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Released: June 27, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Linda Stenders campaign to represent New Jerseys 7th Congressional District. Two years ago, Linda came within 1% of defeating incumbent Republican Mike Ferguson. Rather than face a tough campaign again, Mr. Ferguson dropped out. Running in his place on the Republican ticket will be Bush lackey Leonard Lance. Linda Stender has a progressive record of public service that cant be matched and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Linda Stender has been at the forefront of progressive activism in New Jersey and she is ready to take her experience and judgment to Washington. Linda Stender and her husband Richard raised their three kids in Fanwood, NJ, a few blocks from where she grew up. Linda first got involved in public service when the Fanwood Borough Council was putting special interests before the needs of the people. So, she ran for office herself to reform local government and help her neighbors. And she won. After serving on the Borough Council, Linda went on to serve as Mayor of her hometown and Freeholder of her county. Today, Linda is proudly serving her fourth term in the New Jersey General Assembly representing her neighbors in the 22nd Legislative District. In the state legislature, Linda spearheaded the effort to combat Global Warming. Linda Stender is also one of New Jerseys strongest advocates for making our state a national leader for stem cell research. I am honored and thrilled to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America, an organization that shares my commitment to working together to take our country back, said Linda Stender. The Bush administration and Republicans in Washington have led our nation in the wrong direction, and Im running for Congress to get us back on the right track. I look forward to working with the DFA community over the coming weeks and months to bring the change our families need. 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. With Linda Stender in Congress we can make much needed progress on issues like revitalizing our economy, ending the War in Iraq, making the United States energy independent, and providing health care to all Americans, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Everyone deserves to be represented by someone who is responsive to their needs and concerns. When Linda Stender is elected, the residents of New Jerseys 7th District will have that. ###
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Released: June 25, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Mark Begichs campaign for the United States Senate. Begich is running against disgraced Senator Ted Stevens. Sen. Stevens is currently the target of several investigations regarding his ties to lobbyists and powerful business interests like the oil services company VECO. Mark Begich has shown as mayor of Anchorage he has the integrity and judgment to lead and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Mark Begichs commitment to honesty and transparency and his record of success make him the only choice this November. Mark Begich, 46, is in his fifth year as mayor of Alaskas largest city, which under his administration is in its 20th consecutive year of economic growth, has enjoyed a record building boom and is financially sound due to strong fiscal management. Begich, the citys first mayor born in Anchorage, is the son of Alaskas third congressman, Nick Begich, who in 1972, along with House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, disappeared while flying between Anchorage and Juneau. As mayor, Begich is especially focused on transforming Anchorage into a progressive, international city capitalizing on its Pacific Rim location. Twice during Begichs tenure and for the first time in a generation - voters have passed every proposition on the city ballot, approving enormous investments in public facilities, public safety, parks and recreation and transportation. Begich will bring his style of being open and accessible with him when he is elected to the U.S. Senate. I am pleased to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America and recognition of my work standing up for working families, not for special interests, said Mark Begich. Together we can bring great change to America and improve the lives of families from Alaska to Maine and everywhere in between. Democracy for America is a 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. Mark Begich is ready to reform the corrupted and misguided ethics of the insider Washington culture, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Mark Begich is ready to do the hard work needed to make the United States energy independent, to make sure our struggling economy gets back on the right track, and to make sure we honor the service of our brave men and women in uniform. Ted Stevens is part of the tired, old culture of incumbency that puts big money campaign contributors in the drivers seat instead of the American people, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. Mark Begich will work for his constituents and be accountable to the high standards Ted Stevens is incapable of living up to. ###
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Released: June 24, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, has endorsemed Geoff McKims campaign for the Monroe County Council. Geoff McKim will bring years of experience and insight to the Monroe County Council and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Geoff McKim is invested in representing his community and will advance progressive values that benefit his constituents. Geoff McKim is a 22-year resident of Monroe County, where he lives with his wife and their 10 year-old son. Geoff has been an IT professional for 20 years and currently works as a program manager and e-government consultant at TSC in Bloomington. Geoff is a community leader, active in the Monroe County Public Library Foundation, Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, Bloomington Transportation Options for People, Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County, and Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Citizen's Advisory Committee. "I am proud to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America," said Geoff McKim. "DFA has been at the forefront of a grass roots effort to change the country, and I'm honored to be part of that effort." 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. Geoff McKim is ready to lead on the important issues like improving county government, supporting responsible development, promoting quality jobs and locally owned businesses, and reforming the Monroe County criminal justice system, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Geoff McKim is a dedicated community leader who will work tirelessly to improve Monroe County. ###
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Released: June 23, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Sean Spences campaign to represent Missouris 25th State Representative district. Sean Spence is a true progressive fighter and Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Missouri needs Sean Spence in Jefferson City to tackle problems like our broken health care system and a lack of quality jobs. Sean Spence, a 1993 graduate of the University of Missouri, runs a public relations and political consulting practice in Columbia. A part-time state employee, Sean is an advisor to State Auditor Susan Montee. Sean Spence is a progressive, grassroots Democrat committed to ensuring that every Missourian is educated, employed, and insured. As an entrepreneur with a background in government and politics, Sean has the experience to put his plans into action from his first day in office. "Since 2004, DFA has emerged as one of the most influential grassroots organizations in the Democratic Party," said Sean Spence. "DFA candidates tend to win and I am proud to be their first standard-bearer here in Missouri for this election season." 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. Missouri candidates who have won with DFA's support include Rep. Mike Frame, Sen. Jeff Smith and Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal. Sean Spence is running a grassroots campaign that puts people before special interests, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. Sean Spence is already showing why his presence is needed in the General Assembly: he is committed to his constituents and a progressive agenda that places a premium on hard work and commonsense solutions. ###
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Released: June 20, 2008 Jim Dean: Will Speaker Pelosi show the leadership to do the right thing? 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 call Speaker Nancy Pelosi to demand that she does not let the so-called FISA compromise bill come to a vote. DFA has been at the lead of efforts to block retroactive immunity for the telecommunications companies that participated in President Bushs program of illegal wiretapping on Americans. Listen, this bill is a sham, said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. The question is: will Speaker Pelosi show the leadership to do the right thing and stop this bill? 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, DFA 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 though better of compromise. Rep. Reyes stood with Speaker Pelosi and his committee produced a bill that did not contain retroactive immunity. DFA members have stopped the Bush administration from giving telecom companies a get-out-of-jail-free card before and, now, they will do it again, said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America. The folks who put this compromise together Sen. Rockefeller (WV), Sen. Bond (MO), House Majority Leader Hoyer (MD), and House Minority Whip Blunt (MO) are on the wrong side of American values, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. It is a betrayal of the fundamental ideals of our country. These guys need to decide whether they are on the side of the American people or President Bush. ###
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