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DFA and CDP Will Organize Professional Training for Future Political Candidates, Campaign Volunteers, and Grassroots Activists The California Democratic Party and Democracy for America, (DFA) the people powered PAC, are teaming up to host four Campaign Academies in California this fall. "We're excited to partner with Democracy for America's training academy," said John Burton, Chairman of the California Democratic Party. "These trainings will give grassroots Democrats in California the tools they need to create positive change in their communities and keep Republicans on the run in the Golden State. The DFA Campaign Academy mission is to focus, network, and train grassroots activists in the skills and strategies to take back our country, and manage successful campaigns or run for office themselves, Matt Blizek, DFAs National Training Director explains. With our weekend trainings, were building a grassroots infrastructure of skilled progressive activists in all 50 states. Watch a video with testimonials from Campaign Academy participants here: http://www.democracyforamerica.com/training The training will be held in the following locations: Sacramento County 10/15 - 10/16 Orange County 10/22 - 10/23 Stanislaus/Merced County 12/03 - 12/04 Santa Barbara County 12/10 - 12/11 CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY With over 7.5 million registered Democrats, the California Democratic Party is the largest state Democratic Party in the country. For more information visit: www.cadem.org ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA 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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Dont Kill the Dream Ad Release

*** Watch the Ad Here: http://youtu.be/SH_QaqhueZw *** National Ad to Run During Sunday Shows; Local Ads Target Reps. Allen West & David Rivera A new 60-second television ad released today by Democracy for America targets Republicans for killing the American Dream and failing to create jobs. The ad, Dont Kill the Dream, which will air both nationally and in targeted congressional districts, features Americans who want Republicans in Congress to stop dismantling the middle class and killing the American Dream. The ad calls out Republicans for slashing vital programs the middle class depends on while simultaneously insisting on tax breaks and loopholes for corporations and millionaires. The ad will run nationally on Sunday shows and in the districts of Allen West (FL - 22) and David Riveras (FL -25). This is part of Democracy for Americas national campaign to hold Republicans accountable that will run from now until the election in 2012. You can watch the national ad here: http://youtu.be/SH_QaqhueZw Republicans, by pushing a radical agenda in Washington, are killing the American Dream for tens of millions of Americans.," said Levana Layendecker, Communications Director, Democracy for America. Americans everywhere are fed up with the Republican attack on the middle class, and we are demanding that Representatives in Washington focus on practical economic solutions, which create good jobs and a strong economy. We need Representatives in Washington to protect the American Dream, not kill it. We will be working everyday between now and Election Day in 2012 to hold those who are killing the American Dream accountable." #### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA 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. Republicans in Washington are killing the American Dream by pushing an agenda that forces deep cuts to important programs that protect the middle class while asking nothing of big corporations and millionaires. AD TRANSCRIPT: We were city workers in New York State, luckily we had good benefits. We would like to grow old comfortably and get back what we contributed. We would like to see those that we love have the same. -Samuel and Stephanie Levine, Retired I came to the United States when I was 10 years old, because this is the land of opportunity. But opportunities are disappearing on us because Washington has decided to protect millionaires and billionaires and squeeze the middle class. That is not the American dream. -Millie Herrera, Small Business Owner The American dream is having security and knowing that your kids can have security too. -Chris Ossman, Engineer To be able to live a decent life, free of fear about the next medical bill. -Samuel Levine, Retired Being able to get a great education, the greatest in the world. -Austin Brookley, Student The American dream is not just to make a profit in our business, but to be able to sleep at night and know that we are going to be okay. - Annette Taddeo, Small Business Owner But the basic needs of this country are being threatened by whats going on in Washington. -Chris Ossman, Engineer We can let Republicans in Washington kill the American Dream. -Millie Herrera, Small Business Owner CITATIONS "GOP spending plan would end Medicare". Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 6, 2011 http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2011/04/gop_budget_plan_would_end_medi.html "Republicans plan sharp cuts to education" - Reuters, May 11, 2011 http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/11/us-usa-budget-funding-idUSTRE74A6GC20110511 "John Boehner: Raise Social Security Retirement Age to 70" - CBS News, June 29, 2011 http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20009192-503544.html www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Join Van Jones for DFA Live

A message from Van Jones, President and Co-founder of Rebuild the Dream: Right now the American Dream is under siege. Tens of millions of willing workers can't find jobs. Millions of homeowners have lost their homes to foreclosure and millions more are underwater. Instead of investing in our shared future, politicians are giving tax breaks to the rich and then slashing vital services families depend on. Rather than expanding protections for the middle class during these difficult economic times, they're trying to gut workers' rights. But a new movement is rising all across America to fight back. It was born among the teachers, students, firefighters and nurses of Wisconsin who took over their Capitol to stop to Governor Walker's power grab. Now it's spreading as millions of other Americans -- inspired by the events in Madison, Wisconsin -- stand up to say "No" to right-wing attacks on the middle class. DFA is starting a campaign to fight back against these right wing attackers in Congress. We are going straight to them and telling them "Don't Kill the Dream" while they are at home for August recess. Join me for a telephone town hall this Thursday, August 18th at 9PM ET, to find out how you can join us to tell Republicans, "Don't Kill The Dream." Together we can rebuild the American Dream, but first we have to stop the Republicans who are trying to kill it. Thank you for all that you do. -Van Van Jones
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Post Dem Win in WI Release

Democracy for America Wraps Up First Phase of Unprecedented Recall Campaign Burlington, VT - Today with the clear victories of Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch, Republicans strike out in their efforts to recall Democrats who stood up for Wisconsinites against Scott Walkers extreme budget. "Wisconsin voters got their say and the message is clear: Republicans went too far, and Democrats are working for us. This is not an end, it is just the beginning. We will continue to fight every day to define for voters who is on their side and who is in office only to advance the interests of millionaires and corporations," said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. With this election Democracy for America concludes this phase of the campaign to recall Wisconsin Republican state senators who voted to cut education and health care in order to give corporations huge tax breaks. The recall effort that began in March of 2011 was the largest state based campaign that DFA has embarked upon: DFA and Allies Run Unprecedented Grassroots Campaign With partners DFA spent $2.2 million dollars in WI for our three pronged strategy to be on the air, on the ground, and on the phones. TV ads and the volunteer driven Call Out the Vote program were run jointly with the PCCC. DFA and PCCC volunteers made 382,623 calls and contacted more than 101,663 voters. Democracy for America ran three canvass offices with more than 108 canvassers in 3 key districts to recall Sheila Harsdorf (SD 10), Alberta Darling (SD 08), and Dan Kapanke (SD 32). DFA canvassers knocked on more than 100,000 doors in Wisconsin in six weeks. DFA has 25,000 members in Wisconsin and more than 2,000 of them personally volunteered. TV Ads Gave Voice to Wisconsin Working Families: Our TV ads feature real stories from Wisconsinites to give them a voice in this election -- and to fight back against the unlimited cash coffers of the right-wing propaganda machine. The contributions for our TV ads were given primarily in $5 - $25 increments from members around the country who fervently supported the fight in Wisconsin. 5 TV ads released: First two ads pre-election: WaronWorkingFamilies.com and www.RecalltheRepublicans.com Luther Olsen vs. Poy Sippi Elementary School https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/recallolsen?refcode=med Alberta Darling vs. 6 yr old Gabriel http://bit.ly/pkjHk6 Alberta Darling vs. Her own Republican Voters http://bit.ly/pFg0BB ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide and 25,000 members in Wisconsin, 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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We'll keep fighting

A message from Jim Dean: DFA Member - I'm not going to sugarcoat it -- we came up short in Wisconsin last night. We needed to win three seats to take back the State Senate and we got two. This was always going to be a tough fight. These were Republican districts and these six Republican Senators were backed up by tens of millions of dollars from big corporations. The fact that we won two of these elections and came so close in a third is a testament to the strength of our grassroots movement. Your work on the ground and across the country built a people-powered campaign that went toe-to-toe with everything the right wing and big corporations had to offer and came within a few thousand votes of winning three seats in their territory. The country has seen the work we've done in Wisconsin and they know we won't be stopped. We're going to fight in Ohio, where voters have a chance to repeal another anti-union, anti-middle class law in a special referendum this November. We're going to fight in Michigan, where the governor has launched an all-out war on local governments. We're going to fight until we win -- and next year, we're going to beat John Boehner and his right-wing Tea Party majority. Thank you for everything you did in Wisconsin as part of our campaign. I am honored to work with DFA members like you everyday, and I look forward to the work we have ahead of us. -Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
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