December 13, 2011
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 Dean, Chair
Democracy for America
December 12, 2011
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.
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December 12, 2011
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
December 7, 2011
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.
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Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members
nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country
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December 5, 2011
A message from Jim Dean:
Republicans only care about one thing -- tax cuts. It's the only thing they talk about. When Americans demand jobs -- Republicans say "tax cuts." When Democrats take action on education, healthcare and job creation -- Republicans say "tax cuts." When people demand Wall Street be held accountable for wrecking the economy -- Republicans say "tax cuts."
Republicans are obsessed with cutting taxes, but now that Democrats
have put forward a payroll tax cut that will put real money in the
pockets of working Americans, Republicans say "No!" Republicans
are hypocrites that only care about lining the pockets of their
big-money friends and it's time we called them out for it. We're demanding answers. Click here to ask Republicans in Congress -- Why do you hate tax cuts for working families?
Republicans have been getting a free pass on this too for too long.
It's time that we stand up and called them out for propping up the super
rich while pushing working families down. Sign the petition
today and we'll back it up with an aggressive campaign to demand answers
from Republicans. We'll deliver your signatures not just to every
Republican in Congress, but to every Republican running for president
and demand answers in front of the media. We'll make calls to their
offices. We'll do whatever it takes to expose Republican tax hypocrisy. Join us now and demand answers. Republicans need to stop flip-flopping on tax cuts when it comes to working families and figure out where they stand. Thank you for everything you do. -Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
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