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A message from Jim Dean: This wasn't supposed to be a big year for elections. There wasn't a single vote cast for President or Senate -- not even a primary. We saw just a few special congressional elections and a handful of state and municipal elections last month. It wasn't supposed to be a big year, but we've always defied expectations here at Democracy for America and this year was no different -- 2011 was our biggest year ever and we couldn't have done it without the support of members like you. DFA isn't like other organizations. We don't take corporate money -- we rely on small contributions from thousands of members nationwide to run our programs, make change, and take our country back. We don't have offices or staff in every state. Instead, we have members like Rosi Efthim in New Jersey, Melissa Lindbergh in Illinois and Susan Kopicki in California who volunteer their time to lead other DFA members in their area to take action and make great progressive change. Some people think we're crazy not to take corporate money or to invest so much in our local leaders. But that's what makes DFA different and that's what allowed us to do so much great work this year. Please support our work for 2012 and beyond with a contribution right now. We knocked on over 100,000 doors in Wisconsin this year as part of the recall elections. We held 300 movie nights and organized over 2,000 volunteers at Earth Day events nationwide to educate people on the dangers of fracking. We made tens of thousands of phone calls to voters this year and ran five powerful TV ads in Wisconsin ahead of the recall elections. We teamed up with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to call on Congress to repeal DOMA, and with Sen. Bernie Sanders to keep Social Security safe, stable and secure for all Americans. We were the first national organization to endorse progressive leader Ilya Sheyman for Congress. We helped Kathy Hochul win her long-shot race for Congress by raising $50,000 for her when she most needed it in the final stretch of the campaign. And we delivered over $150,000 for Elizabeth Warren's fight to defeat Scott Brown next year. We do a lot of amazing work together. Please contribute $12 to make 2012 our biggest year yet. Thank you, Mary, for everything you do -- and have a fabulous holiday. -Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
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#runthistown

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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