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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 DNC Chairman Howard Dean on Monday. DFA started the Voters Decide campaign to pressure Democratic superdelegates to affirm the winner of the popularly allocated delegates. WHAT DC area DFA Members Deliver 60,000+ Voters Decide petition signatures to Superdelegate and DNC Chairman Gov. Howard Dean. WHO Members of DC for Democracy WHEN Monday February 25th at 1:15 PM WHERE Democratic National Committee 430 S. Capitol St. SE Washington, DC 20003
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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. Barack Obama on Monday. DFA started the Voters Decide campaign to pressure Democratic superdelegates to affirm the winner of the popularly allocated delegates. WHAT Chicago area DFA Members Deliver 60,000+ Voters Decide petition signatures to Superdelegate Sen. Barack Obama. WHO Chicago area members of DFA (Same day deliveries to Sen. Clinton in New York, 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 John C. Kluczynski Federal Office Building 230 South Dearborn St. Suite 3900 (39th floor) Chicago, Illinois 60604
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Released: March 24, 2008 DFA Calls on Rep. Wasserman Schultz to Support Democrats in Florida BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, is calling on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to be removed as the Chair of the Red to Blue program. Rep. Wasserman Schultz is refusing to campaign on behalf of Democrats running against incumbent Republicans in south Florida. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program works to defeat incumbent Republicans throughout the country and is an essential component in the effort to expand the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Joe Garcia a Democracy for America endorsed candidate running in Florida's 25th Congressional District against Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Annette Taddeo running in the 18th CD against Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Raul Martinez running in the 21st CD against Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart are being denied crucial support from Rep. Wasserman Schultz. All three candidates have been endorsed by such Democrats as Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Democratic Caucus Chair Rahm Emanuel, and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen. "How can Debbie Wasserman Schultz be the head of the Red to Blue program and not be willing to fight Republicans in her own backyard?," said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director for Democracy for America. "She has to step down as chair of the Red to Blue program or be removed from that position by the DCCC." Rep. Wasserman Schultz's attempt to remain neutral in these Congressional races is perplexing in light of comments she made in 2005. At that time, she backed Ron Klein's successful challenge of Republican incumbent Clay Shaw in Florida. Rep. Wasserman Schultz said, "It's not good for my relationship with Clay Shaw, but Democrats can't afford to leave a seat like that uncontested." "There is important work to be done like ending the War in Iraq, providing health care to all Americans, and combating the effects of global warming. Either Rep. Wasserman Schultz wants to be part of the culture of activism that is changing the political dynamic of this country or she wants to be part of the tired culture of incumbency that has brought us war, debt, and 50 million uninsured Americans," said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. ###
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Forgets Who Her Friends Are

Released On: March 24, 2008 DFA Calls on Rep. Wasserman Schultz to Support Democrats in Florida BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nations largest progressive political action organization, is calling on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to be removed as the Chair of the Red to Blue program. Rep. Wasserman Schultz is refusing to campaign on behalf of Democrats running against incumbent Republicans in south Florida. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees Red to Blue program works to defeat incumbent Republicans throughout the country and is an essential component in the effort to expand the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Joe Garcia a Democracy for America endorsed candidate running in Floridas 25th Congressional District against Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Annette Taddeo running in the 18th CD against Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Raul Martinez running in the 21st CD against Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart are being denied crucial support from Rep. Wasserman Schultz. All three candidates have been endorsed by such Democrats as Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Democratic Caucus Chair Rahm Emanuel, and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen. How can Debbie Wasserman Schultz be the head of the Red to Blue program and not be willing to fight Republicans in her own backyard?, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director for Democracy for America. She has to step down as chair of the Red to Blue program or be removed from that position by the DCCC. Rep. Wasserman Schultzs attempt to remain neutral in these Congressional races is perplexing in light of comments she made in 2005. At that time, she backed Ron Kleins successful challenge of Republican incumbent Clay Shaw in Florida. Rep. Wasserman Schultz said, It's not good for my relationship with Clay Shaw, but Democrats can't afford to leave a seat like that uncontested. There is important work to be done like ending the War in Iraq, providing health care to all Americans, and combating the effects of global warming. Either Rep. Wasserman Schultz wants to be part of the culture of activism that is changing the political dynamic of this country or she wants to be part of the tired culture of incumbency that has brought us war, debt, and 50 million uninsured Americans, said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America.
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Whose Side is Silvestre Reyes On?

Released: March 12, 2008 DFA runs full-page ad targeting Rep. Reyes on telecom immunity BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nations largest progressive political action organization, is running a full-page ad in the Thursday edition of the El Paso Times. The ad is directed at Rep. Silvestre Reyes, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Rep. Reyes has made numerous comments indicating he is open to granting what he calls blanket immunity to the telecommunications companies who participated in President Bushs program of warrantless wiretapping. DFA has been leading the effort to block the Bush administrations attempt to provide retroactive immunity. Last week, Democracy for America Political Director Charles Chamberlain sent a message to DFAs 675,000 members asking them to take action and call Rep. Reyes: He needs to know we are counting on him. He needs to know that if he wont stand up to President Bush, then DFA members will find someone to replace him who will. The message to DFA members resulted in thousands of phone calls to Rep. Reyes offices in El Paso and Washington. By the end of the day, Jeremy Bash, the Chief Counsel to the House Intelligence Committee, called Democracy for America to discuss Rep. Reyes position on retroactive immunity. On behalf of Rep. Reyes, Mr. Bash provided a statement to DFA indicating that the Chairman was not changing his position and was still open to immunity. A majority of Democrats in the House and Senate are opposed to retroactive telecom immunity. From Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Sen. Chris Dodd, Democrats have been unified against giving AT&T, Verizon, and President Bush a get out of jail free card. Even Bill Foster, a self-described Blue Dog who just won a special election to fill the remainder of Dennis Hasterts term, is not in favor of granting immunity. Richard Clarke (former head of counterterrorism at the National Security Council), Rand Beers (former Senior Director for Combating Terrorism at the National Security Council), Lt. Gen. Don Kerrick (former Deputy National Security Advisor), and Suzanne Spaulding (former assistant general counsel at the CIA) recently sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell expressing their opposition to telecom immunity: Telecommunications companies will continue to cooperate with lawful government requests, particularly since FISA orders legally compel cooperation with the government. Again, it is unclear to us that the immunity debate will affect our surveillance capabilities. The intelligence community currently has the tools it needs to acquire surveillance of new targets and methods of communication. Rep. Reyes has a clear choice to make. Is he with the American people, the US Constitution, and experienced intelligence officials or is he with President Bush and his cronies?, said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. Telecom immunity is a sham that the President is using to hide his illegal activities and scare people for political gain." ###
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