May 14, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2015
Democracy for America endorses Senator Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- This morning, Democracy for America announced its endorsement of Senator Russ Feingold following the progressive champion’s decision to mount a 2016 bid to return to his U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin.
Full endorsement email that was sent to DFA members, below.
If helpful, here’s an additional quote from DFA Chair Jim Dean on the national progressive organization’s endorsement of Feingold:
“From his valiant battle for campaign finance reform to his bold stand against the PATRIOT act, Senator Russ Feingold is precisely the kind of fighter and truth-teller our country needs in the U.S. Senate.
“Over the next nineteen months, Democracy for America members in the Badger State and across the country will knock on every door, make every phone call, and raise every cent we can to return Russ to the U.S. Senate where he can continue his courageous fight for Wisconsin working families.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
Founded in 2004, DFA is a people-powered PAC with 1 million members and nearly 28,000 members in Wisconsin.
Over the last 11 years, DFA members who have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
FULL EMAIL TO DFA MEMBERS
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From: Jim Dean <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, May 15, 2015 at 12:06 PM
Subject: HUGE NEWS: Russ Feingold is back! And he's running for...
I have big news for you: Russ Feingold is back! He's running for Senate in Wisconsin and ready to take on the wealthy and the powerful. Below is his campaign announcement message, showing how he plans to win the support of the people of Wisconsin in this critical race.
When he was in the U.S. Senate, Russ was one of our country's most inspiring progressive champions. Who can forget the prescient and courageous vote he cast against the Patriot Act in 2001 -- the only Senator to stand against it in a 98-1 landslide. As he joked years later, "I took a very unusual step. I read the bill."
From fighting to get corporate money out of politics (remember "McCain/Feingold"?) to his gutsy vote against the Iraq War, Russ did the right thing even when it wasn't what pollsters told him to do.
Unfortunately, Russ lost a very close election to a Tea Party candidate in that terrible election of 2010. He's back for a rematch, and in a presidential year, I'm confident he can win. But he can't do it without the help of DFA members like you.
Will you send Russ Feingold back to the Senate? Click here to watch his announcement video and chip in $3 or more to help him win.
Thank you for standing with DFA in support of Russ Feingold.
Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America
Across Wisconsin, people tell me all the time: Our politics in Washington are broken, and multi-millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations are calling all the shots.
Wisconsinites are tired of it, but no one says they want to throw in the towel. And I don't either.
But if we want to change our politics, we all have to fight together. So let me cut to the chase:
I'm running for United States Senate in Wisconsin, and I wanted you to be one of the first to know.
Click here to watch my announcement video -- and tell me you're in this, too.
You've probably heard that I know Wisconsin like the back of my hand.
That's because I've spent my career in public service listening to and fighting for the people of Wisconsin. I've visited all of Wisconsin's 72 counties more times than I can count, and I'll be traveling to every corner of the state during this campaign to hear the concerns and ideas of all Wisconsinites.
Here are a few things I've already heard:
- You want elected officials that work with you and listen to everyone's concerns and ideas -- not just those of a select few.
- You want a public servant who shares the optimism of Wisconsin and will work to expand opportunities for every family -- not lecture them about everything our country can't do.
- You want to be represented by a fighter who will speak truth to power and always do what he or she thinks is right, regardless of what Washington, D.C.'s powerful special interests and lobbyists say.
As I hit the road from my home in Middleton in the weeks ahead, I look forward to hearing much more from my fellow Wisconsinites.
But to build this campaign, I'll need your help, right from the beginning.
Click here to watch my announcement video -- and tell me you're in this, too.
I love Wisconsin. I love the spirit of the people here and the beautiful state we all cherish.
Thank you for coming on this journey with me. I know that, together, we can make great things possible again.
P.S. We're going to need to build a strong grassroots campaign to win next November, powered by support from all across Wisconsin and the country. So I hope you'll forward this email to your friends and
April 24, 2015
Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America, calling on Senate Democrats to reject the new deal on Fast Track for the TPP:
"In poll after poll and call after call, the American people have been extremely clear in their opposition to Fast Track and the job-killing, NAFTA-style Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
"Democrats in the U.S. Senate now must choose whether they stand with their constituents who oppose Fast Track or the army of corporate lobbyists and lawyers who see it as the first step towards a shadowy trade deal that will make it easier to sell tainted food in our supermarkets, sue governments in secret courts for passing laws they don't like, and pay foreign workers as little as 56 cents an hour.
"With the views of the American people so clear, there is simply no excuse for any Democrat who votes for Fast Track. Like a vote for the Iraq War or statements of support for the Social Security-cutting Bowles-Simpson plan, a vote for Fast Track and the TPP will never be forgotten and will haunt members of Congress for years to come.”-- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
Information about Democracy for America and the fight against Fast Track and the TPP:
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April 20, 2015
Statement from Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, on the entry of Hillary Clinton into the 2016 presidential race:
"We're looking forward to hearing more about Secretary Hillary Clinton's vision for the future of our country and, in particular, how she plans to address our nation's income inequality crisis and stand up to the wealthy and powerful interests on Wall Street and elsewhere that dominate our political process.
"Secretary Clinton has earned the respect of Democracy for America members because of her deep commitment to the rights of women and children, two groups impacted immensely by income inequality, the issue that will define the 2016 election.
"We also know that a vigorous competition for the best ideas, the best people, and the best campaign practices will leave our party, our eventual nominee, and our country stronger, which is why we continue to urge Senator Elizabeth Warren to enter the 2016 race for president. As we've seen first-hand over the last four months, Democrats want a 2016 nominee who will fearlessly fight to ensure that all working families have a fighting chance in America and the surest way to guarantee that happens would be to have Senator Warren in the race." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
Democracy for America (DFA) is one of the leading organizations behind the Run Warren Run campaign
encouraging Elizabeth Warren to join the 2016 race for president.
Founded in 2004. DFA is a people-powered PAC with 1 million members who have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
February 25, 2015
Last night progressives had an overwhelming victory in Chicago. Successfully forcing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a runoff election and defending 7 progressive members of the City Council. Check out DFA Chair Jim Dean's update to our members below.
We did it!!!
Last night's opening paragraph in USA TODAY would have seemed nearly impossible just a few months ago:
"CHICAGO -- Rahm Emanuel was dealt a tough political blow on Tuesday, after he was forced into a runoff election to hold onto his seat as mayor of the Windy City."
Progressives not only forced Rahm Emanuel to become the first mayor in Chicago history to face a runoff election, we also beat back his SuperPAC and his wealthy funders' campaign to defeat the progressive champions he attacked on the Chicago City Council.
Five of Democracy for America's seven endorsed progressive members of Chicago's City Council -- who we called the Chicago Seven -- have WON their primaries outright and two are the leading candidates in their impending runoff elections on April 7.
This a HUGE victory for progressives -- and now we need to finish the job. Will you chip in $3 or more to build the campaign to defeat Rahm Emanuel in the runoff on April 7?
DFA dedicated national resources and organizing power to defend seven progressive City Council members because we knew how important they were to defending the working families of Chicago against union-busters and big corporations. Rahm Emanuel and his corporate cronies have awoken a massive grassroots army across the city committed to ending his agenda of privatization, public school closings, and pension cuts.
In the weeks ahead, Democracy for America -- alongside our friends at United Working Families, MoveOn, and the Chicago Teachers Union -- will go all in to defeat Rahm Emanuel in the runoff on April 7 and elect Jesus "Chuy" Garcia as Chicago's new mayor.
We will also fight to re-elect Aldermen John Arena and Toni Foulkes, who are going to a runoff against two of Rahm's cronies. DFA members will harness that grassroots energy to build a lasting, broad-based progressive movement that will bring Elizabeth Warren-style, populist progressive reform to Chicago in the years to come.
As a flashpoint in the fight for progressive values, the April 7 runoff election will be one of the most important elections in years. Are you In? Chip in $3 or more now to defeat Rahm Emanuel and re-elect Aldermen John Arena and Toni Foulkes.
DFA members like you made this victory possible. Since December, Democracy for America and our members have rallied to fight back against Rahm Emanuel's attacks on the Chicago Seven by:
- Raising and spending more than $65,000 to defend the Chicago Seven.
- Making more than 30,000 calls and knocking on 2,157 doors in targeted wards.
- Hiring full-time staff organizers, working out of Northside and Southside offices.
- Working with MoveOn to turn out the vote for Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in the mayoral race.
- Supporting the local DFA groups, Northside DFA and Southside DFA, in their strategy to expand the map and elect strong new progressive challengers and turn out the anti-Rahm vote.
Rahm Emanuel and his allies had more than $30 million at their disposal. You helped build the people-powered campaigns that turned people out to the polls and overcame that huge financial advantage.
But this isn't over yet. Rahm Emanuel is bruised, but not beaten. Now that he is in a runoff against Chuy Garcia, Chicago voters can unite behind a strong progressive and put an end to Rahm's rule -- and re-elect progressive champions John Arena and Toni Foulkes. Will you help build the campaign and lead progressives to victory?
Chip in $3 or more to finish the job and defeat Rahm Emanuel on April 7.
Thank you for everything you've done to win this victory in Chicago -- and for going all in with us between now and the April 7 runoff.
Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America
December 18, 2014
The votes are in and Democracy for America members are speaking out loud and clear:
RUN WARREN RUN!
The results are stunning. Doubling down on MoveOn's 81.3% member vote, 87.6% of DFA members voted in favor of launching a campaign to draft Elizabeth Warren for president.
So that's exactly what we're going to do. And it starts today.
Shortly after the poll closed on Tuesday and our member vote was official, DFA Electoral Director Annie Weinberg jumped on a plane to Iowa to join MoveOn and Ready for Warren for a Run Warren Run kickoff meeting tonight in Des Moines.
We also announced that we're investing an additional $250,000 in the first stage of this campaign to expand -- in collaboration with MoveOn -- the effort of building an unprecedented people-powered Run Warren Run campaign.
As a Senator, Elizabeth Warren is forcing the Democratic Party to take on income inequality. As a presidential candidate, she could make the fight against income inequality a critical part of the 2016 platform -- no matter who wins the nomination. And, as President, no one else would be better prepared to rally the nation to fix the income inequality crisis than Elizabeth Warren.
America needs Elizabeth Warren to run for president. But she isn't going to run just because we announce a campaign to draft her. She needs to hear from DFA members like you. It's time to let her know what you think.
Run Warren Run! Sign the petition now: Ask Elizabeth Warren to run for president.
This isn't the first time there's been a campaign to draft Elizabeth Warren. It took a grassroots movement to convince her to run for U.S. Senate in 2012. We can do it again -- this time for the White House.
In fact, as recently as Monday morning, Sen. Warren refused to rule out a future bid for the presidency. She has only said that she’s not a candidate "right now."
Of course, that's true of everybody else. No Democrat has yet announced their campaign for the presidency. It's still a wide open race. That's why this is exactly the right time to draft Warren.
Regardless of what Warren decides to do, the Run Warren Run movement will help Sen. Warren be more effective in Congress -- according to DC insiders like Chris Cilizza at the Washington Post:
Let's say Warren absolutely does not want to run for president and won't be persuaded no matter what happens in the world over the next three to six months. Okay, fine. It still does her NO good to definitively rule out running right now because the second she does that, the huge national media spotlight will begin roving elsewhere -- limiting Warren's influence.
At the moment, there is no story bigger in politics than what Warren will do. She can use that attention to push her pet issues -- restricting corporate America and addressing income inequality.She did just that last week with her loudly-declared opposition to the omnibus bill because of its loosening of some derivative trading rules on corporations. Warren's power is at its height nationally at the moment.It makes zero sense for her to pop that balloon herself.
Sen. Warren listens to the people -- it's one of the reasons we love her so much. So add your voice now by signing our petition: Run Warren Run!
I do want to acknowledge the fact that not every DFA member voted this way. Some of you support other candidates for president. In fact, my brother Howard Dean is supporting Hillary Clinton, should she decide to run for president.
And that's OK, of course. Democrats and progressives are smart, passionate people who don't have to agree on who should become the next president. But we do agree that we need a Democratic candidate who will focus on fighting income inequality.
This isn't just about the White House either. A real grassroots movement starts from the bottom up. That's why DFA is going to:
- Draft and support the next generation of Elizabeth Warren candidates at all levels of office in all 50 states.
- Build a broad coalition of candidates for Senate, U.S. House, state and local office who will stand with Warren in the fight against income inequality -- no matter what office she holds.
- Train the campaign staff and grassroots activists who can help Warren Wing Democrats achieve victory nationwide.
This could be a turning point in American history. It starts with Elizabeth Warren's leadership at the top of the ticket. But she isn't going to jump in the race unless DFA members like you step up and ask her to run.
Your voice can convince Sen. Warren to run for president. Let her know you want her to join the race and sign the petition: Run Warren Run!
Thank you for stepping up to support DFA and MoveOn's plans for Run Warren Run. Now let's make history together.
Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America