We know climate change is real, it’s here, and there’s little time for us to prevent it from turning into a devastating disaster – one that will wreak havoc on some of the most vulnerable communities across our country and the planet.
We need legislation like the Green New Deal and progressive leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to mitigate the worst impacts climate change, create good jobs, and promote environmental justice.
Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson released the following statement RE: the COVID-19 Stimulus deal announced in the U.S. Senate earlier today:
“The latest Senate deal is Congress' third attempt to respond to COVID-19, yet it doesn't go nearly far enough to deal with both the immediate needs of working families and the preconditions that led to this crisis.
“Specifically, Congress must do more to expand immediate cash assistance and make it available to all; expand Medicaid funding; expand paid sick leave to all workers; provide immediate student debt relief; provide sufficient funding to cover all medical care associated with the virus; and make sure those on the front line of this health crisis in our hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, and delivery trucks receive the support they need.
“We recognize the work that Democratic Senate leaders have done to reach a deal that is far better than the right-wing grab bag of giveaways to corporations and powerful interests Republicans first presented. The additional month of unemployment coverage for those affected by COVID-19, stimulus checks for some workers, and funding increases for hospitals and small businesses were necessary improvements, but the final bill is still not sufficient to meet the scale of this unprecedented, impending health and economic crisis.
“We urge members of the U.S. Senate to fight to make sure their Republicans colleagues don't weaken this legislation further and U.S. House members to continue improving it before any final vote on passage.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Weeks before Americans across the country were homeschooling their kids, stocking up on medicine, and filing for unemployment, Republican Senators Richard Burr and Kelly Loeffler decided to use their inside information to sell off millions of dollars in stocks.
It’s outrageous. If you’re as angry as we are, take a moment to read below and add your name to our joint petition with Robert Reich calling for Burr and Loeffler’s immediate resignations.Take Action!
It can be difficult to keep track of the facts about what is and is not in the varying House and Senate bills to tackle the Coronavirus response… as well as what should be. DFA has collected some resources to help sift through these complex pieces of legislation.
The Progressive Caucus Action Fund, along with several partner organizations, has put together a very useful comparison of the current Republican Senate vs. Democratice House bills in this 12 page PDF document.
DFA and a large coalition of progressive partners has signed onto a guideline of Five Principles of Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus.
The text of the House Bill, H.R. 6379, a 1404 page PDF document.
The text of the Senate Bill, S. 3548, a 247 page PDF document.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jon Hoadley in his fight against 17-term Republican incumbent Fred Upton in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District.
A three-term Michigan State Legislator, Jon Hoadley easily won DFA’s support in his first race for the Michigan State House in 2014. In Lansing, Hoadley has distinguished himself as a progressive champion who is ready to fight for equality, non-partisan redistricting reform, minimum wage increases, paid sick leave, and a host of reforms key to reducing money’s influence on politics.
In his race for Congress, Hoadley has pledged to fight for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, robust criminal justice reform, and voting rights.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Hoadley:
“Democracy for America is excited to support Jon Hoadley for Congress because we know he has the experience, grit, and firm commitment to bold progressive change that it takes to beat a 17-term incumbent like Fred Upton and deliver for Michigan’s working families.
“A lifelong progressive changemaker, we know Jon will fight for big, bold progressive ideas, like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal in DC because we’ve seen him do just that in Lansing.
“We’re particularly passionate about Jon’s race because we know he’s running precisely the kind of community-centered, people-powered campaign that Democrats need to inspire the grassroots, bring out new voters, and open up conversations with unexpected allies ready for change.
“Jon Hoadly gets it. He understands the fights we need to wage, the stands progressives need to take, and the kind of coalition we need to build to defeat Fred Upton and flip Michigan’s 6th District blue.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Jon Hoadley on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"Howard Dean's campaign for President was one of the first times I realized how powerful we are when we work together. Much like Dean's vision of a 50-state organizing strategy, the idea of organizing everywhere so all voices are included and advocating for policies that directly help people are core values of why I'm running for Congress.
"I'm deeply thankful for the support of DFA, and even in challenging times I know I can count on DFA members across the country to come together." -- Jon Hoadley, Candidate, Michigan’s 6th Congressional District
DFA has 3,656 members in Michigan's 6th Congressional District, 52,781 in the state of Michigan, and more than one million members nationwide.
Tonight, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx won the hotly contested Democratic Primary in her 2020 reelection bid.
Democracy for America was a strong supporter of Foxx during her 2016 election and backed her once again for reelection this year.
DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx’s 2020 primary victory:
“Back in 2016, Democracy for America proudly endorsed Kim Foxx for her first election for Cook County State's Attorney because we knew she’d be an unbridled champion for criminal justice reform who was willing to take on the status quo and right historic inequities.
“State’s Attorney Foxx won a hard-fought victory tonight because of her transformative work implementing bond and cannabis reform, vacating wrongful convictions, and focusing her office’s resources on keeping communities safe from violent crime.
“We were honored to stand with State’s Attorney Kim Fox in 2016 and we were excited to fight alongside her once again in this primary.
“At the same time, this victory is also about so much more than a single race for State’s Attorney. Social and economic progress is impossible without a justice system that finally begins living up to our country’s promise of equality under the law.
“The reelection victory of a bold reformer like State’s Attorney Foxx, not only ensures that the progress our movement is making in places like Cook County can continue to march forward, it adds a boost of momentum behind our efforts to continue the fight for criminal justice reform all across the country.” -- Yvette Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, Democracy for America
This evening, Marie Newman beat anti-choice Democrat Dan Lipinski in the closely watched Democratic primary in Illinois 3rd Congressional District.
Democracy for America endorsed Newman in tonight’s race in April 2019, making her the grassroots group’s first non-incumbent endorsement of the 2020 cycle. DFA also supported Newman in her tight race against Lipinski in 2018.
DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Marie Newman’s primary victory in the IL-03 Democratic Primary:
“Marie Newman’s primary win tonight is a tremendous victory for progressives and everyone who believes the Democratic party should be unequivocal in its support for abortion rights, LGBTQ equality, and the fight for economic justice.
“For years, anti-choice corporate Democrats like Dan Lipinski have given Republicans cover as they’ve sought to roll back a woman’s right to choose, tried to deny the human rights of the LGBTQ community, and attacked the idea of a $15 minimum wage. With Marie Newman’s victory over Dan Lipinski tonight the fiction that there is bipartisan support for Republican’s backward agenda is over.
“Democracy for America was proud to stand with Marie Newman in 2018, we were honored to stand with her early in this 2020 race, and we can’t wait to fight alongside her for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and robust criminal justice reform through November and beyond.” -- Yvette Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, Democracy for America
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of McKayla Wilkes in her Democratic primary fight against corporate Democrat Majority Whip Steny Hoyer in Maryland’s deep blue 5th Congressional District.
Born at Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington, DC, McKayla Wilkes was raised in Suitland, MD and intimately understands the struggle that low-income families face in Maryland’s 5th District because she’s experienced it herself.
While McKayla knew that beating a powerful incumbent heavily financed by moneyed interests would be tough, she decided to run to help bring fresh leadership and the perspective of a young, working-class woman of color to Washington’s corridors of power. In this race, she’s pledged to fight for affordable housing, Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, expanded voting rights, and humane immigration policy.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Wilkes:
“Born to a single mother still grieving her father’s unexpected death and raised with the help of welfare benefits and a close extended family, the struggles low-income families in Maryland’s 5th District face aren’t an abstraction for McKayla Wilkes, they’re part of her life story. That’s why Democracy for America is so excited to endorse her race for Congress.
“The fact is, if the Democratic Party is going to be the champion working families need in Washington, we need leaders in Congress who are closer to the pain, not simply closer to the powerful.
“McKayla Wilkes fights for criminal justice reform because she’s seen first hand how our current system fails young people. She supports Medicare for All because her own cousin became visually impaired after struggling to pay for insulin. She’s ready to fight to strengthen the social safety net because as a young, working-class woman of color, McKayla knows what each program means for a family struggling to make ends meet.
“In 2020, progressives need to fight to hold the House, take back the White House, and return the Senate to Democratic control. However, the political transformation our country so desperately needs won’t happen if the Democratic Party continues to be dominated by the same corporate Democratic leaders who are beholden to powerful corporate interests and unwilling to challenge the broken status quo.
“McKayla Wilkes will bring a fresh perspective, a bold vision, and proximity to the pain of working families that we desperately need on Capitol Hill -- and that’s why Democracy for America is honored to stand with her in this primary.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from McKayla Wilkes on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"I am so honored to be endorsed by Democracy for America and stand alongside fellow candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. DFA’s fight for progressive policies, diverse representation, and a government that works for ordinary people is exactly why I got into this race. Together, we can build the America we deserve.” -- McKayla Wilkes, Candidate, Maryland 5th Congressional District
Wilkes is just the third Democratic primary challenger DFA has endorsed ahead of 2020. In 2019, DFA endorsed Marie Newman (IL-3) in her primary challenge to Rep. Dan Lipinski that’s going to voters tomorrow and Jessica Cisneros who narrowly lost a House primary challenge against another anti-choice Democrat on Super Tuesday. <br>
DFA has 3,108 members in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, 29,789 in the state of Maryland, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Cal Cunningham for U.S. Senate in North Carolina.
The endorsement of Cunningham is part of DFA’s 2020 “Flip the Senate” strategy, which aims to (a) hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in helping cover up Donald Trump’s White House crimes and (b) end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform, even with a Democrat in the White House.
To take the majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats need to gain just four additional seats and Cunningham is the sixth 2020 candidate to receive DFA’s endorsement. Prior to today, the grassroots progressive group has endorsed U.S Senate candidates Teresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia, Theresa Greenfield in Iowa, Jamie Harrison in South Carolina, and Betsy Sweet in Maine.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsements of Cunningham for U.S. Senate in North Carolina:
“Cal Cunningham wants to go to Washington to fight for North Carolina’s working families and that’s why Democracy for America is excited to back him for the U.S. Senate.
“While Tom Tillis has worked to gut Obamacare to please his pharmaceutical industry financiers, Cal Cunningham believes that quality healthcare is a right and he’s committed to standing up and taking on the wealthy and powerful interests who profit from exploding premiums, co-pays, and prescription drug costs.
“While all eyes are focused on the battle for the White House, it’s the makeup of the U.S. Senate that will decide whether we remain locked in our current right-wing death spiral or have a Congress that’s capable of moving the ball down the field in the battle for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and criminal justice reform.
“North Carolina is a key battleground in the fight to flip the U.S. Senate in 2020 and we’re honored to work with Cal Cunningham in this race to end Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s stranglehold on progress.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
DFA has 39,144 members in North Carolina and more than one million members nationwide.
Reports indicate that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to announce the suspension of her presidential campaign.
Here’s a statement from Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson on Sen. Warren’s departure from the race for President:
“Over the course of her campaign, Elizabeth Warren put forward some of the most brilliant progressive policy ideas proposed in a generation, delivered knockout debate performances, and inspired millions to fight for big, bold structural change.
“Elizabeth Warren has been and will continue to be one of the leading lights in the progressive movement. She might be leaving the race for President, but she’s not leaving our hearts and we’re looking forward to fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with her in many battles in the months and years to come.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Earlier this week, following a vote of its membership, DFA endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for President in the 2020 race. The grassroots progressive organization also supported Sanders for President in 2016, but only after helping lead “Run Warren Run,” a grassroots effort that tried to encourage Sen. Warren to enter the 2016 contest.
Sanders captures progressive PAC’s endorsement with 79% support in the run-up to Super Tuesday contests
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President in the 2020 fight for the Democratic nomination.
Sanders earned the endorsement after receiving 79.3% in the DFA membership vote, easily passing the 67% supermajority threshold, in a resounding victory over the rest of the field. With over 38,000 individual votes cast over the 11-day voting period, DFA members nationwide overwhelmingly chose Senator Sanders to win the nomination and defeat Donald Trump in November.
This is just the second time DFA has endorsed in a presidential primary. Ahead of the 2016 election, the grassroots progressive organization backed Sanders following a membership vote in December 2015, while in 2008 no candidate was able to clear DFA’s supermajority threshold.
Statement from Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America’s Chair, on today’s endorsement of Sanders for President:
“Bernie Sanders has built a powerful multi-racial, multi-generational movement and we’re excited to join the campaign at this critical moment in the Democratic race. From Super Tuesday to the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee, we’ll be working every day to make sure Bernie wins the most votes, the most delegates, and the most states nationwide to become the Democratic nominee and defeat Donald Trump in November.
“The overwhelming support for Bernie we saw in our member vote should be a wake-up call to the broken, visionless, corporate Democratic establishment. Americans want fundamental change in Washington, not a return to the status quo.
“In the most important election of our lifetimes, Bernie Sanders is the candidate who is energizing our base, connecting with those who have long felt ignored by our politics, and electrifying the next generation of Americans we need to beat Donald Trump, win up and down the ballot nationwide, and fight for bold, inclusive populist reforms like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and robust criminal justice reform.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Statement from Bernie Sanders reacting to DFA’s endorsement:
“I’m proud to have the support of Democracy for America and its grassroots members who know that real change never comes from the top on down but from the bottom on up. They’ve led the fight to guarantee health care as a human right, protect and expand Social Security, and end our nation’s endless wars. Together, we will build a movement that sweeps Donald Trump out of the White House and transforms this country so that it works for the working class.” -- Sen. Bernie Sanders
In 2020, Democracy for America is committed to doing everything it can to help Sanders secure the Democratic nomination in Milwaukee and defeat Donald Trump in November.
Following its endorsement of Sanders in December 2015, Democracy for America:
- Raised over $2 million in grassroots contributions directly for the Sanders campaign,
- Organized 119,000 volunteer shifts helping the campaign make over 11 million voter contact calls and knock on over 5 million doors.
- Embedded DFA staff at Sanders HQ to train dozens of campaign staff and help optimize the campaign’s volunteer recruitment and training of thousands of activists across the country.
- Strongly supported Sanders in dozens of media outlets across the country while keeping the focus on our positive progressive vision for America.
While DFA will be a strong supporter of Sanders, it also remains committed to the Progressives Unite 2020 pledge it helped launch in January and will be specifically focusing its fire in the fight for the Democratic nomination on “candidates supported by the corporate wing.”
Additional details about DFA’s Presidential Primary Endorsement Vote and its 2020 endorsement of Sanders:
- Final vote percentages for the options on the endorsement ballot were: Sen. Bernie Sanders (79.3%); Sen. Elizabeth Warren (13.2%); Vice President Joe Biden (2.5%); Mayor Pete Buttigieg (1.7%); Mayor Michael Bloomberg (1.2%); Sen. Amy Klobuchar (0.9%); Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (0.7%); “Don’t Endorse” (0.3%); and Tom Styer (0.3%).
- In DFA’s 2016 endorsement poll, the final percentages were: Sen. Bernie Sanders (87.9%); Sec. Hillary Clinton (10.3%); Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (1.1%); “Don’t Endorse” (0.8%).
- To receive DFA’s endorsement, a single candidate needed to secure a supermajority (66.67% or more) of the votes cast.
- All progressives were encouraged to cast a ballot in DFA’s endorsement vote. Individuals could cast their vote -- and change their mind -- as many times as they liked over the course of the voting period, but only their final vote was counted.
Tonight’s debate in South Carolina, well, it happened.
Here’s a statement from Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain about what we saw in Charleston tonight:
“In stark contrast to last week’s debate, tonight was a moderator-driven train-wreck and won’t do much to change the current trajectory.
“Despite the clown car of corporate candidates on the stage, no one laid a glove on Sanders and most seemed to be in a desperate and occasionally pathetic slap fight for second place.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Statement from Democracy for America’s Chair Charles Chamberlain on tonight’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas:
"Tonight, Elizabeth Warren ripped Mike Bloomberg's face off on national television exposing his ugly record on women and racial justice.
"Bernie Sanders repeatedly delivered some of the most forceful arguments for Medicare for All seen on the debate stage.
"Together, these progressives came in tonight to fight against the billionaires and the candidates billionaires are backing -- and won." -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Today, just days after the conclusion of the sham impeachment trial, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Theresa Greenfield for U.S. Senate in Iowa.
The endorsement of Greenfield is part of DFA’s 2020 “Flip the Senate” strategy, which aims to (a) hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in helping cover up Donald Trump’s White House crimes and (b) end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform, even with a Democrat in the White House.
To take the majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats need to gain just four additional seats. DFA has also endorsed Teresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock today in 2020’s two U.S. Senate races in Georgia. Earlier this cycle, DFA endorsed Jamie Harrison and Betsy Sweet in their seat-flipping U.S. Senate races in South Carolina and Maine, respectively.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsements of Greenfield for U.S. Senate in Iowa:
“Theresa Greenfield understands the struggles that Iowa working families face first hand, and that’s why Democracy for America is excited to back her in Iowa’s race for U.S. Senate.
“While Joni Ernst has had corporate lobbyists licking their chops ever since she made it to DC, Theresa Greenfield would be a voice for Iowa’s working families and an unequivocal champion for protecting Medicare and Social Security from the cuts that Mitch McConnell craves.
“While the battle for the White House grabs the headlines, it’s the makeup of the U.S. Senate that will decide whether we remain locked in a right-wing death spiral or have a Congress that’s willing to work with a progressive president to move towards Medicare for All, make a Green New Deal, and reform our broken criminal justice system.
“The fight to flip the U.S. Senate in 2020 runs through Iowa and we’re confident that Theresa Greenfield, from the life she’s lived to the fights she’s willing to wage, is the best candidate equipped to send Joni Ernst packing.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
DFA has 10,477 members in Iowa and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, just days after the conclusion of the sham impeachment trial, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsements of Teresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock for Georgia’s two 2020 U.S. Senate races.
The endorsements of Tomlinson and Warnock are part of DFA’s 2020 “Flip the Senate” strategy, which aims to (a) hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in helping cover up Donald Trump’s White House crimes and (b) end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform even with a Democrat in the White House.
To take the majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats need to gain just four additional seats. DFA also endorsed Theresa Greenfield in the U.S. Senate race in Iowa today. Earlier this cycle, DFA endorsed Jamie Harrison and Betsy Sweet in their seat-flipping U.S. Senate races in South Carolina and Maine, respectively.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsements of Tomlinson and Warnock for U.S. Senate in Georgia:
“Georgia is on the leading edge of the generational political transformation that’s beginning to take place all across the South, and Teresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock are the two candidates best equipped to deliver on those calls for change in Georgia’s two U.S. Senate races this year.
After the absurd conclusion of last week’s sham impeachment trial, it’s more clear now than ever that Georgian’s need U.S. Senators committed to standing up for the rule of law, fighting for justice, and delivering for working families -- not the band of criminals in the White House.
“As Mayor of Columbus, GA, Theresa Tomlinson has led one of the best-run cities in America and, in the U.S. Senate, she’ll help correct the crisis of leadership and aversion to accountability in Washington D.C.
“Similarly, Rev. Raphael Warnock has been a leader in the fight for social, racial, and economic justice ever since he started preaching from the pulpit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Ebenezer Baptist in Atlanta. In the U.S. Senate, we know he’ll continue to model his commitment to service and fight for an America where every family has the ability to thrive.
“While the battle for the White House grabs the headlines, it’s the makeup of the U.S. Senate that will decide whether we remain locked in a right-wing death spiral or have a Congress that’s willing to work with a progressive president to move towards Medicare for All, make a Green New Deal, and reform our broken criminal justice system.
“At Democracy for America, we believe the fight to flip the U.S. Senate in 2020 runs through Georgia and the campaigns of grassroots leaders like Theresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock. We couldn’t be more excited to stand with them.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Teresa Tomlinson on the receiving DFA’s endorsement:
"We are honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America. Our people-powered campaign here in Georgia is ready to join DFA in fighting for the kind of change its members have pushed for nationwide." -- Teresa Tomlinson
Statement from Rev. Raphael Warnock on the receiving DFA’s endorsement:
“Our fight to expand health care coverage, ensure quality education for our children no matter their neighborhood, and protect the dignity of working people will only succeed if it is truly people-driven, which is why I am proud to have DFA’s support.
“My path from public housing to the pulpit shouldn’t be harder for today’s generation. As a Senator, I will continue to focus on the issues that matter most, helping make the path to success easier for all Georgians.” -- Rev. Raphael Warnock
Democracy for America members were early supporters of Stacey Abrams 2018 gubernatorial campaign -- organizing support for her prior to her official entrance into the race, endorsing her campaign shortly after its launch, and raising more than $258,000 for her over the course of her race.
DFA has 22,168 members in Georgia, and more than one million members nationwide.
DFA: Sanders “clear front runner” for nomination after Wall Street wing’s NH “circular firing squad”
Bernie Sanders just won the New Hampshire Primary -- deliver a big win for progressives across the country
Statement from Democracy for America (DFA) Chair Charles Chamberlain on Sanders win in New Hampshire:
“Bernie Sanders emerges the clear front runner after the New Hampshire win tonight scoring a critical victory for progressives that makes it more likely Democrats have a nominee this fall who will rally disaffected voters to our fight, inspire a new generation to action, and build a grassroots movement equipped to beat Donald Trump up and down the ballot.
“At the same time, progressive should have no illusions about what tonight’s victory means.
“While the slow-motion implosion of the Biden campaign and the circular firing squad on the party’s right has thrown the Wall Street wing into disarray, we fully expect them to try to marginalize this win, pit progressives against each other, and spend millions to stop the growing grassroots movement for progressive change.
“As we move into the more diverse contests ahead, momentum is on our side and it will be critical that Democrats ready to fight for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and a more inclusive America remain united.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Democracy for America is a national progressive political action committee with 12,275 members in New Hampshire and more than 1 million members nationwide.
In January, DFA was joined by 17 other progressives groups in launch Progressives Unite 2020, an effort that ran a $50,000 campaign in the closing weeks of the race to encourage Iowa caucus-goers to pledge to elect a progressive president.
Moments ago, following a sham trial devoid of witnesses, the Senate voted to cover-up Donald Trump’s reckless abuse of power in the White House.
Democracy for America (DFA) Chair Charles Chamberlain released the following statement in response to the conclusion of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump:
“Today’s votes by Senate Republicans after this sham impeachment trial are a travesty.
“America will not forget what Senate Republicans did today and we are more committed than ever to defeating every single coward who just voted to cover up Donald Trump’s crimes in office.
“Every. Single. One.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
DFA and its one million members across the country have been forceful advocates for Donald Trump’s impeachment since June 9, 2017.
Ahead of the 2020 election, DFA has endorsed Betsy Sweet and Jamie Harrison in their races to defeat incumbent Republican U.S. Senators in Maine and South Carolina, respectively.
In the coming days, DFA will be announcing a number of additional U.S. Senate endorsements specifically targeting Republicans who assisted with today’s vote to cover up Donald Trump’s White House crimes.
Donald Trump just finished another lie-filled State of the Union Address.
Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain released the following statement in response to the Trump State of the Union:
"Donald Trump’s speech tonight was an epic snow job and the American people won’t buy it when they know the house is on fire.
“After three years of tax giveaways to big business and the super-rich, the wealthy are doing great under Donald Trump, while millions of working people are struggling to pay sky-rocketing health insurance costs and living paycheck to paycheck with less than $400 in their bank account.
"Tonight's State of the Union was a just a dressed-up version of what you'd see at a Trump rally, with only a few less MAGA hats: Red-meat perfectly tailored to his base, and a boat-load of easily identified lies and misdirections for anyone who has been paying attention to reality." -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
This evening, Senate Republicans blocked a vote to allow witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
Democracy for America Executive Director Yvette Simpson released the following statement in response to Senate Republicans' disgraceful vote blocking impeachment trial witnesses:
"Tonight's vote on witnesses by Senate Republicans is one of the most dramatic displays of political cowardice ever seen in Congress. Afraid of Donald Trump and the truth that might be revealed by the witnesses and documents his administration has worked to hide, Senate Republicans have become active co-conspirators in a White House cover-up and the blatant shredding of core constitutional principles.
"Whether the final vote in this sham Senate trial happens tonight or next week, it won't be the final vote in the fight to remove Donald Trump and end his lawless administration. With the Senate, led by Moscow Mitch McConnell, unable to even conduct a legitimate trial, it'll be up to voters in November to end Trump's corrupt, lawless reign once and for all." -- Yvette Simpson, Executive Director, Democracy for America
Initial phase features digital media buys to ensure Senator Warren and Senator Sanders supporters work together to win the Iowa Caucus.
BURLINGTON, VT – Today, Democracy for America launches an independent expenditure campaign expected to spend $50,000 in Iowa ahead of the caucuses. Our campaign will target Iowa Democratic voters who have expressed support for Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns to ensure that a progressive candidate wins the Iowa Caucus.
The comprehensive digital ad buy will feature video and static images reminding voters that we are more powerful working together to ensure a progressive wins in the Iowa Caucus. The ads will be shared across many digital platforms including Youtube, Facebook, Google and Instagram.
Progressives know what is at stake this election. And we believe a progressive nominee is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump. That begins in Iowa and the Iowa Caucus.
We urge Iowa caucus-goers to attend their Caucus to support their candidate of choice. If their candidate does not meet the 15% threshold to continue on, then we urge the Caucus-goers to not leave until a progressive wins their Caucus. We are asking Iowa voters to sign our “Progressives Unite” pledge.
Democracy for America joined 17 other organizations to launch the Progressives Unite campaign on Thursday, January 16.
Quote from DFA Chairman Charles Chamberlain on the group’s mission:
“The progressive movement has the chance of a lifetime to defeat Donald Trump and elect a truly transformational progressive leader President of the United States, but it won't happen if we fight each other instead of working together to win.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
This is phase 1 of our independent expenditure campaign, as we must be strategic to win caucuses and primaries and elect candidate delegates in state conventions to ensure a progressive wins the nomination and then the general election. Our independent expenditure campaign will continue through other primaries and caucuses.
Democracy for America (DFA) is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than 15,000 members in the state of Iowa and one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.
DFA has not endorsed a candidate in the Democratic Presidential Primary in 2020.
Below are a few examples of ads that will be running in Iowa through Monday, February 3.
‘Progressives Unite 2020’ is comprised of organizations supporting Sanders, Warren, unaligned in primary
Today, 18 days ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, Democracy for America (DFA) is joining with more than a dozen grassroots progressive groups to launch the “Progressives Unite 2020” campaign with a pledge that underscores our commitment to electing a progressive president.
The eighteen grassroots progressive groups joining the campaign in its launch include organizations that are supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, those who are supporting both, and those, like Democracy for America, who have not yet endorsed any candidate in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
The eighteen groups partnering in this campaign at launch include (note: 2020 endorsement noted where applicable):
- Be A Hero Action Fund
- Black Male Voter Project
- Black Voters Matter Fund
- Center for Popular Democracy Action (Sanders)
- Democracy for America
- Dream Defenders (Sanders)
- Inequality Media Civic Action
- Justice Democrats
- Our Revolution (Sanders)
- People’s Action (Sanders)
- Presente Action
- Progress America
- Progressive Change Campaign Committee (Warren)
- Progressive Democrats of America (Sanders)
- RootsAction (Sanders)
- Social Security Works
- Sunrise Movement (Sanders)
- Working Families Party (Warren)
Each group joining the campaign are signed on to the three-part “Progressives Unite 2020 Pledge”:
- We pledge to make our case to the American people on why our chosen candidate is the best choice to defeat Trump.
- We pledge to focus our fight for the nomination against candidates supported by the corporate wing, instead of fighting each other.
- We pledge to come together in state caucuses, primaries and conventions from the first vote in Iowa to the last vote at the DNC Convention in Wisconsin to ensure a progressive wins the nomination and America elects a Progressive President!
As a part of the Progressives Unite 2020 campaign, the grassroots groups involved will be asking their members to join them in signing the “Unite Pledge” at http://progressivesunite2020.com/ and commit to voting strategically for the top two progressive candidates in their caucus or primary.
As a part of the campaign's work in the early state of Iowa, the groups behind Progressives Unite 2020 will be working to ensure their members do not leave their Feb. 3 caucus site without casting their final vote for one of the top two progressives in the race.
The Iowa Strategic Voting Plan is simple. If the candidate you support does not reach the viability threshold (15%) in your caucus, the campaign will be organizing voters to move to one of the top two progressives rather than going home or aligning with a candidate supported by the corporate wing of the Democratic Party.
Statements from the grassroots groups behind Progressives Unite 2020:
- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America: “When progressives fight each other, the establishment wins. We saw it in 2004 when progressives took each other out and John Kerry slipped through to win Iowa and then went on to lose in November to a very unpopular Republican incumbent. We’re determined to not let that happen again.”
- Jennifer Epps-Addison, Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy Action: "Center for Popular Democracy Action is proud to support Bernie Sanders for President, but our movement is much bigger than a single candidate or a single election. To make this country a place where Black and Brown people, immigrants, native people, LGBTQ people, working people and women can thrive, we need a strong and united progressive movement."
- Alan Minsky and Donna Smith, Executive Director and Chair, Progressive Democrats of America: “Progressive Democrats of America has endorsed Bernie Sanders for President, but we love Elizabeth Warren too. At a time when progressive policies resonate with Americans across the political spectrum, we need a progressive Democratic presidential nominee for the sake of the country and the world; and in order to defeat Donald Trump.”
- Bree Carlson, Deputy Director, People’s Action: "We need a President who will put the interests of everyday people ahead of those of the wealthy elite and big corporations. Our members voted to endorse Senator Sanders as the best choice for President because he is ready to work side by side with us to do just that. Senator Warren is our clear second choice, both Senator Sanders and Senator Warren stand heads and shoulders above the candidates seeking only to prop up the status quo of corporate interests."
Progressive Change Campaign Committee: "We need a bold progressive president. In our opinion, the most inspirational and electable Democrat we could nominate is Elizabeth Warren. We are joining this effort out of a belief that it represents leaders in the progressive movement urging everyone from campaign staff to Twitter commenters to focus on defeating a corporate, establishment Democrat like Joe Biden. This effort inherently includes standing opposed to sexism and bad-faith arguments in the primary process. We look forward to working with our friends to enforce these principles."
Jonel Edwards, Co-Director, Dream Defenders: “We are clear on why we chose to endorse Bernie Sanders and we’re also clear that a moderate Democrat can’t win the nomination and they won’t beat Trump.”
Liz Jaff, President, Be A Hero: “This year, progressives have their best chance in a generation to elect a transformational, visionary president who can actually address the crises we face. Whether it’s ballooning inequality, climate chaos, or the health care crisis, our challenges are too immense for us to be distracted by infighting on the left. We have to keep our eyes on the ball, resist the temptation to form a circular firing squad, and collaborate to ensure a real progressive leader is elected President in November.”
Maurice Mitchell, National Director, Working Families Party: “We're all in with Elizabeth Warren, but we're lucky to have two progressive champions in this race fighting for transformational change. Either Sanders or Warren would be a historic president. If progressives can keep their fire trained on Trump and the corporate Democrats, we can elect a progressive who will finally make this country work for the many, not the few.”
- Matt Nelson, Executive Director, Presente Action: “In this emergency election, who we elect for the next four years will determine the future of our democracy and of life on the planet. We have a duty to elect a president who will not do the bidding of corrupt billionaires and criminal corporations. At a time when our country is flooded with propaganda, bitterly divided, and experiencing the greatest economic disparity in history, we need a president who will support progressive social change at all levels. And we need someone who is supported by a mass social movement powerful enough to defeat monied interests and the status quo.”
Joseph Geevarghese, Executive Director, Our Revolution: “Our members are ready to elect Bernie Sanders as our next President, but we must be clear. 2020 is a must-win moment for the progressive movement. It is the best opportunity we have to transform our political system – and take power back from the corporate elites who seek to destroy our country and our climate. We know there are more of us than there are of them. And if we come together and organize, we will win 2020.”
- Linda Benesch, Communications Director, Social Security Works: "Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are both longtime progressive champions. Social Security Works has fought alongside them for years to protect and expand Social Security, and we know that either one would be a vastly better president for working people than candidates from the corporate wing of the Democratic Party. Furthermore, Democrats need a progressive nominee with a stellar record on Social Security to win back seniors and defeat Donald Trump.
Tonight’s debate should effectively end the back-and-forth between Warren, Sanders, and the media that has dominated news coverage over the last 48 hours.
Statement from Democracy for America’s Chair Charles Chamberlain on tonight’s Democratic debate in Iowa:
“Tonight, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders did everything they needed to do to overcome the media-fueled scuffle of the last 48-hours and train their fire on the corporate Democratic opponents who pose the more immediate threat to a progressive victory over Donald Trump.
“Back in 2004, progressive divisions and bickering ahead of Iowa carved up our movement and allowed the establishment Democrats preferred candidate to win the nomination, and, ultimately, lose the general election. We can’t let that happen again.
“Especially given how close the race remains just 20 days ahead of the first contest, it’s critical that progressives focus our fight for the Democratic nomination against candidates supported by the corporate wing, instead of fighting each other.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
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Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jessica Cisneros in her Democratic primary fight against corporate Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar in Texas’ deep blue 28th Congressional District.
An immigration and human rights attorney who was born and raised in the border town of Laredo, TX, Jessica Cisneros launched her challenge to Rep. Cuellar in June 2019 after seeing how little he was doing to speak up and fight back for families in South Texas. In this race, she’s pledged to fight to end the family separation at the border and for a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, and a Green New Deal.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Cisneros :
“The political system is profoundly broken when a congressional district like Texas’ 28th, which voted for Hillary Clinton by nearly twenty points over Donald Trump, is represented by a Member of Congress who has voted with the Trump administration nearly 70% of the time.
“We’re honored to endorse Jessica Cisneros to replace corporate Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar, not simply because we know she’ll fight to reform our inhumane immigration system and pass Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and a $15 minimum wage. We’re excited to support Jessica Cisneros for Congress because we know that when she gets there she’ll be champion for the families of South Texas, not corporate lobbyists bankrolling her campaign.
“In 2020, Democracy for America will be focused on taking back the White House, returning the Senate to Democratic control, and holding the House. However, we also know that the kind of political transformation our country needs can’t happen if we continue to have Democratic leaders in Congress who are beholden to the corporate interests who control Washington or who’ve been afraid to take on Trump.
“Jessica Cisneros is in this fight to stand up to the wealthy and powerful on behalf of the families of South Texas and that’s why Democracy for America is honored to stand with her in this primary." -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Jessica Cisneros on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"I’m honored to receive support from Democracy for America, an organization that has spent the last fifteen years building power with the support of real people across the country. I look forward to working with DFA members in Texas and our broad coalition in our fight to bring true representation to South Texas on March 3rd.” -- Jessica Cisneros, Candidate, Texas 28th Congressional District
Cisneros is just the second Democratic primary challenger DFA has endorsed ahead of 2020. Earlier in 2019, DFA endorsed Marie Newman (IL-3) in her challenge to Rep. Dan Lipinski, another anti-choice corporate Democrat in a strongly Democratic House district.
DFA has 1,136 members in Texas’ 28th Congressional District, 65,975 in the state of Texas, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman in her rematch campaign against incumbent Rep. Don Bacon in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District.
Democracy for America was a strong supporter of Eastman during her 2018 race when she won an upset victory over former Rep. Brad Ashford in the primary and ran an extremely tight race against Rep. Bacon in the General.
With this endorsement, Eastman joins a slate of five other battle-tested, progressive candidates who expanded the electorate and nearly unseated Republican incumbents in 2018 including AmmarCampa-Najjar (CA-50), Dana Balter (NY-24), Adrienne Bell (TX-14), Gina Ortiz-Jones (TX-23), and J.D. Scholten (IA-4).
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Eastman:
“In 2018, Kara Eastman ran on a bold, inclusive populist agenda and, despite the millions of right-wing special interest dollars that were spent against her, she fell less than a couple of points shy of beating her incumbent Republican opponent.
“We were honored to support Kara in 2018 and we’re even more excited to stand with her again in 2020 because we know that when she gets to Washington she’ll fight for a healthcare system that puts people before profits, a Green New Deal that creates jobs and halts catastrophic climate change, and an economy that puts Nebraska’s working families first.
“Kara understands the stakes in this election and how to bring together the diverse communities that call Nebraska’s second district home -- and we know she’ll never back down from a fight. Democracy for America is thrilled to endorse Kara Eastman for Congress again in 2020 and we look forward to fighting alongside her from now through November.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Kara Eastman on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
“I am inspired and excited to be endorsed by Democracy for America. I look forward to joining the fight for inclusive populism here in Nebraska’s Second District and in Washington. Together, we can lead the election of progressive majorities and the rejection of right-wing extremism.” -- Kara Eastman
DFA has 2,754 members in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, 6,616 in the state of Nebraska, and more than one million members nationwide.
Moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives began voting on Article of Impeachment against Donald Trump.
Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain released the following statement as the formal vote on impeachment commenced:
“As an organization, Democracy for America has been calling for Donald Trump’s impeachment since June 2017, but we aren’t celebrating tonight’s impeachment votes in the U.S. House. Instead, tonight, we want to honor the millions of Americans, ordinary committed citizens who love their country, who have spent the last three years fighting to get us to this moment.
“In 2017, we took to the streets to shine a light on what Donald Trump’s campaign had done to get into office and the crimes they started committing the moment they go there.
“In 2018, we made calls, knocked doors, and contributed everything we could to elect a Congress that would finally hold the Trump administration accountable for its lawlessness.
“Over the last year, we’ve worked, sometimes with quiet pressure behind the scenes and sometimes front and center during townhall meetings & rallies, to make sure that our Representatives ensured that no one, including the President of the United States, is above the law.
“Thanks to the diligent work of millions, tonight’s votes ensure that Donald Trump will be forever branded as the country’s third impeached president.
“More importantly, after tonight’s votes, history won’t be able to deny that, when faced with the most blatantly dishonest, manifestly corrupt, grossly incompetent, and sickeningly cruel U.S. president ever, Americans and their elected leaders in the U.S. House stood up, fought back, and did everything in our power they could to protect and defend the Constitution and the rule of law.
“We have no illusions about the difficult road ahead next year, both for a fair trial in the U.S. Senate and a fair election free from foreign government influence, but we’re not afraid. The dedicated Americans and the grassroots strength it took to get us to tonight’s impeachment votes aren’t going anywhere, and that gives us hope.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Mondaire Jones in the wide-open race to represent New York’s 17th Congressional district following the retirement of Rep. Nita Lowey.
Jones jumped into the race in July 2019 prior to Lowey’s, who has been in Congress since 1989, decision to retire and, if elected, would be the first Black, openly gay member of Congress. A former Obama administration official who grew up in the NY-17 and most recently served as an attorney in Westchester County’s Law Department, Jones is running as a champion for Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Jones:
“Mondaire Jones understands first hand the struggles that working families, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people face every single day in our country. As a member of the U.S. House, he’ll be a steadfast champion for big, bold progressive ideas like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal, while breaking barriers with the unique life experience he’ll bring with him to Congress.
“At Democracy for America, we’ve long believed that we must change the kind of leaders running our country if we want our country to change. We’re honored to endorse Mondaire Jones in this race for Congress in New York’s 17th Congressional District because we know he’ll be the kind of fresh, bold, and progressive leader his community and our country needs in Washington in the years ahead.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Mondaire Jones on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"I am humbled to have the support of Democracy for America in my campaign to represent the people of New York's 17th Congressional District. Growing up poor, black, and gay, raised by a single mom who worked multiple jobs to provide for our family, I never imagined someone like me could make it to the halls of Congress. I'm running for Congress because, for me, policy is personal. If we are going to change Washington, we need to change the kind of people we send there. We need more representatives who understand the lived experiences of millions of Americans who face economic insecurity every day. In my crowded primary, I am the only candidate supporting Medicare for All and student debt forgiveness. I'm prepared to fight for the big, structural solutions we need to make sure working-class people get a fair shot in our economy and that people like me are treated equally under the law." -- Mondaire Jones, Candidate, New York’s 17th Congressional District
DFA is Jones’s first endorsement from a national, multi-issue progressive organization and just the seventh non-incumbent candidate for U.S. House to be endorsed by the grassroots progressive group ahead of 2020. DFA’s other non-incumbent endorsements include Marie Newman (IL-3), Amar Campa-Najjar (CA-50), Dana Balter (NY-24), Adrienne Bell (TX-14), and Gina Ortiz-Jones (TX-23), and J.D. Scholten (IA-04).
DFA has 4,951 members in New York’s 17th Congressional District, 120,834 in the state of New York, and more than one million members nationwide.
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This morning, less than an hour after announcing impeachment articles against Donald Trump, U.S. House Democratic leadership said that they would support the passage of the NAFTA 2.0 trade agreement.
The following is a statement from Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson responding to the U.S. House Democratic leadership’s NAFTA 2.0 announcement:
"On policy, the jury is still out on whether the heavily revised NAFTA 2.0 will be a win for the country.
"Some unions are supporting the deal while others aren't, but the idea that any trade agreement touched by the Trump administration can be trusted to protect the environment, prioritize worker safety, or hold big pharma's feet to the fire is absurd.
"Meanwhile, politically, making this deal today, of all days, is a major strategic misstep. Swing district Democrats won't win a single new vote by agreeing to pass this trade deal. Meanwhile, Donald Trump will be spending the next 11 months bragging about the trade agreement he "alone" passed, despite the political capital Democrats sunk into making sure NAFTA 2.0 was slightly better than the deal it’s replacing.
"Yes, Democrats made NAFTA 2.0 better, but any corporate Democrat who pushed to get this agreement passed that thinks Donald Trump is going to share the credit for those improvements is dangerously gullible.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Democracy for America's CEO Yvette Simpson issued the following statement after Harris' announcement:
"Despite her decision to suspend her campaign today, there's no doubt that Sen. Kamala Harris' presence in the 2020 Democratic primary over the last year transformed the contest and will have a profound impact on the Democratic Party for years to come.
"Just as she pushed forward on a trail forged by Shirley Chisholm and Carol Moseley Braun, I have no doubt that the first Black woman to win the presidency will get there thanks to the arguments made and the lessons learned by Kamala Harris in this race. The way she inspired young brown girls to believe that they could do anything, including be President of the United States was a beautiful thing to behold, and a moment that I believe we will see again in the near future.
"While I'll miss her on the debate stage going forward, I think we should all be comfortable knowing Sen. Harris will continue to be an unrelenting force for justice in the U.S. Senate and a powerful advocate for the voices of women of color in the 2020 race for President and beyond." -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
DFA has been closely following Harris’s race since her announcement in January 2019. While Harris rose to 3rd place in DFA’s July 2019 Presidential Pulse Poll, she dropped to 6th in the most recent iteration of the straw poll.
DFA has not yet made any endorsement in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.
DFA on DEM DEBATE: Sanders, Warren give corporate Dems “good reasons to keep shaking in their boots”
Statement from Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain following the conclusion of tonight’s debate in Atlanta:
“Coming out of tonight’s debate the battle lines in the 2020 Democratic Primary are more clear than they’ve been before.
“Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are ready to fight for bold, structural reforms like Medicare for All, while the other front runners seem to think that the Democratic nomination will be won by whoever does the bidding of the health insurance industry, Wall Street, and CEO donor class.
“For months, it’s been clear that the wealthy and powerful are terrified of the rise of the champions for inclusive populism in the 2020 race for President and desperate to find some corporate democrat, any corporate democrat, who’ll help them keep the Democratic Party just as addicted to K Street lobbyists as Republicans. With their command performances in tonight’s debate, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren gave the wealthy and powerful good reasons to keep shaking in their boots.” - Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
DFA PULSE POLL RESULTS: Near supermajority support Sanders, Warren in DFA’s November 2019 straw poll
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) released the results of its fourth Presidential Pulse Poll of the 2020 election cycle showing support growing for nearly every major candidate and Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, together, capturing over 62% of all first-place votes cast.
The grassroots poll continues to have Sanders in the lead and Warren closely behind him. It also shows a mild resurgence for Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, while each remains beneath their previous DFA Pulse Poll highs.
Amy Klobuchar makes her first top-five premier in this latest pulse poll, while Kamala Harris drops out of the top-five for the first time after the surge of support she saw in DFA’s July Presidential Pulse Poll.
Top five results from the DFA poll:
- Bernie Sanders, 35.17%
- Elizabeth Warren, 27.69%
- Joe Biden, 12.08%
- Pete Buttigieg, 7.26%
- Amy Klobuchar, 3.72%
See the full results here: http://poll.democracyforamerica.com/results
The poll, which began immediately following the October 15th debate through midnight (ET) Tuesday, November 5th, is the fourth straw-poll survey DFA has conducted of its membership regarding the 2020 presidential election. DFA’s first three 2020 Presidential Pulse Polls were released in December 2018, April 2019, and July 2019.
Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain on DFA’s November 2019 Presidential Pulse Poll results:
“Our latest 2020 Presidential Pulse poll results show a contest in which DFA members are increasingly rallying behind the two-leading progressive candidates.
“Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have consistently been the top two candidates with our members since our April poll. Between Sanders’ rock-solid support and Warren’s consistent ascent, these latest results make clear that no other candidate is a real threat to their dominance with the Democratic Party’s progressive base.
Below Warren and Sanders, there has been a fair amount of churn in the rankings as compared to previous results. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s boost in this latest poll is real, but both are still doing worse than their previous highs — Biden in our Dec. 2018 poll and Buttigieg in our April 2019 survey.
While Corporate Democrats may be hunting around for better candidates — something that might help explain Senator Amy Klobuchar’s recent rise in our own poll — DFA’s latest presidential pulse poll results show that progressives are happy with the leaders we’ve got in this race and our more convinced than ever that having a champion for inclusive populism and bold, structural change at the top of the ticket is essential to victory in 2020.”-- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Ahead of 2020, DFA is committed to pressuring presidential candidates to be progressive leaders, providing opportunities for those running on inclusive populism to connect with its members, and conducting multiple Presidential Pulse Polls before any potential endorsement vote.
Nov. 2019’s Top Ten:
Nov. 2019’s Top Five Over DFA’s four 2020 Presidential Pulse Polls:
Results of a head-to-head race against our Warren and Sanders (Note: This is slightly closer than July 2019’s results):
Tonight, with the help of 4 critical DFA-endorsed candidate victories, Democrats took control of both chambers of Virginia's General Assembly.
This is a major victory for Virginia progressives and Democracy for America, which, in 2013, made Virginia the flagship state in it’s Purple to Blue project, a multi-year, multi-state, multi-million dollar effort to flip Governors, State Houses, and State Senate Chambers to Democratic control.
Statement from Charles Chamberlain, Chair of Democracy for America, on the flip to Democratic control in Virginia’s General Assembly and the success of DFA’s Purple to Blue program:
“Tonight’s historic flip of Virginia’s House of Delegates and State Senate to Democratic control is not only a huge victory for the people of the Commonwealth, it’s a victory that Democracy for America has been working towards for the last seven years.
“Back in March 2013, a lot of folks thought we were nuts for making an overwhelmingly ‘red’ state like Virginia the flagship of our multi-year, multi-state, multi-million dollar Purple to Blue campaign to flip Governors, State Houses, and State Senate Chambers from Republican to Democrat across the country by the end of 2020.
“But we knew that if we worked with Virginians to invest in diverse progressive leadership, and focus on building the power of the growing New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters, profound inclusive populist change would win in the Commonwealth.
“We were honored to endorse Ghazala Hashmi (VA-SD-10), Joshua Cole (VA-HD-28), Elizabeth Guzman (VA-HD-31) and Danica Roem (VA-HD-13) ahead of their victories tonight. Each worked their heart out to win their race and, in office, will work tirelessly for the communities they serve, and we look forward to working with them every step of the way.
“Tonight, after years of hard work, Virginians finally have a government that represents their proud progressive values.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
Facts about DFA’s “Purple to Blue” work in Virginia since 2013:
Since DFA’s 2013 Launch of the “Purple to Blue” project in Virginia, DFA has:
- Backed dozens of candidates -- like Del. Jennifer Boysko, Hala Ayala, John Bell -- with people-powered support from DFA members and grassroots donations.
- Made more than 650,000 volunteer calls using our DFA Dialer distributed voter calling tool.
- Worked closely with in-state partners like the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to train and support candidates and campaign staff.
- Worked closely with endorsed campaigns on everything from designing voter outreach programs for turning out the New American Majority to coaching candidates and staff on campaign mechanics.
In 2019, specifically, DFA endorsed 14 general election candidates across the state up and down the ballot. This included:
- Five Candidates for the House of Delegates -- Joshua Cole (VA-HD-28); Elizabeth Guzman (VA-HD-31); Danica Roem (VA-HD-13); Mavis Taintor (VA-HD-33); Jessica Foster (VA-HD-88)
- Four Candidates for the State Senate -- Ghazala Hashmi (VA-SD-10); Amy Laufer (VA-SD-17); Amanda Pohl (VA-SD-11); Qasim Rashid (VA-SD-28)
- Three candidates for local School Boards -- Karl Frisch (Fairfax County (VA) School Board - Providence District); Joseph George (Prince William County (VA) School Board - Neabsco District); Karen Keys-Gamarra (Fairfax County (VA) School Board);
- Two candidates for other county/local offices -- Josh King (Prince William County (VA) Sheriff); Kenny Boddy (Prince Williams (VA) Board of Supervisors - Occoquan District)
This weekend, across the country Democratic parties and grassroots groups are engaging in activities meant to mark the fact that, as of Sunday, Nov. 3, we’ll be one year out from the 2020 general election.
However, here at Democracy for America (DFA) there’s no such thing as an off-year. Instead, in the days ahead we’re gearing up for the victory of 60 DFA-endorsed candidates who are on the ballot this Tuesday, November 5th in state and local elections nationwide.
DFA’s list of 2019 endorsements is available at: https://democracyforamerica.com/our_candidates
Key Facts about DFA’s 2019 Endorsements:
- DFA backed 77 candidates running for state and municipal-level office in 2019. This is the largest slate of candidates DFA has ever endorsed in an odd-numbered election year and one of the largest slates of state and municipal-level candidates endorsed by a multi-issue progressive PAC this cycle.
- The 60 candidates up for election on Tuesday includes a wide range of different leaders. The list includes first-time candidates, like Chesa Boudin, who is running to become San Francisco’s (CA) next District Attorney, and Tay Anderson, who’s running for a school board seat in Denver (CO). It also includes trailblazing veteran leaders that DFA has endorsed before, like Charlotte (NC) Mayor Vi Lyles and Virginia Delegate Danica Roem, the first African-American woman to lead her city and the first openly transgender person to serve in VA’s General Assembly, respectively. It even includes one of our own, DFA Communications Director Neil Sroka, who is running for a City Council seat in his small suburban town of Grosse Pointe Farms (MI).
- In Virginia, DFA has endorsed a total of 14 local candidates (see our Purple to Blue highlight section below for more detail), including the critical races needed to flip two seats in each legislative chamber and turn Virginia blue statewide.
- In addition to the candidates on the ballot on Tuesday, DFA endorsed another 17 candidates in 2019, including the stand-out victories of Kate Gallego, Phoenix (AZ) Mayor, and J.B. Smiley, Memphis (TN) City Council Member.
- This is the most diverse slates of candidates DFA has endorsed in an odd-numbered year cycle. 58% of those endorsed by DFA in 2019 are candidates of color, including 27 African-American, nine Latinx, and nine Asian-American candidates.
- In total, DFA-endorsed candidates are running in 20 different states for State Senate, State House, Attorney General, District Attorney, Mayor, County Council, City Council, and School Board.
DFA’s Purple to Blue Campaign Positioned for Victory in Virginia
While every race DFA endorsed this November is important, we’re especially excited about finishing the job we started in March 2013 when we made Virginia the flagship state of our multi-year, multi-state, multi-million dollar Purple to Blue campaign to flip Governors, State Houses, and State Senate Chambers from Republican to Democrat across the country by the end of 2020.
At the time, some thought focusing progressive resources in legislative races in a “deep red” state like Virginia was a little crazy.
Seven years later, with Democrats in Virginia now holding all statewide offices and just two seats in the House and two seats in the Senate shy of a legislative majority in both chambers, that decision has proved to be a prophetic investment in diverse progressive leadership and the rising power of the New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters throughout the Commonwealth.
DFA worked with our allies to get progressives to this moment by supporting dozens of candidates with people-power and grassroots donations, making more than 650,000 volunteer calls using our DFA Dialer distributed voter calling tool, and working closely with local partners like the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to train and support candidates and campaign staff in the soon to be four elections since DFA’s 2013 Purple to Blue launch.
In 2019 specifically, beyond volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and media support, DFA has worked closely with the campaigns of six candidates running for VA State Senate and three candidates for the House of Delegates on everything from designing voter outreach programs for turning out the New American Majority to coaching candidates and staff on campaign mechanics.
The Springboard to 2020
While much of the country’s attention is focused on the election happening a year from now, Tuesday’s elections will be an important indicator of growing progressive momentum all across the country.
The grassroots volunteers and supporters taking action in support of DFA’s 2019 endorsed candidates are both backing local candidates who will have a direct impact on their lives and gaining critical experience on the phones, at the doors, and outside polling places that will be critical to Democratic victory in 2020.
It may be an odd-numbered year, but 2019 has been no off-year for DFA. In fact, with the range of quality candidates we’ve endorsed this year and the powerful campaigns they’re kicking into high-gear ahead of Tuesday, we’re certain it will be a critical springboard for progressives into the most important elections of our lifetimes in 2020.
On Monday we asked three questions heading into tonight’s debate, and, below, we’ve got some thoughts on what was answered and what wasn’t.
First, some news: Immediately after tonight’s debate, Democracy for America launched the fourth iteration of its 2020 Presidential Pulse poll.
- The poll is available here: https://poll.democracyforamerica.com/
- The poll is slated to run from tonight through November 6th, 2019. This gives progressives time to fully process tonight’s debate and gets us through Election Day 2019 when DFA is supporting 61 state and municipal-level candidates nationwide.
- This will be the fourth iteration of DFA’s 2020 Presidential Pulse Poll. The last DFA Presidential Pulse Poll was released in late July 2019 and was preceded by similar polls released in April 2019 and December 2018.
Now, here is DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain thoughts on tonight’s Democratic Debate in Westerville, OH:
“Tonight in Westerville, Elizabeth Warren was on fire, Bernie Sanders delivered strong moments for anyone who thought he might dial it back, and Joe Biden faded into the background.
“No matter what the polling says, tonight’s debate showed that everyone on that stage knows Elizabeth Warren is the front-runner and she proved she can take the heat from all comers and fight back. Warren was never flustered, or get defensive she fought back strong and stayed laser-focused on her message. In contrast, Biden, when he wasn’t standing like a bystander on stage, continued to struggle with clear concise answers or to hold his ground without getting defensive.
Anyone who thought Bernie Sanders would tone it down or take it easy after his heart attack was wildly mistaken. Bernie had several powerful moments, from passionately railing against our broken healthcare system to exposing corporate power over trade agreements, proving Bernie is back and working to win.
“The big surprise of the night was the premiere of the new and angry Mayor Pete. Clearly, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar showed up strong tonight in an attempt to pick up moderates looking for an alternative to Joe Biden, but Mayor Pete’s constant attempts to tear down progressive priorities is more likely to please big CEO donors and lobbying firms than Democratic voters.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Despite the dominance of the impeachment fight in Washington over the last month, the 2020 race for the Democratic nomination has entered a new phase since the candidates met in Houston last month.
While anything can happen with so many candidates on one stage, DFA’s Chair Charles Chamberlain and CEO Yvette Simpson have three main questions going into Tuesday’s debate outside Columbus, OH:
- Can Joe Biden temporarily halt the bleeding or will this debate be the final blow to his status as the 2020 front-runner?
Between his weak fundraising in the third quarter, his late response to Donald Trump’s endless barrage of attacks, and uneven past debate performances, Joe Biden is walking into the Ohio debate a severely wounded front-runner. While the momentum in this contest will likely continue to build behind the leading progressive candidates, a strong performance could keep Biden’s backers in the Democratic political establishment from racing for the exits. Conversely, if the Joe Biden from either one of the first two debates shows up in Ohio, the former Vice President will likely lose his frontrunner status.
- Which candidate from the growing second-tier emerges from the debate best positioned to take advantage of Biden’s decent?
While the top tier of candidates -- Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren -- has stayed relatively consistent throughout the summer, there’s been a lot of churn and growth in the tier of candidates at their heels. With Biden struggling to build momentum, it’s clear that parts of the Democratic political establishment are actively searching for an alternative to the former Vice President. That said, the path to that top-tier likely isn’t through the fall of one candidate, but by figuring out how to cobble together a coalition that includes the corporate Democrats searching for a candidate who can win without alienating Democrats’ ascendant progressive base. It’s a tall order, likely can’t be done in a single debate, and certainly won’t guarantee victory, but, if we had to guess, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker are best positioned to make these gains on Tuesday.
- Will this be the moment one of the two front-running progressive candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, begins consolidating grassroots support?
While many in the media are spoiling for a fight between Sanders and Warren, it’d be a huge, surprising mistake for either to take the bait. As their healthy third-quarter fundraising hauls made clear, Warren and Sanders are well-served by working as a united front in these large-field debates, and we expect them to keep that strategy up in Ohio. That said, it will be interesting to see how Sanders and Warren work to continue to separate themselves from the field and grab for the growing number of grassroots voters who understand Democrats need to unequivocally embrace an inclusive populist agenda to win in 2020.
Today, long-time Democracy for America ally NARAL Pro-Choice America celebrates the 50th anniversary of its fight to protect and expand reproductive freedom throughout our country.
This afternoon, DFA CEO Yvette Simpson released the following statement celebrating NARAL’s historic 50th anniversary:
"For 50 years, NARAL has not only been a steadfast champion for abortion rights, they've also been a reliable ally in the progressive movement's broader fight for a more racially, socially, and economically just America.
“Over our own 15-year history, Democracy for America has been honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with NARAL time after time because we know the fearlessness, visionary grit, and determination NARAL will bring to any fight we take on with them.
“We have NARAL's back and NARAL has ours, and we couldn't be happier for them as they celebrate their 50 years fighting for the rights of all of us." -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
In light of the rapidly developing Trump-Ukraine extortion scandal, Democracy for America's (DFA) Chair is urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take immediate, urgent action on impeachment:
“Donald Trump has committed clearly impeachable offenses and admitted to them in public. No further investigation is needed, and Trump's brazenly corrupt acts in the White House make it clear that he’s an on-going threat to our national security. We urge Speaker Pelosi to cancel next week’s recess, and schedule a vote on Articles of Impeachment immediately.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
While the grassroots organization’s calls for immediate, urgent action are new, Democracy for America has been saying that Congress has what it needs to impeach Donald Trump since June 9, 2017.
DEBATE: Castro had “breakout performance,“but debate “likely won’t fundamentally alter the top-tier”
Statement from Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain following the conclusion of tonight’s debate in Houston:
“Tonight, all three front runners had strong nights that likely won’t fundamentally alter the top-tier of the contest.
"Elizabeth Warren beat the field with the strongest overall performance which will continue the momentum growing behind her, but Bernie Sanders delivered a consistent and strong progressive message, and Biden was largely steadier than his first two exceedingly weak debate performances.
“The surprise story of the evening was Julián Castro’s breakout performance.
“Castro has done well at each debate, but tonight he was on fire. From Healthcare and immigration to schools and guns, Castro delivered a strong progressive message while also driving a clear contrast between him and Biden. His rejoinder to Pete Buttigieg during one exchange was a pitch-perfect mind-meld with every other progressive who’s been annoyed by similar stale attempts to shut down important policy discussions during these debates.
“Castro showed, along with strong performances by Beto, Booker, Harris, and Yang, that we likely saw both members of the 2020 Democratic ticket on the stage tonight.” - Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Joe Neguse ahead of his bid for reelection in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.
Democracy for America backed Neguse early in his 2018 race for Congress and celebrated his trail-blazing, general election victory last November. Rep. Neguse currently has no formally announced Republican challengers.
Neguse joins just seven other incumbents DFA has endorsed ahead of the 2020 political cycle including Reps. Mike Levin (CA-49), Katie Porter (CA-45) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) whom the grassroots progressive organization endorsed in June. DFA made its first round of 2020 incumbent endorsements in April by backing Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13).
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Neguse:
“In Congress, Rep. Joe Neguse has been an unbridled champion in the battle against climate change, gun violence, and the reckless corruption of the Trump administration. He’s also stayed in close contact with his constituents back home, holding 17 townhall meetings and joining in four -- soon to be five -- service town halls since taking office less than nine months ago.
“Democracy for America endorsed Rep. Neguse early in his 2018 run because we knew he’d be the kind of bold, inclusive populist leader we need in Congress serving a strong progressive district like Colorado’s Second. Rep. Neguse has delivered on the promise he showed before he got in office and we couldn’t be more excited to support him again as he runs for reelection in 2020.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Rep. Joe Neguse on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"I am honored to receive an endorsement from Democracy for America for my re-election campaign. I will continue to push for bold, progressive action in Congress and I am proud to have DFA as a partner in this work." -- Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-02)
DFA has 9,724 members in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, 50,457 in the state of Colorado, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed five mayoral candidates running in 2019 to lead major American cities from coast-to-coast.
The five mayoral candidates DFA is endorsing today include:
- Joyce Craig, Manchester (NH)
- Toni Harp, New Haven (CT)
- Vi Lyles, Charlotte (NC)
- Tami Sawyer, Memphis (TN)
- Ben Stuckart, Spokane (WA)
This is the first time DFA has backed Harp, Sawyer, and Stuckart. DFA endorsed Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles in her first race in 2017 and supported Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig in both 2015 and 2017.
DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on today’s mayoral endorsements:
“Cities have never been more important to our fight for a bold, inclusive populist agenda than they are right now. That’s why we’re honored to endorse five mayoral candidates we know will lead that battle in five great American cities.
“Since they’ve been in office, Mayors Joyce Craig and Vi Lyles have made Manchester and Charlotte, respectively, progressive beacons in two critical purple states.
“Meanwhile, Toni Harp in New Haven, Tami Sawyer in Memphis, and Ben Stuckart are each running on progressive records of accomplishment that underscore their commitment to making their cities more reflective of and responsive to the communities that make them strong.
As a former Cincinnati City Councilmember and DFA-endorsed mayoral candidate, I understand how critical our cities our to our battle for progressive change. I also know the fight DFA members bring to mayoral races, and we could not be more excited to stand with Joyce Craig, Toni Harp, Vi Lyles, Tami Sawyer, and Ben Stuckart through November 2019 and beyond.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
DFA’s endorsement in these five mayoral races builds on the over two dozen 2019 endorsements for city council the grassroots group has made. It is also a continuation of the work DFA has done since 2017 to “build a wall of resistance” to the Trump agenda in America’s cities.