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A message from Kaili Lambe: There's a lot at stake in 2012, but some of the most important races in the country won't get any national attention. Local officials can decide what's taught in our schools and set priories for our towns and our state governments, but their campaigns are often waged with very little outside attention. There are thousands of key positions up for grabs around the country in 2012 -- many of them in your own backyard. Will you consider running for one of them? Decisions made at the local level have a real impact andprogressive candidates running for local office have been on their own for too long. That's why we're joining the New Organizing Institute and dozens of other progressive organizations to bring you the Candidate Project -- to recruit, train and support progressive candidates running for everything from dog-catcher to state representative. Democracy for America Pledge to run for office, or recruit candidates in your community to join the Candidate Project. Or find out more about how you can be involved. We need progressives like you fighting to make sure our values are represented in local governments around the country. In 2012, progressives will be running for seats at every level of local government nationwide -- to take back our school boards, town councils, and statehouses. Will you be one of them? You can also pledge to recruit candidates or volunteer on a local race. You have the power to change your town for the better. And with the Candidate Project you will also have a community of support from the day you sign up through election night 2012. Thanks for everything you do. - Kaili Kaili Lambe, Political Campaign Manager
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99% T-shirts are here!

A message from Jim Dean: We're not seeing Occupy Wall Street in the daily news, but Occupy and the 99% movement are still going strong and building every day. This holiday season we can help spread the message that "We Are the 99%" with a last minute gift for yourself or anyone left on your list. Order your "We Are the 99%" presents today! Each order is a contribution to DFA , so you can support our efforts to fight for the 99% everyday -- while also showing support for the movement in your local neighborhood. The DFA store is run by Dem Sign and they'll process your order and ship your purchases, so you can get your order in time for holiday gift-giving. Browse the "We are the 99%" t-shirts, bumper stickers and yard signs here. Thank you for everything you do. - Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
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Ilya release with GHD and DFA

Meanwhile, Primary Opponent Makes Major Contributions to Republican Campaigns Burlington, VT Today, Gov. Howard Dean and Democracy for America (DFA) sent an email to DFAs one million members asking them to support Ilya Sheymans campaign for congress in IL-10. Sheyman is in a contested primary against opponent Brad Schneider. In the email, Gov. Dean explains, According to FEC reports, Ilya's opponent gave: $250 to Republican Bob Bennett in Utah $250 to Republican Mike Johanns in Nebraska $1,000 to Republican Mike Rogers in Michigan. And here's the big kicker: between 2002 and 2009 Ilya's opponent contributed a total of $3,300 to Republican Mark Kirk the Republican who used to represent this very same congressional district. Gov. Dean and DFA endorsed Sheyman in May because he is a strong progressive who will stand up for the 99%. Dean continues, "But today, I want to make one thing clear: we can't send a 'Democrat' who supports Republicans to Congress and expect to get better results. That's why I'm working to send a true progressive leader instead." Sheyman responded to the endorsements and support saying, I am very grateful for Gov. Dean and DFA's support because from my days as Field Director at Democracy for America, and even before, I've been working in the trenches to elect Democrats, and to fight for the values and priorities of middle class families. Since launching our campaign in April, I've always said that I'm in this race to prove that when Democrats stand up with backbone and conviction for working families, we win. And in less than 100 days, we intend to do just that. View full email here: http://www.democracyforamerica.com/blog_posts/37810-exposed ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Founded by Gov. Howard Dean, Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Exposed

A message from Gov. Dean: I've told you before why I'm supporting Ilya Sheyman for the 10th Congressional District in Illinois. A former Field Director at Democracy for America and then the national Mobilization Director at MoveOn, he's the proven progressive leader who will beat Republican Bob Dold. But to win in November, he has to get through the democratic primary first. So let me tell you all you need to know about the other self-described "Democrat." According to FEC reports, Ilya's opponent gave: $250 to Republican Bob Bennett in Utah $250 to Republican Mike Johanns in Nebraska $1,000 to Republican Mike Rogers in Michigan. And here's the big kicker: between 2002 and 2009 Ilya's opponent contributed a total of $3,300 to Republican Mark Kirk the Republican who used to represent this very same congressional district. Ilya Sheyman needs our support to win -- and his primary is less than 100 days away. Join me in contributing $10 right now. There are a lot of reasons why Ilya is a better candidate, a better progressive and a better Democrat to help us take back the U.S. House. But today, I want to make one thing clear: we can't send a "Democrat" who supports Republicans to Congress and expect to get better results. That's why I'm working to send a true progressive leader instead. Join me in supporting Ilya Sheyman today. Thank you for everything you do to move America forward. -Howard Governor Howard Dean Founder, Democracy for America
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Dean and DFA endorse Grijalva and Edwards

Progressive Champions Gather Support as Redistricting Forces Primary Challenges from the Right Burlington, VT Today Gov. Howard Dean and Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed progressive champions Raul Grijalva (AZ-07) and Donna Edwards (MD-04). In an email to DFAs one million members nationwide, Gov. Dean explains, Few Democrats in the House of Representatives have fought harder than Donna and Raul to stop Paul Ryans plan to end Medicare. They stood strong to defeat attempts to cut Social Security. And they have never backed down in the fight to restore the American Dream for everyone. But now their districts have been redrawn to make them significantly harder for a progressive Democrat to win. The email encourages DFA members to give individual online donations to the Edwards and Grijalva campaigns to support them in their contested primary campaigns. In the past year, DFA members gave more than one million dollars to support the recall efforts in WI, and in past years DFA members have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Congressional campaigns. Donna and Raul have been there for us. Now is the time for us to stand up and be there for them, states Dean. Grijalva and Edwards expressed gratitude for the endorsements and support. "I am honored to receive Democracy for America's endorsement. DFA is a crucial ally in our fight for the 99% and a steadfast advocate for the progressive policies and candidates that will move our nation forward. I look forward to continuing our great partnership as we fight for America's working families, stated Rep. Grijalva. "I want to thank Democracy for America for their continued support. Together, we have fought to hold insurance companies accountable, eliminate corporate greed, and defend our shared values against a Tea Party-controlled Congress. But our most important fights are still ahead of us. I will continue to be a vocal advocate for creating jobs, investing in our nation's infrastructure, protecting our environment, and giving our children the education they deserve to compete in a 21st Century, global economy, Rep. Edwards added. Democracy for America supported Donna Edwards in 2006 in her first race, and has also been a longtime supporter of Raul Grijalva in his campaigns and his leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Founded by Gov. Howard Dean, Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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