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Heroes Press Release

Top Ten List Includes Progressive Democratic Fighters in House and Senate BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America, the people powered PAC, announced the winners of the DFA 2010 Progressive Hero endorsements - Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative Alan Grayson. The online vote asked the over one million members of DFA which incumbent Democrats deserved the full-force of DFA's nationwide volunteer network, raising tens of thousands of dollars, and providing volunteer boots on the ground working to deliver the win on Election Day. The winners are listed here: http://www.democracyforamerica.com/heroes-and-villains DFA Members will stand up and fight for the bold champions who fight for them in Washington, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Thats why Alan Grayson and Barbara Boxer earned DFA's support. These Democrats don't back down when pressured by corporate lobbyists or attacked by Tea Party Republicans. Theres no enthusiasm gap for Democrats who stand up and lead. The competition was held for both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House and only Democrats who stood up for inclusion of a public option in healthcare reform were eligible to win. Sen. Boxer and Rep. Grayson bested tough competition including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (7th place) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (2nd place). The impressive top-ten list of our Heroes both in the Senate and House are diverse in their opinions, but all have shown bold leadership as fighters and truth-tellers. The Top-Ten lists are as follows: SENATE 1. Barbara Boxer 2. Bernie Sanders 3. Al Franken 4. Russ Feingold 5. Sherrod Brown 6. Patty Murray 7. Harry Reid 8. Dick Durbin 9. Charles Schumer 10. Bill Nelson HOUSE 1. Alan Grayson 2. Nancy Pelosi 3. Anthony Weiner 4. Dennis Kucinich 5. Barney Frank 6. Barbara Lee 7. Raul Grijalva 8. Jay Inslee 9. Paul Hodes 10. Joe Sestak The winners of the anti-endorsement Villains contest will be announced tomorrow. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Grassroots All-Star Winner Announcement

Tens of Thousands of Engaged Progressive Activists Voted Online to Pick the Best Democratic Congressional Challengers for 2010 BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America, the people-powered PAC, announced the winners of the Grassroots All-Stars endorsement contest today. Beth Krom D-CA (48th) was the winner, with Mac D'Alessandro (MA-09) in second place, and Bill Hedrick (CA-44) in third. This year 66,248 people voted online to make this the largest DFA Grassroots All-Stars contest so far. Theres no question that progressives are engaged in this mid-term election year and were fighting for the candidates who stand up for us, said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. We hope the Grassroots All-Stars endorsement will propel Beth Krom to victory in this important race. Beth Krom, winner of the DFA Grassroots All-Stars endorsement, is the former mayor of Irvine, CA -- a city that was recognized as one of the safest, greenest big cities in the country during her time as mayor. She's running against Republican Rep. John Campbell, a birther who cosponsored a bill requiring presidential candidates to show their birth certificates when filing papers to run for office. Today, DFA sent the first email asking for donations from the netroots for Kroms campaign. The winner of the 2010 Grassroots All-Star Competition receives at least one national fundraising e-mail from DFA Chair Jim Dean to over one million members with the commitment to raise $20,000 from DFA members nationwide; in-state crowd-sourcing emails for volunteer events with a commitment to raise 500 volunteer hours from DFA members in the All-Stars' home state; at least one national volunteer e-mail to over one million DFA members with the commitment to deliver at least 200 national phone bankers; a $5,000 contribution from Democracy for America PAC; and appearances by DFA Chair Jim Dean at available campaign events. Two runners-up will receive the DFA-List endorsement, a $5,000 contribution from Democracy for America PAC, and in-state crowd-sourcing emails for volunteer events. DFA has helped elect nearly 600 progressives up and down the ballot since 2005. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Joint Endorsement GHD/DFA Conway, Conlin

Gov. Dean: I disagree with the pundits who are again underestimating the American people, this can be a good year for strong progressive Democrats. BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America, the people powered PAC, along with their founder, Gov. Howard Dean announced a joint endorsement today of Jack Conway (D-KY) and Roxanne Conlin (D-IA) for US Senate. I disagree with the pundits who are again underestimating the intelligence of the American people with their predictions, said Gov. Dean. Its the Republicans who will face a tough time trying to explain why they are for the interests of insurance companies, oil companies and Wall Street over the needs of the American people. DFA Chairman Jim Dean added, Our members in Iowa and Kentucky are thrilled to have Gov. Deans support on these critical campaigns. In an email to DFA members announcing the endorsement, Gov. Dean expressed his enthusiasm for the two candidates running for senate, I'm not supporting Jack or Roxanne because they're Democrats. I'm supporting them because they have records of fighting for the people, not corporations. Jack Conway faces an opponent in KY, Rand Paul, who has received a lot of national media attention for his inflammatory statements opposing civil rights and other out-of-the-mainstream rhetoric. However, Conway has been a stalwart champion for the people of Kentucky and received more votes in the Democratic primary than Paul in the Republican primary. [1] Roxanne Conlin is taking on Republican Chuck Grassley in Iowa. Grassley fought against health care reform and even made the ridiculous claim that President Obama wanted to pull the plug on grandma. Conlin on the other hand, fights for Iowans, as in the state Supreme Courts case where she fought for an Iowa teacher who was fired for being pregnant. Gov. Dean has been working with Democracy for America as an independent consultant in two key efforts: passing meaningful healthcare reform and electing progressives and down the ballot in all 50 states. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. 1. Turnout in primaries complicates 'enthusiasm gap' debate, The Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/25/turnout-in-primaries-complicates-enthusiasm-gap-de/ www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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BP Bailout Press Release

Democracy for America, USAction/TrueMajority, and CREDO Action Launched Stop Big Oil Bailout Campaign to Call for End to Taxpayer Subsidies to Dirty Fuels www.StopBigOilBailout.com BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America (DFA), USAction/TrueMajority, and CREDO Action have joined forces to launch a new online campaign to call for the end of taxpayer bailouts of Big Oil. In the middle of the worst environmental disaster in recent history, the BP oil spill, big oil companies continue to receive enormous taxpayer subsidies while recording record profits. The new campaign, a joint effort of the three organizations, will work to pressure Congress and candidates to end these outrageous government hand-outs. While Congress debates legislation to reduce the effects of global warming, American taxpayers are subsidizing the dirty fuel companies that are causing it, said Charles Chamberlain, Political Director for DFA. Now is the time to end our addiction to dirty fuel and the first step is to end taxpayer giveaways to Big Oil. "It's time for Congress to stop the $35 billion taxpayer bailout to companies like BP, said Adam Quinn of CREDO. "I think taxpayers would rather support clean energy and green jobs than give BP almost a quarter of a million dollars a day in tax subsidies for Deepwater Horizon platform alone. If not now, when?" "It just doesn't make sense to subsidize dirty fuels anymore; oil companies are making record profits on our tax dime. Now that we see the devastation dirty fuels can cause, let's support clean energy innovation that creates new jobs and make our planet a better place to live," said Matt Holland, USAction/TrueMajority. Groups in the coalition were particularly outraged that ExxonMobil, the most profitable corporation in American history, avoided paying any income taxes to the Federal Government last year and then pocketed an additional $46 million from the IRS. [1 and 2] DFA, USAction/TrueMajority, and CREDO Action are collecting petitions to send to Members of Congress and candidates for Congress. Several proposals that reduce or eliminate subsidies to dirty fuel companies exist, including a proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Sen. Sanders amendment would end more than $35 billion in tax breaks to big oil and gas companies. [3] _____________________________________________ 1. Oil and Gas Industry: A Decade of Record Breaking Profits: http://www.taxpayer.net/projects.php?action=view&category=&type=Project&proj_id=3559 2. Pumping Tax Dollars to Big Oil: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/04/oil_subsidies.html 3. Release: Sanders Amendment Would Repeal Big Oil Tax Breaks: http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=40632a45-5269-4498-807a-66dc78abaa6e Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Net Neutrality Press Release

After FCC Closed Meetings with Telecom Industry, Advocacy Groups Join Forces to Protect the Internet from Corporate Control BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America (DFA), the people powered PAC, today urged the Obama Administration to take a strong stand against the corporate takeover of the free and open internet. DFA launched a petition to its members to defend net neutrality: http://bit.ly/demfornet. In the coming weeks, the Obama Administration will make a critical decision about whether the internet remains open to all or whether corporate interests will be able to control access, said Charles Chamberlain, DFA Political Director. Today, our 1 million members are urging the Obama Administration to keep the internet how it is open to all. With more and more corporate control of mass media, a free and open Internet is critical to our democracy. Late last week, DFA joined with other progressive organizations to send a letter to President Obama urging him to take a strong stand in support of net-neutrality. You can see the letter and DFA petition to save the free and open Internet here: http://bit.ly/demfornet Currently the Federal Communications Commission is meeting with major corporate telecommunications firms behind closed doors to craft a policy. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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