June 25, 2015
Democracy for America applauds the court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act. ACA is here to stay, period.
Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on today’s ruling upholding healthcare reform:
“Today’s ruling isn’t just a victory for the millions of people who will get to keep their healthcare, it’s a victory for the millions more who are sick and tired of the GOP’s relentless kamikaze attacks against a program that Americans want to see improved, not dismantled.
“While Democracy for America members have long believed that Obamacare must be improved by giving every man, woman, and child access to Medicare, the time for the debate about the Affordable Care Act’s legality is definitively over.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America.
June 23, 2015
Moments ago the U.S. Senate voted to advance Fast Track for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Quick reaction from Democracy for America's Jim Dean to today's Senate Fast Track vote:
"Senate Democrats who just voted to proceed on Fast Track for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership openly betrayed the grassroots Democratic activists who helped elect them and have been exceedingly clear in their opposition to any legislation that allows more NAFTA-style trade deals to be jammed through Congress.
"The Senate Democrats who allowed Fast Track should know that this vote will be remembered, it will not be erased, and we will hold you accountable.
"Accountability could mean primaries now or in the future, taking no action in your next difficult election, or support for progressive alternatives in future Senate leadership elections. Make no mistake, the memory of this clear betrayal of working families will follow you for years to come." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
Founded in 2004, DFA is a people-powered PAC with 1 million members who have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
June 18, 2015
Moments ago the House just voted to pass Fast Track for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Democracy for America's Jim Dean's reaction to the House's disappointing vote:
"Thanks to House Republicans and a handful of turncoat Democrats, the army of corporate execs and industry lobbyists who wrote the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership will now have an easier time shoving it down the throats of an American public that's broadly opposed to more NAFTA-style trade deals.
"While we will continue to work to defeat fast-track for the job-killing TPP in the U.S. Senate, we will never forget which House Democrats stood with American working families against Fast Track and who sold them out.
"Democrats who allowed the passage of Fast Track Authority for the job-killing TPP, should know that we will not lift a finger or raise a penny to protect you when you're attacked in 2016, we will encourage our progressive allies to join us in leaving you to rot, and we will actively search for opportunities to primary you with a real Democrat.
"Those primaries could happen next year or they could happen in election cycles to come, but, make no mistake, we will make certain that your vote to fast track the destruction of American jobs will be remembered and will haunt you for years to come." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
Since our founding in 2004, DFA's one million members have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
June 18, 2015
Ahead of today's second vote on Fast Track for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership, Democracy for America wanted to make clear that it continues to stand by the very clear stakes it laid out for Democrats last week.
Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America:
"Once again, we urge all Democrats to vote NO on Fast Track for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.
"Americans have been exceedingly clear in their opposition to Fast Track for the job-killing TPP and the secret meetings, convoluted legislative votes, and open collusion with right-wing Republicans that the White House and others have sunk to in order to pass it are only proof of how deeply out of touch these Washington elites are with the rest of the country.
"It's downright absurd to trust Republicans who loathe Trade Adjustment Assistance to pass it, especially when hundreds of thousands of Americans will desperately need it when they lose their livelihood to the job-killing TPP. Any Democrat in Congress who trusts John Boehner or Mitch McConnell to pass Trade Adjustment Assistance, that will actually help working families, deserves to lose their job.
"Whether it's this election cycle or election cycles to come, Democracy for America will actively search for opportunities to make sure they lose their jobs and are replaced with real Democrats committed to fighting growing income inequality, not enabling it." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
June 17, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Omer Farooque, [email protected], 262-391-2653
Governor Howard Dean endorses Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate
This morning, Governor Howard Dean (D-VT) endorsed progressive champion Senator Russ Feingold’s U.S. Senate race in an email to Democracy for America (DFA) members in Wisconsin and across the country.
DFA, the people-powered progressive PAC Dean founded in 2004, announced its endorsement of Feingold last month.
Gov. Dean’s fully quotable endorsement message to DFA members, below.
If helpful, here’s a quote from the email by Governor Howard Dean:
“Russ has been a champion on issues that matter to progressives for his entire career. No one will ever forget his brave vote against the Patriot Act in 2001 or how long and hard he fought to limit money in politics by enacting his signature legislation -- a set of tough, bipartisan campaign finance reform measures.
“He will do whatever it takes to level the playing field for working Americans. That's why I'm proud to announce that I am endorsing him in his fight to once again represent Wisconsin in the Senate.” -- Governor Howard Dean
Founded in 2004, DFA is a people-powered PAC with 1 million members nationwide, including nearly 28,000 members in Wisconsin.
Over the last 11 years, DFA members who have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
ENDORSEMENT EMAIL FROM GOV. HOWARD DEAN TO DFA MEMBERS:
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Howard Dean
Date: Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 9:02 AM
Subject: I've got an announcement about Russ Feingold
DFA Member --
The state of Wisconsin and progressives everywhere got some great news recently: Russ Feingold officially announced that he is running against incumbent Tea Party Senator Ron Johnson, giving Democrats a clearer shot than ever at reclaiming the Senate in 2016.
Russ has been a champion on issues that matter to progressives for his entire career. No one will ever forget his brave vote against the Patriot Act in 2001 or how long and hard he fought to limit money in politics by enacting his signature legislation -- a set of tough, bipartisan campaign finance reform measures. After the financial collapse, he pushed to re-enact Glass-Steagall and to break up the "too big to fail" banks once and for all.
Russ has proven that he will stand up for what he thinks is right no matter what. He will do whatever it takes to level the playing field for working Americans. That's why I'm proud to announce that I am endorsing him in his fight to once again represent Wisconsin in the Senate.
Please show Russ that you are ready to help him defeat incumbent Tea Party Senator Ron Johnson -- and help take back the Senate from the GOP. Become a founding RussBacker today by chipping in $3 or more to support his campaign.
When I ran for president, we didn't rely on huge checks from billionaires and party insiders. My campaign was fueled by thousands of small donations from people across the country who were genuinely excited about what we were building together.
I'm happy to say that Russ is building exactly that kind of grassroots campaign in Wisconsin. In just the first few weeks of his candidacy, he has received thousands of small-dollar contributions from progressive activists from across all 50 states.
Compare that with the campaign that his opponent, Sen. Ron Johnson, plans to run. In 2010, Johnson poured nearly $9 million of his own money into his campaign. This time around, he is teaming up with wealthy corporate donors and "advocacy groups" like the Koch-run Americans for Prosperity -- and they're already getting out their wallets.
Democrats need to win big in Wisconsin if we are going to take the Senate back from the Republicans in 2016. The Tea Party and their corporate sponsors are going to fight tooth and nail to keep one of the biggest progressive heavyweights out there from rejoining the Senate and potentially tipping the balance of power back in our favor.
Let's give Russ Feingold's campaign the head start it needs and deserves so he can win back this key seat and help Democrats take back the Senate. Chip in $3 or more today to become a founding RussBacker.
Thanks for helping to elect more progressive champions,
Gov. Howard Dean, Chair
Democracy for America