October 22, 2008
Released: Friday, October 17, 2008
BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nations largest progressive political action organization, endorsed Frank Lautenbergs campaign for the United States Senate during the primaries because of his record of leadership and his commitment to progressive values. With a global financial crisis, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and working men and women struggling to get by, DFA knows we need Sen. Lautenberg now more than ever. Frank Lautenberg is a progressive fighter with the experience, wisdom, and judgment we have to have in the United States Senate, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Sen. Lautenberg is the leader we need as America moves forward to confront the major challenges here at home and overseas. Frank Lautenberg was born in Paterson, N.J., the son of immigrants who came through Ellis Island. Along with two childhood friends, Sen. Lautenberg started ADP one of the first and largest computing service companies in the world. After serving as CEO for ADP for many years, Sen. Lautenberg was elected to the U.S. Senate. In this term alone, Frank Lautenberg has voted repeatedly to bring our troops home from Iraq, stood up to the Bush administration to stop drilling for oil less than 100 miles from New Jerseys shoreline, and stopped George Bush from cutting affordable health care for thousands of working class New Jersey families and children. Democracy for America and I are both committed to changing direction in Washington after the failures of eight years of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Together we will work to end the War in Iraq, boost our economy, protect the environment, and make health care and higher education more affordable and accessible, said Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. 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. Frank Lautenberg is a true progressive who has always fought for working men and women in the Garden State and across the country, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. Unlike his opponent, Sen. Lautenberg takes his marching orders from the only people who count: his constituents. ###
October 22, 2008
Released: Monday, October 20, 2008
BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Linda Ketners campaign to represent South Carolinas 1st Congressional District. Linda is running against out-of-touch Republican incumbent Henry Brown. "Linda Ketner is a forward thinker with a well-earned reputation for getting the job done," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Linda Ketner will get down to brass tacks and make sure the economy works for South Carolinians and all Americans." Linda Ketner is a proven leader and successful businessperson with an independent voice who has worked across party lines on the citizen side of politics for decades in South Carolina. Linda has worked as a management consultant for many Fortune 500 companies as well as government and nonprofit organizations. As a community leader, she has founded organizations for change and been recognized for her service with many community awards. Linda is running for Congress to help repair our damaged economy and to make government work again for the people of South Carolina. 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. Donna Edwards in Marylands 4th Congressional District. I really appreciate the support the Democracy for America endorsement represents, said Linda Ketner. Democracy for America empowers citizens to play an active role in their communities and that is what my campaign is all about. "Linda Ketner will be a powerful voice for her constituents. Her opponent is not a leader, but a pathetic follower of the failed philosophies of George Bush and John McCain," said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of DFA. "Henry Brown is part of the problem of a bloated government that does not know how to live within its means. Linda Ketner is a businesswoman, a community activist, and a leader who will bring the change that the Palmetto state needs and deserves."
October 22, 2008
Released: Tuesday, October 21, 2008
BURLINGTON, VT - DemocracyforAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive political action community, has endorsed Nicole LeFavours campaign for Idaho State Senate, District 19. "Nicole LeFavour is a leader, educator, and trailblazer whose experience, wisdom, and judgment is needed in the Senate," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. "Democracy for America is proud to endorse her campaign." As an Idahoan who grew up in rural central Idaho, Nicole began her work in politics as a small business owner and educator involved in open space preservation, human rights, securing funds for schools, and increasing the affordability of health care. Today, Nicole LeFavour is a respected teacher and State Representative who was first elected in 2004 to represent Boises District 19. She has been a leading Democratic member of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee and has distinguished herself through her bi-partisan work. Nicoles leadership has been instrumental on issues like prison sentencing and her successful passage of legislation to offer clinically trained mental health and substance abuse counselors to address teen suicide and substance abuse. She is Idahos first openly gay elected official. Democracy for America is a valued 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. Donna Edwards in Marylands 4th Congressional District. It is an honor to have the endorsement of Democracy for America as I run for Senate this year. They have done important work connecting people in communities with each other to work for issues and candidates they care about, said Nicole LeFavour. From improving health care in America and bringing our troops home, to making the Bush administration accountable for domestic spying, DFA has helped many people in rural areas feel less isolated and able to have an impact on what happens in Washington D.C. "Nicole LeFavour is a champion of those who are too often marginalized in our political process," said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of DFA. "In the Senate, Nicole will fight for working men and women to reduce health care costs, secure funding for public transportation, and lower property taxes." ###
October 9, 2008
For Immediate Release: October 9th, 2012
Contact: Linsey Pecikonis (202) 746-8426 [email protected]
Democracy for America Endorses Rob Zerban for Congress (WI-01)
Burlington, VT Today, Democracy for America (DFA), endorsed Rob Zerban for Congress. Zerban who has vowed to protect Medicare and Social Security, protect reproductive rights, and stand up to any plan that would harm our seniors. Hell be a valued addition to the House and is a strong alternative to Tea Party hero and Mitt Romney Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
"Rob has a tenacity to finish what he started and to do it the right way,said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA.Hes not only a job creator where he made sure his employees had family sustaining wages, excellent benefits, and healthcare, but Robs also a practical guy who stands by his word. He refuses to support a budget or any plan to destroy Medicare and Social Security and voters can believe in him. Rob Zerban responded to the DFA endorsement with enthusiasm: Rob Zerban:Im honored to be endorsed by Democracy for America and their Wisconsin members. Im running for Congress because I believe the people of Wisconsin deserve a representative who will fight to preserve Social Security and Medicare, not budget them out of existence like Paul Ryan would. I pledge to fight for fair economic policies that put the middle class and working families first not last. And with the help of DFA members, we will continue to hold Paul Ryan accountable and educate Wisconsinites about his disastrous budget plan to destroy Medicare and his extremist efforts to roll back progress for women, seniors, and working families.
ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for Americais the people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide,DFAis a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up.
September 26, 2008
September 24, 2008
BURLINGTON, VT DemocracyForAmerica.com, our nation's largest progressive
political action community, has endorsed Jim Himes campaign to represent Connecticuts 4th Congressional District. Jim is running
against the increasingly tone-deaf and out-of-touch Republican incumbent and
War in Iraq cheerleader Chris Shays. Rep. Shays is the
last remaining Republican representative in New England.
"Jim Himes represents the future.
He offers a tremendous opportunity for us to finally get something done about
the critical issues facing us in the 4th District, transportation, affordable
housing, and education," said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA and resident of Fairfield, CT. "More importantly Jim Himes has
lived with these problems just like the rest of us, and understands the kind of
leadership it will take to solve them."
Jim Himes was raised by a single mother in
a small town in New
where he attended public schools and was admitted to Harvard College. There, Jim's academic and athletic accomplishments earned him
a Rhodes Scholarship. After completing his studies at Oxford, Jim took an entry-level position at Goldman
Sachs, where he worked his way up to Vice President over the course of a 12
year career. Fluent in Spanish from his first 10 years of childhood in Latin America, Jim specialized in Latin American and
communications technology banking.
In 2002, Jim left Wall Street to
pursue business-oriented solutions to the problems of urban poverty. He
is currently on leave from his role of Vice President and Director of Northeast
operations at Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit organization which
helps build affordable housing for low-income Americans by providing financing
and expertise to community and housing developers. Under Jim's
leadership, Enterprise developed an innovative program to provide tax
preparation assistance and financial services to low-income families. Jim
also helped Enterprise incorporate green technology into their affordable
Jim has served as an Elder in his church,
an elected finance board member, and as a board member of numerous community
organizations. Jim and his wife Mary live in Cos Cob, CT with their two
daughters, Emma (9) and Linley (6).
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. Donna Edwards in Marylands 4th Congressional District.
Democracy for America is leading
the charge to take our country back, said Jim Himes. In
races all across the country, from the top of the ballot to the bottom,
Democracy for America has made a real difference by engaging the
grassroots to further progressive values. I am honored to have their support.
"Like a majority of voters in the
4th District, Jim Himes is an opponent of the failed War in Iraq. Chris Shays, on the other hand, has stood
with George Bush and John McCain to insure the continuation of our involvement
in this war of choice," said
Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of DFA. "Chris Shays
is a part of the culture of incumbency thats brought us the financial mess on
Wall Street, the outsourcing of good-paying jobs, and sky high prices for
health care. Jim Himes will put an end to these disastrous policies and
offer constituents something they havent had for a longtime: a knowledgeable,
experienced, and effective representative."
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