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VICTORY: DFA celebrates Katie Porter’s (CA-45) inclusive populist win in Orange County, CA

Katie Porter just won her race for Congress in California's 45th Congressional District, delivering, over a week after election, yet another victory in the long-held Republican stronghold of Orange County.

Democracy for America endorsed Porter early in her Democratic Primary in January 2018.

DFA's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on Katie Porters's stunning victory in California's 45th District:

"Katie Porter was counted out of the race for California's 45th District over and over again, both by Republicans and Wall Street-wing Democrats intent on using her as some misguided cautionary tale about the 'dangers' fighting for a bold, inclusive populist agenda, like Medicare for All.

"After a long fought campaign, Katie Porter's victory tonight is not only another example of the political transformation that's come to Orange County, California, it's a reminder of what kind of change is possible when Democrats stand up for progressive values and run campaigns that are committed to earning the support and delivering the votes of the New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters.

"Democracy for America was honored to support Katie Porter early on in her campaign, and we know that the fight she waged for every single vote throughout this campaign directly reflects the fight she'll wage every day in Congress for the families that call the California's 45th home." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America’s Jim Dean steps down, appoints Yvette Simpson new Chief Executive

Today, Democracy for America's (DFA) Jim Dean announced his decision to step down from his role as Chair of the national grassroots progressive group, and make former Cincinnati City Council member and history-making 2017 mayoral candidate Yvette Simpson its next Chief Executive, effective January 1, 2019.

As a part of the transition, Dean will move into the special advisor role his brother, Gov. Howard Dean, held prior to November 2016. DFA's current Executive Director, Charles Chamberlain, will move in to the role of Chair.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on his decision to step down and appoint Yvette Simpson DFA's new Chief Executive:

"After an election year defined by historic firsts and the profound impact women of color played in delivering them, I couldn't be more excited about Democracy for America's future with Yvette Simpson as its new Chief Executive.

"Having the opportunity to work closely with the grassroots to help push our country in a more progressive direction has truly been an honor and one of the greatest thrills of my life, but I also know that we won't be able to achieve the kind of change our country needs if we don't let a new generation of bold, visionary progressive leaders, like Yvette, lead the way.

"With Yvette as its Chief Executive and Charles as Chair, I am certain that DFA will not only continue fighting to deliver inclusive, populist political change up and down the ballot, but also that the folks DFA will be working with to lead those battles will be the progressive people of color, women, and young Americans who make up the New American Majority." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America.

Over Dean's 14 years as its Chair, Democracy for America has helped elect over 1,000 progressives into office up and down the ticket, from President of the United States to Cook County Water Reclamation Commissioner.

Simpson will take over leadership of DFA in 2019 as its Chief Executive after serving as the organization's Federal Electoral Manager during the second half of 2018. In her work as DFA's Federal Electoral Manager, Simpson worked with DFA to recruit and support a strong, diverse slate of federal candidates in this year's midterm election -- including many of whom will be sworn in as newly elected members of Congress in January.

Yvette Simpson on joining DFA as it's new Chief Executive:

"I am incredibly excited to take the helm of an organization that has been supporting candidates at every level for nearly 15 years, and that is poised to do even more in the future to advance progressive, diverse leaders and issues across the country.

"We know that the future is female and that our country is becoming more diverse. The leadership of our country, from City Hall to the White House, needs to reflect the life experience and strategic vision of these changing demographics. Representation matters, particularly within political and movement organizations.

"Through Jim Dean's leadership, Democracy for America has built a powerful track-record of identifying and training strong grassroots leaders early and using people-power and partnerships to get those candidates over the finish line. I've seen the impact of that support, both as a candidate and while recently working directly with federal candidates on DFA's behalf, and it's a reputation we will be building on in 2019, 2020, and beyond." -- Yvette Simpson, incoming Chief Executive, Democracy for America.

Simpson, who makes history as the first woman of color to play an executive leadership role at DFA, has joined the organization as it celebrates a history-making 2018 election, looks forward to supporting a strong slate of inclusive populist candidates in local and state elections in 2019, and can't wait to defeat Donald Trump and elect a progressive President in 2020.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $62 million and made more than 25 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 1,006 progressive candidates nationwide.
 

Additional Biographical Information about incoming DFA Chief Executive Yvette Simpson:

Yvette Simpson is a lawyer, MBA, and former Cincinnati City Council President Pro Tempore. She is the Founder & CEO of Yvette Simpson, LLC. In that capacity, Yvette served as the Federal Electoral Manager for Democracy for America (DFA) during the second half of 2018 and, in January 2019, will become the grassroots progressive organization's Chief Executive. She will be the first woman to serve as a Chief Executive at DFA and the first woman of color to play an executive leadership role at the organization.

Yvette grew up in public housing in Cincinnati, and was raised by her grandmother. She was the first in her family to graduate college, earning her BA in Political Science and her BS in Communications from Miami University (OH) in 2000. She earned her JD from the University of Cincinnati in 2004, and her MBA from Xavier University.

Yvette's passion for service started in 2008 when she served as a member of the Ohio Voter Protection Team as a Legal Observer. She later served on the Steering Committee for the Women's Fund, which researched barriers to women in public service. Since that time, she has volunteered and supported local and state campaigns, serving as the Vice Chair of the State Central Committee for the Ohio Democratic Party.

Yvette ran for Cincinnati City Council in 2011 and was elected and re-elected in 2013 for a four-year term. She served as President Pro Tem from 2013-2017. In 2017 she ran for Cincinnati Mayor, winning her primary by 11 points. She made history, as the first Black woman in Cincinnati's 200-year history to win a Mayoral primary. While she ultimately didn't win the general election, she won in 15 of 26 wards. During her years of service, Yvette worked on many economic and social issues, and was a strong advocate for people of color, the poor, women, and children.

Yvette is very active in her community, having served on several boards and committees, including the YWCA, Urban League, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, and the UC Law Legal Access Program, among others. She was named a Forty under 40 by The Cincinnati Business Courier, was named YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2014, and currently serves on the She the People Summit Steering Committee.

Yvette brings her experience, passion, advocacy, and commitment to changing the world to her role at DFA, whose mission is to advance the voices and power of progressives and the New American Majority in our democracy.

DFA Press Release

A “Critical Progressive Pivot Point” for Our Country: DFA’s Top 5 Takeaways from the 2018 Election

Headlined by a night of historic "firsts" and the return of Democratic control of the U.S. House after the crushing loss of 2016, future generations will likely remember Election Night 2018 as a critical progressive pivot point in our country's political history.

Led by the people of color, women, millennials, and white progressives who make up the New American Majority, the 2018 election results delivered a clear repudiation of Donald Trump, pulled the country back from the brink of Democratic collapse, and decisively pushed it toward the kind of multiracial inclusive populist agenda we need to address the challenges we face and move the country forward.

DFA's Top Five Takeaways from the 2018 Election Results:

  • While Democrats' successful flip of the U.S. House shifts power in Washington, the historic night of "firsts" and the boost it gives to building a more reflective democracy will have an even longer lasting impact. These history-making trailblazers will not only bring new, vital perspective to Congress, they are also set to be leaders in the fight for the bold inclusive populist reforms, like Medicare for All, that drive the New American Majority.

    DFA-endorsed historic "first" House winners include: Veronica Escobar (TX-16, one of Texas' first Latina Congresswoman), Deb Haaland (NM-1, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress), Jahana Hayes (CT-5, Connecticut's first Black Congresswoman), Joe Neguse (CO-2, Colorado's first Black Member of Congress), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress), Ilhan Omar (MN-05, the first Somali-American and Muslim woman), Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts' first Black Congresswoman), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13, the first Palestinian-American & Muslim woman), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14, the youngest Black woman ever elected to Congress).
     
  • The incoming Democratic Caucus in both the House and the Senate is set to be the most progressive in a generation. In addition to flipping control of the House, the 2018 election represents a rapid expansion of the number of leaders who are ready to help lead the fight for multiracial inclusive populism in Congress. Not only is the House gaining a new generation of progressive visionaries like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib from blue districts, but the latest data from the Progressive Change Institute shows that 64% of the Democratic Freshman Class support inclusive populist economic priorities like Medicare for All, a Medicare Public Option, and/or Social Security Expansion.

    Moreover, while we were tremendously disappointed that Democrats were unable to retake the Senate, after losing members like Sen. Joe Donnelly and Sen. Claire McCaskill and gaining the new voice of DFA-endorsed Jacky Rosen, the new Senate Democratic Caucus is likely to be even more ideologically united in their approach to confronting Donald Trump than before.
     
  • Racism, left-bashing, and trying to score points by backing alleged attempted rapists for the Supreme Court are not winning strategies for Democrats. In a last-minute effort to save his limping campaign, Senator Joe Donnelly aired ads attacking the "radical left" and fully embraced Trump's monument to bigotry on our Southern border. Senator Claire McCaskill acted similarly by closing out her ultimately losing campaign by throwing a wild punch at "crazy Democrats." Even more perplexing, former Governor Phil Bredesen effectively tanked his chances of winning a Republican-held Senate seat in Tennessee with the wholly unnecessary announcement that he would have voted for alleged attempted rapist Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court if he'd been in the Senate -- afterward, his fundraising fell off a cliff and he went on to lose his race by nearly 11 points.

    Conversely, while he came up shy of victory, DFA-endorsed candidate Beto O'Rourke's Medicare for All-embracing, pro-Immigrant rights inclusive populist campaign got much closer (2.6 points) to giving Ted Cruz an upset loss in deep-red Texas than any of the anti-progressive Senate Democrats who lost.
     
  • Expanding the electorate is paving the way for the future success of Democrats. Overall, Democrats' success in the 2018 election was led by a number of candidates who rejected a dated establishment playbook and focused their campaign strategy on expanding the electorate and increasing midterm voter turnout, rather than continuing to target an ever-dwindling number of right-leaning, overwhelmingly white, regularly voting so-called "swing voters."

    The impact of this change in targeting is most directly seen in the massive increase in voter turnout Democrats saw in 2018 across the country. According to early data from the United States Elections Project, 2018 saw the highest voter turnout in a midterm in over 50 years, with a projected 114 million votes cast representing a more than 31% turnout increase over the last wave election in 2014. This massive spike in turnout was particularly pronounced in states like Georgia (a staggering 16.4 points over 2014) and Florida (a more than 10-point increase over 2014) where the top of the tickets featured dynamic leaders who were themselves from the New American Majority and ran campaigns focused on turning out a statewide coalition of Black, brown, and progressive white voters.

    While the Gillum race appears ready for a recount and Abrams is still fighting for the votes necessary to secure a run-off, the work these two campaigns put into transforming and expanding midterm election turnout undoubtedly got them closer to victory in states that have never elected a Black governor and haven't seen a Democratic Gubernatorial victory in at least 15 years. Moreover, even with races still unsettled, the down-ticket impact that Gillum and Abrams's electorate-expanding efforts had in Georgia and Florida is undeniable. For example, DFA-endorsed candidate Lucy McBath's shock win in Georgia's 6th Congressional District likely has ties to the exceedingly strong, electorate-expanding campaign that Abrams ran throughout the state, as do the upset victories of a number of DFA-endorsed Georgia State House candidates like El-Mahdi Holly (GA-HD-111) and Mary Robichaux (GA-HD-49).

    In Wisconsin, DFA-endorsed Governor and Lt. Gov candidates Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes also ran a strong grassroots campaign focused on turning out sporadic midterm voters and centering the New American Majority. One of the most important features of their victory over one of the progressive movement's most elusive white whales, Scott Walker, was the massive Democratic landslide in Madison's Dane County. The key Democratic stronghold likely secured Evers and Barnes' victory by supplying nearly twice the number of Democratic votes as it did in 2010 and nearly 50,000 more votes than either 2014 or the Walker recall in 2012.
     
  • Voter suppression, the rise of white nationalism, and our culture of white supremacy are a drag on progressive change, but they aren't stopping it. While there is much to celebrate about the 2018 election, there's little doubt that massive levels of voter suppression held back the gains of many electorate-expanding candidates across the country -- from purging voters of color from the rolls and closing polling locations in Black and brown communities to passing voter ID laws specifically designed to make it harder for non-white voters to be counted. For example, despite nearly doubling turnout over 2014 and massively increasing the number of new voters and voters of color, Stacey Abrams's opponent's efforts to use his power as Secretary of State to construct hurdles to voting and the counting of ballots undoubtedly held back her chances of an outright win.

    At the same time, times are changing. While this cycle exposed the culture of white supremacy that still plagues our politics, the primary victories of Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum -- and the massive spike in participation they inspired among the New American Majority of Black, brown and progressive white voters -- showed meaningful forward momentum. In Florida, for example, 150,000 of the votes cast for Andrew Gillum in August's gubernatorial primary. came from voters who either were voting for the first time or had not voted in the previous three elections. Similarly, the victory of Second Chances Florida's Amendment 4, which finally ends a vicious Jim Crow-era law that kept more than 1.4 million Floridians from the ballot, only moves us closer to the day when an inspiring, inclusive populist candidate of color like Andrew Gillum will win a statewide race in the Sunshine State. Meanwhile, in this election, Steve King, a long-time advocate of white nationalism, was forced into the fight of his political life by DFA-endorsed inclusive populist J.D. Scholten. In previous cycles, King prevailed handily with 61.6% of the vote in 2014 and 61.2% in 2016. In 2018? He barely squeaked by with 50.4%.

While there are still a number of races left to call and lessons we will learn from 2018 in the weeks and months ahead, it's important for us to honor the people who really made these monumental victories happen: the grassroots.

Over the last two years, a wave of grassroots leaders and organizers took the despair they felt in 2016 and turned it into a movement that firmly rejects the politics of bigotry, hate, and fear that Trump has used to turn the country against itself and unrelentingly worked to elect a new generation of leaders committed to an inclusive, populist progressive vision for the United States.

If there's one clear message from Democratic victories in 2018, it's that the future of the Democratic Party lies with the candidates, campaigns, and voters of the New American Majority leading the fight for multiracial inclusive populism into 2020 and beyond.

More than any group of insiders or highly paid consultants in Washington, the grassroots understands the change that needs to happen, the fights we need to wage, and the battles we need to win. We are proud to call many of those leaders DFA members and we can't wait to continue working with them as they help deliver the change our country needs.

Key Facts about DFA's work and results during the 2017-18 election cycle:

  • Over the 2017-18 cycle, DFA raised and spent more than $8.2 million in support of progressive candidates across the country -- including more than $1.1 million raised directly from DFA members for DFA-endorsed candidates.
  • DFA generated more than 3.5 million grassroots voter contact calls via its DFA Dialer distributed calling platform -- the largest number of grassroots calls in a single election cycle that DFA has ever generated in its nearly 15-year history.
  • DFA backed 299 progressive candidates running all across the county -- the largest number of primary and general election endorsements in the organization's history.
  • DFA provided direct support to the broadest range of candidates ever --backing an unprecedented 7 folks running for governor, 11 folks running for Senate, 44 for U.S. House, and 243 running for local office
  • DFA delivered on its commitment to building a more reflective democracy and fighting for racial justice by throwing its weight behind its most diverse slate of candidates ever -- 139 of the candidates DFA supported during the 2018 cycle are people of color, 157 are women or non-binary, and numerous others are poised to bust historic barriers to representation in Congress and Governor's mansions across the country.
  • As of Friday, November 9th, 139 DFA-endorsed candidates won election to office during the 2017-18 election cycle -- likely the largest number of targeted wins in a single cycle since DFA's 2004 founding. This includes four special elections that took place during 2017-18, the 2017 off-year elections, and the 2018 general election. At publication, at least 6 races were outstanding.
DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA says “no one should be surprised” by Lucy McBath’s win in Georgia’s 6th

This afternoon, Lucy McBath declared victory in her race for Congress in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. McBath's win over Rep. Karen Handel comes less than two years after Handle beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in a 2017 Special Election that remains the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history.

Inspired by the surge of grassroots momentum behind her campaign, Lucy McBath was Democracy for America's final endorsement of the 2018 election.

DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on Lucy McBath's declaration of victory in Georgia's 6th:

"No one should be surprised by Lucy McBath's stunning victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District even though she was outspent nearly 8-to-1 in the closing weeks of this race or because she was running against a right-wing candidate who, just in June 2017, won the most expensive congressional race in U.S. History.

"From the very start of her race Lucy McBath wasn't running as just another candidate for Congress, she was running as a 'Mother of the Movement,' and a relentless champion for racial, social, and economic justice.

"Democracy for America was honored to stand with Lucy McBath in this election, not only because the movements behind Lucy and Stacey Abrams were mutually empowering, but because we knew Lucy would bring to Congress the passion and vision Democrats need to take on a gun manufacturing industry that profits from death and a fringe right administration that thinks a poverty-level minimum wage is acceptable.

"Lucy McBath wasn't the kind of candidates DC insiders thought Democrats needed to win Georgia's 6th District, and we couldn't have been more excited to stand with her in proving them wrong." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA: Sessions’ firing, Whitaker appointment a “transparent attempt by Trump to escape justice”

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain responded this evening to the news that Donald Trump has effectively fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and temporarily replaced him with Matt Whitaker, an administration official who has openly discussed dismantling the Special Prosecutor's Trump-Russia investigation.

"The forced resignation of Attorney Jeff Sessions and the appointment of Matt Whitaker as his temporary replacement is a transparent attempt by Donald Trump to decapitate the Trump-Russia investigation and escape justice.

"Matt Whitaker, who has openly discussed defunding and defanging an investigation critical to our democracy, has no business overseeing a probe critical to ensuring that anyone involved in the Trump campaign and administration, who worked with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, is held accountable.

"Unless Whitaker quickly makes it clear that he will recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, he is triggering a constitutional crisis that demands an immediate congressional response." - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA cheers as Evers, Barnes “end Wisconsin’s nearly decade-long Scott Walker nightmare”

Thanks to a final round of absentee votes in Milwaukee, Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes finally ended Wisconsin's nearly decade-long Scott Walker nightmare.

Democracy for America was an early supporter of Barnes for Lt. Governor and formally endorsed Evers in October.

DFA's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on Scott Walker's defeat by Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes:

"Tonight, the people of Wisconsin finally ended the career of a Governor who relentlessly attacked working families, repeatedly mortgaged the future of his state for his personal political gain, and ultimately functioned as little more than an errand boy for the wealthy and powerful interests who financed his campaigns.

"While the opportunity that Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes gave to Wisconsinites to finally retire Scott Walker was undeniably part of their appeal, they also ran a bold, inclusive populist race for Governor and Lieutenant Governor that gave voters an affirmative, visionary agenda they could be proud to get behind.

"Democracy for America was honored to support Evers and Barnes in their respective races and we look forward to joining them as they fight to deliver for Wisconsin working families while cleaning up the wreckage Scott Walker has left behind." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA hails Mike Levin (CA-49) successful flip of Darrell Issa’s House seat

Mike Levin just won his race for Congress in California's 49th Congressional District -- a long-held Republican stronghold currently represented by longtime Democratic bête noire Darrell Issa.

Democracy for America backed Levin early in his Democratic Primary in December 2017.

DFA's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on Mike Levin's huge victory in California's 49th District:

"From the very start, Mike Levin ran a campaign focused on a bold, inclusive populist agenda and committed to earning the support of the New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters that are transforming California's 49th District.

"Mike Levin's victory tonight is a testament to the unabashedly progressive vision he put forward throughout this campaign and the thousands of grassroots activists who turned the despair they felt in 2016 into a people-powered movement that forced Darrell Issa's retirement and now has replaced him with a leader committed to fighting for Medicare for All, robust gun violence prevention legislation, and real action on climate change.

"Democracy for America was honored to endorse Mike Levin early in his campaign and we can't wait to continue fighting alongside him as Democrats take the majority in the House." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates as Jahana Hayes (CT-05) election as Connecticut’s first Black Congresswoman

Jahana Hayes (CT-05) just won her race for Congress in Connecticut's 5th Congressional District to become the first Black woman to represent the Nutmeg State in the U.S. House.

Democracy for America backed Hayes shortly before her primary in August 2018.

DFA Chair (and Connecticut resident) on Hayes' history-making victory in the CT-5:

"As an award-winning teacher and now Connecticut's first Black woman elected to the U.S. House, the voice and life experience that Jahana Hayes will be bringing with her to Washington is more important than ever before. Once a teenage mother and resident of public housing, Jahana Hayes knows what it's like to live life on the margins and she's fearlessly brought those experiences and the lessons learned from them to the very center of her campaign.

"An inspiring champion for bold inclusive populist ideas like Medicare for All, comprehensive immigration reform, and robust gun violence prevention legislation, Democracy for America was honored to stand with Jahana throughout this race and we look forward to continue to fight alongside her in Washington." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA cheers as Deb Haaland (NM-1) becomes one of the first Native American women in Congress

Deb Haaland just won her race for Congress in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District and has become, along with Sharice Davids (KS-3) first Native American woman ever elected to the U.S. House.

Democracy for America endorsed Haaland in September.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Deb Haaland's historic win in New Mexico:

"With her victory tonight, Deb Haaland not only made history as one of the first Native American women to be elected to Congress, she's ensured that New Mexicans have an unrelenting champion for racial and economic justice with deep ties to the grassroots fighting for them in Washington.

"Deb Haaland intimately and personally understands the war on women, immigrants, the environment, and native peoples being waged by this administration and the voice she'll bring to Congress about a whole range of issues is something they've never before had to contend with.

"We were honored to stand with Deb Haaland in this campaign and we look forward to fighting alongside her as she pushes to deliver on a big, bold inclusive populist agenda including Medicare for All, robust civil rights protections, and a federal jobs guarantee. -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA applauds as Lauren Underwood (IL-14) is elected nation’s youngest Black Congresswoman

Lauren Underwood just won her race for Congress in Illinois' 14th Congressional District making her the country's youngest Black Congresswoman and the first Black member of Congress from the IL-14.

Democracy for America endorsed Underwood in her race for Congress in August. Following its endorsement, DFA recruited 197 volunteer leaders to Underwood's campaign that helped deliver more than 54,259 targeted grassroots voter calls using its DFA Dialer calling program.

DFA's Jim Dean on Lauren Underwood's historic win in Illinois's 14th Congressional District:

"Lauren Underwood's victory tonight isn't just an historic moment for Illinois's 14th District, it's a huge win for a Congress that desperately needs the voice of young women of color in a whole range of policy discussions.

"A nurse and healthcare policy expert, Lauren Underwood understands that healthcare is a human right. A champion for common-sense gun laws, comprehensive immigration reform, and robust action to address climate change, Democracy for America was honored to support Lauren in her race for Congress because we knew the voice she'd give to the New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters in Washington is critical to our country and the Democratic Party's future." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA says Dem House flip delivers “repudiation of Trump… mandate for inclusive populism”

According to projections from multiple networks, Democrats are on pace to win the Congressional seats necessary to seize the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Statement from Democracy for America's Jim Dean on Democrats taking back control of the House:

"The flip of the U.S. House to Democratic control is a direct repudiation of Donald Trump's white nationalist agenda, a clear mandate for multiracial inclusive populism, and a testament to the leadership of the New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters who made it possible.

"While votes are still being counted in a number of races, we're particularly excited about the historic number of 'firsts' that were critical to helping Democrats recapture the House, including the congressional victories of the first Muslim and Native American women, the first Palestinian-American and Somali-American, and the numerous candidates who are breaking critical glass ceilings in their state's congressional delegations.

"These newly elected members of Congress will not only make the House and the Democratic caucus more diverse than ever before, their bold leadership will ensure that Democrats deliver on the inclusive populist progressive agenda that motivated a historic turn out of new and long-ignored voters driving victory on Election Day.

"Make no mistake: Tonight's House flip isn't simply a response to the massive distaste Americans have for the toxic stew of of bigotry, hate, and division Donald Trump has served up over the last two years.

"The New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters turned out in huge numbers because they finally had candidates who spoke to their needs, built the people-powered campaigns necessary to reach them, and put forward a bold vision for the country that included critical solutions like Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee, and real criminal justice reform.

"Voters have given Democrats in the House a mandate to demand accountability from an out-of-control White House and push forward a bold, inclusive populist agenda whenever and wherever they can. We hope they continue look to the grassroots to help them deliver." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

During the 2018 cycle, Democracy for America:

  • Raised and spent more than $8.2 million in support of progressive candidates across the country -- including more than $1.1 million raised directly from DFA members for DFA-endorsed candidates
  • Generated more than 3.5 million grassroots voter contact calls via it's DFA Dialer distributed calling platform -- the largest number of grassroots calls in a single election cycle that DFA has ever generated in its nearly 15-year history.
  • Backed 299 progressive candidates running all across the county -- the largest number of primary and general election endorsements in the organization's history
  • Provided direct support to the broadest range of candidates ever --backing an unprecedented 7 folks running for governor, 11 folks running for Senate, 44 for U.S. House, and 243 running for local office
  • Delivered on its commitment to building a more reflective democracy and fighting for racial justice by throwing its weight behind its most diverse slate of candidates ever -- 139 of the candidates DFA supported during the 2018 cycle are people of color, 157 are women or non-binary, and numerous others are poised to bust historic barriers to representation in Congress and Governor's mansions across the country.
DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA cheers Veronica Escobar (TX-16) becoming Texas’ first Latina Member of Congress

This evening, Veronica Escobar won her race in Texas' 16th Congressional district, becoming the first Latina member of Congress elected in Texas

Democracy for America endorsed Escobar for Congress ahead of her primary in September 2017.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Veronica Escobar's historic election in Texas' 16th Congressional District:

"Throughout her career, Veronica Escobar has long fought for racial and economic justice in El Paso's border community and now, as Texas' first Latina member of Congress, she'll have the opportunity to take that fight to Washington.

"Democracy for America endorsed Veronica Escobar early in her race for Congress because we knew she understood, first-hand, the dangerous crossroads the country faces and was committed to ensuring that every community that calls Texas home -- Latinos, African-Americans, Asians, and LGBTQ Americans -- has a leader standing up for them.

"A passionate advocate for Medicare for All, humane immigration reform, and policies that protect and expand Social Security, Veronica Escobar will be a fierce champion for multiracial inclusive populism in Congress. We couldn't be more honored to have stood with her in this race and we look forward to fight alongside her in the months and years to come." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA thrilled by Joe Neguse’s trail-blazing House win in Colorado’s 2nd

Joe Neguse (CO-2) just won his race for Congress in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, helping make him the Mile High State's first Black member of Congress.

Democracy for America endorsed Neguse for Congress ahead of his primary in September 2017.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Joe Neguse's history-making win in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District:

"Voters in Colorado's Second District have a history of trail-blazing picks for the U.S. House, and tonight's election of Joe Neguse, making him Colorado's first Black member of Congress, is no exception.

"Democracy for America was honored to stand with Joe Neguse early on his race for Congress because we knew that he'd be an unbridled champion for big, bold inclusive populist reforms like Medicare for All, comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation, and a $15 minimum wage.

"At the same time, in the face of the unrelenting assault on our country's core progressive values, its more important than ever to have young leaders of color like Joe in the halls of Congress As a millennial, person of color, and the son of immigrants, Joe Neguse will help bring a critical, missing lens to Colorado's congressional delegation that the entire country will be well served by having." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates as Ilhan Omar (MN-05) joins Tlaib as first Muslim women elected to House

Ilhan Omar (MN-05) just won her race in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District to become, alongside Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), one of the first Muslim women in Congress. She'll also be the first Somali-American in the U.S. House.

Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Omar in mid-June 2018 just a few days after she entered the primary.

DFA's Jim Dean on Ilhan Omar's history-making victory in Minnesota's 5th congressional district:

"With her victory tonight, Ilhan Omar not only becomes the first Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, she's also set to become one of the House's strongest champions for the kind of bold, inclusive populist reforms that have brought millions of new voters to the polls all across the country.

"Democracy for America was honored endorse Ilhan earlier in her successful run for the state legislature, we are proud to be one of Ilhan Omar's earliest endorsers in her race for Congress and we look forward to fighting alongside her for years to come." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA cheers as Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) makes history as one of the first Muslim women in U.S

Rashida Tlaib just formally won the race for Congress in Michigan's 13th Congressional District to become the first Palestinian-American and one of the first Muslim women in Congress.

Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Tlaib in May 2018 during an extremely competitive multi-way Democratic primary, offering on-the-ground staff support, including digital strategy and voter targeting planning. Later, Democracy for America members named her the winner of the 2018 Grassroots All-Stars competition, where members vote for the most exciting races to watch nationwide, resulting in a commitment by DFA to raise $20,000 for her campaign.​

DFA's Jim Dean on Rashida Tlaib's election to Congress in Michigan's 13th:

"While Rashida Tlaib is breaking an important glass ceiling tonight as the first Palestinian American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, Democracy for America members are also excited to see her heading to Congress tonight because we know the kind of unrelenting champion for bold, inclusive populist ideas she's going to be in the U.S. House.

"Rashida Tlaib isn't going to Congress to support Medicare for All, criminal justice reform, or a $15 minimum wage, she's going to Congress to fight for those ideas and work hand-and-hand with the grassroots to get it done. We were honored to stand with Rashida early in her campaign and we look forward to fighting alongside her for racial and economic justice for years to come." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates Ayanna Pressley’s historic U.S. House win in Massachusetts’ 7th

Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) just won her race for Congress in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District to become the first Black woman to represent the state in the U.S. House.

Democracy for America supported Pressley in her primary challenge of nine-term incumbent Democrat Mike Capuano in what was one of the biggest Democratic primary upsets of the 2018 cycle.

DFA on Pressley's history-making general election victory:

"When Democracy for America decided to back Ayanna Pressley in her successful primary challenge of a nearly 20-year Democratic incumbent, we did so because of her bold track record of transformative leadership in the City Council and because we believed that it was positively critical that Democrats seize every opportunity we have to elevate and empower the next generation of progressive women of color.

With her victory tonight, Ayanna Pressley has not only made history as the first Black woman ever elected to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives, she's ensured that Democrats have the voice of a young, Black progressive woman helping lead the fight for inclusive populist reforms like Medicare for All, criminal justice reform, and a $15 minimum wage.

We were honored to stand with Ayanna Pressley throughout her people-powered race for Congress, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside her as she shows what the leadership of the New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white Americans is capable of in the months and years ahead. -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Before Election Day, DFA marks record-breaking 3+ million voter contact calls in 2018 cycle

On Sunday, Democracy for America completed its 3 millionth voter contact call of the 2018 election cycle using its DFA Dialer distributed calling tool.

Even before Election Day, this is the largest number of grassroots calls in a single election cycle that DFA has ever generated in its nearly 15-year history.

The DFA Dialer, which DFA has deployed in every election since 2010, allows grassroots volunteers to make targeted persuasion and Get-Out-the-Vote calls to voters in races featuring DFA-endorsed candidates critical to helping build progressive power, up and down the ballot, all across the country.

It's also notable that DFA is breaking its record for grassroots activity during a 2018 election cycle in which it has also:

  • Backed 299 progressive candidates running all across the county -- the largest number of primary & general election endorsements in the organization's history
  • Provided direct support to the broadest range of candidates ever --backing an unprecedented 7 folks running for governor, 10 folks running for Senate, 44 for U.S. House, and 243 running for local office
  • Delivered on its commitment to building a more reflective democracy and fighting for racial justice by throwing its weight behind its most diverse slate of candidates ever -- 139 of the candidates DFA supported during the 2018 cycle are people of color, 157 are women or non-binary, and numerous are poised to bust historic barriers to representation in Congress and Governor's mansions across the country.

Democracy for America Electoral Director Annie Weinberg on DFA's 3+ million calls and epic levels of grassroots action ahead of Election Day 2018:

"The volume of grassroots activity and action we've seen a wide range of different races all across the country this cycle is not something that I've ever seen before.

"We're incredibly proud of the record-breaking, over 3 million grassroots voter contact calls we've made so far this cycle and will make over the next 27+ hours before polls begin closing.

"We're also grateful for the bold candidates -- led by women and people of color -- whose runs have helped build this wave of people-power; the campaigns who were willing to run better targeted campaigns to expand the electorate and center the New American Majority; and the tens of thousands of individual volunteers who turned the despair they felt in 2016 into action over the last two years.

"We've got a lot of work still left to do to ensure that no voter gets left behind, but the grassroots energy we're seeing at DFA and across the country should give all of us reason for a lot of hope." -- Annie Weinberg, Elector Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA backs Lucy McBath in Georgia in final 2018 U.S. House endorsement

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) made Lucy McBath (GA-06) its final 2018 endorsement for the United States House of Representatives.

A fearless advocate for gun violence prevention who believes that healthcare is a human right, McBath is running a strong race for Congress in a district could play a critical role in helping Democrats' efforts to retake the House and DFA-endorsed candidate Stacey Abrams win Georgia's race for Governor.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive political organization with 1 million members across the country and a total of 28,538 in Georgia.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's endorsement of Lucy McBath for Congress:

"A wife, mother, businesswoman, and champion for social justice, Lucy McBath is running a campaign for Congress rooted in progressive values and driven by the belief that every voter in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District deserves a leader who will fight for them in Washington.

"Democracy for America is excited to endorse Lucy McBath because she knows that healthcare is a human right, every child deserves access to high-quality public education, and no one can comfortably live on the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. A leader in the fight for gun violence legislation ever since her own son was shot and killed, Lucy McBath intimately understands what it's like to fight for change from the outside and we know she'll be a vital grassroots ally once in office.

"We're also excited to stand with Lucy McBath because we know that her success in Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton Counties will add a critical boost to Stacey Abrams' chances of a history-making victory in Georgia's race for Governor. The strong, people-powered campaigns that Lucy McBath and Stacey Abrams are running are already inspiring an unprecedented number of Black, brown, and white progressive voters to turn out in a midterm election in Georgia, and we can't wait to help both do even more over the next eight days." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like McBath -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

OUR VIEW: White Supremacy and the 2018 Election

November 6th is not only set to be the most important election of our lifetimes, the unprecedented number of women and people of color who are running this fall has all but ensured that it will be a new high water mark for the range of life experiences represented in our country's corridors of power.

However, while we celebrate the historic diversity of the candidates we have on the ballot this November, we also refuse to silently ignore the volume and range of explicit and implicit racist attacks almost every single candidate of color has faced in this election.

While people of color running for elected office have always faced hurdles to victory defined by the strength of structural racism and our country's long-standing culture of white supremacy, 2018 has taken it to a new level.

Here are just a few examples:

At the same time, candidates of color have also been running in an environment where many of the mainstream media sources essential to our Democracy seem ill-equipped, unable, or unwilling to properly contextualize the depth, breadth, and nuance of the racism they face.

The open letter to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Stacey Abrams's campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo released this week underscores the more obvious examples of uneven treatment that candidates of color face in the mainstream media. More subtle are the ways in which, for example, the media's focus on Abrams's hardly atypical struggle with debt, as the Huffington Post's Emma Roller has pointed out, plays into dangerous stereotypes of race and poverty.

Even more profound is the degree to which the media's failure to adequately cover the explicit and implicit attacks candidates of color face by their right-wing opponents is its own insidious kind of bias. The Root's Jason Johnson notes that, while an anti-racist yard-sign put in a GOP supporter's lawn was covered by Georiga's local media as a hate crime, "pro-Kemp Klansmen" who have attacked Abrams received "no coverage from the Georgia press."

In 2018, candidates of color, at every level of office, are facing a level of racialized partisan vitriol that white supremacy in our culture and mainstream media is still leaving far too many unable to see and act on.

This has to change.

As a predominantly white-led, multi-issue progressive political organization, we believe that the first step in fighting back is recognizing what is happening to candidates of color, publicly calling it out, and encouraging others in the progressive movement to join us in taking action against it.

White supremacy thrives in darkness, whether in an explicit racist attack against a candidate of color or less visible in a small editorial decision made behind a desk in a noisy newsroom. It cannot if we commit to shining a light on it whenever we see it and taking action to dismantle it.

Whether they're deploying a dog whistle or a fog horn, no candidate should be able to get away with leveling explicit or implicit racist attacks without being called to account. The progressive movement's white leaders have a particularly important obligation to ensure that racist attacks aren't ignored or swept under the rug by a media and political culture that regularly ignores, gas-lights, and mocks campaigns, candidates, and supporters of color who point out the same thing.

Still, dismantling our culture of white supremacy requires more than sunlight, it also demands real and robust support for leadership on the national, state, and local level who more accurately reflect our country's range of lived experiences.

In 2015, after seeing the racial blind spots within the progressive movement's presidential debate, Democracy for America (DFA) pledged to ask every candidate we might support about their own commitment to addressing the problems of structural racism and white supremacy.

Three years later, we're not only backing a slate of candidates who are rock solid in their commitment to racial justice, but it's also the most diverse collection of candidates DFA has ever endorsed. That kind of focus doesn't come out of nowhere: It's rooted in a committment to building a reflective democracy with the candidates we recruit and invest in, the campaign staffers they hire, and the voters whose needs and values we encourage those campaigns to prioritize and center. In 2019 and 2020, we will be doubling down on that work, working to elect the New American Majority of Black, brown, and white progressive leaders, and urging other members of the progressive political community to join us.

Even before election day, there is much to celebrate about how far progressive candidates of color and the movement behind them have come in 2018. Yet, we refuse to ignore or forget the cesspool of bigotry and hate they will have had to crawl through to win. Our communities, our country, and the diverse people our leaders serve deserve better.

The change our country needs isn't going to come through the ballot box alone, the fight against the normalization of white nationalism and for racial and economic justice is bigger than one election. However, if keep our eyes open and our minds focused on the fight ahead, DFA believes that 2018 can and will be remembered as a key pivot point in our fight for a more just, reflective, and equitable democracy.

 

DFA Dialer - Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions

How does DFA Dialer work?

The system will dial numbers for you. As you're connected with each voter, you'll see their information and a script show up on the web page. You'll record responses and then move on to the next voter.

How do I log in to DFA Dialer? When will I start talking to voters?

  1. Start at dfadialer.com
  2. Click on the photo of the candidate you’d like to call for.
  3. On the next screen, enter your name, email, phone number, and zipcode to log in. (If this is your first time suing the DFA Dialer, please check the box indicating this is your first time.
  4. On the next screen, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Let’s get started.”
  5. The next step is connecting your computer and phone to the Hubdialer:
    1. Dial the phone number on your screen
    2. When prompted, enter the dial in code on your screen into your phone
    3. Enter the confirmation code you hear into the box on your computer screen
    4. Click “Start Calls.” You will be connected to voters as soon as they pick up the phone

Who will I be calling? What do I need to say?

You'll be calling likely Democratic voters and encouraging them to vote in this election. You will *not* be speaking with undecided or Republican voters and trying to persuade them to change their votes. You do not need to be an expert on the candidate(s) you're calling for -- the script will have the information you need.

Will I see a script before I start talking to voters?

Yes. Once you log in, you will be given an opportunity to review the script and get comfortable with it. You can take as much time as you need on this screen before you begin taking calls.

Will people be able to see my phone number or Caller ID?

No, the Caller ID that shows up will be for the campaign headquarters, not your own name and number.

Is this long distance? Will I be charged for these calls?

If calling from a cell phone (unless you have unlimited minutes) it will count as “minutes” used. Landline phones may be charged if you typically get charged for long distance (usually people have unlimited long distance calling on landlines, so if they can normally call a number outside their area code without a charge they should not be charged for calling hubdialer either).

Do I need to have a computer? Can I use just my tablet or smartphone?

You need to have a phone to make calls (either mobile or landline phones), AND ALSO a computer or tablet to follow along on the phonebanking website. iPads work, and other tablets that connect to the internet will also.

Do I need to commit to the full 2 hour shift? Can I take breaks?

We encourage volunteers to commit to a full 2 hours of calls, although it is possible to end earlier if you have schedule conflicts that might otherwise prevent you from signing up at all. If necessary, you can take short breaks during the shift.

What is a “kickoff call?” How do I join?

Every DFA Dialer shift begins with a brief training and strategy call that includes information about the candidate and instructions for the Dialer. To join the kickoff call call 802-231-1044 at the beginning of your shift. Kickoff calls begin at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm Eastern on Saturday and at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm Eastern on Sunday.

Do I have to join a kickoff call?

Nope. If you don’t need the instructions, feel free to skip the kickoff and go straight to dfadialer.com to log in.

What if my plans change?

If you can’t make your scheduled shift, please email [email protected] to let us know. Remember, the dialer will be open 9 am - 9 pm in the candidate’s local time, so you can definitely log in to make calls later on the day of your scheduled shift.

I missed my kickoff call/the beginning of my shift. Can I still make calls?

Definitely! You can review the instruction video at dfadialer.com if you need to, or just click on the candidate’s photo to log in. the dialer will be open till 9 pm in the candidate’s local time.

How can I sign up for more shifts?

Sign up to make calls for DFA-endorsed gubernatorial candidates here:
https://www2.democracyforamerica.com/events/dfadialer/2018gov

Sign up to make calls for DFA-endorsed US House candidates here:
https://www2.democracyforamerica.com/events/dfadialer/2018house


Troubleshooting

I’m having trouble logging in…

If you’re a first time caller, make sure you check the the checkbox on the login form that says “This is the first time you’ve signed into HubDialer.” If you have logged in to the dialer before, and are still having trouble, please close your browser then follow the steps at the top of this page to access the site and log in.

I’m getting an error message that says I am outside the available times for the campaign. What does that mean?

You may be calling before 9 am or after 9 pm in the candidate’s local time zone. If that’s not the case, email [email protected] to let us know! Or, go back to dfadialer.com and select a different candidate.

I’m getting an error message that saying the campaign has ended. What should I do?

That means our volunteers have finished calling all the voters a campaign has given us! We encourage you to return to dfadialer.com, and find another candidate to make calls for until we get a new list of voters.

My confirmation code expired. What do I do now?

Just refresh your page to get a new call in number and code.

I’ve logged in, but now I’m just hearing hold music. What’s going on?

The dialer is calling voters and screening out voicemails, disconnected numbers, etc. When a live voter answers, you’ll be connected, and a script will appear on your screen.

How do I code in my results after the call?

On the script you will see checkboxes to enter in the information, click the box to select the result. Make any additional notes in the “notes” box. Once you’re done, click “next call” to go on to the next call

Why won’t it call another voter?

The system will not move you onto the next call until you have submitted your information and clicked “next call.” The hold between calls can be one minute or more. If you are hearing music, the system is dialing so be patient. If you’re not hearing music, or you’ve been on hold longer than three minutes, try hanging up your phone and then logging out and logging back in again.

I’m getting a lot of wrong or disconnected numbers. Why is this happening?

Sometimes the information in the voter file is out of date - people have moved or changed phone numbers since the last election. Making a note of the wrong and disconnected numbers is important, because it saves time during the final days of the election.

Voters are grumpy. Do these calls even help?

They do! Several studies have shown that a direct, live conversation with a voter is the best way to get them to vote. Door-to-door and phone contact is more effective than TV ads, direct mail, or robocalls.
 

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America backs Mike Espy for U.S. Senate in Mississippi

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Mike Espy in Mississippi's non-partisan special election for U.S. Senate this November.

DFA's endorsement of Espy comes just days after the U.S. Senate Senate, in an overwhelmingly Republican vote, approved the nomination of accused sexual assault perpetrator Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's endorsement of Mike Espy for U.S. Senate:

"Mike Espy is running a strong grassroots campaign for U.S. Senate in Mississippi that may be even more surprising and transformational than Doug Jones' victory in Alabama last year.

"Not only will Espy's victory by critical to ending the fringe right's control of the U.S. Senate, it will be a powerful reminder as we head into 2020 that progressives can win everywhere if we stand up for an inclusive populist political agenda and build campaigns that prioritize, energize, and mobilize the new American majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters.

"Democracy for America is excited to support Mike Espy in his race for U.S. Senate because we know he's committed to the fight to make sure Mississippi and the country work for everyone, not just the wealthy and powerful. Mike Espy knows that a great country like ours doesn't lock kids up in cages when they're fleeing violence or deny folks access to health care simply because they can't afford it.

"Rooted firmly in our shared progressive values, Mike Espy is running a bold, grassroots campaign committed to welcoming in the leadership of community members who have long been ignored in Mississippi, and we're excited to be fighting alongside him." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Mike Espy on receiving DFA's endorsement:

"I am grateful to Democracy for America for their endorsement, and I look forward to working with their members here in Mississippi to keep our momentum going and win this election in November." -- Mike Espy

DFA is a national progressive political organization with 3,429 members in Mississippi and more than 1 million members across the country.

Today, DFA also endorsed Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate in Nevada. Victories by Rosen and Espy, along with a win by DFA-backed Beto O'Rourke in Texas, may be critical to helping Democrats flip control of the Senate and halt the Trump administration's efforts to appoint more unfit, fringe right-wing individuals to government and judicial positions.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Espy -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate in Nevada

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate in Nevada.

DFA's endorsement of Rosen comes just days after the U.S. Senate Senate, in an overwhelmingly Republican vote, approved the nomination of accused sexual assault perpetrator Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's endorsement of Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate:

"Jacky Rosen's race for the U.S. Senate gives Nevadans a chance to replace a Senator that Donald Trump has beaten into submission, with a relentless champion for working families. Jacky Rosen understands that healthcare is a human right, no human being is illegal, and a $15 an hour minimum wage and the protections of a union are the very least that Nevada workers deserve. She gets the important moment in the fight for racial and economic justice we're in, and that's why Democracy for America is standing with Jacky Rosen in this election.

"But the race for Senate in Nevada is also about a lot more.

"After watching the shockingly vile conclusion of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings, it's more clear than ever that, as progressives, we have to do everything we can to break the chokehold the fringe right has on the levers of power in Washington. With tens of millions disgusted by what they saw in Washington over the last few weeks, Democrats have a clear opportunity to take control of the Senate despite the tough 2018 map, and we're excited to work alongside Jacky Rosen to help seize it." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Jacky Rosen on receiving DFA's endorsement:

"There are so many important fights ahead of us, like getting big money out of politics, protecting our Dreamers and immigrant families, fighting for a livable minimum wage, defending reproductive rights -- and hardworking Nevadans deserve another Senator committed to these fights. I believe health care is a right, not a privilege for just the wealthy few -- and that's why I've worked to ensure every Nevadan has access to quality, affordable care. I am honored to have the support of Democracy for America as we work to replace Senator Heller and flip this seat." -- Jacky Rosen

DFA is a national progressive political organization with 9,850 members in Nevada and more than 1 million members across the country.

Today, DFA also endorsed Mike Espy in the November 2018 special election for U.S. Senate in Mississippi. Victories by Espy and Rosen, along with a win by DFA-backed Beto O'Rourke in Texas, may be critical to helping Democrats flip control of the Senate and halt the Trump administration's efforts to appoint more unfit, fringe right-wing individuals to government and judicial positions.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Rosen -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA: Kavanaugh vote is a “generational mistake” that “we are committed to ensuring [GOP] pays for”

Moments ago the U.S. Senate Senate, in an overwhelmingly Republican vote, approved the nomination of accused sexual assault perpetrator Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Democracy for America's Karli Wallace Thompson, the lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh campaign, following the Senate's vote for Kavanaugh:

"Over the course of the last few weeks, Brett Kavanaugh has lied repeatedly to the U.S. Senate, proven himself to be temperamentally unfit for a position on any court, and faced extremely credible accusations of sexual assault and misconduct.

"Forcing Brett Kavanaugh on to the Supreme Court was a generational mistake for Republicans, one we are committed to ensuring they pay for at the ballot box for years to come."

"The vote for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh was a vote against survivors of sexual violence, a vote for the continued devolution of our country's political institutions, and a vote that we will work to ensure is written into the political epitaph of every Senator cruel and grossly partisan enough to cast it." -- Karli Wallace Thompson, Senior Digital Manager & lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh Campaign, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA supports 61 in final round of 2018 state legislative, state office “Purple to Blue” endorsements

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its final 61 endorsements for state-level office in 2018. The endorsements include 41 candidates for State House, 17 running for State Senate, two running for New Hampshire's Executive Council, and one candidate running for State Auditor in Iowa.

DFA's 61 newly endorsed candidates for state-level office include:

  • Dennis Harris (AK - House - District 32)
  • Kyle Pierce (AL - House - District 28)
  • Denise Garner (AR - House - District 84)
  • Maureen Skinner (AR - Senate - District 35)
  • Eloise Reyes (CA - Assembly - District 47)
  • Faith Winter (CO - Senate - District 24)
  • Will Haskell (CT - Senate - District 26)
  • Matthew Lesser (CT - Senate - District 9)
  • Baird Welch-Collins (CT - House - District 38)
  • Tammy Garcia (FL - House - District 37)
  • Vikki Garrett (FL - House - District 1)
  • Carlos Guillermo Smith (FL - House - District 49)
  • Phil Hornback (FL - House - District 58)
  • Debra Kaplan (FL - House - District 31)
  • Dawn Johnson (GA - Senate - District 47)
  • Sandra Workman (GA - Senate - District 1)
  • Chinita Allen (GA - House - District 44)
  • Chris Benton (GA - House - District 131)
  • Jasmine Clark (GA - House - District 108)
  • Deborah Gonzalez (GA - House - District 117)
  • El-Mahdi Holly (GA - House - District 111)
  • Julie Jordan (GA - House - District 179)
  • Sam Park (GA - House - District 101)
  • Mary Robichaux (GA - House - District 48)
  • Anita Tucker (GA - House - District 25)
  • Aisha Yaqoob (GA - House - District 97)
  • Rob Sand (IA - State Auditor)
  • Aimee Cole (IN - House - District 37)
  • Kevin Leineweber (IN - House - District 91)
  • Ross Thomas (IN - Senate - District 41)
  • Alex Van Dyke (KS - House - District 67)
  • Josie Raymond (KY - House - District 31)
  • Stephanie Chang (MI - Senate - District 1)
  • Mindy Denninger (MI - House - District 46)
  • Jon Hoadley (MI - House - District 60)
  • Ernie Whiteside (MI - House - District 56)
  • Mindy Kimmel (MN - House - District 16B)
  • Maria Chappelle-Nadal (MO - House - District 86)
  • John Kiehne (MO - Senate - District 26)
  • Tim Barnsback (NC - House - District 86)
  • Da'Quan Love (NC - House - District 4)
  • Erica McAdoo (NC - House - District 63)
  • Darryl Moss (NC - House - District 2)
  • D. Cole Phelps (NC - Senate - District 1)
  • Kris Rixon (NC - House - District 9)
  • Caroline Walker (NC - Senate - District 35)
  • Barbara Yates-Lockamy (NC - House - District 46)
  • Brandon Medenwald (ND - House - District 41)
  • Iz Piedra (NH - House - District 9)
  • Debora Pignatelli (NH - Executive Council - District 5)
  • Andru Volinsky (NH - Executive Council - District 2)
  • Rachel May (NY - Senate - District 53)
  • James Skoufis (NY - Senate - District 39)
  • Andrew Gilchrist (NY - Assembly - District 135)
  • Matthew Rettig (NY - Assembly - District 99)
  • Marty Wilde (OR - House - District 11)
  • Lois Herr (PA - Senate - District 48)
  • Kyle Lacio (SC - Senate - District 20)
  • Brenda Gilmore (TN - Senate - District 19)
  • Jessa Lewis (WA - Senate - District 6)
  • Lissa Lucas (WV - House - District 7)

DFA's endorsed state-legislative candidates are each part of its long-running "Purple to Blue" project, a multi-year effort dedicated to winning state House and Senate chambers across the country. In 2017, DFA's Purple to Blue project helped elect 27 inclusive populist leaders to state legislative chambers across the country; ran an independent expenditure campaign for a Washington State Senate candidate that was instrumental in helping flip the chamber; and fiercely backed Justin Fairfax in his effort to become Virginia's Lieutenant Governor and State Senate President.

Including today's endorsements, DFA has endorsed a total of 83 state-level candidates who will be on the ballot this November.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's 2018 endorsements for State-level offices:

"The 83 leaders we're backing for state-level office this November are not only essential to flipping state legislatures from Purple to Blue, they're critical for pushing for inclusive populist reforms from Medicare for All to Debt-free college and criminal justice reform in states all across the country.

"After losing more than 1000 elected offices and over two-thirds of all state legislatures over the last decade, it's more important than ever to have leaders in state legislative and other key state-level elected offices putting forward a bold, progressive agenda and standing ready to hold this unimaginably corrupt administration accountable for its actions.

"Our state elected officials are on the front lines in the fight for racial and economic justice, and that's why Democracy for America's commitment to the 61 leaders we're endorsing today goes through election day and beyond. The progressive political change our country desperately needs starts in our state offices and we look forward to fighting alongside these leaders for years to come." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

As a part of its work in the 2017-18 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like state candidates endorsed today -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA backs Evers, Whitmer, and Gilchrist in final 2018 Gov., Lt. Gov. endorsements

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsements of Tony Evers for Governor of Wisconsin and Gretchen Whitmer for Governor of Michigan.

The grassroots progressive group also formally backed Garlin Gilchrist for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, who Whitmer brought on to her ticket and DFA members have proudly supported in his previous race for Detroit City Clerk.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's endorsements of Evers, Whitmer, and Gilchrist:

"All across the country this year, Democrats are blessed with candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor committed to leading the fight for racial and economic justice. That's why Democracy for America is heading into November with its largest-ever election year slate of endorsed candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and it's also why we're excited to announce our endorsement of Tony Evers for Governor of Wisconsin, Gretchen Whitmer for Governor of Michigan, and Garlin Gilchrist for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan.

"Tony Evers not only gives Wisconsinites the chance to permanently retire Scott Walker, he has a long history of fighting for Wisconsin students and standing up for working families. A life-long Educator and the current State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Evers understands that creating a more just and equitable Badger State requires a real investment in its schools and communities.

"Gretchen Whitmer will be a tremendous force for progress in Lansing who won't ever back down from an opportunity to stand up, speak out, and fight for Michiganders against the right-wing interests who have dominated the state for the last decade. While DFA members proudly supported Abdul El-Sayed in this summer's primary, we're excited to support Gretchen Whitmer this November because we know she'll unabashedly stand up for the rights of women, fiercely protect the Great Lakes, and move the ball forward on critical inclusive populist priorities that will help all Michigan families thrive.

"Garlin Gilchrist gives progressives yet another reason to be excited about casting their ballot for the top of the ticket in Michigan. Democracy for America members put their early support behind Garlin Gilchrist in his 2017 race for Detroit City Clerk, not only because we worked closely with him during his years at MoveOn.org, but also because we knew the passion, energy, and commitment to racial and economic justice he'd bring to the job. As Gretchen Whitmer's Lieutenant Governor, Garlin Gilchrist will bring a strong voice for bold, inclusive populist political change with deep ties to grassroots progressives to the decisions facing Lansing." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

DFA is a national progressive political organization with 51,843 members in Michigan, 33,491 members in Wisconsin, and more than 1 million members across the country that have supported progressive candidates up-and-down the ballot since its founding in 2004.

Today's endorsements for Governor and Lt. Governor join David Garcia (AZ - Gov.), Andrew Gillum (FL - Gov. ), Stacey Abrams (GA - Gov.), Josh Green (HI - Lt. Gov.), Paulette Jordan (ID - Gov.), Ben Jealous (MD - Gov.), and Mandela Barnes (WI - Lt. Gov.) on DFA's slate of 2018 state-wide executive endorsements. This is the largest slate of progressive candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor DFA has ever put forward over its 14-year history.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Evers, Whitmer, and Gilchrist -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America backs over 30 in the final round of 2018 county, municipal, local endorsements

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its final 31 endorsements for county, municipal, and local office in 2018. These new endorsees join 13 other candidates DFA endorsed earlier this year for a total of 44 DFA-endorsed county, municipal, and local level candidates who are on the ballot in 2018.

DFA's 31 newly endorsed candidates for county, municipal, and local office include:

  • Nikki Bas (Oakland (CA) City Council, District 2)
  • Alicia Brooks (Judicial District 26A Judge (Mecklenburg County, NC), Seat 1)
  • Cat Brooks (Mayor, Oakland (CA))
  • Heather Burch (Lane County (OR) Commissioner, District 5)
  • Shenika Carter (Douglas County (CO) Assessor)
  • Renata Castro (Margate City (FL) Commissioner, Seat 3)
  • Shelaswau Crier (Marion County (OR) Commissioner, Position 1)
  • Charisse Davis (Cobb County (GA) School Board, District 6)
  • Abel Delgado (Flint (MI) School Board)
  • Elora Diaz (Phoenix (AZ) Elementary School District #1 Governing Board)
  • Emily Gasoi (State Board of Education (DC), Ward 1)
  • Brandi Geoit (Pasco County (FL) Commissioner, District 4)
  • Mark Haase (Hennepin (MN) County Attorney)
  • Stacy Hackenburg (Williamson County (TX) Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4)
  • Alex Hansen (Livingston County Commissioner (MI), District 5)
  • Jennifer Hernandez (Douglas County (NE) District Court Clerk )
  • Caroline Holko (Cobb County (GA) Commissioner, District 3)
  • DaSean Jones (180th District Court (Houston, TX) Judge)
  • Farrah Khan (Irvine (CA) City Council)
  • Ben Ku (Gwinnett County (GA) Commissioner, District 2)
  • Joca Marquez (San Marcos (TX) City Council, Place 5)
  • Consuelo Martinez (Escondido (CA) City Council, District 1)
  • Dyane Medina (Stockton (CA) City Council, District 5)
  • Karl-Thomas Musselman (Williamson County (TX) Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1)
  • Rigel Robinson (Berkeley (CA) City Council, District 7)
  • Elaissia Sears (Justice of the Peace, West Mesa Justice Precinct (AZ))
  • Kelly Smith (Pasco County Commissioner (FL), District 2)
  • Marc Solomon (Alexandria (VA) City School Board, District A)
  • Jessica Tiedt (Williamson County (TX) Clerk)
  • Katie Tomberlin (Carteret County (NC) Commissioner, District 2)
  • Igor Tregub (Berkeley (CA) City Council, District 1)

DFA is a member-driven, people-powered political organization with 1 million members across the country that has supported progressive candidates up-and-down the ballot since its founding in 2004.

In February 2017, DFA announced a groundbreaking $500,000 2017-18 initiative to support municipal races across the country in an effort to transform America's cities into "bastions of resistance against the Trump regime." The effort netted 21 municipal-level progressive victories in 2017 ranging from mayoral races in Charlotte, NC and Jackson, MS to a city trustee slate in Berwyn, IL.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's 2018 endorsements in critical county, municipal, and local elections:

"The 44 leaders we've endorsed for county, municipal, and local elected offices in 2018 will not only have a direct and immediate impact on their community, they'll also provide important opportunities to develop, test, and implement the kind of bold, inclusive populist solutions our country desperately at every level of government.

"Democracy for America members are excited to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with this transformative slate of county, municipal, and local leaders because we know that the fight for racial and economic justice has to waged from the top to the bottom of our ballots." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like municipal and local level candidates endorsed today -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA: Judiciary Committee vote to advance Kavanaugh “may mark the beginning of the end… for SCOTUS”

Minutes ago the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, in a party-line vote, voted to advance accused sexual assault perpetrator Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Democracy for America's Karli Wallace Thompson, the lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh campaign, on the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote:

"Senate Republicans' decision to railroad Brett Kavanaugh's nomination through the Judiciary Committee after yesterday's fearless and compelling testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is disgusting, and may very well mark the beginning of the end for the respect the majority of Americans once had for the Supreme Court.

"During his unhinged, conspiracy-laden partisan rantings during yesterday's hearings, Brett Kavanaugh not only displayed a temperament that is manifestly unfit for our nation's highest court, but the kind of anger, vitriol, and casual disregard for others that you'd expect to see from a perpetrator of sexual assault.

"The full Senate still has a chance to stop a credibly accused sexual assault perpetrator from securing a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. We urge members of the U.S. Senate to do the right thing and listen to the majority of Americans who don't want to see Brett Kavanaugh on the court.  The very least Republicans could do is to follow through on Sen. Jeff Flake's request and delay any floor vote on Kavanaugh until a full FBI investigation is conducted and its results are released to the public.

"A vote for the confirmation of Kavanaugh is a vote against survivors of sexual violence, a vote for the continued devolution of our country's political institutions, and a vote that we will work to ensure is written into the political epitaph of any Senator cruel and grossly partisan enough to cast it." -- Karli Wallace Thompson, Senior Digital Manager & lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh Campaign, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA: “We believe Dr. Ford… [her] bravery stands in stark contrast to the cowardice” of Senate GOP

This afternoon, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford courageously testified to her story as a sexual assault survivor during the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee's Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Democracy for America's Karli Wallace, the lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh campaign, on Dr. Ford's testimony:

"We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Period. Full Stop.

"The clear and fearless testimony that Dr. Ford gave today made it clear that Brett Kavanaugh has no business sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ford's bravery stands in stark contrast to the cowardice displayed by the all-male Republican membership on the Senate Judiciary Committee who didn't have the guts to ask her questions themselves or confidence in their victim-blaming party line to demand a full FBI investigation of the facts.

"It's simply beyond conscience how any Senator could walk away from today's gut-wrenching testimony or the related, profoundly disturbing recollections of Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick without seeing how unfit Brett Kavanaugh is for a lifetime appointment on our nation's highest court. The Senators who are choosing ignore Dr. Ford's testimony are not only displaying a callous disregard for the role the Court has in upholding justice, they're making it clear that the lives of women impacted by sexual violence matter less than their own political game-playing.

"Our country owes a profound debt of gratitude to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick for everything they've gone through, from publicly reliving some of their darkest moments to the death threats and character attacks they've weathered to patriotically speak out. If Brett Kavanaugh is prevented from reaching the Supreme Court, as we believe he must be, it's because of these three brave women and the American people behind them." -- Karli Wallace, Senior Digital Manager & lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh Campaign, Democracy for America

DFA Action

Sign the petition: Stop Brett Kavanaugh

Christine Blasey Ford courageously shared her story of sexual assault and attempted rape by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when the two were in high school and she was just fifteen years old.

We knew from the start that Kavanaugh was unfit to serve on the Supreme Court, given his extreme political positions along with misleading and false statements during Senate testimony.

But this news made it crystal clear: we must stop this dangerous man from being confirmed to a lifetime on our nation's highest court.

Sign Democracy for America’s petition telling the every U.S. Senator -- Republicans and Democrats -- to do the right thing and reject Kavanaugh by blocking him from being confirmed to the Supreme Court. 

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DFA Press Release

DFA: Kavanaugh’s alleged role in an attempted rape is “fundamentally disqualifying”

This afternoon Christine Blasey Ford courageously told her story of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's role in an attempt to rape her when she was fifteen

Democracy for America's Karli Wallace, the lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh campaign, responds to Kavanaugh's alleged role in an attempted rape:

"The story bravely told today about Brett Kavanaugh's alleged role in an attempted rape of a 15-year-old girl isn't just stomach-turning, it's a fundamentally disqualifying action for anyone tasked with serving justice, let alone someone up for lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"To be clear, Brett Kavanaugh's political positions and repeated use of misleading and false statements during Senate testimony already rendered him unfit to be a Supreme Court justice, but today's revelations make it crystal clear that he had no business being nominated in the first place.

"The only acceptable response to news of Brett Kavanaugh's alleged role in an attempted rape is for every single member of the U.S. Senate to commit to rejecting his nomination to the Supreme Court and demand that the White House immediately rescind it.

"Our country also owes a profound debt of gratitude to Christine Blasey Ford for deciding to publicly share her story. No survivor of sexual assault owes the story of their struggle to anyone, period. Yet, the grace and courage that Christine Blasey Ford has shown in deciding to do so, especially in light of the violations of consent that played a role in compelling her, is something we all should honor." -- Karli Wallace, Senior Digital Manager & lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh Campaign, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA backs O’Rourke for Senate in Texas, Bell (TX-14), Haaland (NM-1), Scholten (IA-4) for Congress

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsements of Beto O'Rourke for United States Senate in Texas and Adrienne Bell (TX-14), Deb Haaland (NM-1), and J.D. Scholten (IA-4) for the United States House of Representatives. All four are running bold, inclusive populist campaigns that place their support for Medicare for All, in particular, at the center of their campaigns.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive political organization with 1 million members across the country and a total of 78,232 spread across the state of Texas, Iowa's 4th, and New Mexico's 1st Congressional Districts.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's endorsement in these four key federal general election races:

"In 2018, Democrats have nominated a series of trailblazing warriors for inclusive populist priorities all across the country who will be positively critical to helping us seize the majority of the U.S. House and have a shot at retaking control of the Senate.

"Today, we're particularly excited to announce our endorsements of Beto O'Rourke for U.S. Senate in Texas and Adrienne Bell, Deb Haaland and J.D. Scholten for the U.S. House in Texas' 14th, New Mexico's 1st, and Iowa's 4th Congressional Districts, respectively.

"Beto O'Rourke (U.S. Senate - Texas) has distinguished himself this cycle not only by running one of the most impressive grassroots campaigns Texas has ever seen, but by taking unequivocal, progressive stands on immigrant rights and racial justice. Beto O'Rourke's people-powered campaign and boldness has not only brought tens of thousands of new and frequently ignored voters into the political process, it's forced Ted Cruz, one of the most loathed fringe-right characters in Donald Trump's Washington swamp, into a single-digit race.

"Adrienne Bell (TX-14) is a Houstonian and grassroots organizer who has spent years working to turn Texas blue on Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and at Battleground Texas. When she's elected to Congress this year, not only will she be the first Black woman sent to represent Texas' 14th District, she'll be a trusted leader in the fight to pass Medicare for All, protect abortion rights, deliver on criminal justice reform, and make sure that every student has a chance to thrive in local public schools.

"Deb Haaland (NM-1) has spent years working on the ground to deliver for New Mexico's working families. She went on to lead New Mexico's Democratic Party where she eliminated a seven-year debt and helped flip the state legislature from Red to Blue. In Congress, Deb Haaland will make history as the first Native American woman in the U.S. House or Senate, and she'll also be a passionate champion for gun violence prevention legislation, the Black and Native Lives Matter movements, and a New Mexico that harnesses its national resources while decreasing its reliance on fossil fuels.

"J.D. Scholten (IA-4) is a 5th generation Iowan who was born in the town of Nevada, grew up in Sioux City, and went on to play baseball professionally in seven countries around the world. A first-time candidate who has visited all 39 counties of the 4th District in his Winnebago RV "Sioux City Sue," J.D. Scholten has a lifelong commitment to social justice and will stand tall for Medicare for All, building a sustainable rural economy, and civility in Washington. If there's any progressive equipped to defeat a hate-fueled, right-winger like Steve King this cycle, it's J.D. Scholten.

"Fighting to represent red and blue terrain from the plains and coasts of Texas to the valleys of New Mexico and the fields of Iowa, Beto O'Rourke, Adrienne Bell, Deb Haaland, and J.D. Scholten aren't just running to make majorities in Washington, they're running because they believe that healthcare is human right and we deserve a healthcare system that reflects that reality. Democracy for America is honored to fight alongside them for the country every American deserves this November and beyond." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like O'Rourke, Bell, Haaland, and Scholten-- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA hails reformer Rollins’ victory in Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney primary

Tonight, Rachel Rollins won her race for Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney

Rollins was endorsed by Democracy for America, the first national progressive organization to back her, as a part of its slate of "Criminal Justice Reform Champions."

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Rachel Rollins' victory in the race for Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney:

"Rachel Rollins win in her race for Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney is a critical victory for everyone who believes that leadership change is a critical component of the criminal justice reform our country desperately needs.

"Like the victories of Kimm Fox in Illinois' Cook County, Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, and, more recently, Wesley Bell in Missouri, Rachel Rollins' win underscores the hunger voters have for prosecutors who have a heartfelt commitment to justice not in some abstract, academic sense of the word, but in the lived experiences of survivors, perpetrators, the accused, and the communities we share.

"The fight to end cash bail, mass incarceration, and the systemic racism undergirding much of our criminal justice system doesn't start in Washington or a state capitol building, it begins with victories in races for bold, justice-focused District Attorneys like Rachel Rollins. That's why we were honored to stand with Rachel in her primary and we look forward to fighting alongside her through November and beyond." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA says Pressley win in MA-7 reflects Democrats’ “inclusive populist transformation”

Ayanna Pressley just won one of the most shocking Democratic primary upsets of the year, unseating Democratic Congressman Mike Capuano in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District.

Democracy for America endorsed Pressley in her primary fight in July.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Ayanna Pressley's stunning primary win in Massachusetts' 7th:

"Ayanna Pressley's remarkable victory tonight is a testament to the strength of the grassroots movement she built, and an important reflection of the generational, multiracial inclusive populist transformation that's happening in the Democratic Party right now all across the country.

"A fearless fighter for Boston's Black, brown, and white working families, Ayanna Pressley will be a champion for progressive priorities like Medicare for All and criminal justice reform in Congress. She'll make history as the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts in House, but she'll also bring a range of life experiences -- as a sexual assault survivor and the daughter of an incarcerated parent -- that are desperately needed in our halls of power.

"With so much at stake in the era of Trump, tonight's results make clear what Ayanna Pressley knew when she boldly launched her campaign against a ten-term incumbent: Change in the country and Congress can't wait. We were honored to stand with Ayanna Pressley in her gutsy, history-making primary campaign, and we look forward to fighting alongside her as she continues working to ensure the voices of all Bay Staters are represented in Washington." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA on Rahm’s Reelection Pass: “Good riddance to bad rubbish”

This morning, in a surprise decision, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he would not run for a third term.

Democracy for America (DFA) strongly backed Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in his 2015 race for Mayor, which forced Emanuel into Chicago's first mayoral runoff.

DFA has more one million members nationwide, including 18,529 members in the Chicago, and works closely with a number of affiliated grassroots groups in and around the city.

Democracy for America's Chair Jim Dean on Rahm Emanuel's decision not to run for reelection:

"Good riddance to bad rubbish.

"While it's disappointing that Chicagoans won't have the chance to give Rahm Emanuel the massive defeat at the polls he deserves for his long record of sheltering injustice, perpetuating inequity, and failing to keep Chicago safe, this is a great day for the Windy City.

"It won't be easy to fix Rahm's mess, but we look forward to seeing what inclusive populist champions emerge in the coming mayoral race and supporting their commitment to fighting for a more just and equitable city." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA: Racist robocalls only “strengthens the people-powered movement behind Andrew Gillum”

Yesterday, a neo-nazi group aligned with Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis launched racist robocalls featuring someone claiming to be Andrew Gillum, his inclusive populist opponent, speaking in "a black minstrel-style voice as jungle noises play in the background."

News of the robocalls follows a racism-tinged interview earlier in the week where DeSantis suggested that Florida would "monkey this up" by electing Gillum and revelations that DeSantis was a member of an openly racist facebook group.

Statement from Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on the impact of the right's bigoted attacks on Andrew Gillum:

"Ron DeSantis is running scared. That's why he launched his general election campaign with a racism-laced interview and why his Nazi backers picked up on his bigoted messaging and pushed out their vile robocalls.

"And, they should be scared.

"Andrew Gillum has not only built a grassroots movement that will make history this November, he has a multiracial, inclusive populist vision for Florida that will finally end the fringe right's death-grip on the Sunshine State.

"Yet what DeSantis and his bigoted supporters don't seem to understand is that every thinly-veiled, hate-fueled swipe they take only grows and strengthens the people-powered movement behind Andrew Gillum.

"The Black, brown, and white working families who call Florida home are hungry for new, visionary leadership and we are more committed than ever to helping them reject bigotry, hate, and division by electing Florida's first Black governor this November." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates David Garcia’s Arizona Gubernatorial primary win

David Garcia just won the race for Arizona's Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Endorsing him in June of 2017, Democracy for America was an early backer of Garcia in Arizona's race for Governor.

Statement from Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on David Garcia's primary win in Arizona's race for Governor:

"David Garcia's victory in tonight's Democratic primary is a testament to his life of service and the bold, inclusive populist vision he's put forward from the very start of his campaign for governor. From his bold vision for tuition-free public college to his commitment to turning Arizona into a solar power superpower, David Garcia hasn't just said he's fighting for Arizona's working families, he's put forward an agenda that can deliver for them in Phoenix.

"Arizonans deserve a governor focused on creating a better future for all of them, not one like Doug Ducey looking to curry favor with a White House content to score political points by stoking division and hatred in their communities. David Garcia isn't afraid to challenge the racist agenda of the Trump Administration -- and, as a teacher and veteran, he's spent his life dedicated to public education and service.

"David Garcia is the kind of progressive change agent we need in leadership across the country. That's why we're honored to support him in this primary and why we can't wait to fight alongside him all the way through November." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA on Andrew Gillum’s “massive upset victory” in Florida Gubernatorial primary

Andrew Gillum just delivered a massive upset victory in the race for Governor in Florida. Democracy for America was a strong early supporter of Gillum following its endorsement in June 2017.

Statement from Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on Andrew Gillum's primary stunner:

"Andrew Gillum's massive upset victory tonight is an explosive development in the 2018 election that definitively proves that the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters are ready to deliver transformative results for candidates who share their commitment to bold, inclusive populism.

"Andrew Gillum, the only candidate who wasn't a millionaire or the scion of a powerful political family, and an army of grassroots organizers built a movement that inspired tens of thousands of new and demoralized voters and spoke directly to the challenges they face with bold solutions like robust criminal justice reform, Medicare for All, and a historic $1 billion commitment to education.

"Tonight, Floridians made it clear that the time for fundamental progressive change in the Sunshine State is here. Andrew Gillum has built an unprecedented movement for change in Florida and it's hard to imagine a candidate better equipped to defeat a Trump sycophant like Ron DeSantis this November." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Kerri Evelyn Harris in Delaware U.S. Senate primary

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Kerri Evelyn Harris in Delaware's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Harris is running in the primary against sitting U.S. Senator Tom Carper.

Democracy for America has 3,672 members in Delaware and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to stand with Kerri Evelyn Harris in her race for U.S. Senate:

"With this fall's election less than 90 days away, it's more important than ever to seize every chance we have to push the Democratic Party to better reflect the diverse communities it serves and put forward the kind of bold, inclusive populist agenda we need to confront our challenges and inspire millions of new & infrequent voters to join our fight.

"A veteran, gay woman of color, and community organizer, Kerri Evelyn Harris has the kind of voice, life experience, and progressive vision our country desperately need in the U.S. Senate right now.

"In 2018, Democrats have an opportunity to make it clear to voters, millions of whom stay home in election after election, our commitment to confronting corporate power, standing up to the right's unrelenting hate, and fighting for bold inclusive populism -- like Medicare for All and robust criminal justice reform.

"Unbought by corporations and unbroken by a political establishment focused on doing their bidding, Kerri Evelyn Harris personally understands the struggles of Delaware's working families and, with a lifetime of experience serving her country and community, she'll be their unbridled champion in the U.S. Senate.

"Democracy for America is honored to endorse Kerri Evelyn Harris for U.S. Senate, not only because she'll be the kind of fearless progressive leader we need in Washington, but also because the visionary, inspiring, and people-centered campaign she's running is precisely the kind of grassroots effort Democrats need to win nationwide." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Kerri Evelyn Harris on receiving DFA's grassroots endorsement:

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America (DFA). This organization is focused on renewing our nation's democracy to ensure that all Americans are represented and our national structure becomes inclusive and balanced. Their vision aligns with mine and I look forward to working together to build a greater America where ALL of our communities can thrive!" -- Kerri Evelyn Harris

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Kerri Evelyn Harris -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Kerri Evelyn Harris is a veteran, an LGBTQ woman of color, an advocate, and a community organizer who has dedicated her life to public service. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Harris held multiple jobs to make ends meet before landing in her current position as Program Director for Achievement Matters, where she leads a team working with youth to close the educational achievement gap. Harris is also active in numerous Delaware-based community action groups, from the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League and the Center for Popular Democracy to serving as the Kent County Coordinator for Network Delaware. When she's elected this November, Harris will not only be the first LGBTQ person of color in the U.S. Senate, she'll be an outspoken champion for a broad-based, inclusive populist agenda including Medicare for All, universal pre-K, a $15 minimum wage, and opposition to any efforts to expand fracking and offshore drilling.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Underwood (IL-14), McClure (NE-01), Schiller (OH-2) for U.S. House

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Jessica McClure (NE-1), and Jill Schiller (OH-2) in three races that will be critical to not only ensuring that Democrats retake the U.S. House in November, but do so with progressive leaders committed to an inclusive populist agenda.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive political organization with 1 million members across the country and a total of 13,482 in the IL-14, NE-1, and OH-2 districts alone.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's endorsement of these three critical races for U.S. House this November:

"As we move closer and closer to the general election, the question isn't whether a blue wave is possible this Fall, but how big that wave will be and if it will give us the kind of audacious, inclusive populist leaders we need to deliver on big, bold ideas like Medicare for All and robust criminal justice reform.

"We believe that Lauren Underwood, Jessica McClure, and Jill Schiller are precisely the kind of courageous leaders we need guiding the way in Washington, and that's why Democracy for America is so honored to endorse their Congressional campaigns ahead of this fall's general election.

"Lauren Underwood (IL-14) is a registered nurse who worked in the Obama administration implementing the Affordable Care Act and helping communities prepare for health disasters. When elected, she'll not only be the first Black woman to represent her district in Congress, she'll be a strong voice in efforts to take on gun violence, pass immigration reform, and push for Medicare for All.

"Jessica McClure (NE-1) is a trained chemist, lawyer, and a mother who wants to go to Washington to fight for Nebraska working families and the many environmental and health regulations that kept them safe before the Trump administration started dismantling them.

"Jill Schiller (OH-2), with years of experience helping small businesses and non-profit organizations thrive in southwest Ohio, is fighting for a seat in Congress to represent working families in her community who have been long ignored by the right-wing lobbying interests that control their current representative.

"Lauren Underwood, Jessica McClure, and Jill Schiller are each running smart, grassroots campaigns that progressives can be proud of and, when they get to Congress, will be the kind of fearless progressive champions our country desperately needs leading the battle for racial and economic justice. Democracy for America members couldn't be more excited to fight alongside them in this election and once they get to Congress." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Underwood, McClure, and Schiller -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Lauren Underwood grew up in Naperville, Illinois and has committed her life to healthcare and public policy. A registered nurse, with hands-on healthcare experience, Lauren was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During her time at the HHS, Lauren helped implement the Affordable Care Act and assisted communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror attacks and public health emergencies. When she's elected to Congress, Lauren will not only be the first Black woman to serve Illinois' 14th Congressional District, she'll bring her first-hand knowledge and experience as healthcare worker to the U.S. House.

A trained chemist who moved from the laboratory to the legal world to protect important regulations that keep communities safe, Jessica McClure believes that Nebraska working families need a voice in Washington. Like many others, her congress member's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act was personal, because she saw first hand what the protections guaranteed by the legislation meant when her young daughter was diagnosed with a treatable chronic gastrointestinal condition that was difficult to diagnose and now would be considered a pre-existing condition. When Jessica goes to Congress, she'll not only be looking to protect and expand the ACA to Medicare for All, she'll be fighting to bring transformational, systemic, progressive change to government.

Jill Schiller is a mother, an attorney, a founder of a successful non-profit that focuses on children's literacy, and a former Obama administration official. She grew up in Philadelphia and earned her undergraduate degree from Ursinus College and a law degree from Temple University. She is running for Congress to make sure Ohioan voices are being heard over the big money lobbyists who control the Republican agenda in Washington. Jill believes we need leaders who know what's right and are willing to stand up for their constituency.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA backs Pam Keith in Florida’s 18th Congressional District primary

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Pam Keith in her race to represent Florida's 18th Congressional District.

Democracy for America has 79,997 members in Florida including 3,486 members in Florida's 18th Congressional District alone.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to back Pam Keith in her battle to represent the FL-18 in Congress:

"Democracy for America is excited to endorse Pam Keith's campaign for Congress because she's running the kind of inspiring and energizing grassroots campaign Democrats need to win a lasting majority in the U.S. House this fall.

"In Congress, Pam Keith is committed to holding Donald Trump accountable for the hate-fueled actions his grotesquely corrupt administration has taken in office, but she's also focused on fighting for inclusive populist priorities, like Medicare for All and robust criminal justice reform, that Democrats need to pursue if we want to hold on to power beyond this one election.

"A veteran and woman of color deeply committed to progressive values, Pam Keith is throwing everything she can into this race so she can get to Congress and fight for the working families of Florida's 18th District. Democracy for America members are honored to stand with Pam in this primary, and we look forward to battling alongside her all the way through November." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Pam Keith on receiving DFA's grassroots endorsement:

"Our people-powered movement is getting attention everywhere. We are honored to join the family and receive the support of progressive heavy hitter, Democracy For America. The stakes have never been higher, the fight is right here, and we are so proud to have DFA fighting with us." -- Pam Keith

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Pam Keith -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Born into a U.S. Navy family, Pam Keith is a veteran who was first able to learn about the positive role the United States could play in the world while her family served the county in Morocco, Syria, and Brazil in the U.S. Foreign Service. Later, while living in Lexington, KY, Keith's first-hand experience with the discrimination she faced as one of only African-Americans in her neighborhood fueled a passion for equality and justice that pushed her to earn degrees at U.C. Davis, Boston College Law School, and eventually become a commissioned Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy. Today, Keith is working to get to Congress to fight for big, bold inclusive populist reforms that will help black, brown, and white working families in Florida's 18th congressional district thrive.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

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