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Released: April 10, 2008 Rep. Diaz-Balart lashes out at Joe Garcia BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, endorsed Joe Garcias campaign to represent Floridas 25th Congressional District because his mainstream, progressive approach stands in stark contrast to the reactionary views of failed Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. Joe Garcia offers Floridians a real choice in this election cycle and his long record of service to the cause of Cuban freedom means that all Mario Diaz-Balart can bring to the table is character attacks and blustery language. Unlike Mario Diaz-Balart, Joe Garcia is ready to lead on important issues like bringing health care to all Americans, expanding opportunities for good middle-class jobs, and ending the War in Iraq. In yesterdays Miami Herald, Mario Diaz-Balart accused Joe Garcia of being a left-wing extremist for associating with United States Congressman and Korean War hero Charles Rangel. The reality is Rep. Diaz-Balart is out of touch. Rep. Diaz-Balart has no plan for health care, no plan to bring more jobs to South Florida, and has no plan to end the War in Iraq. Rep. Diaz-Balart is a lapdog for the Bush administration and has consistently sided with the Ann Coulter wing of the Republican Party. No one has ever accused Rep. Diaz-Balart of being an effective Congressman, but his new attack on Joe Garcia shows what an empty suit he is, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director for Democracy for America. Joe Garcia is talking about the issues that matter to South Floridians and Mario Diaz-Balart is running a negative campaign because he cant talk about the issues because he has nothing to offer but failed leadership and empty rhetoric. ###
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Released: March 31, 2008 BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, has endorsed Anne Dickers campaign for the Pennsylvania State Senate. "Anne Dicker is just the type of citizen-activist we need in office," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Anne Dicker has a long history of working for progressive solutions on the grassroots level and Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign. Anne Dicker is a political organizer, neighborhood advocate, and co-founder of Philly for Dean, Philly for Change, and PA for Democracy. As the next Senator to represent the 1st District, she will be a strong voice for reform. She is uniquely qualified to break from the old idea of self service over public service and restore a culture of open, honest, fair, and ethical hard work for the benefit of ever6yone in the 1st District. I have been involved with Democracy for America since its inception and I know just how important this endorsement is. I am grateful to have the support of DFA and its 675,000 members, said Anne Dicker. With DFAs help, we will win this primary and go on to victory in November. The Democracy for America endorsement is a clear sign of the momentum building behind Anne Dickers campaign. DFA is the key endorsement in this race, bringing donations from progressives and providing volunteers to participate in door-to-door, grassroots outreach. A national endorsement such as this will focus the attention of DFAs 675,000 members on this race and is another indication of the support coalescing around Anne Dicker. Anne Dicker is a great candidate and her campaign with its focus on neighbor-to-neighbor canvassing and grassroots organizing is a perfect example of a people-powered campaign," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Democracy for America is supporting Anne Dicker because she is the kind of candidate committed to her constituents and still believes in the idea of government of the people, by the people, and for the people. ###
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Released: March 31, 2008 Once again, the Senator shows how out of touch he is BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, endorsed Andrew Rice's campaign to represent Oklahoma in the United States Senate and Sen. James Inhofe is scared. Less than 24-hours after DFA sent a message to its 675,000 members on behalf of Andrew Rice, Sen. Inhofe's campaign sent out a fundraising email that shows just how little he understands about the growing culture of activism that is changing the political landscape in Oklahoma and across the country. Sen. James Inhofe is, once again, showing why he is unfit to serve and unworthy of another term. In the email sent by Sen. Inhofe's campaign, he tries to hide his extremist views and instead lashes out at Democracy for America. Sen. Inhofe tries to claim he is a conservative, but the facts of his record are clear: he is a Republican extremist with beliefs that put him at odds with a majority of Oklahomans and Americans. Sen. Inhofe claimed that Global Warming is "the second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state." He believes the Weather Channel is behind the hoax to attract viewers. And he's compared environmentalists to "Nazis" and the Environmental Protection Agency to the "Gestapo." Sen. Inhofe was one of only nine senators to vote against banning torture on individuals in U.S. Government custody. In fact, during the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse investigation, he was "outraged by the outrage" over the revelations of abuse. Anti-Equality, anti-choice, Sen. Inhofe is even anti-college loans. And in March 2002, he suggested that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a form of divine retribution against the U.S. for failing to defend Israel. "Sen. Inhofe is not a conservative, but just a mean, out-of-touch man with beliefs and opinions that are contradicted by reality, science, and plain old commonsense," said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. "Andrew Rice offers Oklahomans something they do not get from Sen. Inhofe: a sane legislator with mainstream ideas and the energy to get the job done." ###
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Released: March 27, 20008 BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, has endorsed Andrew Rices campaign for the United States Senate. "Andrew Rice has a proven record in the Oklahoma State Senate having worked on issues like health care, veterans rights, and the environment. Democracy for America is proud to endorse his campaign," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Andrews opponent, James Inhofe, has lost touch with the needs of his constituents and reality. In James Inhofe, you have a guy who denies global warming, calls environmentalists Nazis, and thinks its fine for our government to torture people. Andrew Rice is a state Senator and community leader who can bring real change to Oklahoma and fix Washington. Andrew was inspired to become involved in government and politics after his brother was murdered during the horrific events of September 11th. He believes our country is going in the wrong direction and is ready to do all he can to be a voice for Oklahomans. In the Oklahoma State Senate, Andrew Rice has been a leader on the issues that affect the lives of real people. In Washington, he will be a leader on key issues like providing all Americans access to excellent health care, ensuring we respect the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform, and protecting families from failed Republican economic policies. As a challenger to a well-funded incumbent, I am grateful to have the support of Democracy for America and its citizen-activists, said Andrew Rice. With DFAs help, we will defeat my opponent and start to find solutions to the problems the he has denied for so long. 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. The DFA Training Academy has trained tens of thousands of activists across the country in the strategies and tactics of successful campaigns and will be coming to Norman, Oklahoma this weekend. (http://www.dfalink.com/oktraining) Andrew Rice is a strong, progressive candidate and his people-powered campaign will put an end to the disastrous Senate career of James Inhofe. We have a war to end, important health care legislation to pass, and important work to do," said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. Andrew Rice, unlike his opponent, understands this and is ready to lead. ###
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Released: February 22, 2008 DFA Calls on Superdelegates to Let the Voters Decide Burlington, VT -- Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, will deliver over 60,000 Voters Decide petition signatures to Sen. Hillary Clinton on Monday. DFA started the Voters Decide campaign to pressure Democratic superdelegates to affirm the winner of the popularly allocated delegates. WHAT NYC area DFA Members Deliver 60,000+ Voters Decide petition signatures to Superdelegate Sen. Hillary Clinton. WHO Members of Democracy for New York City (Same day deliveries to Sen. Obama in Chicago, Sen. Majority Leader Reid in Las Vegas, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco, and DNC Chair Gov. Dean in Washington, DC) WHEN Monday February 25th at 12:15 PM WHERE Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton 780 Third Ave Suite 2601 New York, NY 10017
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