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Released: July 2, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Marian Harris campaign to represent Ohios 19th State Representative district. Marian Harris is a true progressive fighter and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Ohio needs Marian Harris to tackle problems like our broken health care system and a lack of quality jobs. Marian Harris spent more than 30 years working in and out of government and the non-profit sector. Marians experience as a constituent aide for Senator Howard Metzenbaum made her very aware of the impact policy makers and legislators have on the person on the street. When she coordinated Capital for a Day for Governor Celeste, Marian took the Governor and his Cabinet to 34 different cities - a true grassroots program that put policy makers next to the people their policies impacted. Marian Harris graduated from Mt. Holyoke College and has been a medical researcher, a pre-school teacher, and an elementary school teacher before getting into politics and going to work for Senator Howard Metzenbaum. In addition to working for Governor Celeste, Marian has worked for Mental Health America of Franklin County and has had her own business as an event planner and volunteer manager for non-profits. Democracy for America speaks my language with their opposition to the War in Iraq and bottom-up, grassroots approach to campaigning, said Marian Harris. I truly believe that DFA represents the best of a grassroots approach to accomplishing change and I am very proud to have their endorsement. Democracy for America is the key endorsement in this race, bringing donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. DFA has helped elect over 550 progressives to office from Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts to Rep. Jerry McNerney in Californias 11th Congressional District. Marian Harris has shown time and again she has the vision and foresight to take on the tough issues and work to advance progressive values, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Marian Harris will bring her years of experience to Columbus for the benefit of her constituents and all Ohioans. ###
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Released: July 1, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, this morning sent a message to its over 725,000 members asking them to take action to stop the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. DFA members will be visiting their Senators district offices to demand that they stop the Presidents attempt to grant retroactive immunity to the telecommunications companies that participated in his program of illegal wiretapping. DFA has been at the lead of efforts to block retroactive immunity. Retroactive immunity is an assault on the Constitution, said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. President Bush and Vice President Cheney cannot be allowed to give their cronies at AT&T and Verizon a get-out-of-jail free card. Democracy for America members will be delivering directly to their Senators a strong message of opposition to this boldfaced attempt to cover up the Bush administrations illegal activities. DFA members will be carrying a message which demands that senators support a filibuster of the compromise FISA legislation. (DFA handout attached to this email) In November of 2007, Sen. Harry Reid was forced, after his office received thousands of calls from Democracy for America members, to pull a FISA bill that included retroactive immunity from Senate consideration. In the days before this years State of the Union address, Democracy for America members funded a full-page New York Times ad that called on Senators Clinton and Obama to show leadership, return to Washington, and support the filibuster in opposition to this attempt at retroactive immunity. Again, retroactive immunity was defeated after the Senate failed to garner enough votes to block a filibuster. And, in March, Democracy for America targeted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes. Rep. Reyes had indicated he was open to compromise on retroactive immunity. After thousands of calls to his offices in El Paso and Washington and a full-page ad in his districts largest paper, Rep. Reyes thought better of the compromise. Rep. Reyes stood with Speaker Pelosi and his committee produced a bill that did not contain retroactive immunity. Over the past two weeks, Democracy for America members made tens of thousands of calls to their senators. These calls pushed back consideration of the FISA compromise till after the July recess. Democracy for America members have been working to stop retroactive immunity; they have made calls, they have written letters, they have shown the strength of grassroots action, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Today, they are going to show their senators the true face of America. DFA members will let their senators know the protections guaranteed by the Constitution are not optional. ###
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Released: July 1, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Chellie Pingrees campaign to represent Maines 1st Congressional District. Chellie Pingree, as a business owner and elected representative, has shown she has what it takes to lead and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Chellie Pingree is a tested leader who has the skills and experience that her constituents deserve. Chellie has been actively engaged in three decades of work for change. This has ranged from serving the residents of North Haven on the school board to leading more than 300,000 members and supporters across the nation as the president and CEO of Common Cause to serving eight years in the Maine State Senate. In the legislature, Chellie stood firm for social and economic justice, and never backed down from taking on powerful adversaries--most notably the pharmaceutical lobby. In the Legislature, Chellie took on the pharmaceutical companies to pass a first-in-the-nation program to lower the price of prescription drugs in Maine. Always mindful of Maine's need for economic development, Chellie was chair of the Economic Growth Council. Chellie is a small business owner and farmer who understands the economic policies of George Bush, John McCain, and the Republican Party are not in the best interests of Mainers. She created jobs for community as owner and manager of North Island Yarns and North Island Designs. Chellies current business is Nebo Lodge, an inn and restaurant on North Haven. "The most important part of my campaign has been one on one interaction with the voters at the grassroots level--which is why I'm thrilled to be endorsed by Democracy for America, an organization committed to grassroots organizing," said Chellie Pingree. Democracy for America is the key endorsement in this race, bringing donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. DFA has helped elect over 550 progressives to office from Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts to Rep. Jerry McNerney in Californias 11th Congressional District. Chellie Pingree knows we have to break our dependence on foreign oil, support development of alternative sources of energy, and fix our broken health care system to guarantee we leave our children and grandchildren a better world, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Chellie Pingrees commitment to progressive values shows she is ready to go to Washington and tackle and solve the tough problems. ###
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Released: July 1, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Tom Allens campaign to represent Maine in the United States Senate. Tom has represented Maines 1st Congressional District for the past twelve years. In this campaign, Tom is running against Republican incumbent Susan Collins. Ms. Collins likes to portray herself as a moderate, but in reality she has been a consistent vote for the failed policies of George Bush, John McCain, and the Republican Party. Tom Allen has a proven record and the experience Mainers deserve and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Tom Allen is a committed public servant whose vision and foresight are needed in the Senate. Allen expressed his gratitude for the endorsement. In a few short years, Democracy for America has greatly strengthened our Party and our nation by empowering voters with effective tools for grassroots engagement and discussion on the issues, said Tom Allen. I appreciate DFAs confidence in me and am thankful to have them on board in my campaign for change. Democracy for America is the key endorsement in this race, bringing donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. DFA has helped elect over 550 progressives to office from Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts to Rep. Jerry McNerney in Californias 11th Congressional District. Tom Allen knows we have to end the War in Iraq, fix our broken health care system, and implement economic policies that support the middle class and working men and women, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Tom Allens people-powered campaign is a clear sign that he will put his constituents before big money special interests. Susan Collins likes to talk a big game, but the truth of the matter is she cant walk the walk and remains in lockstep with the misguided agenda of George Bush, John McCain, and the Republican Party, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. Tom Allen is a straight-shooter who doesnt change his tune based on the latest polling. This is a lesson Susan Collins is incapable of learning. Tom grew up in Portland and spent summers and weekends on the family farm near North Sebago. Tom attended Bowdoin College, where he demonstrated his capacity for courage and leadership. In 1965, he made headlines when he led the Bowdoin chapter of his fraternity out of the national association because it refused to admit African Americans. Through his academic success and leadership, Tom earned the Rhodes Scholarship. He attended Harvard Law upon graduation from Oxford. Tom served on Portlands City Council in Portland from 1989 to 1995. During his tenure, Portland led the state in nondiscrimination practices by banning bias based on sexual orientation for housing, credit and employment. In 1996, Tom ran for Congress from Maines 1st District, defeating incumbent Republican James Longley, Jr. by 10 percentage points. In Washington, Tom has been a strong and effective leader, pioneering legislation on prescription drug issues, campaign finance reform and the environment. A member of two influential House committees Energy & Commerce and Budget he is a strong advocate for health care, small business, energy, fiscal responsibility and economic competitiveness. ###
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Released: June 30, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Dan Maffeis campaign to represent New Yorks 25th Congressional District. Two years ago, Dan came close to defeating incumbent Republican James Walsh. Rather than face a tough campaign again, Mr. Walsh announced his retirement in January. Dans likely challenger on the Republican ticket will be the lackluster Dale Sweetland. Dan Maffei has the public and private sector experience that the 25th District needs and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Dan Maffei knows progressive values on issues like jobs and health care will make Upstate New York and the whole country stronger. Dan Maffei is an accomplished leader in the private and public sectors. A proud graduate of Syracuse's public school system, Dan earned a Bachelor's Degree in History from Brown University and Masters Degrees from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Public service has always been a big part of Dan's life. He has worked for former Senator and New York Knick Bill Bradley, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Congressman Charles Rangel, the leader of New York's Congressional delegation, and Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll. Dan now works as the Senior Vice President of Pinnacle Capital Management, LLC and he remains an active participant of the Spanish Action League, the Tech Central Community Advisory Board, and Donors Choose. Dan is a member of the DeWitt Rotary Club and a parishioner at Holy Cross Church. He is a former member of NABET Local 211 of the Communications Workers of America. "I am thrilled to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America and its over 725,000 members across the country. Grassroots support will make the difference for my campaign to change the direction of Central and Upstate New York, said Dan Maffei. DFA members have the experience, passion, and commitment that we need to help us communicate our message to the voters of my district. Together, we can finally end the war in Iraq and bring good paying jobs back to the region." Democracy for America is the key endorsement in this race, bringing donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. DFA has helped elect over 550 progressives to office from Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts to Rep. Jerry McNerney in Californias 11th Congressional District. Dan Maffei is ready on day one to work for an agenda that brings good paying jobs back to Upstate NewYork, fixes our broken health care system, and ends the disastrous foreign policy of George Bush, John McCain, and the Republican Party, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. While jobs were leaving Upstate New York and health care costs were soaring, James Walsh, Dale Sweetland, and the Republican Party did nothing. Dan Maffeis experience, vision, and judgment make him the only choice on Election Day. ###
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