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Take Back the Senate

While Senators Block Tax Cuts for the Middle Class, Dont Ask, Dont Tell and Countless Other Bills, DFA Works to Shake Up Senate BURLINGTON, VT Democracy for America, the people powered PAC, endorses progressive Senators who will move critical legislation forward. Going into November, DFA endorsed key challengers and incumbents who will work to break the gridlock in the Senate. Its time to get some new blood in the Senate and shake things up. Thats why we are supporting fighters, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. DFA endorsed candidates will take back the Senate for the American people. DFA endorsed the following Senate fighters this year: Incumbents: Barbara Boxer Russ Feingold Patrick Leahy Challengers: Jack Conway Roxanne Conlin Paul Hodes Elaine Marshall Scott McAdams Joe Sestak Its time to get the Senate working for the people again, said Charles Chamberlain, Political Director for DFA. DFA members were motivated in the primaries to get the best candidates possible and they have already donated $425,000 to get fighters in the Senate in 2010. In the past year key policy priorities for the American people have been stymied in the Senate including tax cuts for the middle class, important campaign spending rules, the public option, climate change legislation, and civil rights for LGBT Americans serving in the military. 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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Do the Math - House Endorsements

Democracy for America Endorses 23 House Candidates Burlington, VT In a year when the media buzz is about potential Republican gains in the House, Democracy for America bucks the trend by endorsing 23 bold progressive House challengers and incumbents who could change the game. After a 67 percent winning record in the primaries, DFA endorsed candidates could change the equation with a strong showing making the House even stronger for Progressive values. Do the math progressive momentum will be the key to Democratic success, said, Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. When bold progressives like Ann McLane Kuster can win overwhelmingly in a primary, and look strong for the general, the twenty-three DFA endorsed candidates could be game-changers in this midterm election. This year DFA endorsed the following bold progressive Democrats for the House: Challengers Krystal Ball (VA-01) Tarryl Clark (MN-06) Justin Coussoule (OH-08) Russell Edwards (GA-10) Joe Garcia (FL-25) Raj Goyle (KS-04) *Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) *Bill Hedrick (CA-44) Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02) *Beth Krom (CA-48) *Steve Pougnet (CA-45) *Ed Potosnak (NJ-07) *Manan Trivedi (PA-06) Incumbents Donna Edwards (MD-04) Alan Grayson (FL-08) Raul Grijalva (AZ-07) Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15) Nancy Pelosi (CA-08) Tom Perriello (VA-05) Jared Polis (CO-02) Chellie Pingree (ME-01) Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) Martin Heinrich (NM-01) * Districts Obama won in 2008 currently held by a Republican. Progressive champions in the House have fought hard for affordable health care, an economy that works for everyone, and an America where everyone is treated equally. Those are the issues that people care about this year and voters are looking for fighters, said Charles Chamberlain, Political Director for Democracy for America. When Progressives stand up and fight for change that matters, they win elections. DFA endorses candidates up and down the ballot who stand up for bold progressive values and support those candidates with money, media, and boots on the ground volunteers. 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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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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