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DFA Dialer - Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions

How does DFA Dialer work?

The system will dial numbers for you. As you're connected with each voter, you'll see their information and a script show up on the web page. You'll record responses and then move on to the next voter.

How do I log in to DFA Dialer? When will I start talking to voters?

  1. Start at dfadialer.com
  2. Click on the photo of the candidate you’d like to call for.
  3. On the next screen, enter your name, email, phone number, and zipcode to log in. (If this is your first time suing the DFA Dialer, please check the box indicating this is your first time.
  4. On the next screen, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Let’s get started.”
  5. The next step is connecting your computer and phone to the Hubdialer:
    1. Dial the phone number on your screen
    2. When prompted, enter the dial in code on your screen into your phone
    3. Enter the confirmation code you hear into the box on your computer screen
    4. Click “Start Calls.” You will be connected to voters as soon as they pick up the phone

Who will I be calling? What do I need to say?

You'll be calling likely Democratic voters and encouraging them to vote in this election. You will *not* be speaking with undecided or Republican voters and trying to persuade them to change their votes. You do not need to be an expert on the candidate(s) you're calling for -- the script will have the information you need.

Will I see a script before I start talking to voters?

Yes. Once you log in, you will be given an opportunity to review the script and get comfortable with it. You can take as much time as you need on this screen before you begin taking calls.

Will people be able to see my phone number or Caller ID?

No, the Caller ID that shows up will be for the campaign headquarters, not your own name and number.

Is this long distance? Will I be charged for these calls?

If calling from a cell phone (unless you have unlimited minutes) it will count as “minutes” used. Landline phones may be charged if you typically get charged for long distance (usually people have unlimited long distance calling on landlines, so if they can normally call a number outside their area code without a charge they should not be charged for calling hubdialer either).

Do I need to have a computer? Can I use just my tablet or smartphone?

You need to have a phone to make calls (either mobile or landline phones), AND ALSO a computer or tablet to follow along on the phonebanking website. iPads work, and other tablets that connect to the internet will also.

Do I need to commit to the full 2 hour shift? Can I take breaks?

We encourage volunteers to commit to a full 2 hours of calls, although it is possible to end earlier if you have schedule conflicts that might otherwise prevent you from signing up at all. If necessary, you can take short breaks during the shift.

What is a “kickoff call?” How do I join?

Every DFA Dialer shift begins with a brief training and strategy call that includes information about the candidate and instructions for the Dialer. To join the kickoff call call 802-231-1044 at the beginning of your shift. Kickoff calls begin at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm Eastern on Saturday and at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm Eastern on Sunday.

Do I have to join a kickoff call?

Nope. If you don’t need the instructions, feel free to skip the kickoff and go straight to dfadialer.com to log in.

What if my plans change?

If you can’t make your scheduled shift, please email [email protected] to let us know. Remember, the dialer will be open 9 am - 9 pm in the candidate’s local time, so you can definitely log in to make calls later on the day of your scheduled shift.

I missed my kickoff call/the beginning of my shift. Can I still make calls?

Definitely! You can review the instruction video at dfadialer.com if you need to, or just click on the candidate’s photo to log in. the dialer will be open till 9 pm in the candidate’s local time.

How can I sign up for more shifts?

Sign up to make calls for DFA-endorsed gubernatorial candidates here:
https://www2.democracyforamerica.com/events/dfadialer/2018gov

Sign up to make calls for DFA-endorsed US House candidates here:
https://www2.democracyforamerica.com/events/dfadialer/2018house


Troubleshooting

I’m having trouble logging in…

If you’re a first time caller, make sure you check the the checkbox on the login form that says “This is the first time you’ve signed into HubDialer.” If you have logged in to the dialer before, and are still having trouble, please close your browser then follow the steps at the top of this page to access the site and log in.

I’m getting an error message that says I am outside the available times for the campaign. What does that mean?

You may be calling before 9 am or after 9 pm in the candidate’s local time zone. If that’s not the case, email [email protected] to let us know! Or, go back to dfadialer.com and select a different candidate.

My confirmation code expired. What do I do now?

Just refresh your page to get a new call in number and code.

I’ve logged in, but now I’m just hearing hold music. What’s going on?

The dialer is calling voters and screening out voicemails, disconnected numbers, etc. When a live voter answers, you’ll be connected, and a script will appear on your screen.

How do I code in my results after the call?

On the script you will see checkboxes to enter in the information, click the box to select the result. Make any additional notes in the “notes” box. Once you’re done, click “next call” to go on to the next call

Why won’t it call another voter?

The system will not move you onto the next call until you have submitted your information and clicked “next call.” The hold between calls can be one minute or more. If you are hearing music, the system is dialing so be patient. If you’re not hearing music, or you’ve been on hold longer than three minutes, try hanging up your phone and then logging out and logging back in again.

I’m getting a lot of wrong or disconnected numbers. Why is this happening?

Sometimes the information in the voter file is out of date - people have moved or changed phone numbers since the last election. Making a note of the wrong and disconnected numbers is important, because it saves time during the final days of the election.

Voters are grumpy. Do these calls even help?

They do! Several studies have shown that a direct, live conversation with a voter is the best way to get them to vote. Door-to-door and phone contact is more effective than TV ads, direct mail, or robocalls.
 

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America backs Mike Espy for U.S. Senate in Mississippi

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Mike Espy in Mississippi's non-partisan special election for U.S. Senate this November.

DFA's endorsement of Espy comes just days after the U.S. Senate Senate, in an overwhelmingly Republican vote, approved the nomination of accused sexual assault perpetrator Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's endorsement of Mike Espy for U.S. Senate:

"Mike Espy is running a strong grassroots campaign for U.S. Senate in Mississippi that may be even more surprising and transformational than Doug Jones' victory in Alabama last year.

"Not only will Espy's victory by critical to ending the fringe right's control of the U.S. Senate, it will be a powerful reminder as we head into 2020 that progressives can win everywhere if we stand up for an inclusive populist political agenda and build campaigns that prioritize, energize, and mobilize the new American majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters.

"Democracy for America is excited to support Mike Espy in his race for U.S. Senate because we know he's committed to the fight to make sure Mississippi and the country work for everyone, not just the wealthy and powerful. Mike Espy knows that a great country like ours doesn't lock kids up in cages when they're fleeing violence or deny folks access to health care simply because they can't afford it.

"Rooted firmly in our shared progressive values, Mike Espy is running a bold, grassroots campaign committed to welcoming in the leadership of community members who have long been ignored in Mississippi, and we're excited to be fighting alongside him." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Mike Espy on receiving DFA's endorsement:

"I am grateful to Democracy for America for their endorsement, and I look forward to working with their members here in Mississippi to keep our momentum going and win this election in November." -- Mike Espy

DFA is a national progressive political organization with 3,429 members in Mississippi and more than 1 million members across the country.

Today, DFA also endorsed Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate in Nevada. Victories by Rosen and Espy, along with a win by DFA-backed Beto O'Rourke in Texas, may be critical to helping Democrats flip control of the Senate and halt the Trump administration's efforts to appoint more unfit, fringe right-wing individuals to government and judicial positions.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Espy -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate in Nevada

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate in Nevada.

DFA's endorsement of Rosen comes just days after the U.S. Senate Senate, in an overwhelmingly Republican vote, approved the nomination of accused sexual assault perpetrator Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's endorsement of Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate:

"Jacky Rosen's race for the U.S. Senate gives Nevadans a chance to replace a Senator that Donald Trump has beaten into submission, with a relentless champion for working families. Jacky Rosen understands that healthcare is a human right, no human being is illegal, and a $15 an hour minimum wage and the protections of a union are the very least that Nevada workers deserve. She gets the important moment in the fight for racial and economic justice we're in, and that's why Democracy for America is standing with Jacky Rosen in this election.

"But the race for Senate in Nevada is also about a lot more.

"After watching the shockingly vile conclusion of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings, it's more clear than ever that, as progressives, we have to do everything we can to break the chokehold the fringe right has on the levers of power in Washington. With tens of millions disgusted by what they saw in Washington over the last few weeks, Democrats have a clear opportunity to take control of the Senate despite the tough 2018 map, and we're excited to work alongside Jacky Rosen to help seize it." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Jacky Rosen on receiving DFA's endorsement:

"There are so many important fights ahead of us, like getting big money out of politics, protecting our Dreamers and immigrant families, fighting for a livable minimum wage, defending reproductive rights -- and hardworking Nevadans deserve another Senator committed to these fights. I believe health care is a right, not a privilege for just the wealthy few -- and that's why I've worked to ensure every Nevadan has access to quality, affordable care. I am honored to have the support of Democracy for America as we work to replace Senator Heller and flip this seat." -- Jacky Rosen

DFA is a national progressive political organization with 9,850 members in Nevada and more than 1 million members across the country.

Today, DFA also endorsed Mike Espy in the November 2018 special election for U.S. Senate in Mississippi. Victories by Espy and Rosen, along with a win by DFA-backed Beto O'Rourke in Texas, may be critical to helping Democrats flip control of the Senate and halt the Trump administration's efforts to appoint more unfit, fringe right-wing individuals to government and judicial positions.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Rosen -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA: Kavanaugh vote is a “generational mistake” that “we are committed to ensuring [GOP] pays for”

Moments ago the U.S. Senate Senate, in an overwhelmingly Republican vote, approved the nomination of accused sexual assault perpetrator Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Democracy for America's Karli Wallace Thompson, the lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh campaign, following the Senate's vote for Kavanaugh:

"Over the course of the last few weeks, Brett Kavanaugh has lied repeatedly to the U.S. Senate, proven himself to be temperamentally unfit for a position on any court, and faced extremely credible accusations of sexual assault and misconduct.

"Forcing Brett Kavanaugh on to the Supreme Court was a generational mistake for Republicans, one we are committed to ensuring they pay for at the ballot box for years to come."

"The vote for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh was a vote against survivors of sexual violence, a vote for the continued devolution of our country's political institutions, and a vote that we will work to ensure is written into the political epitaph of every Senator cruel and grossly partisan enough to cast it." -- Karli Wallace Thompson, Senior Digital Manager & lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh Campaign, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA supports 61 in final round of 2018 state legislative, state office “Purple to Blue” endorsements

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its final 61 endorsements for state-level office in 2018. The endorsements include 41 candidates for State House, 17 running for State Senate, two running for New Hampshire's Executive Council, and one candidate running for State Auditor in Iowa.

DFA's 61 newly endorsed candidates for state-level office include:

  • Dennis Harris (AK - House - District 32)
  • Kyle Pierce (AL - House - District 28)
  • Denise Garner (AR - House - District 84)
  • Maureen Skinner (AR - Senate - District 35)
  • Eloise Reyes (CA - Assembly - District 47)
  • Faith Winter (CO - Senate - District 24)
  • Will Haskell (CT - Senate - District 26)
  • Matthew Lesser (CT - Senate - District 9)
  • Baird Welch-Collins (CT - House - District 38)
  • Tammy Garcia (FL - House - District 37)
  • Vikki Garrett (FL - House - District 1)
  • Carlos Guillermo Smith (FL - House - District 49)
  • Phil Hornback (FL - House - District 58)
  • Debra Kaplan (FL - House - District 31)
  • Dawn Johnson (GA - Senate - District 47)
  • Sandra Workman (GA - Senate - District 1)
  • Chinita Allen (GA - House - District 44)
  • Chris Benton (GA - House - District 131)
  • Jasmine Clark (GA - House - District 108)
  • Deborah Gonzalez (GA - House - District 117)
  • El-Mahdi Holly (GA - House - District 111)
  • Julie Jordan (GA - House - District 179)
  • Sam Park (GA - House - District 101)
  • Mary Robichaux (GA - House - District 48)
  • Anita Tucker (GA - House - District 25)
  • Aisha Yaqoob (GA - House - District 97)
  • Rob Sand (IA - State Auditor)
  • Aimee Cole (IN - House - District 37)
  • Kevin Leineweber (IN - House - District 91)
  • Ross Thomas (IN - Senate - District 41)
  • Alex Van Dyke (KS - House - District 67)
  • Josie Raymond (KY - House - District 31)
  • Stephanie Chang (MI - Senate - District 1)
  • Mindy Denninger (MI - House - District 46)
  • Jon Hoadley (MI - House - District 60)
  • Ernie Whiteside (MI - House - District 56)
  • Mindy Kimmel (MN - House - District 16B)
  • Maria Chappelle-Nadal (MO - House - District 86)
  • John Kiehne (MO - Senate - District 26)
  • Tim Barnsback (NC - House - District 86)
  • Da'Quan Love (NC - House - District 4)
  • Erica McAdoo (NC - House - District 63)
  • Darryl Moss (NC - House - District 2)
  • D. Cole Phelps (NC - Senate - District 1)
  • Kris Rixon (NC - House - District 9)
  • Caroline Walker (NC - Senate - District 35)
  • Barbara Yates-Lockamy (NC - House - District 46)
  • Brandon Medenwald (ND - House - District 41)
  • Iz Piedra (NH - House - District 9)
  • Debora Pignatelli (NH - Executive Council - District 5)
  • Andru Volinsky (NH - Executive Council - District 2)
  • Rachel May (NY - Senate - District 53)
  • James Skoufis (NY - Senate - District 39)
  • Andrew Gilchrist (NY - Assembly - District 135)
  • Matthew Rettig (NY - Assembly - District 99)
  • Marty Wilde (OR - House - District 11)
  • Lois Herr (PA - Senate - District 48)
  • Kyle Lacio (SC - Senate - District 20)
  • Brenda Gilmore (TN - Senate - District 19)
  • Jessa Lewis (WA - Senate - District 6)
  • Lissa Lucas (WV - House - District 7)

DFA's endorsed state-legislative candidates are each part of its long-running "Purple to Blue" project, a multi-year effort dedicated to winning state House and Senate chambers across the country. In 2017, DFA's Purple to Blue project helped elect 27 inclusive populist leaders to state legislative chambers across the country; ran an independent expenditure campaign for a Washington State Senate candidate that was instrumental in helping flip the chamber; and fiercely backed Justin Fairfax in his effort to become Virginia's Lieutenant Governor and State Senate President.

Including today's endorsements, DFA has endorsed a total of 83 state-level candidates who will be on the ballot this November.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's 2018 endorsements for State-level offices:

"The 83 leaders we're backing for state-level office this November are not only essential to flipping state legislatures from Purple to Blue, they're critical for pushing for inclusive populist reforms from Medicare for All to Debt-free college and criminal justice reform in states all across the country.

"After losing more than 1000 elected offices and over two-thirds of all state legislatures over the last decade, it's more important than ever to have leaders in state legislative and other key state-level elected offices putting forward a bold, progressive agenda and standing ready to hold this unimaginably corrupt administration accountable for its actions.

"Our state elected officials are on the front lines in the fight for racial and economic justice, and that's why Democracy for America's commitment to the 61 leaders we're endorsing today goes through election day and beyond. The progressive political change our country desperately needs starts in our state offices and we look forward to fighting alongside these leaders for years to come." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

As a part of its work in the 2017-18 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like state candidates endorsed today -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA backs Evers, Whitmer, and Gilchrist in final 2018 Gov., Lt. Gov. endorsements

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsements of Tony Evers for Governor of Wisconsin and Gretchen Whitmer for Governor of Michigan.

The grassroots progressive group also formally backed Garlin Gilchrist for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, who Whitmer brought on to her ticket and DFA members have proudly supported in his previous race for Detroit City Clerk.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's endorsements of Evers, Whitmer, and Gilchrist:

"All across the country this year, Democrats are blessed with candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor committed to leading the fight for racial and economic justice. That's why Democracy for America is heading into November with its largest-ever election year slate of endorsed candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and it's also why we're excited to announce our endorsement of Tony Evers for Governor of Wisconsin, Gretchen Whitmer for Governor of Michigan, and Garlin Gilchrist for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan.

"Tony Evers not only gives Wisconsinites the chance to permanently retire Scott Walker, he has a long history of fighting for Wisconsin students and standing up for working families. A life-long Educator and the current State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Evers understands that creating a more just and equitable Badger State requires a real investment in its schools and communities.

"Gretchen Whitmer will be a tremendous force for progress in Lansing who won't ever back down from an opportunity to stand up, speak out, and fight for Michiganders against the right-wing interests who have dominated the state for the last decade. While DFA members proudly supported Abdul El-Sayed in this summer's primary, we're excited to support Gretchen Whitmer this November because we know she'll unabashedly stand up for the rights of women, fiercely protect the Great Lakes, and move the ball forward on critical inclusive populist priorities that will help all Michigan families thrive.

"Garlin Gilchrist gives progressives yet another reason to be excited about casting their ballot for the top of the ticket in Michigan. Democracy for America members put their early support behind Garlin Gilchrist in his 2017 race for Detroit City Clerk, not only because we worked closely with him during his years at MoveOn.org, but also because we knew the passion, energy, and commitment to racial and economic justice he'd bring to the job. As Gretchen Whitmer's Lieutenant Governor, Garlin Gilchrist will bring a strong voice for bold, inclusive populist political change with deep ties to grassroots progressives to the decisions facing Lansing." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

DFA is a national progressive political organization with 51,843 members in Michigan, 33,491 members in Wisconsin, and more than 1 million members across the country that have supported progressive candidates up-and-down the ballot since its founding in 2004.

Today's endorsements for Governor and Lt. Governor join David Garcia (AZ - Gov.), Andrew Gillum (FL - Gov. ), Stacey Abrams (GA - Gov.), Josh Green (HI - Lt. Gov.), Paulette Jordan (ID - Gov.), Ben Jealous (MD - Gov.), and Mandela Barnes (WI - Lt. Gov.) on DFA's slate of 2018 state-wide executive endorsements. This is the largest slate of progressive candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor DFA has ever put forward over its 14-year history.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Evers, Whitmer, and Gilchrist -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America backs over 30 in the final round of 2018 county, municipal, local endorsements

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its final 31 endorsements for county, municipal, and local office in 2018. These new endorsees join 13 other candidates DFA endorsed earlier this year for a total of 44 DFA-endorsed county, municipal, and local level candidates who are on the ballot in 2018.

DFA's 31 newly endorsed candidates for county, municipal, and local office include:

  • Nikki Bas (Oakland (CA) City Council, District 2)
  • Alicia Brooks (Judicial District 26A Judge (Mecklenburg County, NC), Seat 1)
  • Cat Brooks (Mayor, Oakland (CA))
  • Heather Burch (Lane County (OR) Commissioner, District 5)
  • Shenika Carter (Douglas County (CO) Assessor)
  • Renata Castro (Margate City (FL) Commissioner, Seat 3)
  • Shelaswau Crier (Marion County (OR) Commissioner, Position 1)
  • Charisse Davis (Cobb County (GA) School Board, District 6)
  • Abel Delgado (Flint (MI) School Board)
  • Elora Diaz (Phoenix (AZ) Elementary School District #1 Governing Board)
  • Emily Gasoi (State Board of Education (DC), Ward 1)
  • Brandi Geoit (Pasco County (FL) Commissioner, District 4)
  • Mark Haase (Hennepin (MN) County Attorney)
  • Stacy Hackenburg (Williamson County (TX) Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4)
  • Alex Hansen (Livingston County Commissioner (MI), District 5)
  • Jennifer Hernandez (Douglas County (NE) District Court Clerk )
  • Caroline Holko (Cobb County (GA) Commissioner, District 3)
  • DaSean Jones (180th District Court (Houston, TX) Judge)
  • Farrah Khan (Irvine (CA) City Council)
  • Ben Ku (Gwinnett County (GA) Commissioner, District 2)
  • Joca Marquez (San Marcos (TX) City Council, Place 5)
  • Consuelo Martinez (Escondido (CA) City Council, District 1)
  • Dyane Medina (Stockton (CA) City Council, District 5)
  • Karl-Thomas Musselman (Williamson County (TX) Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1)
  • Rigel Robinson (Berkeley (CA) City Council, District 7)
  • Elaissia Sears (Justice of the Peace, West Mesa Justice Precinct (AZ))
  • Kelly Smith (Pasco County Commissioner (FL), District 2)
  • Marc Solomon (Alexandria (VA) City School Board, District A)
  • Jessica Tiedt (Williamson County (TX) Clerk)
  • Katie Tomberlin (Carteret County (NC) Commissioner, District 2)
  • Igor Tregub (Berkeley (CA) City Council, District 1)

DFA is a member-driven, people-powered political organization with 1 million members across the country that has supported progressive candidates up-and-down the ballot since its founding in 2004.

In February 2017, DFA announced a groundbreaking $500,000 2017-18 initiative to support municipal races across the country in an effort to transform America's cities into "bastions of resistance against the Trump regime." The effort netted 21 municipal-level progressive victories in 2017 ranging from mayoral races in Charlotte, NC and Jackson, MS to a city trustee slate in Berwyn, IL.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's 2018 endorsements in critical county, municipal, and local elections:

"The 44 leaders we've endorsed for county, municipal, and local elected offices in 2018 will not only have a direct and immediate impact on their community, they'll also provide important opportunities to develop, test, and implement the kind of bold, inclusive populist solutions our country desperately at every level of government.

"Democracy for America members are excited to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with this transformative slate of county, municipal, and local leaders because we know that the fight for racial and economic justice has to waged from the top to the bottom of our ballots." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like municipal and local level candidates endorsed today -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA: Judiciary Committee vote to advance Kavanaugh “may mark the beginning of the end… for SCOTUS”

Minutes ago the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, in a party-line vote, voted to advance accused sexual assault perpetrator Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Democracy for America's Karli Wallace Thompson, the lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh campaign, on the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote:

"Senate Republicans' decision to railroad Brett Kavanaugh's nomination through the Judiciary Committee after yesterday's fearless and compelling testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is disgusting, and may very well mark the beginning of the end for the respect the majority of Americans once had for the Supreme Court.

"During his unhinged, conspiracy-laden partisan rantings during yesterday's hearings, Brett Kavanaugh not only displayed a temperament that is manifestly unfit for our nation's highest court, but the kind of anger, vitriol, and casual disregard for others that you'd expect to see from a perpetrator of sexual assault.

"The full Senate still has a chance to stop a credibly accused sexual assault perpetrator from securing a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. We urge members of the U.S. Senate to do the right thing and listen to the majority of Americans who don't want to see Brett Kavanaugh on the court.  The very least Republicans could do is to follow through on Sen. Jeff Flake's request and delay any floor vote on Kavanaugh until a full FBI investigation is conducted and its results are released to the public.

"A vote for the confirmation of Kavanaugh is a vote against survivors of sexual violence, a vote for the continued devolution of our country's political institutions, and a vote that we will work to ensure is written into the political epitaph of any Senator cruel and grossly partisan enough to cast it." -- Karli Wallace Thompson, Senior Digital Manager & lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh Campaign, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA: “We believe Dr. Ford… [her] bravery stands in stark contrast to the cowardice” of Senate GOP

This afternoon, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford courageously testified to her story as a sexual assault survivor during the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee's Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Democracy for America's Karli Wallace, the lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh campaign, on Dr. Ford's testimony:

"We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Period. Full Stop.

"The clear and fearless testimony that Dr. Ford gave today made it clear that Brett Kavanaugh has no business sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ford's bravery stands in stark contrast to the cowardice displayed by the all-male Republican membership on the Senate Judiciary Committee who didn't have the guts to ask her questions themselves or confidence in their victim-blaming party line to demand a full FBI investigation of the facts.

"It's simply beyond conscience how any Senator could walk away from today's gut-wrenching testimony or the related, profoundly disturbing recollections of Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick without seeing how unfit Brett Kavanaugh is for a lifetime appointment on our nation's highest court. The Senators who are choosing ignore Dr. Ford's testimony are not only displaying a callous disregard for the role the Court has in upholding justice, they're making it clear that the lives of women impacted by sexual violence matter less than their own political game-playing.

"Our country owes a profound debt of gratitude to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick for everything they've gone through, from publicly reliving some of their darkest moments to the death threats and character attacks they've weathered to patriotically speak out. If Brett Kavanaugh is prevented from reaching the Supreme Court, as we believe he must be, it's because of these three brave women and the American people behind them." -- Karli Wallace, Senior Digital Manager & lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh Campaign, Democracy for America

DFA Action

Sign the petition: Stop Brett Kavanaugh

Christine Blasey Ford courageously shared her story of sexual assault and attempted rape by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when the two were in high school and she was just fifteen years old.

We knew from the start that Kavanaugh was unfit to serve on the Supreme Court, given his extreme political positions along with misleading and false statements during Senate testimony.

But this news made it crystal clear: we must stop this dangerous man from being confirmed to a lifetime on our nation's highest court.

Sign Democracy for America’s petition telling the every U.S. Senator -- Republicans and Democrats -- to do the right thing and reject Kavanaugh by blocking him from being confirmed to the Supreme Court. 

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DFA: Kavanaugh’s alleged role in an attempted rape is “fundamentally disqualifying”

This afternoon Christine Blasey Ford courageously told her story of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's role in an attempt to rape her when she was fifteen

Democracy for America's Karli Wallace, the lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh campaign, responds to Kavanaugh's alleged role in an attempted rape:

"The story bravely told today about Brett Kavanaugh's alleged role in an attempted rape of a 15-year-old girl isn't just stomach-turning, it's a fundamentally disqualifying action for anyone tasked with serving justice, let alone someone up for lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"To be clear, Brett Kavanaugh's political positions and repeated use of misleading and false statements during Senate testimony already rendered him unfit to be a Supreme Court justice, but today's revelations make it crystal clear that he had no business being nominated in the first place.

"The only acceptable response to news of Brett Kavanaugh's alleged role in an attempted rape is for every single member of the U.S. Senate to commit to rejecting his nomination to the Supreme Court and demand that the White House immediately rescind it.

"Our country also owes a profound debt of gratitude to Christine Blasey Ford for deciding to publicly share her story. No survivor of sexual assault owes the story of their struggle to anyone, period. Yet, the grace and courage that Christine Blasey Ford has shown in deciding to do so, especially in light of the violations of consent that played a role in compelling her, is something we all should honor." -- Karli Wallace, Senior Digital Manager & lead of DFA's #StopKavanaugh Campaign, Democracy for America

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DFA backs O’Rourke for Senate in Texas, Bell (TX-14), Haaland (NM-1), Scholten (IA-4) for Congress

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsements of Beto O'Rourke for United States Senate in Texas and Adrienne Bell (TX-14), Deb Haaland (NM-1), and J.D. Scholten (IA-4) for the United States House of Representatives. All four are running bold, inclusive populist campaigns that place their support for Medicare for All, in particular, at the center of their campaigns.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive political organization with 1 million members across the country and a total of 78,232 spread across the state of Texas, Iowa's 4th, and New Mexico's 1st Congressional Districts.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's endorsement in these four key federal general election races:

"In 2018, Democrats have nominated a series of trailblazing warriors for inclusive populist priorities all across the country who will be positively critical to helping us seize the majority of the U.S. House and have a shot at retaking control of the Senate.

"Today, we're particularly excited to announce our endorsements of Beto O'Rourke for U.S. Senate in Texas and Adrienne Bell, Deb Haaland and J.D. Scholten for the U.S. House in Texas' 14th, New Mexico's 1st, and Iowa's 4th Congressional Districts, respectively.

"Beto O'Rourke (U.S. Senate - Texas) has distinguished himself this cycle not only by running one of the most impressive grassroots campaigns Texas has ever seen, but by taking unequivocal, progressive stands on immigrant rights and racial justice. Beto O'Rourke's people-powered campaign and boldness has not only brought tens of thousands of new and frequently ignored voters into the political process, it's forced Ted Cruz, one of the most loathed fringe-right characters in Donald Trump's Washington swamp, into a single-digit race.

"Adrienne Bell (TX-14) is a Houstonian and grassroots organizer who has spent years working to turn Texas blue on Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and at Battleground Texas. When she's elected to Congress this year, not only will she be the first Black woman sent to represent Texas' 14th District, she'll be a trusted leader in the fight to pass Medicare for All, protect abortion rights, deliver on criminal justice reform, and make sure that every student has a chance to thrive in local public schools.

"Deb Haaland (NM-1) has spent years working on the ground to deliver for New Mexico's working families. She went on to lead New Mexico's Democratic Party where she eliminated a seven-year debt and helped flip the state legislature from Red to Blue. In Congress, Deb Haaland will make history as the first Native American woman in the U.S. House or Senate, and she'll also be a passionate champion for gun violence prevention legislation, the Black and Native Lives Matter movements, and a New Mexico that harnesses its national resources while decreasing its reliance on fossil fuels.

"J.D. Scholten (IA-4) is a 5th generation Iowan who was born in the town of Nevada, grew up in Sioux City, and went on to play baseball professionally in seven countries around the world. A first-time candidate who has visited all 39 counties of the 4th District in his Winnebago RV "Sioux City Sue," J.D. Scholten has a lifelong commitment to social justice and will stand tall for Medicare for All, building a sustainable rural economy, and civility in Washington. If there's any progressive equipped to defeat a hate-fueled, right-winger like Steve King this cycle, it's J.D. Scholten.

"Fighting to represent red and blue terrain from the plains and coasts of Texas to the valleys of New Mexico and the fields of Iowa, Beto O'Rourke, Adrienne Bell, Deb Haaland, and J.D. Scholten aren't just running to make majorities in Washington, they're running because they believe that healthcare is human right and we deserve a healthcare system that reflects that reality. Democracy for America is honored to fight alongside them for the country every American deserves this November and beyond." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like O'Rourke, Bell, Haaland, and Scholten-- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

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VICTORY: DFA hails reformer Rollins’ victory in Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney primary

Tonight, Rachel Rollins won her race for Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney

Rollins was endorsed by Democracy for America, the first national progressive organization to back her, as a part of its slate of "Criminal Justice Reform Champions."

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Rachel Rollins' victory in the race for Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney:

"Rachel Rollins win in her race for Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney is a critical victory for everyone who believes that leadership change is a critical component of the criminal justice reform our country desperately needs.

"Like the victories of Kimm Fox in Illinois' Cook County, Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, and, more recently, Wesley Bell in Missouri, Rachel Rollins' win underscores the hunger voters have for prosecutors who have a heartfelt commitment to justice not in some abstract, academic sense of the word, but in the lived experiences of survivors, perpetrators, the accused, and the communities we share.

"The fight to end cash bail, mass incarceration, and the systemic racism undergirding much of our criminal justice system doesn't start in Washington or a state capitol building, it begins with victories in races for bold, justice-focused District Attorneys like Rachel Rollins. That's why we were honored to stand with Rachel in her primary and we look forward to fighting alongside her through November and beyond." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA says Pressley win in MA-7 reflects Democrats’ “inclusive populist transformation”

Ayanna Pressley just won one of the most shocking Democratic primary upsets of the year, unseating Democratic Congressman Mike Capuano in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District.

Democracy for America endorsed Pressley in her primary fight in July.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Ayanna Pressley's stunning primary win in Massachusetts' 7th:

"Ayanna Pressley's remarkable victory tonight is a testament to the strength of the grassroots movement she built, and an important reflection of the generational, multiracial inclusive populist transformation that's happening in the Democratic Party right now all across the country.

"A fearless fighter for Boston's Black, brown, and white working families, Ayanna Pressley will be a champion for progressive priorities like Medicare for All and criminal justice reform in Congress. She'll make history as the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts in House, but she'll also bring a range of life experiences -- as a sexual assault survivor and the daughter of an incarcerated parent -- that are desperately needed in our halls of power.

"With so much at stake in the era of Trump, tonight's results make clear what Ayanna Pressley knew when she boldly launched her campaign against a ten-term incumbent: Change in the country and Congress can't wait. We were honored to stand with Ayanna Pressley in her gutsy, history-making primary campaign, and we look forward to fighting alongside her as she continues working to ensure the voices of all Bay Staters are represented in Washington." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA on Rahm’s Reelection Pass: “Good riddance to bad rubbish”

This morning, in a surprise decision, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he would not run for a third term.

Democracy for America (DFA) strongly backed Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in his 2015 race for Mayor, which forced Emanuel into Chicago's first mayoral runoff.

DFA has more one million members nationwide, including 18,529 members in the Chicago, and works closely with a number of affiliated grassroots groups in and around the city.

Democracy for America's Chair Jim Dean on Rahm Emanuel's decision not to run for reelection:

"Good riddance to bad rubbish.

"While it's disappointing that Chicagoans won't have the chance to give Rahm Emanuel the massive defeat at the polls he deserves for his long record of sheltering injustice, perpetuating inequity, and failing to keep Chicago safe, this is a great day for the Windy City.

"It won't be easy to fix Rahm's mess, but we look forward to seeing what inclusive populist champions emerge in the coming mayoral race and supporting their commitment to fighting for a more just and equitable city." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA: Racist robocalls only “strengthens the people-powered movement behind Andrew Gillum”

Yesterday, a neo-nazi group aligned with Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis launched racist robocalls featuring someone claiming to be Andrew Gillum, his inclusive populist opponent, speaking in "a black minstrel-style voice as jungle noises play in the background."

News of the robocalls follows a racism-tinged interview earlier in the week where DeSantis suggested that Florida would "monkey this up" by electing Gillum and revelations that DeSantis was a member of an openly racist facebook group.

Statement from Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on the impact of the right's bigoted attacks on Andrew Gillum:

"Ron DeSantis is running scared. That's why he launched his general election campaign with a racism-laced interview and why his Nazi backers picked up on his bigoted messaging and pushed out their vile robocalls.

"And, they should be scared.

"Andrew Gillum has not only built a grassroots movement that will make history this November, he has a multiracial, inclusive populist vision for Florida that will finally end the fringe right's death-grip on the Sunshine State.

"Yet what DeSantis and his bigoted supporters don't seem to understand is that every thinly-veiled, hate-fueled swipe they take only grows and strengthens the people-powered movement behind Andrew Gillum.

"The Black, brown, and white working families who call Florida home are hungry for new, visionary leadership and we are more committed than ever to helping them reject bigotry, hate, and division by electing Florida's first Black governor this November." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates David Garcia’s Arizona Gubernatorial primary win

David Garcia just won the race for Arizona's Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Endorsing him in June of 2017, Democracy for America was an early backer of Garcia in Arizona's race for Governor.

Statement from Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on David Garcia's primary win in Arizona's race for Governor:

"David Garcia's victory in tonight's Democratic primary is a testament to his life of service and the bold, inclusive populist vision he's put forward from the very start of his campaign for governor. From his bold vision for tuition-free public college to his commitment to turning Arizona into a solar power superpower, David Garcia hasn't just said he's fighting for Arizona's working families, he's put forward an agenda that can deliver for them in Phoenix.

"Arizonans deserve a governor focused on creating a better future for all of them, not one like Doug Ducey looking to curry favor with a White House content to score political points by stoking division and hatred in their communities. David Garcia isn't afraid to challenge the racist agenda of the Trump Administration -- and, as a teacher and veteran, he's spent his life dedicated to public education and service.

"David Garcia is the kind of progressive change agent we need in leadership across the country. That's why we're honored to support him in this primary and why we can't wait to fight alongside him all the way through November." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA on Andrew Gillum’s “massive upset victory” in Florida Gubernatorial primary

Andrew Gillum just delivered a massive upset victory in the race for Governor in Florida. Democracy for America was a strong early supporter of Gillum following its endorsement in June 2017.

Statement from Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on Andrew Gillum's primary stunner:

"Andrew Gillum's massive upset victory tonight is an explosive development in the 2018 election that definitively proves that the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters are ready to deliver transformative results for candidates who share their commitment to bold, inclusive populism.

"Andrew Gillum, the only candidate who wasn't a millionaire or the scion of a powerful political family, and an army of grassroots organizers built a movement that inspired tens of thousands of new and demoralized voters and spoke directly to the challenges they face with bold solutions like robust criminal justice reform, Medicare for All, and a historic $1 billion commitment to education.

"Tonight, Floridians made it clear that the time for fundamental progressive change in the Sunshine State is here. Andrew Gillum has built an unprecedented movement for change in Florida and it's hard to imagine a candidate better equipped to defeat a Trump sycophant like Ron DeSantis this November." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Kerri Evelyn Harris in Delaware U.S. Senate primary

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Kerri Evelyn Harris in Delaware's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Harris is running in the primary against sitting U.S. Senator Tom Carper.

Democracy for America has 3,672 members in Delaware and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to stand with Kerri Evelyn Harris in her race for U.S. Senate:

"With this fall's election less than 90 days away, it's more important than ever to seize every chance we have to push the Democratic Party to better reflect the diverse communities it serves and put forward the kind of bold, inclusive populist agenda we need to confront our challenges and inspire millions of new & infrequent voters to join our fight.

"A veteran, gay woman of color, and community organizer, Kerri Evelyn Harris has the kind of voice, life experience, and progressive vision our country desperately need in the U.S. Senate right now.

"In 2018, Democrats have an opportunity to make it clear to voters, millions of whom stay home in election after election, our commitment to confronting corporate power, standing up to the right's unrelenting hate, and fighting for bold inclusive populism -- like Medicare for All and robust criminal justice reform.

"Unbought by corporations and unbroken by a political establishment focused on doing their bidding, Kerri Evelyn Harris personally understands the struggles of Delaware's working families and, with a lifetime of experience serving her country and community, she'll be their unbridled champion in the U.S. Senate.

"Democracy for America is honored to endorse Kerri Evelyn Harris for U.S. Senate, not only because she'll be the kind of fearless progressive leader we need in Washington, but also because the visionary, inspiring, and people-centered campaign she's running is precisely the kind of grassroots effort Democrats need to win nationwide." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Kerri Evelyn Harris on receiving DFA's grassroots endorsement:

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America (DFA). This organization is focused on renewing our nation's democracy to ensure that all Americans are represented and our national structure becomes inclusive and balanced. Their vision aligns with mine and I look forward to working together to build a greater America where ALL of our communities can thrive!" -- Kerri Evelyn Harris

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Kerri Evelyn Harris -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Kerri Evelyn Harris is a veteran, an LGBTQ woman of color, an advocate, and a community organizer who has dedicated her life to public service. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Harris held multiple jobs to make ends meet before landing in her current position as Program Director for Achievement Matters, where she leads a team working with youth to close the educational achievement gap. Harris is also active in numerous Delaware-based community action groups, from the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League and the Center for Popular Democracy to serving as the Kent County Coordinator for Network Delaware. When she's elected this November, Harris will not only be the first LGBTQ person of color in the U.S. Senate, she'll be an outspoken champion for a broad-based, inclusive populist agenda including Medicare for All, universal pre-K, a $15 minimum wage, and opposition to any efforts to expand fracking and offshore drilling.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

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DFA endorses Underwood (IL-14), McClure (NE-01), Schiller (OH-2) for U.S. House

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Jessica McClure (NE-1), and Jill Schiller (OH-2) in three races that will be critical to not only ensuring that Democrats retake the U.S. House in November, but do so with progressive leaders committed to an inclusive populist agenda.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive political organization with 1 million members across the country and a total of 13,482 in the IL-14, NE-1, and OH-2 districts alone.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA's endorsement of these three critical races for U.S. House this November:

"As we move closer and closer to the general election, the question isn't whether a blue wave is possible this Fall, but how big that wave will be and if it will give us the kind of audacious, inclusive populist leaders we need to deliver on big, bold ideas like Medicare for All and robust criminal justice reform.

"We believe that Lauren Underwood, Jessica McClure, and Jill Schiller are precisely the kind of courageous leaders we need guiding the way in Washington, and that's why Democracy for America is so honored to endorse their Congressional campaigns ahead of this fall's general election.

"Lauren Underwood (IL-14) is a registered nurse who worked in the Obama administration implementing the Affordable Care Act and helping communities prepare for health disasters. When elected, she'll not only be the first Black woman to represent her district in Congress, she'll be a strong voice in efforts to take on gun violence, pass immigration reform, and push for Medicare for All.

"Jessica McClure (NE-1) is a trained chemist, lawyer, and a mother who wants to go to Washington to fight for Nebraska working families and the many environmental and health regulations that kept them safe before the Trump administration started dismantling them.

"Jill Schiller (OH-2), with years of experience helping small businesses and non-profit organizations thrive in southwest Ohio, is fighting for a seat in Congress to represent working families in her community who have been long ignored by the right-wing lobbying interests that control their current representative.

"Lauren Underwood, Jessica McClure, and Jill Schiller are each running smart, grassroots campaigns that progressives can be proud of and, when they get to Congress, will be the kind of fearless progressive champions our country desperately needs leading the battle for racial and economic justice. Democracy for America members couldn't be more excited to fight alongside them in this election and once they get to Congress." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Underwood, McClure, and Schiller -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Lauren Underwood grew up in Naperville, Illinois and has committed her life to healthcare and public policy. A registered nurse, with hands-on healthcare experience, Lauren was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During her time at the HHS, Lauren helped implement the Affordable Care Act and assisted communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror attacks and public health emergencies. When she's elected to Congress, Lauren will not only be the first Black woman to serve Illinois' 14th Congressional District, she'll bring her first-hand knowledge and experience as healthcare worker to the U.S. House.

A trained chemist who moved from the laboratory to the legal world to protect important regulations that keep communities safe, Jessica McClure believes that Nebraska working families need a voice in Washington. Like many others, her congress member's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act was personal, because she saw first hand what the protections guaranteed by the legislation meant when her young daughter was diagnosed with a treatable chronic gastrointestinal condition that was difficult to diagnose and now would be considered a pre-existing condition. When Jessica goes to Congress, she'll not only be looking to protect and expand the ACA to Medicare for All, she'll be fighting to bring transformational, systemic, progressive change to government.

Jill Schiller is a mother, an attorney, a founder of a successful non-profit that focuses on children's literacy, and a former Obama administration official. She grew up in Philadelphia and earned her undergraduate degree from Ursinus College and a law degree from Temple University. She is running for Congress to make sure Ohioan voices are being heard over the big money lobbyists who control the Republican agenda in Washington. Jill believes we need leaders who know what's right and are willing to stand up for their constituency.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

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DFA backs Pam Keith in Florida’s 18th Congressional District primary

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Pam Keith in her race to represent Florida's 18th Congressional District.

Democracy for America has 79,997 members in Florida including 3,486 members in Florida's 18th Congressional District alone.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to back Pam Keith in her battle to represent the FL-18 in Congress:

"Democracy for America is excited to endorse Pam Keith's campaign for Congress because she's running the kind of inspiring and energizing grassroots campaign Democrats need to win a lasting majority in the U.S. House this fall.

"In Congress, Pam Keith is committed to holding Donald Trump accountable for the hate-fueled actions his grotesquely corrupt administration has taken in office, but she's also focused on fighting for inclusive populist priorities, like Medicare for All and robust criminal justice reform, that Democrats need to pursue if we want to hold on to power beyond this one election.

"A veteran and woman of color deeply committed to progressive values, Pam Keith is throwing everything she can into this race so she can get to Congress and fight for the working families of Florida's 18th District. Democracy for America members are honored to stand with Pam in this primary, and we look forward to battling alongside her all the way through November." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Pam Keith on receiving DFA's grassroots endorsement:

"Our people-powered movement is getting attention everywhere. We are honored to join the family and receive the support of progressive heavy hitter, Democracy For America. The stakes have never been higher, the fight is right here, and we are so proud to have DFA fighting with us." -- Pam Keith

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Pam Keith -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Born into a U.S. Navy family, Pam Keith is a veteran who was first able to learn about the positive role the United States could play in the world while her family served the county in Morocco, Syria, and Brazil in the U.S. Foreign Service. Later, while living in Lexington, KY, Keith's first-hand experience with the discrimination she faced as one of only African-Americans in her neighborhood fueled a passion for equality and justice that pushed her to earn degrees at U.C. Davis, Boston College Law School, and eventually become a commissioned Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy. Today, Keith is working to get to Congress to fight for big, bold inclusive populist reforms that will help black, brown, and white working families in Florida's 18th congressional district thrive.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA hails Mandela Barnes’ win in Lieutenant Governor primary in Wisconsin

Mandela Barnes just won the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor in Wisconsin. Democracy for America has been a proud supporter of Mandela Barnes race for LG since May 2018.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Mandela Barnes's primary victory in the race for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin:

"Mandela Barnes already has a strong record of leading the fight for progressive economic policy, criminal justice reform, and healthcare, both in the State Assembly and as the national director of a coalition for state legislators nationwide, and tonight's victory makes him one step closer to leading the fight for inclusive populist political change across Wisconsin as its next Lieutenant Governor.

"After eight long years of attacks on workers and giveaways to the wealthy and powerful under Scott Walker, Mandela Barnes will be a breath of working families-focused fresh air near the very top of the ticket this November. Democracy for America has been honored to have Mandela's back in in this primary and we're looking forward to doing everything we can to make him Wisconsin's next Lieutenant Governor this Fall." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA-endorsed Randy Bryce wins U.S. House primary in Wisconsin’s 1st

Randy Bryce just won the Democratic Primary in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District and is now set to take on Paul Ryan's handpicked successor in November.

Democracy for America was an early endorser of Bryce and the first national, multi-issue progressive group to back him in his race for Congress.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Randy Bryce's primary victory in the WI-01:

"Randy Bryce's campaign inspired hundreds of thousands across the country, scared Paul Ryan out of running for reelection, and his victory in today's primary is a testament to the strength of people power in 2018.

"Democracy for America was the first national progressive group to back Randy's campaign, because our members saw him as the kind of unapologetic, inclusive populist fighter we needed to take on the Speaker of the House. A champion for Medicare for All with a demonstrated commitment to standing up in the fight for racial and economic justice, Randy Bryce is more than ready to defeat Paul Ryan's mini-me in November." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

In addition to backing Bryce early, Democracy for America members raised and contributed $75,018.24 to Bryce's primary effort via 9,803 individual contributions (avg. contribution $7.65) and made more than 11,100 volunteer phone calls to voters in his district to help Get-Out-the-Vote in the closing days of the race.

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA cheers Ilhan Omar’s success in Minnesota’s 5th U.S. House primary

Ilhan Omar just won her primary in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Democracy for America endorsed Omar shortly after she entered the race in June 2018.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Ilhan Omar's big win in the race for Congress in Minnesota's 5th:

"Ilhan Omar's primary win tonight is a huge victory for working families in Minnesota's 5th and everyone who knows that Congress could use a few more history-making trailblazers ready to fight for bold, inclusive populist priorities like Medicare for All and robust criminal justice reform.

"Along with Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar is now poised to make history as one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, but, after she's elected this November, she's set to stand alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pramila Jayapal, and other key progressive women of color as some of the strongest champions for racial and social justice we have in the House.

"Ilhan Omar will be a transformative, inclusive populist leader in Congress. We couldn't be more honored to stand with Ilhan in this primary fight and we look forward to fighting alongside her in November and for years to come." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates Jahana Hayes’ win in U.S. House primary in Connecticut’s 5th

Jahana Hayes just won her competitive Democratic primary in Connecticut's 5th Congressional District. Democracy for America endorsed Hayes last week.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Jahana Hayes big win in the race for U.S. House in Connecticut's 5th:

"Jahana Hayes' primary victory tonight is a tremendous win for anyone who believes that Congress can't work for the country until it starts to look more like the rest of the country.

"An award-winning teacher, a woman of color, and an unwavering progressive fighter, Jahana Hayes will give Connecticut voters an opportunity this November to ensure that a new generation of leaders with a wide range of life experiences is leading the fight for inclusive populist priorities like Medicare for All, comprehensive immigration reform, and robust gun violence prevention legislation.

"Democracy for America was honored to stand with Jahana Hayes in this primary fight and we look forward to battling at her side through this fall's election and beyond." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates Josh Green’s primary win in Hawaii Lieutenant Governor race

Last night, Josh Green won the Democratic Primary in the race for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii. Democracy for America members strongly endorsed Green for Lieutenant Governor, a long-time ally of DFA, back in May.

Statement form Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Josh Green's victory in the Democratic Primary for Hawaii Lieutenant Governor:

"Dr. Josh Green's victory in Hawaii's Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor is a testament to his years of dedicated service to Hawaii working families both in the State House and Senate.

"One of Democracy for America's very first endorsed candidates in 2004, Josh Green's win in this race is particularly important to DFA because it shows the kind of progressive leadership that's able to emerge when grassroots leaders are given the tools, time, and encouragement to run for office.

"Democracy for America was founded with the belief that every grassroots progressive had within themselves the power to transform the country, and Josh's decisive victory in this primary brings that belief to a whole new level." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Democracy for America is also a proud supporter of  U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono's bid for reelection in Hawaii.  Sen. Hirono was unopposed in Saturday's Democratic primary. 

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Jahana Hayes Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Jahana Hayes in her fight to represent Connecticut's 5th Congressional District.

Democracy for America has 16,594 members in Connecticut including 3,640 members in Connecticut's 5th Congressional District alone.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to back Jahana Hayes in her race for Congress in the CT-5:

"An award-winning teacher with deep ties to her community, Jahana Hayes is not only poised to make history as the first Black Democrat to represent Connecticut in Congress, she's ready to be an unrelenting champion for economic and social justice in Washington.

"Like Jahana Hayes, Democracy for America members know that Congress can't work for the country until it starts to look more like the rest of the country. Congress desperately needs more teachers, more women of color, and more leaders willing to be unwavering in their fight for big, bold inclusive populist ideas like Medicare for All, comprehensive immigration reform, and robust gun violence prevention legislation.

"DFA members are honored to endorse Jahana Hayes for Congress because we know she's committed to helping, as she's done as a teacher, the next generation of Americans live up to the promise of our shared progressive values." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Jahana Hayes on receiving DFA's grassroots endorsement:

"Democracy for America's work is driven by many of the same beliefs that motivated me to run for office. Our federal government needs new, progressive voices that will represent people of every background, and with DFA's support I hope to fill this role in Connecticut's 5th District." -- Jahana Hayes

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Jahana Hayes -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

A 2016 recipient of the National Teacher of the Year Award and a lifelong Connecticuter, Jahana Hayes is running for Congress because she wants to bring the stories of the students, parents, teachers, and community members she's worked with every day as a Social Studies teacher and school administrator with her to Washington. Propelled by her community and a passion for education, Hayes broke the cycle of addiction and poverty that had trapped her family growing up. Now, Jahana is working to get to Congress to fight for the kind of big, bold inclusive populist reforms, like Medicare for All and robust gun violence prevention legislation, that will make it easier for others to do the same.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA hails Rashida Tlaib’s history-making congressional primary win in Michigan’s 13th

Early this morning, Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) won a hard-fought primary in a critical Democratic stronghold in Michigan previously represented by Congressman John Conyers.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Rashida Tlaib's victory in Michigan's 13th Congressional District:

"Rashida Tlaib's win today is a huge victory for Detroiters, the progressive movement, and anyone who believes we need more fearless champions for economic and social justice in Congress.

"Throughout her career, Rashida Tlaib has regularly taken on millionaires, billionaires, and corporate interests to deliver for Detroit working families and fight for racial and economic justice, and we know we'll see nothing less from her once she gets to Washington.

"With her victory, Rashida Tlaib is not only set to make history as the first Muslim woman to win a seat in Congress, she's poised to be a key organizer on Capitol Hill in the fight for critical inclusive populist reforms like Medicare for All, tuition-free college, and a $15 minimum wage. Democracy for America members were honored to fight alongside Rashida Tlaib in this race, and we look forward to continuing that work through November and beyond." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA on Wesley Bell’s victory over 20+ year incumbent in St. Louis County prosecutor primary

Wesley Bell just won a major upset in his primary challenge of a 20+ year incumbent for St. Louis County (MO) prosecutor. Democracy for America endorsed Bell in the race in mid July.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Wesley Bell's transformative victory in the race for St. Louis County Prosecutor:

"We can't fundamentally reform our criminal justice system if we don't change our criminal prosecutors, and that's exactly what St. Louis County is poised to do tonight after Wesley Bell's stunning victory over a 20+ year incumbent.

"Arrest-and-incarcerate, win-at-any-cost prosecutors actively stand in the way of justice and, in the process, make entire communities less safe. Wesley Bell's victory tonight not only makes it clear that St. Louis County voters know that they can succeed when they demand more of the leaders they task with keeping their community safe, it shows progressives all across the country that change is possible in their communities too.

"Coupled with Larry Krasner's victory in Philadelphia in 2017 and Kim Foxx's win in her 2016 race for State's Attorney in Illinois, Wesley Bell's success shows us that voters are hungry for prosecutors who understand the structural racism that undergirds our criminal justice system and are committed to delivering on reforms that can fundamentally alter it, like ending cash bail and the independent review of police misconduct." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: Democracy for America celebrates James Thompson’s victory in Kansas’s 4th primary

James Thompson just won his primary in Kansas's 4th Congressional District.

DFA was a strong supporter of Thompson in his 2017 special election race and is supporting him once again in his race against his now incumbent Republican rival.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on James Thompson's 2018 primary victory in Kansas's 4th Congressional District:

"James Thompson's shockingly strong showing in his 2017 special election was one of the very first signs that a progressive tsunami was possible in 2018. Thompson's big primary victory tonight makes it clear that the energy and passion that helped propel him in 2017 is only growing stronger as we get closer to November.

"Democracy for America members were honored to stand with James Thompson in 2017, we were thrilled to stand with him once again in today's primary, and we can't wait to battle alongside him for critical inclusive populist priorities like Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and criminal justice reform through November and beyond." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

August 7 Primaries: DFA watching Gubernatorial, House, local races in MI, MO, KS

Today, during the first round of August 2018 primaries, Democracy for America (DFA) is paying particularly close attention to Abdul El-Sayed's trailblazing race for Governor of Michigan, four U.S. House races spread across three Midwest states, and a county prosecutor contest critical to the fight for criminal justice reform in St. Louis County, Missouri.

DFA-endorsed federal and local candidates running in competitive primary elections today include:

  • Abdul El-Sayed (Governor - Michigan)
  • Fayrouz Saad (U.S. House - MI 11th)
  • Rashida Tlaib (U.S. House - MI 13th)
  • Cori Bush (U.S. House - MO 1st)
  • James Thompson (U.S. House - KS 4th)
  • Wesley Bell (St. Louis County (MO) Prosecutor)

While the grassroots campaign he's built has caught much of the national media's attention after garnering the support of Sen. Bernie Sanders and fellow DFA-endorsed progressive champion Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democracy for America has been closely involved in El-Sayed's primary following its endorsement in April 2018.

In the races for U.S. House, DFA members are excited to make history tomorrow with the primary victories for Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) in a key Democratic stronghold in Michigan and Fayrouz Saad (MI-11) in a district critical to flipping Congress in the fall. If elected, Tlaib and Saad will both be inclusive populist fighters and the first Muslim women in Congress. DFA members are also excited about Cori Bush's (MO-01) progressive challenge of a Democratic member of Congress in Missouri and ensuring that James Thompson (KS-4), who DFA supported during his race in a 2017 special election, gets a second shot against his now incumbent Republican rival.

Finally, DFA will also be paying close attention to criminal justice reform champion Wesley Bell's race for county prosecutor in St. Louis County, MO. The race allows St. Louis County voters to replace a 20+ year incumbent notorious for his role in denying justice to Michael Brown and others killed by police in St. Louis County with a leader in the fight for criminal justice reform who was elected to Ferguson, MO's city council following the uprisings that took place in the wake of Brown's murder.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, Democracy for America intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like those it's backed in today's primaries -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since 2004, DFA members have raised and spent more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America backs Cori Bush in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Cori Bush in her primary fight for Missouri's 1st Congressional District against Democratic Congressman William Lacy Clay.

Democracy for America has more than 19,700 members in Missouri including 4,367 members in Missouri's 1st Congressional District.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to back Cori Bush in her race for Congress in the MO-1:

"More than ever before, the fight for racial and economic justice desperately needs leaders in Washington who intimately understand the profoundly personal struggles of Black, brown, and white working families and that's why Democracy for America members are excited to support Cori Bush in her race for Congress.

"Cori Bush's championship of Medicare for All, tuition-free college, and a $15 minimum wage isn't just an academic exercise. Cori's support for a bold progressive agenda is rooted in her own personal experience watching patients she cared for as a nurse struggle to pay for medicine they needed to survive, feeling the weight of crushing student debt, and surviving months of homelessness when times got particularly tough.

"Born and raised in St. Louis, Cori Bush is an organizer at heart who understands struggle, triumph, and the work we need to do together to fundamentally change a broken political system that empowers the wealthy and perpetuates an unjust justice system. Cori's the kind of bold, grassroots leader our country needs in Washington and we couldn't be more excited to have her back in this primary and hopefully fighting alongside her through November and beyond." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Cori Bush on receiving DFA's grassroots endorsement:

"Thank you for welcoming me into the DFA family. There is nothing like having a group like DFA as our biggest supporter." -- Cori Bush

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Bush -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Born an raised in St. Louis, MO, Cori Bush is working to get to Congress to bring the thoughts, concerns, and experiences of people like her into the halls of power. Bush knows, first hand, what its likes to spend months without a home, raise children while making just a breath over minimum wage, and bear the crushing burden of student loan debt. A registered nurse, an ordained pastor, and a grassroots act, Bush is committed to being a relentless champion in Congress for the big, bold inclusive populist reforms, like Medicare for All and robust criminal justice reform, that are necessary to respond to the needs of struggling Black, brown and white progressive working families.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Ayanna Pressley in primary challenge in Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley in her Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District primary challenge of Democratic Congressman Mike Capuano.

Democracy for America has 5,818 members in Massachusetts' 7th, the state's most diverse and unequal congressional district, and more than 40,000 across the Bay State.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to back Pressley in her race for the MA-7:

"Today, Democracy for America is endorsing Ayanna Pressley because we know she'll be a fearless leader in the fight for a bold, inclusive populist agenda in Congress, and we believe the wholly unrepresented voice she'll bring to Massachusetts' and New England's congressional delegations is essential to the political conversations on racial and economic justice our country needs to have.

"The unyielding fight that Ayanna Pressley has waged for the Boston's Black, Brown, and white working families as City Councilor speaks to the experience she'll bring to Congress and the battles for bold, inclusive populist ideas like Medicare for All and criminal justice reform she'll help lead once she gets there.

"We're also endorsing Ayanna Pressley because it's positively critical that Democrats seize every opportunity we have to elevate and empower the next generation of progressive women of color. Progressive Black women are the rock-solid base of the Democratic Party and, especially given the fights we need to wage, having their leadership in the halls of power has never been more important to our party's future.

"Congressman Mike Capuano has been a fine, progressive member of Congress, but having an experienced progressive like Ayanna Pressley on the ballot is an unmissable opportunity for Massachusetts to both ensure a leading woman of color represents its only majority-minority district and add the voice of just one person of color to New England's currently all-white congressional delegation.

"In 2018, with Donald Trump in the White House and people's lives under attack from his administration, it's crystal clear that change in Congress can't wait. Ayanna Pressley will bring precisely the kind of bold progressive change our country desperately needs to Washington, and that's why we couldn't be more excited to support her in her race for the Democratic nomination in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Ayanna Pressley on receiving DFA's grassroots endorsement:

"Democracy for America is one of the leading organizations empowering people to take an active role in government, and their legacy of electing progressive candidates is unmatched.

"DFA knows that our party, our country, and the 7th District are at a crossroads, and that we need bold, activist leaders to fight for those that have been left behind by their government for too long. I am humbled to have earned the support of Democracy for America" -- Ayanna Pressley

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Pressley -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Born and raised by a single mother in Chicago, Ayanna Pressley first came to Boston to attend Boston University, before going to work for former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II (D, MA-8) and former U.S. Senator John Kerry. In 2009, Pressley ran for an at-large seat on Boston City Council, subsequently became the first woman of color elected to the Council in its 100-year history, and then went on to be re-elected four times. As Representative of Massachusetts' 7th District, one of the most diverse and unequal congressional districts in the state, Pressley is committed to working in Congress to deliver on an Equity Agenda that her grassroots campaign has developed with stakeholders in the community and fighting for other bold, inclusive populist reforms like Medicare for All.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Wesley Bell for St. Louis County Prosecutor

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Wesley Bell for St. Louis County (MO) Prosecutor in his race to replace long-time county prosecutor Bob McCulloch, notorious for his role in denying justice to Michael Brown and others killed by police in St. Louis County and aggressive prosecuting tactics

With his endorsement, Bell is being added to DFA's national "Criminal Justice Reform Champions" slate of candidates for Sheriff, District Attorney, County Prosecutor, and Judge specifically focused on criminal justice reform.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's endorsement of Wesley Bell for County Prosecutor in St. Louis County, MO:

"Democracy for America is endorsing Wesley Bell for St. Louis County Prosecutor, because he understands the systemic racism that underlies the broken justice system in St. Louis County and his work on the Ferguson City Council demonstrates that he knows how to implement the concrete reforms necessary to begin addressing it.

"The antiquated and ineffective arrest-and-incarcerate, win-at-any-costs methods of the current county prosecutor alienates the criminal justice system from the residents it serves and them them less safe. That's why Wesley Bells supports modern criminal justice reforms that are proven to combat serious crime and build trust within the communities the police and courts are sworn to protect, such as ending cash bail for non-violent offenses, replacing jail time with treatment for those struggling with drug addiction, and requiring independent review of police misconduct.

"Four days after Bob McCulloch was re-elected to his seventh term as St. Louis County Prosecutor, Ferguson and the nation was rocked by the killing of Michael Brown and the failure of the "justice" system it came to represent . By electing Wesley Bell it's next County Prosecutor, St. Louis County has the opportunity to break from its history of reflecting the injustices of our current justice system to leading the charge for the robust and visionary criminal justice reforms our country needs nationwide." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA has 19,925 members in the state of Missouri and more than one million members nationwide.

Raised in North St. Louis County, Wesley Bell is the son of a Police Officer and a County civil servant. After earning degrees from Lindenwood University and the University of Missouri law school, Bell served his community as a Public Defender and was elected to Ferguson's city council following the uprising that came in the wake of Michael Brown's murder. As a Ferguson City Councilmember, Bell worked with Barack Obama's U.S. Department of Justice to implement the consent decree to reform the City's criminal justice system. This included more thorough training for police, the use of body cameras, a pay raise for police, reforming use-of-force policy, and overhauling the municipal court system. If elected, Bell is committed to fixing a broken and outdated County Prosecutor's office and replacing it's failed arrest-and-incarcerate, win-at-any-cost methods with a focus on strategies designed to combat serious crime and heal the relationship between the County's criminal justice system and the residents it serves.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Danielle, Lee, Lori, & Len -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA backs Danielle Mitchell for Congress in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Danielle Mitchell in her race to represent Tennessee's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to back Mitchell in her race for the TN-03:

"Democracy for America members in Tennessee and across the country are excited to endorse Dr. Danielle Mitchell for Congress because we know she understands on a personal and professional level the high stakes in our fight to ensure that every American has access to healthcare, justice, and the opportunity to build a better life.

"As a family physician, Dr. Danielle Mitchell has seen the struggles of Tennessee's working families first hand and, as a someone who grew up in poverty, she's also lived them herself.

"In Congress, Dr. Danielle Mitchell will be a champion for the critical inclusive populist reforms like Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and robust public education funding that are necessary to address exploding racial and economic inequity.

"In a political culture dominated by the wealthy and powerful, we need Dr. Danielle Mitchell's lived experience working with and struggling through poverty now more than ever before. Our country will be made stronger with Dr. Danielle Mitchell's bold, authentic, and progressive voice in Congress, and that's why we couldn't be more thrilled to support her in this race." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

In addition to backing Dr. Danielle Mitchell, DFA is also celebrating its endorsement of three other candidates in the Volunteer State -- Lee Harris for Mayor of Shelby Co., Lori Clemons for Williamson Co. Commissioner (Dist. 2) & Len Assante for Sumner Co. Commissioner (Dist. 6)-- it is supporting ahead of the August 2, 2018 statewide election.

DFA has 15,390 members in the state of Tennessee and more than one million members nationwide.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Danielle, Lee, Lori, & Len -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Dr. Danielle Mitchell is a practicing family physician who knows what it means to struggle and triumph in the face of adversity. The first in her immediate family to go to college, Dr. Mitchell was inspired to become a physician after seeing her parents struggle to secure healthcare for her epileptic brother, and seeing him pass away just a week shy of his 13th birthday simply because they couldn't get access to the care he needed. Today, she provides healthcare for more than 1,300 Tennesseans through a clinic she opened more than four years ago in Chattanooga. In Congress, Mitchell will not only be champion for Medicare for All, she'll help lead the fight for inclusive populist progressive priorities that address racial injustice, stand up to corporate interests, and help others break the cycle of poverty.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA says Kavanaugh “represents a generational assault on justice, freedom, core democratic values”

Donald Trump just nominated right-wing ideologue Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here's Democracy for America (DFA) Chair Jim Dean on Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh to the Court and DFA's vow to fight it:

"Donald Trump's decision to nominate a reactionary ideologue like Brett Kavanaugh and shift the balance of the U.S. Supreme Court even further right represents a generational assault on justice, freedom, and our country's core democratic values.

"If Brett Kavanaugh survives the confirmation process, he will rapidly advance a fringe right agenda on the court that will accelerate plutocratic control of our economy and politics, actively undermine the steps our country must take towards greater racial equity, and directly lead to the deaths of countless women with the dismantling of abortion rights.

"Democrats and so-called moderate Republicans in the U.S. Senate have a choice: Stand with the American people and fight for a Supreme Court that protects our Constitution's core progressive values or cave in to Donald Trump and own every single crushed dream, broken community, and lifeless body that results from the rulings issued by a Court with Kavanaugh's extreme-right vote.

"This fight won't be easy, but Democracy for America members are committed to doing anything and everything we can to make sure that Democrats and so-called moderate Republicans in the U.S. Senate make the right choice and reject Brett Kavanaugh. And, if they don't, we're committed to working even harder to hold them accountable for their complicity in enabling the nightmares to come." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Starting with events taking place across the country tomorrow, Democracy for America will be working with Indivisible and dozens of other national progressive groups to make sure the voices of the hundreds of thousands who oppose Kavanaugh are heard during the coming fight over the Court.

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DFA Press Release

DFA backs Keith Ellison for Attorney General of Minnesota

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) formally endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison in his race for Attorney General of Minnesota.

DFA has been a long time ally of Ellison during his multiple campaigns for Congress and service as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. DFA was also an early and fierce supporter of Ellison in his 2017 race for Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's support for Ellison in his race for Attorney General of Minnesota:

"As Attorney General, Keith Ellison will be the tireless champion for justice and the fearless fighter for working families that the people of Minnesota deserve.

"Democracy for America members are excited to support Keith Ellison in his race for Attorney General because, whether we needed a progressive fighter to lead the charge for expanding Social Security or directly confront Donald Trump's bigoted agenda, Keith has always been ready and eager to fight alongside the grassroots for lasting progressive change.

"Keith Ellison has also repeatedly prioritized the fight for racial, social, and economic justice far above what might be personally or politically expedient. Keith Ellison walks the walk. It shows in his record, his activism, and the young people across the country whom he has mentored and helped become the solution to our country's challenges." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA has 23,759 members in the state of Minnesota and more than one million members nationwide.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Keith Ellison -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Kara Eastman in her race to represent Nebraska's 2nd in the U.S. House.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to back Kara Eastman's race for Congress:

"Kara Eastman's grassroots victory in this spring's primary not only inspired progressives in Nebraska and throughout the country, it ensured that the voters of Omaha have a pragmatic problem-solver in the race for Congress who is committed to fighting for big, bold inclusive populist ideas that put people first.

"Whether she was fighting to protect the health of Nebraskan children at the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance or working to strengthen non-discrimination protections as Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Community College's Board of Governors, Kara Eastman has stood up and fought to deliver progressive change while welcoming every member of the community to a seat at the table.

"Democracy for America members are excited to endorse Kara Eastman in her race for Congress because we know she's dedicated to waging a battle for Congress rooted in Nebraska's progressive values while fighting for Medicare for All, common-sense gun reform, racial justice, and a $15 an hour minimum wage." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA has 5,140 members in the state of Nebraska and more than one million members nationwide.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, DFA intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Kara Eastman -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Kara Eastman on receiving DFA's endorsement in her race for Congress:

"I am proud to have the support of Democracy for America. This organization truly understands the importance of getting money out of politics and empowering grassroots movements. I refuse to accept corporate PAC money because I believe that people are more important than money. I am looking forward to representing Nebraska's families instead of corporations and special interests." -- Kara Eastman

Kara Eastman is the President and CEO of Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors for Metropolitan Community College, a mother, and a champion for community change. At the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Eastman has raised over $13 million to help support green, safe, and healthy housing in her community, while at Metropolitan Community College she's worked to strengthen non-discrimination policies and helped develop contractor training programs that have created jobs in and around Omaha. A life-long Democrat, in Congress, Eastman is committed to fearlessly taking on the powerful interests who dominate our politics and lead the fight for an inclusive, populist progressive response to the challenges posed by healthcare, education, and climate change.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Following Kennedy retirement, DFA pushes Senate Dems to mercilessly fight Trump’s SCOTUS nomination

This afternoon, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court, potentially handing Donald Trump another opportunity to nominate a right-wing zealot.

Democracy for America issued the following public statement to U.S. Senate Democrats following Justice Kennedy's resignation:

"At the opening of one of the most important fights for a U.S. Supreme Court seat in a generation, we want to make one thing very clear:

"Voters all across the is country expect Senate Democrats to do everything in their power to reject whatever anti-choice, pro-corporate, enabler of bigotry and hate Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell attempt to force onto the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Kennedy.

"Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans didn't spend a single moment worrying about waging an unprecedented, year-long war of all-out partisan obstruction against President Obama's nomination of a milquetoast moderate to the Court. Senate Democrats' opposition to whatever neo-fascist, right-wing ideologue the Federalist Society tells Trump to push through before the midterms deserves even less concern.

"Senate Republicans deserve precisely the same level of 'assistance' they offered President Obama and Senate Democrats after Justice Scalia's death. If Senate Democrats deliver that kind of unwavering fight, they can rest assured knowing that the voters and activists who believe in justice and freedom will have their back every step of the way." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

JANUS: While SCOTUS “once again reveals itself to be tool” of right, DFA finds hope in Ocasio-Cortez

Democracy for America's statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's Janus ruling and its decision to advance Republican assaults on union rights:

"Following yesterday's partisan 5-4 decisions on Trump's Muslim Ban and fake abortion clinics, the U.S. Supreme Court has once again revealed itself to be a tool of the fringe-right conservatives in Congress and the corporations, billionaires, and millionaires who control every single breath they take.

From the very start Janus was a calculated, political attack orchestrated by right-wing corporate interests to aid the destruction of unions, one of the few institutions in America working people have to take on the powerful corporations who dominate their lives. Rather than standing up for the interests of working people, in a nakedly partisan ruling determined by a U.S. Supreme Court seat stolen by Mitch McConnell and his Senate cronies, a bare conservative majority gave their wealthy and powerful patrons exactly what they wanted.

"While this loss and the assault on workers' rights it represents is real, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shocking victory in New York's 14th Congressional District last night should give progressives hope. While one Congressional district won't change the composition of a Supreme Court controlled by a stolen seat, Ocasio-Cortez's victory reminds us that a new generation of inclusive populist leaders is on the march. While the far-right and their corporate masters won today, a path to the real progressive change our country needs still exists through the ballot box in 2018 and beyond. It's our duty to seize it." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

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