biden on criminal justice reform while keeping his focus on unity. He also showed he was more comfortable and authentic than he has in any other moment in the contest so far.
     
  • Kristin Gillibrand, Julian Castro, Bill DeBlasio and even Andrew Yang had a few good moments, but it’s hard to see how they rise above the disjointed back-and-forth that dominated the night.
     
  • An interesting and important movement of the evening was the protest that occurred drawing attention to the injustice that is still occurring in NYC with Eric Garner's murder. That moment led to accountability and the chance for engagement of real issues that are rarely addressed on a debate stage. It also showed the importance of movement and civil disobedience to address issues of racial and social justice.

DFA Press Release

MEMO: DFA’s four expectations in this week’s 2020 Democratic Debates in Detroit

This week’s Democratic Presidential Debates in Detroit will be another important pivot point in the 2020 Democratic nominating process.

Heading into this second round, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are the two candidates to watch in their respective head-to-heads against Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. Both Warren and Harris not only won the first debates, the momentum rising behind them was clearly reflected in our recently released July 2019 DFA Presidential Pulse Poll results.

DFA’s  CEO Yvette Simpson and Chair Charles Chamberlain spell out what progressives expect to see in this week’s debates:

  • Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren teaming up against the corporate Democrats on night one.

    Especially this early in the contest, neither Sanders or Warren stands to gain from explicitly drawing the real (if narrow) contrasts that exist between them. Progressives expect to see them team up to dismantle the corporate democrats on stage, previewing how they'll handle Republican attacks on progressive policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal in the general election.
     

    Expect John Delany and John Hickenlooper to use right-wing talking points to take cheap shots at progressives with soundbites crafted for FOX news in a desperate search for media coverage of their sinking campaigns.

    Progressives will be counting on all the candidates including Sanders and Warren to center the interests of people of color, especially with no Black or brown candidates on night one of the debate despite the historically diverse 2020 field.

  • A stronger, more prepared Joe Biden on night two -- or a further weakening of his front runner status.

    Joe Biden’s poor performance in the first debate made his weakness as frontrunner painfully obvious to even his strongest cheerleaders, which means he’ll need to win outright on Wednesday -- not just hold his own -- to start regaining the ground he lost in progressive support since the high point of his campaign launch.

    Kamala Harris deftly revealed the glass-jaw underlying Biden’s bravado during the first debate, so showing he knows how to take a punch and fight back will be essential -- especially since he got in this race on the promise that he was the best equipped to take the fight to Donald Trump. Thanks to diminished expectations and the simple fact that he can’t be surprised by a second attack the way he was by Senator Harris the first time, progressives expect Biden to do significantly better in this debate. The real question is if he can handle questions on his record without further alienating himself from key parts of the Democratic coalition.

  • Kamala Harris will continue bringing the fire.

    Taking on Joe Biden worked for Kamala Harris in the first debate, so we expect to see even more swagger as she continues to wield her powerful personal story and prosecutorial incisiveness to her advantage on Wednesday. She came into the first debate with a plan and executed it flawlessly, and, while she won’t have the same opportunity to surprise the field the way she did the last time, she’s got the skills to make another big moment happen for progressives again.
     
  • A fight for a toe-hold in the top tier.
    While Democrats formally have 24+ candidates, over the first six months of the race, there’s clearly been a five-position, top tier of candidates that dominates the minds of most Democratic voters at any one time. Especially among our members, Sanders, Warren, Harris, and Biden have consistently held a position in that top tier, while a fifth position has shifted between a number of different candidates.

    The big winner in Detroit will be the candidate in the large, single-digit, second-tier who leverages a strong debate showing to a trip to Houston in September.

    Cory Booker has long been poised to make this jump and he certainly has been telegraphing his willingness to take on Biden to do it. Pete Buttigeig and, to a lesser extent, Beto O’Rourke could also have a shot at returning to the top tier with a good night in the Motor City. But the second-tier candidate progressives will be watching is Julian Castro. A second powerful performance after his surprisingly strong showing at the first debate could give his candidacy the velocity he needs to take a top tier spot.

DFA Press Release

JULY 2019 DFA PULSE POLL RESULTS: Only Sanders, Warren, Harris in double digits

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) released the results of its third Presidential Pulse Poll of the 2020 election cycle that shows a contest that has rapidly shifted ahead of the second set of Democratic debates.

The grassroots poll has Bernie Sanders remaining in the lead, but shows Elizabeth Warren closing in on the dominate position he’s held in DFA’s first two surveys. It also features Kamala Harris leapfrogging into third over Joe Biden, who held on to the fourth place slot he had previously dropped to in April. Pete Buttigieg, who vaulted into third place in DFA’s April poll, has seen the energy behind him fade dropping him to sixth.

Top five results from the DFA poll:

  • Bernie Sanders, 32.2%
  • Elizabeth Warren, 25.8%
  • Kamala Harris, 11.8%
  • Joe Biden, 9.5%
  • Andrew Yang, 6.61%

See the full results here: http://poll.democracyforamerica.com/results

July 2019 DFA Presidential Pulse Poll analysis memo here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/actionkit.democracyforamerica/images/MEMO__July_2019_Presidential_Pulse_Poll_Memo_FINAL.pdf

The poll, which began immediately following the June 27th debate through midnight (ET) Wednesday, July 17th, is the third DFA has conducted of its membership regarding the 2020 presidential election. DFA’s first 2020 Presidential Pulse Poll was conducted in December 2018 and a second was completed in April 2019.

Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain on DFA’s June 2019 Presidential Pulse Poll results:

“The last three months have transformed the 2020 Democratic race for President and these results make it clear that Democracy for America members’ support is solidifying behind three candidates committed to bold, inclusive populism and structural reform.

“Going into the second debate, there's little doubt that Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have momentum building behind them. As Bernie Sanders continues in his position as the progressive front runner, we’re very interested to see if he uses this debate and the all-important month of August to build up from his robust base of support or cedes ground to the rising challenges of Senators Warren and Harris."

“While a lot will change between today and the first contests next year, after seeing these results, there is no doubt that, in 2020, Democrats are better positioned to nominate an unapologetic champion for progressive values for President than we’ve been in decades.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

Ahead of 2020, DFA is committed to pressuring presidential candidates to be progressive leaders, providing opportunities for those running on inclusive populism to connect with its members, and conducting multiple Presidential Pulse Polls prior to any potential endorsement vote.

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Allen Thomas in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District special election

Today, on the day of the race's Republican primary run-off, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Allen Thomas in the 2019 special election to fill the open seat in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District.

Thomas is the first candidate that DFA has endorsed in a 2019 special election and represents one of the first electoral opportunities the grassroots progressive organization has to begin its 2020 effort to protect and expand the U.S. House’s Democratic majority.

The general election in this special contest in North Carolina’s Third is set to take place on September 10, 2019.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Thomas:

“Democracy for America is endorsing Allen Thomas in this September’s special election because we know he’ll put the lives of people in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District first in Washington.

“Protected by incumbency and gerrymandered lines, Republicans haven’t faced a real challenge in this district in decades and, fueled by a surge in grassroots energy, Allen Thomas is building a campaign that’s ready to change the game this fall.

“From the Governor’s mansion to the state legislature, progressive energy is building in North Carolina and we’re committed to supporting leaders, like Allen Thomas, who understand that the transformation the Tarheel State needs will only happen with the enthusiastic support of the Black, brown, and progressive white voters who make up the New American Majority.

“We are honored to stand with Allen Thomas in his race for Congress. We look forward to helping Thomas defeat whatever right-wing Republican he gets after today’s run-off, and showing the rest of the country the progressive political transformation that’s taking place in North Carolina.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Allen Thomas on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:

“I am incredibly honored to have Democracy for America’s endorsement of our grassroots campaign. Eastern North Carolina needs a voice in Congress who will stand up for working families and fight for the resources our district needs. Together, we can win NC-03 and champion progress for the people of Eastern North Carolina." -- Allen Thomas

DFA has 1,977 members in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District, 30,276 in the state of North Carolina, and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Regina Romero for Mayor of Tucson

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Regina Romero for Mayor of Tucson, AZ.

This is the second time DFA has backed Romero for elected office in Tucson. In 2015, DFA supported Romero in her successful Tucson City Council reelection campaign.

Romero is also the second of several mayoral endorsements that Democracy for America plans to make in 2019. In March, DFA-endorsed candidate Kate Gallego won her race for Mayor of Phoenix, AZ.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on today’s endorsement of Romero :

“Regina Romero is the true progressive in the race for Mayor of Tucson and we couldn’t be more excited to stand with her ahead of the Democratic Primary in August.

“With Donald Trump in the White House, it’s more important than ever to have unabashed progressive champions like Regina Romero standing up for what’s right in border communities like Tucson. As a member of the city council, Regina Romero led efforts to declare Tucson an ‘Immigrant Welcome City’ and prohibited contractors that helped build Trump’s racist border wall from getting city contracts.

“We’re honored to support Regina Romero for Mayor of Tucson because she knows that fighting for high-quality jobs, strong public transit, and the city’s deeply held progressive values are all core parts of the job, and we know she’ll deliver every single day.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Councilwoman Regina Romero on receiving DFA’s endorsement:

“I’m running for Mayor of Tucson to create a clean, just, safe city with economic opportunity for all families. Our campaign is a people-powered movement. Together, we can continue moving Tucson forward and bringing positive change to our City.

“As Mayor, I will take bold action to combat climate change with a citywide climate resiliency plan, unapologetically stand up for immigrant rights, fight tooth-and-nail for affordable housing, and ensure that everyone in our beautiful City has the chance to prosper. As a clean elections candidate, I will not take a cent of corporate PAC money and I will always be accountable to the people of my City – not special interest groups.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of such a progressive, grassroots coalition as Democracy for America. -- Councilwoman Regina Romero

DFA has 7,283 members in Tucson, 31,500 in the state of Arizona, and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson joins ABC News as Contributor

This morning, Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson joined ABC's This Week for the first time as an ABC News Contributor

As a Contributor on ABC News, Yvette will be regularly joining This Week and adding to ABC's coverage of special events during the 2020 election.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you'd like more information whether it's about Yvette's new role with ABC News, the 2020 race, or DFA's work in races across the country.

DFA Press Release

DFA backs eight VA House, Senate candidates in 2019 “Purple to Blue” program

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of in four races for Virginia's House of Delegates and four races for Virginia State Senate viewed as top priorities for the grassroots progressive organization in 2019.

The candidates being endorsed today include:

VA Senate

  • Ghazala Hashmi (VA SEN - 10)
  • Amanda Pohl (VA SEN - 11)
  • Amy Laufer (VA SEN - 17)
  • Qasim Rashid (VA SEN - 28)

VA House of Delegates

  • Danica Roem (VA HOUSE - 13)
  • Josh Cole (VA HOUSE - 28)
  • Elizabeth Guzman (VA HOUSE - 31)
  • Mavis Taintor (VA HOUSE - 33)

With just two seats in each house needed to flip them to Democratic control, victory in these races would be the culmination of six years of work on DFA’s “Purple to Blue” Project, a national, multi-year effort to win state House and Senate chambers across the country, that started in 2013 with the goal of making “purple” state legislative seats in Virginia decisively Democratic.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on today’s slate of 2019 Virginia Purple to Blue candidates:

“When Democracy for America started saying in 2013 that we were going to help flip Virginia’s legislature from “Purple to Blue,” many folks thought we were out of our minds. Now, in 2019, Democrats are just two seats shy of a Democratic majority in both chambers and we’re ready to finish the job.

“The eight top priority candidates we’re endorsing today feature candidates running for the first time, like Ghazala Hashmi and Amanda Pohl, and state leaders, like Danica Roem and Elizabeth Guzman, who we’ve proudly supported before and are now working to reelect. While each comes to this race from a different community and range of life experiences, they are united by their commitment to fighting for a Commonwealth that works for working families and running campaigns that welcome the leadership of the New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters who have been transforming Virginia over the last six years.

“Democracy for America is honored to stand with this amazing slate of House and Senate candidates in Virginia this fall. Flipping Virginia's legislature from ‘Purple to Blue’ will not only be a huge victory for the people of the Commonwealth, it will be a powerful reminder to grassroots leaders all across the country that big, transformative change is possible in our state houses if we put in the time and the work over the long haul to make it happen.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA has 34,246 members in the Commonwealth of Virginia and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA on #DemDebate: Biden flops, Harris pitch perfect, Warren dominates

We’ve got three top-take-aways from the last two nights, but, first, some news: Immediately after tonight’s debate, Democracy for America launched the third iteration of 2020 Presidential Pulse poll.

  • The poll is available here: https://poll.democracyforamerica.com/
  • The poll is slated to run from tonight through July 14, which gives us enough time to see who progressives thought did well during the debates AND who is able to capitalize on that momentum during the first two weeks of the third quarter.
  • In addition to being able to compare these results to our December 2018 Presidential Pulse Poll and our April 2019 Presidential Pulse Poll, this new poll will also be asking progressives which policies are most important when choosing the candidates they support.

All that said, here are top three takeaways from the first round of Democratic Debates from DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain & CEO Yvette Simpson:

  • Harris brought the heat in a pitch-perfect performance, Warren dominated, Castro earned a second look, Booker stood up and stood out


    One thing is clear about this first round of debates: Women won.

    While Elizabeth Warren delivered a dominant performance on Wednesday that will undoubtedly help her build on her growing momentum over the last few weeks, Kamala Harris’ pitch-perfect strong performance tonight will catapult her to a new level in the race. Harris was adept on policy, repeatedly connected issues like Medicare for All to the lives of real people, and her hits on Biden were poignant and will be brutally effective with progressives watching this race closely.

    It’s also worth noting that Julian Castro had a strong performance on Wednesday, and will likely earn a second look from primary voters that could vault him into a new tier. Cory Booker also showed he wasn’t a pushover and delivered smart and strong responses on issues like gun reform and equity.

  • Biden Flopped.

    Joe Biden walked in the door tonight with more experience on big debates stages than just about anyone, but delivered an often fumbling performance that will likely be best remembered for his visible anger when Kamala Harris called him out on his history against busing. Biden may have entered as the front runner, but the blows he took tonight made it clear that blood is on the mat and a number of other candidates are poised to capitalize on his failure to understand the clear, bold, inclusive populist vision of the future that Americans are looking for in 2020.
     
  • Progressives now know who the real Medicare for All candidates are.

    The “raise your hand” question on for-profit health insurance on both nights and the extensive discussion of Medicare for All tonight made it clear who’s really in the fight for Medicare for All and whose been posturing. While corporate Democrats have convinced themselves that the only way to improve healthcare is to continue bending to the will of the health insurance lobby, Warren and Sanders each made their own strong pitch for an everybody in, nobody out Medicare for All system that we expect will be a continuing point of discussion in future debates and a key rallying point for progressives.
DFA Press Release

RESPONSE: DFA on SCOTUS rulings on gerrymandering, 2020 Census immigration question

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings that will allow the far right to continue it's out-of-control partisan gerrymandering and, at least at present, halt the Trump administration from adding a count-suppressing citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census.

DFA responded to both of these rulings via its Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/DFAaction/status/1144248301728014337

This #SCOTUS ruling is a tragic failure of our courts to stand up for democracy that raises the stakes of the #2020Election even higher -- we must elect leaders UP AND DOWN our ballots committed to the people picking their elected leaders, not the other way around.

https://twitter.com/DFAaction/status/1144256154396237824

While #SCOTUS's anti-voter #Gerrymandering ruling is a blow to democracy, today's ruling on #Census2020 immigration question at least gives us hope that the Trump's effort to suppress the census count to rig more elections & deprive Blue states of resources will be hampered.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America backs Mike Levin for CA-49 reelection

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Mike Levin in his bid for reelection in California’s 49th Congressional District.

Democracy for America backed Levin early in his 2018 race for Congress and happily celebrated his seat-flipping, general election victory last November. In 2020, Rep. Levin currently has two Republican challengers.

Levin joins just seven other incumbents DFA has endorsed ahead of the 2020 political cycle including Reps. Katie Porter (CA-45) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) whom the grassroots progressive organization is also announcing its support for today. In April, the grassroots progressive organization endorsed Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) in their bids for reelection in 2020.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Levin:

“Since joining the House, Congressman Mike Levin has been a perfect example of the kind of bold, visionary inclusive populist leaders that voters in California’s 49th District and grassroots progressives all across the country knew we needed in Washington, DC. In just a few short months, Mike has established himself as a steadfast champion for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and the battle against income inequality. He’s governing on the values he ran on and the vision for the future of the country inspired that inspired a historic number of Americans to turn out in the 2018 midterm elections.

“We were honored to stand with Congressman Levin in his 2018 primary and general election, and we look forward to continuing to fight alongside him as he shows Democrats in other swing districts that our path to expanding our House majority in 2020 is built on fighting for our progressive values and holding on to the enthusiastic support of the New American majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Rep. Mike Levin on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:

"DFA was in the forefront of the fight to flip Congress in 2018 and I deeply appreciated their early and significant support. I am proud to join DFA as they advance a bold progressive agenda to secure universal health care, build a greener economy, reduce income inequality, and eliminate the corrosive influence of corporate money in politics. I am honored to have their support." -- Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49)

DFA has 4,918 members in California’s 49th Congressional District, 248,004 in the state of California, and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Katie Porter for CA-45 reelection

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Rep. Katie Porter in her bid for reelection in California’s 45th Congressional District.

Democracy for America supported Porter early in her 2018 race for Congress and celebrated her seat-flipping, general election victory last November. In 2020, Rep. Porter is currently facing six Republican challengers.

Porter joins just seven other incumbents DFA has endorsed ahead of the 2020 political cycle including Reps. Mike Levin (CA-49) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) whom the grassroots progressive organization is also announcing its support for today. In April, the grassroots progressive organization endorsed Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) in their bids for reelection in 2020.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Porter:

“In the media and in house hearing rooms, Rep. Katie Porter has brought intelligence, wit, passion, and a crystal clear, progressive vision for the future of the country that’s made her, in just a few short months, a rising star in Congress.

An unapologetic champion for bold ideas like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, Congresswoman Porter has also made a name for herself by refusing to pull any punches from the wealthy and powerful she’s tasked with holding accountable for their actions, whether they’re in business or the Trump administration. Katie Porter knows she’s in Washington to fight for families of California’s 49th District, and, every single day, she’s delivering on that responsibility.

“We were honored to support Congresswoman Porter early in her primary in 2018, because we knew she’d be the kind of fighter we need dozens of in DC. She’s delivered on that promise every step of the way and we couldn’t be more excited to have her back again as she runs for reelection in 2020.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Rep. Katie Porter on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:

"I am proud to be endorsed by Democracy for America. I came to Congress to work hard for the American people and to progress our shared values. I have fought hard to hold big bank CEO's accountable through my questioning in committee, standing up to corporate special interests by voting for H.R. 1 and continuing to speak out in favor of justice." -- Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45)

DFA has 5,788 members in California’s 45th Congressional District, 248,004 in the state of California, and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America stands with Lauren Underwood for reelection in IL-14

 Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Rep. Lauren Underwood in her run for reelection in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.

Democracy for America supported Underwood in August 2018 and celebrated her majority-winning, history-making general election victory last November. In 2020, Rep. Underwood is currently facing six Republican challengers and DFA is more committed than ever to helping her protect her seat.

Underwood joins just seven other incumbents DFA has endorsed ahead of the 2020 political cycle including Reps. Mike Levin (CA-49) and Katie Porter (CA-45) whom the grassroots progressive organization is also announcing its support for today. In April, the grassroots progressive organization endorsed Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) in their bids for reelection in 2020.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Underwood:

“Rep. Lauren Underwood made history last fall when she became the youngest Black woman to ever win a seat in Congress, and each day since she’s been the kind of visionary, inclusive populist fighter Democrats need to hold and build the Democratic majority in the House in 2020.

“In just a few short months in office, Rep. Lauren Underwood has already passed two bills to ban junk insurance plans and prevent veteran suicide. Underwood has also helped establish the Black Maternal Health caucus to work on addressing the staggeringly high maternal death rate of Black women. Rep. Underwood’s early legislative success and the action she’s taken on a critical, underaddressed issue like Black maternal health, underscores the important perspective that, as both a trained nurse and a young Black woman, she’s brought with her to Congress.

“We were honored to back Rep. Lauren Underwood in 2018 because we knew what kind of change would be possible with her voice in Congress, and we’re excited to stand with her in 2020 to help make sure that her work continues in the years ahead.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Rep. Lauren Underwood on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:

"Now more than ever, we need principled, inclusive leaders who are committed to moving our country forward. I am so thankful for the support of Democracy for America as I continue to serve northern Illinois families in Congress." -- Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14)

DFA has 3,206 members in Illinois 14th Congressional District, 64,161 in the state of Illinois, and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

MEMO: What DFA is expecting at the first 2020 Democratic Debate

It’s no overstatement to say that Wednesday and Thursday’s debates may be two of the most important, election-altering nights of the 2020 Democratic nominating process so far.

Over the course of two nights, Democrats across the country will finally have the opportunity to see how the race’s top 20 candidates present themselves to a national audience, make the case for their vision for the future of the country, and interact with one another.

After watching how progressives’ views of the field have changed over the course of the first quarter via our Presidential Pulse Poll in December 2018 and April 2019 Presidential Pulse Poll, we know Democracy for America (DFA) members, in particular, will be watching these debates closely. And, as DFA’s Chair and CEO, respectively, here’s what we’re anticipating seeing:

  • Biden’s debate experience should pay off.
    Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden regularly benefited from low expectations early in this race (e.g. the false concerns about his ability to fundraise from large dollar donors), but when he hits the debate stage this week he’ll not only be the only candidate who has navigated a crowded primary debate stage before, he’s the only candidate who has participated in Presidential-level debates in four different presidential elections. Biden brought the fire in his last debate performance -- the pivotal 2012 Vice Presidential Debate -- so anything less on Thursday would be a disappointment. As the front runner on this stage, he will have a target on his back and, after a week of blunders on the stump, it will be interesting to see how he responds to attacks on his record or character.
  • Sanders has the opportunity to prove he can beat the field.
    Back in 2015 and 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders was consistently underestimated by the Washington pundit class to such an extent that, even when he parried Clinton to a draw, he came out with a real boost of momentum from those looking for a real alternative to the political establishment’s preferred candidate. While he’ll likely still be underestimated by a pundit class that loves to hate him, he walks into the 2020 primary debates with a new goal: Proving that he’s the progressive best suited to not just beat Donald Trump, but also the rest of the Democratic field -- including Joe Biden.
  • Warren is in the driver’s seat on night one.
    Much has been made of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s lucky draw, which made her the top candidate on the first night of the inaugural debate series. The challenge of Warren’s position as the top candidate on night one is to not let the possible target on her back distract her from taking on Trump directly and making her argument for structural change that’s electrified voters on the trail.
  • Harris’ grace under pressure could give her a breakout moment.
    Sen. Kamala Harris has been a top-tier candidate from the start of this race, but she’s ready for her break-out moment and this debate could be it. If she can combine the cool, prosecutorial incisiveness she’s demonstrated with her standout performances in Senate Hearing rooms with the warmth and energy she exudes on the trail, Harris has an ideal opportunity to capture the hearts and attention of the huge audience watching these debates. America needs to not just see her proven track record as a leader, she needs viewers to see her as someone they’d want to hang out with.
  • O’Rourke and Buttigieg have the chance to see their bubbles grow into movements -- or deflate.
    Fmr. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Mayor Pete Buttigieg have both surfed huge surges in media and grassroots interests over the early part of the campaign -- arguably, as our April Pulse Poll results suggested -- coming from a very similar group of Democratic voters. Appearing on separate nights, this debate offers O’Rourke the chance to regain some of the air that’s slipped out of the bubble of interest he had in the early part of the year. Meanwhile, it gives Buttigieg the chance to turn his current bubbling support into a movement committed to him over the long haul. And how each candidate interacts with others on the stage may also help answer a key lingering question about their candidacies: Are they really in this for the big job? Or merely auditioning for VP?
  • Corporate lapdogs Bennett, Delaney, and Hickenlooper will keep up their attacks on progressives.
    Sen. Michael Bennett, Fmr. Rep. John Delaney, and Fmr. Gov. John Hickenlooper have already tried to find their way into relevance in this contest by smacking at the Democratic Party’s progressive base. While it may thrill a few pundits, these are ultimately self-defeating strategies in a primary and general election. The real question is whether they will actually go after the other candidates for standing with the millions who support a bold, inclusive populist agenda or just use their time to win praise from the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board for attacking Medicare for All or being open to Social Security cuts.
  • We’ll likely see a new voice establish a beachhead or strengthened position on the second tier.
    Over the course of our two pulse polls, we’ve seen a relatively stable top-tier, typically including Sanders, Warren, Biden, Harris, and either O’Rourke or Buttigieg. We’d be surprised if progressives’ top-tier of candidates is altered dramatically by the first debate. What we do expect is that this debate will help either (a) give a candidate currently in the top ten a shot at the fifth position in the top tier and/or (b) give a candidate that most don’t perceive as having a real shot a new place to grow from in the second tier. These debates are the first major opportunity for a shake-up in the contest, and we’d happily wager that we’ll see some kind of surge in enthusiasm for at least one candidate most are talking about today.
DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Betsy Sweet for U.S. Senate in Maine

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Betsy Sweet for U.S. Senate on day one of her race against four-time incumbent Susan Collins.

Sweet is DFA’s second endorsement for U.S. Senate and will advance the progressive group’s “Flip the Senate” strategy, an effort to end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform even with a Democrat in the White House.

In 2014, DFA was one of the only national political organizations to run an independent expenditure campaign targeting Susan Collins reelection. Despite the success the early ad campaign (e.g. "Millionaires & Billionaires") had in shaving 9% off of Collin’s polling and forcing her campaign to respond, no other national Democratic groups stepped up to join the fight against Collins.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsement of Sweet:

“Betsy Sweet is the kind of bold leader who can harness the grassroots energy that’s been growing in Maine for years, and finally replace one of Donald Trump’s key enablers in the U.S. Senate, Susan Collins.

“When Susan Collins cast her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, she made it clear that she stands with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, and not with women in Maine and across the country. Americans are hungry for change and they are sick and tired of being sold out by politicians like Susan Collins who put their political interests ahead of the people’s interests.

“Unlike Susan Collins, Betsy Sweet knows who she’s fighting for and who she’s fighting against. Sweet has spent her life defending the rights of women, people with disabilities, victims of sexual assualt and discrimination, and all Mainers who want to live in a clean environment. In the U.S. Senate, she’ll be an unabashed champion for abortion rights, Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, organized labor, and criminal justice reform.

“In 2014, far too many National Democrats made a huge mistake by giving Susan Collins a pass on what should have been a reelection fight. In 2020, we can’t just fix that mistake by ending Susan Collins’ career, we must replace her with someone who’ll be a strong fighter for our shared progressive values and committed to helping us win back the rights that Collins’ votes have helped destroy.

“We’re supporting Betsy Sweet on day one of her campaign because we believe she’s the inclusive populist leader that Mainers and our country needs in the U.S. Senate to clean up the mess made by the Trump-Collins agenda. -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA has 11,047 members in Maine and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America backs Adrienne Bell for Congress in TX-14

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Adrienne Bell for Congress in her rematch against four-term incumbent Rep. Randy Weber in Texas’ 14th Congressional District

Democracy for America eagerly supported Bell ahead of her strong showing against her Republican opponent in November 2018.

With this endorsement, Bell joins a slate of four other battle-tested, progressive candidates who expanded the electorate and nearly unseated Republican incumbents in 2018 including Gina Ortiz-Jones (TX-23), Amar Campa-Najjar (CA-50), Marie Newman (IL-3), and Dana Balter (NY-24), the latter of whom DFA is also endorsing today.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s 2020 endorsement of Bell in TX-14:

“A lifelong Texan and educator, Adrienne Bell is running a campaign rooted in the idea that everyone should have the chance to succeed and driven by the people-power she learned how to harness as a grassroots organizer.

“Democracy for America is honored to support Adrienne Bell in her race for Congress, not only because she’ll make history as the first Black woman to represent Texas’ 14th District, but also because we know she believes that healthcare is a human right, financial stability shouldn’t only be a privilege of the wealthy, and every child deserves access to a high-quality public education.

“Adrienne Bell knows the struggles that Houstonians face and will be a game-changing force for progressive change for them in Congress. We look forward to having her back every step of the way.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Bell on receiving DFA’s support:

“Democracy for America has led the way for progressive grassroots leaders across the country. The support that Democracy for America members gave my campaign in the 2018 cycle, was a major boost. In 2020, having their support again, means we are one step closer to flipping Texas' 14th district and returning the seat to the people.” -- Adrienne Bell

DFA has 1,569 members in Texas’ 14th Congressional District and more than one million members nationwide.

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