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Democracy for America endorses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress in NY-14

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her Democratic primary challenge of U.S. Representative Joe Crowley in New York's 14th Congressional District.

DFA has 119,998 members in the state of New York -- including more than 18,000 in and around New York's 14th district -- and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on why the grassroots progressive organization's decision to back Ocasio-Cortez in her NY-14 race:

"Leadership in Washington shouldn't be determined by the number of corporate lobbyists you have on speed dial or the backroom deals you're willing to cut to get there, but by the boldness of your vision, the people you're committed to fight for, and the movements for change you're looking to help build.

 

"We're thrilled to endorse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because of the people-powered, grassroots campaign she's building to challenge the entrenched interests in Washington and the bold, next generation of political leadership we believe she represents.

"Democracy for America members are fired up about the visionary movement Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is building in the Bronx and Queens, and we're excited to help them do everything they can to take it to Washington in the closing days of this primary." -- Jim Dean, Chair, 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 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

An educator, organizer, and third-generation Bronxite, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez personally understands the struggle of families in New York's 14th District and the inclusive populist solutions they need their member of Congress to fight for in Washington. In 2008, Ocasio-Cortez's father passed away in the midst of the emerging Great Recession forcing her to take on 18-hour days waiting tables and working multiple jobs to make sure her family could stay in their home. Those lived experiences have given Ocasio-Cortez a much deeper understanding of how policies impact our most vulnerable communities in ways that go beyond what most politicians see in the white papers that reach their desk. And, ultimately, its why she's running on a bold, inclusive populist agenda that includes Medicare for All, a Federal Jobs Guarantee, tuition-free college, and criminal justice reform that's inspiring the progressive grassroots in her district and across the country.

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: No order Trump signs “erase[s] the psychological torment… moral shame” of family separation

Six weeks after it started taking children from their parents at the border, the Trump administration, in a sharp reversal of previous statements, has decided that it will sign an executive order to potentially indefinitely detain families in detention centers together.

DFA's chair Jim Dean replied to this response from the Trump administration with the following:

"Donald Trump's disgusting attempt to appear heroic by signing an executive order to temporarily end a policy of systematic child abuse that he pushed for, enabled, and excused is one of the vilest, politically-craven moves we've seen in the history of American politics.

"Let's be clear: Donald Trump and the administration he runs have spent nearly six weeks systematically ripping infants, toddlers, and children from the arms of asylum-seeking mothers and fathers fleeing violence and placing them in concentration camps and foster homes.

"No executive order Donald Trump signs can even begin to erase the psychological torment he's subjected these children and families to or the profound moral shame the actions of the Trump administration have brought to the country.

"Along with millions of Americans across the country, we refuse to be silent until every single infant, toddler, and child that Donald Trump's administration has ripped from their parents' arms is returned to them; all immigrants and families who are being needlessly and possibly illegally detained are freed; and the people who organized, perpetrated, and cheered on this immoral assault on human decency are brought to justice in the courts and at the ballot box." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

June 19 Primaries: DFA closely watching DC Council races

While celebrating Juneteenth with millions across the country today, Democracy for America (DFA) will also be closely watching the returns this evening in a number of key Democratic primaries taking place for the DC Council in Washington, D.C.

DFA-endorsed candidates running in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Washington, D.C. include:

  • Ed Lazere (DC Council Chair)
  • Jeremiah Lowery (DC Council, At-Large)
  • Elissa Silverman (DC Council, At-Large)
  • Brianne Nadeau (DC Council, Ward 1)
  • Charles Allen (DC Council, Ward 6)

A long-time supporter of DC Statehood, DFA was particularly excited to work this year alongside its DC-based affiliated group, DC for Democracy, in support of Ed Lazere and Jeremiah Lowery's bold progressive challenges of sitting incumbents for Council Chair and one of the At-Large seats, respectively.

DFA also proudly supported three Council incumbents -- Brianne Nadeau, Charles Allen, and Elissa Silverman -- who have proven themselves to be real leaders in the fight for inclusive populist policies that have helped build on DC's history of progressive leadership. In 2014, DFA proudly supported Nadeau and Allen in their successful fights to join the Council.

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 we're following in today's primary elections -- 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 endorses Ilhan Omar for U.S. House in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed Ilhan Omar in the race to replace progressive champion Keith Ellison as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District.

DFA has 22,942 members in Minnesota and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to strongly back Ilhan Omar in her race for Congress in the MN-05:

"State Representative Ilhan Omar is not only the ideal leader to build on Keith Ellison's progressive legacy in the U.S. House, she'll be a history-making trailblazer with the steel-spine needed to fight for the inclusive populist reforms Minnesota working families deserve.

"Democracy for America is particularly thrilled to endorse Ilhan Omar for Congress because of the base-building, enthusiasm-harnessing grassroots campaign we saw her run for her State House in 2016 where she increased voter turnout by a staggering 37%. Minnesota's 2018 races for governor and multiple races for Senate will likely be won or lost in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, making Ilhan Omar's tested and proven ability to energize, excite, and mobilize voters a critical asset for continued progress on racial and economic justice in Minnesota.

"Democracy for America members are excited to stand with Ilhan Omar because we know she'll be a transformative, inclusive populist champion in Congress and a critical leader in the victories Minnesota's progressive voters need to have this fall and in the years ahead.

"Ilhan Omar will be more than a vote in Congress, she'll be a voice for the progressive policies and priorities that people in her district and across the country need in Washington." -- Jim Dean, Chair, 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 Ilhan Omar -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar is the highest ranking Somali-American, Muslim woman elected in the United States. Despite staring down racist, sexist and xenophobic attacks, Omar won her state house race in 2016 with 80% of the vote and increased turnout by 37%. Currently serving in the Minnesota Legislature as the Assistant Minority Leader, Omar is also the Director of Policy & Initiatives for Women Organizing Women, an organization committed to engaging and empowering East African women to take civic leadership roles and see themselves as leaders within their communities. Born in Somalia, Omar's family fled the country's civil war and spent four years as a refugee in Kenya before coming to the United States in the 1990s. If elected, the mother of three will not only be a stalwart champion for criminal justice reform and Medicare for All, she'll make history as the first Muslim woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.

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 revels in Ammar Campa-Najjar win in California’s 50th Congressional District

This afternoon, the Associated Press declared Ammar Campa-Najjar the winner of one of the top-two spots in the race to flip California's 50th Congressional District to Democrats in November.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Campa-Najjar primary victory in the CA-50:

"Ammar Campa-Najjar won a top-two spot in this critical primary race because he ran a campaign not beholden to Washington insiders, committed to an inclusive populist agenda focused on big ideas like Medicare for All, and welcomed in the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters Democrats need to transform the country.

"The simple reality is that red districts like California's 50th District aren't going to be won by candidates running on stale Republican-lite ideas or campaigns that continue to focus everything on trying to swing ever dwindling numbers of 'persuadable' center-right voters. Having a bold, visionary candidate like Ammar Campa-Najjar in California's 50th District gives us more than a fighting chance in tough terrain, and we couldn't be more excited to fight alongside him all the way through November." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA excited by Kevin de León top-two finish in California U.S. Senate primary

This morning, the Associated Press declared Kevin de León the winner of one of the top two spots on November's general election ballot in the race for U.S. Senate in California.

Democracy for America (DFA) was a strong, early supporter of de León's campaign for U.S. Senate after endorsing him on the day he entered the race in October 2017.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Kevin de León winning a ticket to the general election for U.S. Senate in California:

"With his top-two finish in the primary, Kevin de León overcame moneyed interests and a political establishment dead set on destroying his campaign before it even began, ensuring that Californians have a bonafide champion for their progressive values on the ballot for U.S. Senate this November.

"For generations, California has been a national leader in the fight for social, racial, and economic justice, which is why Californians deserve a champion in the U.S. Senate committed to fighting for bold progressive ideas like Medicare for All, not someone who has to be challenged in a primary to start aligning with their progressive values.

"From his work as a young community organizer battling the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 to his leadership in the push for a bold single-payer healthcare plan in the California State Senate, Kevin de León has spent his life fighting for justice for Californians. As California's next U.S. Senator, Kevin de León is prepared to confront Donald Trump's hate-fueled agenda and help Democrats put forward a bold, inclusive populist vision for the country in the years ahead.

"That's why we were excited to endorse Kevin de León's campaign on the day he entered the race last October, why we look forward to fighting alongside him until November, and why we can't wait to help him make history as the first Latino to represent California in the U.S. Senate." -- Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA cheers Mike Levin’s primary win in California’s 49th Congressional District

Early this morning, Mike Levin won one of the top-two spots in the race to flip California's 49th Congressional District to Democrats in November.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Mike Levin's primary top-two victory in the CA-49:

"Darrell Issa retired because he was afraid of facing a candidate like progressive Mike Levine who's capable of uniting Democrats with his commitment to confronting Donald Trump's hate-fueled agenda and running a campaign driven by inclusive populist priorities like Medicare for All, comprehensive immigration reform, and a robust commitment to environmental protection that inspire voters who haven't traditionally turned out in non-presidential elections.

"Democracy for America members were excited to support Mike Levin in his primary, are thrilled about his victory this evening, and can't wait to help him defeat his right-wing, Trump-apologist opponent this November." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates Katie Porter’s win in California’s 45th Congressional District

Early this morning, Katie Porter won one of the top two spots in the race to flip California's 45th Congressional District to Democrats in November.

Democracy for America (DFA) was a fierce supporter of Porter's race in the 45th with its one million members nationwide making more than 43,400 of calls to directly voters in the district to help Porter, an ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, defeat a corporate Democrat.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Katie Porter's primary top-two victory in California's 45th Congressional District:

"Katie Porter's top-two victory in this primary means that voters in California's 45th Congressional District now have the candidate best equipped to defeat Mimi Walters in November, and a fearless champion for progressive values to cast their ballot for this fall who is committed to fighting for inclusive populist reforms like Medicare for All.

"Democracy for America was proud to have Katie Porter's back in this primary, and we couldn't be more excited to continue fighting for Orange County working families alongside her through November." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

June 5 Primaries: DFA watching California U.S. Senate, U.S. House, key District Attorney races

While today is one of the largest primary days of the 2018 cycle, much of the country's eyes, including Democracy for America's (DFA), are on the races in the bright blue, progressive state of California.

Today, DFA is paying particularly close attention to California's primaries for U.S. Senate, five U.S. House races that will be critical to helping Democrats retake the chamber in November, and six key fights for District Attorney essential to the battle for criminal justice reform in the state.

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

  • Kevin de León (U.S. Senate - CA)
  • Bryan Caforio (U.S House - CA 25th)
  • Sam Jammal (U.S. House - CA 39th)
  • Katie Porter (U.S. House - CA 45th)
  • Mike Levin (U.S. House - CA 49th)
  • Ammar Campa-Najjar (U.S. House - CA 50th)
  • Diana Becton (Contra Costa County District Attorney)
  • Dean Johansson (Yolo County District Attorney)
  • Geneviéve Jones-Wright (San Diego County District Attorney)
  • Patrick Kolansinski (Stanislaus County District Attorney)
  • Noah Phillips (Sacramento County District Attorney)
  • Pamela Price (Alameda County District Attorney)

DFA is also backing two incumbents, Ro Khanna (U.S. House - CA 17th) and Maggie Toulouse Oliver (Secretary of State - NM), in two less competitive primaries taking place today.

Even before he becomes the first Latino to represent California in the U.S. Senate, Kevin de León, who DFA endorsed in October of 2017, has proven critical to pushing five-time elected Senator Dianne Feinstein to new positions on the death penalty, the legalization of marijuana, and confronting Donald Trump's hate-fueled agenda more aligned with California's progressive voters.

In the races for U.S. House, DFA members been fierce advocates for Elizabeth Warren-ally Katie Porter in her fight for Congress in California's 45th District and have strongly supported Bryan Caforio (CA-25), Sam Jammal (CA-39), and Mike Levin (CA-49) since late 2017. More recently, DFA backed Ammar Campa-Najjar (CA-50) who's put up a strong fight as an inclusive populist champion in a traditionally Republican district.

In April, DFA launched it's "Criminal Justice Reform Champions" slate now with eleven endorsed candidates nationwide including six District Attorney candidates in California like Pamela Price, who is running for DA in Alameda County as a champion for police accountability and bail reform.

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

VICTORY: DFA revels in Ortiz Jones’ victory in run-off in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District

Gina Ortiz Jones just won the Democratic primary runoff in Texas' 23rd Congressional District.

Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Ortiz Jones' campaign for congress in January.

DFA's Jim Dean on Gina Ortiz Jones's victory in the Democratic runoff in Texas' 23rd Congressional District:

"As an Air Force veteran, a member of the LGBTQ community, and a first-generation American, Gina Ortiz Jones will not only blaze a new trail as the U.S. House's first Filipina-American, she'll bring the critical lived experiences of many of the people that the Trump administration is seeking to marginalize to Washington's corridors of power


"We were thrilled to support Gina Ortiz Jones throughout the primary, and Democracy for America members in Texas and across the country are excited to do what we can to ensure she beats her fringe-right, Trump-enabling opponent in November." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates Abrams victory in GA Gubernatorial primary!

Stacey Abrams just won Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial primary -- and one important step closer to becoming the country's first African-American woman to lead a state as governor

A proud early backer, Democracy for America (DFA) encouraged its members to pledge their support for Abrams ahead of a potential run in May 2017 and formally endorsed her on the day she entered the race for governor weeks later.

DFA's Jim Dean on Stacey Abrams's victory in Georgia's gubernatorial primary:

"Stacey Abrams' victory tonight is an incredibly important win for the grassroots movement that rose up behind her in this primary and a Democratic Party that is, in many ways, still searching for a way forward after the crushing losses of 2016 and the outdated, Republican-lite playbook that caused them.

"Democracy for America enthusiastically endorsed Stacey Abrams on the day she launched her campaign, not only because she'd make history as our country's first Black woman governor. We eagerly backed Stacey Abrams because she was committed to running a race that would definitively prove that when Democrats run a bold, progressive, people-powered campaign around our shared values, we can expand the electorate, restore faith in our democracy, and win.

"We're excited to continue fighting along Stacey Abrams in the general election and helping carry the message across the country that Georgia Democrats sent with her victory tonight: Progressive women of color, like Stacey Abrams, are standing at the fore in the battle against Trump's GOP, and if we get behind them and follow their leadership, we've got a clear shot at fundamentally transforming our country this November." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

In the lead up to today's primary, DFA members made 4,866 individual contributions totalling $48,328 directly to Abrams campaign (avg. contribution $9.93), hosted a DFA Campaign Academy with dozens of top local leaders organizing ahead of the final push, and made 41,667 calls to Georgia voters during the GOTV phase of the campaign alone.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with 36,259 members in the state of Georgia and more than 1 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 Action

Sign Robert Reich’s petition: Let Medicare and Medicaid negotiate lower drug prices

Donald Trump's new drug plan omits the critical step needed to truly reduce prices: Taking on Big Pharma.

In 2003, Big Pharma got a U.S. law prohibiting the government from using its considerable bargaining clout under Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices.

During his campaign, Trump promised to reverse this law. But the plan he revealed Friday doesn’t touch it. Trump’s plan seeks only to make it easier for private health insurers to negotiate better deals for Medicare beneficiaries.

In reality, private health insurers don’t have anywhere near the clout of Medicare and Medicaid -- which was the whole point of Big Pharma’s getting Congress to ban such negotiations in the first place.

To truly reduce drug prices in America, we need to release Big Pharma’s stranglehold on the U.S. government.

Sign Robert Reich's petition with Democracy for America calling on Congress to allow Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices.

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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses candidates for Lt. Governor in Wisconsin, Hawaii, Rhode Island

National progressive group backs Barnes (WI), Green (HI), Regunberg (RI) in critical state contests


Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of three candidates running for Lieutenant Governor in states across the country --  Mandela Barnes in Wisconsin, Josh Green in Hawaii, and Aaron Regunberg in Rhode Island.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with 1 million members across the country and 44,023 in Wisconsin, 8,571 in Hawaii, and 7,310 in Rhode Island.  These progressive candidates are DFA’s first endorsement for Lt. Governor in the 2018 cycle and join the endorsements of seven gubernatorial candidates and now 12 total statewide non-federal candidates the organization has made ahead of this year’s elections.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA’s endorsement of three progressive choices for Lieutenant Governor:

“All across the country, Lieutenant Governors play a critical role on the front lines of the fight for progress, whether they functioning as the leader of a legislative chamber, head of a Department of State, or standing in for the absence of a Governor.

“We’re excited to announce Democracy for America members’ full-throated support for three progressive leaders running for Lieutenant Governor in their respective states: Mandela Barnes in Wisconsin, Josh Green in Hawaii, and Aaron Regunberg in Rhode Island.

Mandala Barnes is not only a hero in his home state of Wisconsin for his work championing progressive economic policy, criminal justice reform, and healthcare in the State Assembly, since his tenure in office he’s been a national leader in the battle for gun violence prevention and the building of progressive power in the nation’s state capitols.  Democracy for America members are thrilled to support Mandala in his race to become the Badger State’s next Lieutenant Governor, because we know he’s committed to making sure Wisconsin works for working people once again.

“One of DFA’s very first endorsed candidates in 2004, Josh Green has a proud history as a progressive fighter in Hawaii’s State House and Senate and DFA members are thrilled to be supporting Josh once again.  As Lieutenant Governor, we trust Josh to be a champion for Hawaii’s working families and ensure the Aloha State continues to be a national progressive leader.

“In Rhode Island’s State Assembly, Aaron Regunberg has proven himself to be an unwavering champion for inclusive populist priorities like raising the state’s decades-old tipped minimum wage and leading the fight to establish earned sick days.  Aaron will not only work to end the kind of backroom dealing that distorts Rhode Island’s progressive politics, as Lieutenant Governor, he’ll help lead the battle for a Medicare for All-style healthcare and better access to reproductive health services.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

DFA’s endorsed candidates for Lieutenant Governor are an important 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.

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 endorsing for Lieutenant Governor 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 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

DFA backs Liz Watson for U.S. House in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed Liz Watson in her effort to defeat fringe right Republican Trey Hollingsworth and become Indiana’s 9th Congressional District’s next member of Congress.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization’s decision to strongly back Liz Watson in her general election fight:

“Democracy for America could not be more thrilled to endorsed Liz Watson for Congress because she’s building a campaign rooted in progressive values and backed by the kind of broad-based coalition of progressive and working-class supporters it takes to win in Southern Indiana.  

“By building a campaign focused on Medicare for All, raising wages, and making prescription drugs more affordable, Liz Watson is not only running on the inclusive populist priorities that are critical to supporting working families in Indiana’s 9th district, she’s showing other Democrats across the country that we win when we stand up and run fearlessly on our shared progressive values.”  -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA has 35,004 members in the state of Indiana 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 Liz Watson -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Liz Watson on receiving DFA’s endorsement in her race for Congress:

"I'm honored to receive this endorsement from Democracy for America. We are building a grassroots, people-powered movement in southern Indiana to take back our district from a carpetbagger from Tennessee who is using Congress as his own personal cash register. Our Congressman is a multimillionaire who bought his seat in Congress, and as his reward, gave himself a $4.5 million tax cut by passing the tax scam. Hoosiers have had enough of politicians who line their own pockets instead of investing in their communities.

“Hundreds of volunteers with our campaign have knocked thousands of doors as part of our Knock Every Door campaign to reach out to our friends and neighbors about getting the representation we deserve. We've crisscrossed our district holding town halls to hear from voters about the issues that matter most. We are organizing in our communities, one neighborhood at a time -- around kitchen tables, in coffee shops, in senior centers, and everywhere in between.  

“I'm so proud to partner with Democracy for America, an organization that builds grassroots, progressive movement for change.  It's time for Congress to start listening to us, instead of to their wealthy donors. I want to go to Congress to fight for an Indiana that works for every single one of us -- for Medicare for All, funding for treatment for the opioid crisis that is tearing families apart, to protect our public schools from privatization and for living wage jobs, and investments in infrastructure and training that will help hardworking Hoosiers finally get ahead." -- Liz Watson

Liz Watson is a working mom and a workers' rights attorney. She's a fifth-generation Hoosier who is sick and tired of hardworking Indiana families struggling to keep their heads above water in today's economy. Throughout her career, Liz has fought for working families to get their fair share, and she's fought back against a rigged system that works only for the wealthy and well-connected. From representing working people in low-wage jobs who were cheated out of their paychecks to serving in Congress as the Labor Policy Director for the House Democrats, Liz has fought to rewrite the rules of our economy so that they work for the people who actually do the work. She led the staff team that developed the $15 minimum wage bill in the House, fought for legislation to strengthen organizing protections so that working people would have the freedom to come together to fight for their fair share, and worked on legislation championed by Senator Warren to end unpredictable schedules in low-wage jobs that leave families living paycheck to paycheck.

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 celebrates Paulette Jordan’s history-making win in Idaho Gubernatorial primary

Paulette Jordan just won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Idaho -- and is on her way to becoming as the first Native American in U.S. History to lead a state as governor.

Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Jordan’s campaign for Governor in March.

DFA’s Jim Dean on Paulette Jordan’s victory in Idaho’s gubernatorial primary:

"When insiders tried to shut down Paulette Jordan’s campaign down before it even began, she ignored the naysayers, ran a campaign firmly rooted in progressive values, and now is on her way to making history as the country’s first Native American governor.

“Paulette Jordan’s victory in Idaho’s gubernatorial primary is a testament to her tenacity, her willingness to confront the powerful corporate interests who have controlled Boise for decades, and the broad-based inclusive populist coalition Democrats need behind them in Idaho and across the country to win this Fall.

“We were thrilled to support Paulette Jordan in the primary and we couldn’t be more excited to help her and the grassroots movement behind her make history in Idaho in November."  -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

May 15 Primaries: DFA closely watching ID Gubernatorial, PA U.S.House & State Legislative races

While Democrats have a number of exciting races across the country tonight, Democracy for America (DFA) will be paying particularly close attention to the Democratic primaries for Governor of Idaho and numerous races for U.S. House and the State Legislature across Pennsylvania.

DFA-endorsed statewide, federal, and state-legislative candidates running in today’s primary elections include:

  • Paulette Jordan (ID - Governor)
  • Greg Edwards (US House - PA 7th)
  • Jess King (US House - PA 11th)
  • Sara Innamorato (PA House - District 21)
  • Summer Lee (PA House - District 34)
  • Malcolm Kenyatta (PA House - District 181)
  • Elizabeth Fiedler (PA House - District 184)
  • Joyce Judy (OR Senate - District 11)

If elected in November, Paulette Jordan (whom DFA endorsed in March) would make history as the first Native American governor in the country and Idaho’s first woman governor.  Federally, Greg Edwards race in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, which in addition to securing DFA’s support has also been endorsed by Bernie Sanders, has garnered a great deal of local and national attention.  Jess King is also a favorite of local and national Democracy for America members, although she’s running unopposed in today’s primary in Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District to take on vulnerable Republican Lloyd Smucker.

DFA’s endorsed state-legislative candidates in Pennsylvania are a 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.

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 we’re following in today’s primary elections -- 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

DFA, PCCC back Balter (NY-24), Campa-Najjar (CA-50) to flip two key swing districts

Today, the Democracy for America (DFA) and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) proudly endorsed bold progressive congressional candidates Dana Balter (NY-24) and Ammar Campa-Najjar (CA-50). Both candidates would flip red districts blue with their victories in November, and could possibly be the swing district to take back the House for Democrats.

Statement from DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots group endorsement of Balter and Campa-Najjar:

“In too many districts across the country, the DCCC still doesn't understand that candidates who run on stale Republican-lite ideas and campaigns that continue to prioritize ever dwindling numbers of 'swingable' center-right voters actively hurt our chances of assembling the lasting majority we need in Congress.  

“After all, a Democratic victory in 2018 isn't just about retaking Congress --  it's about seizing control with a lasting majority that is deep, bold and visionary enough to win the even bigger, inclusive populist victories we need in 2020 and beyond.

“We are thrilled to be endorsing Dana Balter and Ammar Campa-Najjar today because they remain unbroken by the party insiders in Washington and are running the kind of bold, inclusive populist campaigns that will win in November, welcome in the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters, and help transform the country.” --  Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America.

Statement from PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor Chair on the PCCC’s endorsement of the two candidates:

“Let’s elect game-changing progressives in the blue wave that’s coming -- progressives are going to compete everywhere and they’re going to win.

“The Republican Party’s attacks on working families have opened up opportunities for Democrats to win in places they haven’t won in decades, and it’ll be essential for Democrats to embrace a bold, economic populist message in these districts. The DCCC is increasingly hurting Democratic chances to win swing districts by actively recruiting anti-choice, corporate Democrats who act like Republicans.

“We’re endorsing Dana Balter and Ammar Campa-Najjar because they’re authentic, inspiring progressives who will fight for workers and against big campaign donors who rig the tax laws to benefit themselves.” -- Stephanie Taylor, PCCC Co-founder

Dana Balter is a professor and progressive community organizer who is running a bold campaign on Medicare for All, higher wages for workers, and closing the Trump tax loopholes for big corporations and billionaires. Balter is running in a district Clinton carried by nearly 4 points in 2016, but rather than focusing on taking down Republican incumbent John Katko with a strong, progressive candidate, the DCCC recently recruited a primary opponent who is anti-choice to try and knock Balter out of the race. This is on top of a series of recent actions by the DCCC to chase away progressive candidates in primaries across the country, including Pennsylvania, Colorado, Texas, and California.

Ammar Campa-Najjar is a former aide in the Obama Department of Labor who has a strong history fighting for working families. Campa-Najjar is running a pro-worker campaign focused on Medicare for All, higher wages for workers, and real investment in infrastructure to create millions of jobs.

More about the Candidates

Dana Balter (NY-24). Dana is running to flip the congressional seat held by Republican John Katko. She’s professor, community organizer, and she’s also a lifelong advocate for people with disabilities, starting with her beloved younger brother Jonathan. She’s running for Medicare for All, women’s rights, universal pre-K, and higher wages. A conservative candidate who identifies herself as “secretly pro-life” was just recruited to run against Dana in the primary -- we need to have Dana’s back! Her primary is June 26.

Balter on DFA & PCCC Endorsement: “I just wanted to meet my Congressman to talk about healthcare. But John Katko wouldn’t meet with me, and he won’t meet with a lot of the people he represents. That’s why I decided to run for Congress. Members of the PCCC and DFA know how important it is to have representatives who will show up and listen. Representatives who will stand up to entrenched power and stand up for the people. They know how grassroots support can make a difference, and how much we need it in the fight against the Trump agenda. I’m honored and proud to have their support.”

Ammar Campa-Najjar (CA-50). Ammar is the son of a Mexican-American mother and Middle Eastern immigrant father, born and raised in East San Diego county. He helped support his struggling family by working as a church janitor in high school, working his way up to a position in the White House during President Obama’s administration. He developed an apprenticeship program at the U.S. Department of Labor to “earn while you learn,” and is running for Medicare for All, immigrant rights, and overturning Citizens United. He’s running to flip the congressional seat held by Republican Duncan Hunter. His primary is June 5.

Campa-Najjar on DFA & PCCC endorsement: “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of two national progressive organizations today, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. CA-50 Voters are galvanized more than ever by the opportunity to bring an end to the 40-year Duncan Hunter dynasty; they’re ready to elect a people-powered candidate that has stood up for working families, universal healthcare, women’s rights, common sense gun reform, debt-free college and diplomacy abroad. I’m thankful for these critical endorsements and look forward to working with both organizations to make history this election.”

More About Democracy for America:

  • Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC  committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism and supporting candidates up-and-down the ballot who’ll do the same.
  • DFA has 150,701 members in New York, 308,856 in California, and more than one million members nationwide.  
  • 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 Dana Balter and Ammar Campa-Najjar -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.
  • Since its 2004 founding, 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.

More About the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:

  • The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is a grassroots, progressive organization that endorses a select number of candidates each cycle. For top endorsed campaigns, the PCCC provides in-depth strategic support and resources -- including mobilizing a million PCCC members to donate and volunteer.
  • The PCCC has also endorsed Elizabeth Warren (MA-Sen), Beto O’Rourke (TX-Sen), Randy Bryce (WI-1), Katie Porter (CA-45), Greg Edwards (PA-7), Kara Eastman (NE-2), Andy Kim (NJ-3), Mike Levin (CA-49), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Kaniela Ing (HI-1), Jess King (PA-11), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Liz Watson (IN-9), Brent Welder (KS-3), Cathy Glasson (IA-Gov), and Jocelyn Benson (MI-Secy of State).
  • Since its founding in 2009, the PCCC has raised over $26 million for progressive candidates and committees -- including over $1.17 million from over 70,000 small-dollar donations for Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 Senate run.
  • The PCCC has over 1 million members nationwide, including over 100,000 in California and over 58,000 in New York.
DFA Press Release

DFA: “Blood is on Trump’s hands” following Iran Deal withdrawal, “underscores stakes of [2018]...”

Momentarily, Donald Trump is going to isolate the United States diplomatically by announcing his decision to withdraw the country from the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA).

Democracy for America (DFA) has been a strong, grassroots supporter of President Obama's diplomatic breakthrough with Iran since it was first made in 2015.

Here's a statement from DFA Chair Jim Dean on Trump's disastrous withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal:

"Donald Trump's decision to remove the United States from an agreement that was actively preventing Iran from creating a nuclear weapon makes our country less safe and vastly increases the likelihood that his cabinet full of war hawks pushes us into yet another cataclysmic conflict in the Middle East.

"Let's be exceedingly clear: Donald Trump and the fringe-right Republicans who have worked to dismantle this deal from day one now own every single consequence of this decision. From the deathblow the destruction of this deal has delivered to the United States' credibility in diplomatic negotiations to the disastrous war with Iran it is designed to necessitate, the blood is on Donald Trump's hands.

"If anything, Trump's decision to kill the Iran Deal only underscores the stakes in this fall's election. With the Trump White House apparently dead set on diplomatically isolating the United States from its allies and provoking a conflict with Iran, a Democratic majority in Congress committed to halting any rush to war may be the only shot we have to avoid repeating the disaster in Iraq." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

During May 8 primaries, DFA closely following 10 state-level candidates in IN, NC, OH

As primary election results begin filtering in tonight, Democracy for America (DFA) will be closely monitoring the success of it’s 10 endorsed state-level candidates in Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio.

DFA state and municipal-level endorsed candidates running in today’s primary elections include:

  • Anna Murray (IN Senate - District 46)
  • Sherry Shipley (IN Senate - District 22)
  • Amie Neiling (IN House - District 32)
  • Natasha Marcus (NC Senate - District 41)
  • Mujtaba Mohammed (NC Senate - District 38)
  • Allison Dhale (NC House - District 11)
  • Julie von Haefen (NC House - District 36)
  • Sydney Batch (NC House - District 37)
  • Christy Clark (NC House -  District 98)
  • Yvonka Hall (OH House - District 12)

DFA’s state-level endorsed candidates are a 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.

Federally, DFA is also supporting U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown who is running unopposed in tonight’s Ohio Democratic primary.

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 we’re following in today’s primary elections -- 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

DFA backs Cynthia Nixon for Governor of New York

Democracy for America (DFA) today announced that it would be endorsing progressive activist and actor Cynthia Nixon in her race to become the next  Governor of New York.

DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on the grassroots progressive group’s decision to endorse Cynthia Nixon in New York’s race for Governor:

"Democracy for America is thrilled to announce our endorsement of Cynthia Nixon, the real progressive in the race for Governor of New York.

"For 17 years, Cynthia Nixon has been a leading voice and on-the-ground fighter for public education, women's rights, LGBTQ equality, and protecting New York’s environment from corporate polluters.

"Cynthia has brought that same unrelenting zeal for bold ideas and bottom-up change to the race for Governor.  Over the last month, she's started building a strong grassroots campaign across New York state that is not only putting forward the inclusive populist agenda that's driving the debate but engaging the coalition of young voters, voters of color, and women she needs to win the primary.

"Governor Andrew Cuomo is clearly rattled and that's why New Yorkers are seeing him scrambling to push out progressive reforms after working for years with Republicans and fake Democrats to block them.  

"But let's be clear: Cuomo only acts like a progressive when he's being challenged by powerful progressive women capable of defeating him.  New Yorkers aren’t going to be fooled by Cuomo’s new “progressive” dog-and-pony show.

"With Cynthia Nixon, the proudly progressive state of New York finally has the chance to have a governor in Albany who shares their values in the battle for racial and economic justice --and DFA members across the state and nationwide will stand side by side with her in this fight." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA has 150,027 members in the state of New York and more than one million members nationwide.  

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 Cynthia Nixon -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Cynthia Nixon on receiving DFA’s endorsement of her New York gubernatorial race:

"I am very grateful to receive this endorsement from Democracy for America. DFA knows that campaigns are built from the bottom-up -- through grassroots canvassing, phone-banking, and fundraising. I am excited to work with DFA in building a progressive movement here in New York."  -- Cynthia Nixon

As governor, Cynthia Nixon would fight for a progressive agenda in New York by supporting policies to provide health care for all, legalize recreational marijuana, end mass incarceration, and take corporate money out of politics.  Cynthia believes the state should take more proactive and aggressive measures to protect New York’s immigrant communities, and that New York should be at the forefront of protecting our environment by transitioning New York to 100% renewable energy.

Nixon is the seventh gubernatorial endorsement DFA has made in the 2018 election cycle.  Other gubernatorial endorsements the national grassroots progressive group has made this cycle includes Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Abdul El-Sayed in Michigan, David Garcia in Arizona, Andrew Gillum in Florida, Ben Jealous in Maryland, and Paulette Jordan in Idaho.

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 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

DFA endorses Rashida Tlaib for U.S. House in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed Rashida Tlaib in her race to become the next member of Congress from the Democratic stronghold of Michigan’s 13th congressional district.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the decision to back Rashida Tlaib’s race for Congress in Michigan’s 13th congressional district:

“Rashida Tlaib is a courageous progressive leader and unrelenting champion for Detroit’s working families that our country needs in Congress.  

“When millionaires, billionaires, and corporate interests try to silence her, Rashida Tlaib refuses to back down from her mission to make life better for working class people. Rashida took on the Koch brothers when no one else would, and got them to remove their toxic waste from the Detroit riverfront. And, when Donald Trump held a campaign rally at a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club, Rashida stood up and got tossed out for demanding that he read the U.S. Constitution.

“Democracy for America members are thrilled to endorse Rashida Tlaib, not only because she’ll make history as the first Muslim woman in Congress, but because we can’t wait to see what her fearless tenacity brings to fights for critical inclusive populist priorities like Medicare for All, criminal justice reform, and a $15 minimum wage.”  -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA has 68,405 members in the state of Michigan 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 Rashida Tlaib -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

Rashida Tlaib on receiving DFA’s endorsement in her race for Congress:

"The families of Michigan's 13th district and I are building a people-powered movement to retake our government from wealthy corporate bullies who control the Republicans.  I'm so grateful to have the support of Democracy for America, a truly grassroots organization that knows that our big progressive ideas can come to life when we organize our communities and empower residents to become activists for their futures.  We are knocking tens of thousands of doors across this district because we know that working people are hungry for courageous representatives who will take on the entrenched powers to get meaningful change, and we're proud to have DFA by our side." -- Rashida Tlaib

Rashida Tlaib is a former member of the Michigan State House who made history as the first Muslim woman to serve in the state legislature and championed efforts to restore state funding for numerous social services.  Since being term-limited out of office in 2014, Tlaib has lead local efforts that forced the Koch brothers to remove pollutants for the shores of the Detroit River and required a comprehensive cancer study in the shadow of Marathon Oil’s refinery expansion. A native Detroiter, Tlaib is committed to continuing her work knocking down the barriers to real change when elected Congress.

Tlaib is just Democracy for America’s third 2018 endorsement in Michigan.  Last week, DFA endorsed Dr. Abdul El-Sayed in Michigan’s race for Governor and, in late January, the grassroots progressive political organization backed Fayrouz Saad for Congress in Michigan’s battleground 11th congressional district.

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 Press Release

DFA calls on Hoyer to step down from House leadership following secret recordings

This morning, THE INTERCEPT released audio of Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House leadership, actively trying to push a progressive candidate out of Colorado’s 6th congressional district primary.

DFA's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain responds to this explosive tape by calling for Steny Hoyer's resignation or removal from House Democratic leadership:

"The secret recordings of Steny Hoyer trying to push a grassroots progressive candidate out of a race for Congress exposes the work Hoyer has done for years actively undermining progressive power in Congress and ensuring the Democratic Party is filled with elected officials who are politically incapable of standing up to the corporate interests who profit off the country's growing racial and economic inequality.

"If Steny Hoyer wants to continue carrying water for greed-driven corporate interests in Congress, that's his choice, but he doesn't represent the future of the Democratic Party or the interests of the people of color and progressive white voters critical to retaking the House in November.

"We saw what happens when Democratic Party leaders put their fingers on the scale in primaries in 2006 through 2016, when we lost nearly 1000 elected offices up and down the ballot.  Steny Hoyer likes to spend a lot of time talking to progressive candidates about electoral viability but, after his exposure in these recordings, it's time for him to recognize that only thing that's truly not viable is his leadership role in a House Democratic caucus that depends on an enthusiastic grassroots progressive base for its majority. 

“Steny Hoyer should resign or be removed from House Democratic leadership immediately.”  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

It’s particularly notable that Democratic leaders like Steny Hoyer, along with corporate-funded New Democrats, are hurting the chances of Democrats taking back the House by supporting candidates who oppose popular ideas and won't help inspire more Democratic voters to turn-out in November.

Recent polling conducted by our friends at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in swing districts like KS-3, W1-1, CA-45, CA-25, CA-49, and NJ-3, and all across the nation show that bold ideas like Medicare For All, expanding Social Security, debt-free college, and challenging big corporations like Big Pharma are tremendously popular.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Abdul El-Sayed for Governor of Michigan

Democracy for America (DFA) today announced its support for Dr. Abdul El-Sayed in Michigan’s hotly contested race for Governor.

DFA has 68,405 members in the state of Michigan and more than one million members nationwide.  

DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on the grassroots progressive group’s decision to back Dr. Abdul El-Sayed in Michigan’s Democratic Gubernatorial primary:

“Democracy for America members could not be more excited to endorse Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and the historic, people-powered campaign he’s running to become Michigan’s next Democratic Governor.

“Abdul is not only objectively running on one of the most fearlessly progressive, inclusive populist gubernatorial agendas in the country, he’s energizing grassroots voters and building the kind of bottom-up campaign Michigan Democrats need to win up and down the ballot in November.  

“One of the reasons why we felt it was particularly important to speak out and endorse Abdul in Michigan’s race for Governor right now is because a multi-millionaire pharmaceutical executive is currently spending millions of dollars on cutesy TV ads to hide his past support for Republicans and fraudulently win the backing of progressives despite his blatantly rudderless politics.

“From the development of his bold urban and rural policy agendas to the grassroots organizing his team is doing in every corner of the state, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is doing the work to earn progressive support in Michigan’s race for Governor and that’s why I’m pleased to say he has Democracy for America’s endorsement.”  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

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 Abdul El-Sayed -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.

El-Sayed is the sixth gubernatorial endorsement DFA has made in the 2018 election cycle.  Other gubernatorial endorsements the national grassroots progressive group has made this cycle includes Stacey Abrams in Georgia, David Garcia in Arizona, Andrew Gillum in Florida, Ben Jealous in Maryland, and Paulette Jordan in Idaho.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed on receiving DFA’s endorsement in his race to become Michigan’s next Governor:

“Democracy for America has been leading the fight for justice, equity, and sustainability in our politics for the past 14 years. I am proud to walk this path with them to lead on our values in a Michigan that is hurting for universal healthcare, a livable wage, workers’ rights, and clean water. Together we will walk for our future."  -- Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is running for governor to make state government work for all Michiganders, and not just the privileged few. Abdul is a Rhodes scholar, physician and public health expert who, as Detroit’s health commissioner, launched a program to ensure every child who needed one got a free pair of glasses. Abdul is running on a platform of bold, progressive ideas to address the gaping inequality between the rich and poor, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, passing Medicare for All to guarantee health care as a right, and making college tuition-free for families earning less than $150,000 a year.

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 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

DFA on SYRIA STRIKES: “While Trump likes to play authoritarian, it’s Congress” who decides on war

In response to Donald Trump’s announcement this evening of military strikes against Syrian military targets, Democracy for America’s Executive Director Charles Chamberlain released the following statement:

"Once again, Donald Trump and the war hawks running his administration are making America less safe by throwing us into the civil war in Syria without any sort Congressional approval.  

"While Donald Trump certainly likes to play the part of an authoritarian, we still have a constitution that clearly states that it's Congress, not Presidents, who decide when we go to war.  

"The unfathomable level of human suffering and the atrocious use of illegal chemical weapons in Syria can only be stopped with the political solutions created by robust, creative, and sustained international diplomatic effort.

"It's long past time for Congress to step up, exercise its constitutional authority, and make certain that Donald Trump doesn't drag us into a great power conflict-fueled civil war in the Middle East in an attempt to distract us from the growing cloud of scandal and corruption surrounding him here at home." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America.

As the organization noted last year following similarly ill-conceived military strikes in Syria, DFA has long demanded careful consideration and congressional consultation concerning the use of military force in Syria.

DFA Press Release

DFA says Paul Ryan’s reelection retreat shows Dems the inclusive populist path to “lasting majority”

Reports broke this morning saying that House Speaker Paul Ryan has decided not to run for reelection.  

Democracy for America has been a strong supporter of Ryan’s Democratic opponent, Randy Bryce since June 2017.

Here’s a statement from DFA Chair Jim Dean on Paul Ryan’s retreat from a reelection fight and what lesson Democrats need to learn from it:

“Paul Ryan’s decision to pull the ripcord on his reelection is a direct response to the failed Trump agenda he’s tried to advanced, the growing possibility of a 2018 Democratic Tsunami,  and, most importantly, the insurgent, inclusive populist campaign that Randy Bryce has built over the last 10 months that has directly threatened his chances of holding on to his seat in Wisconsin.

“The lesson for Democrats from Ryan’s retreat is simple: If we support candidates like Randy Bryce who run on their progressive values, push for bold inclusive populist ideas, and build people-powered campaigns that inspire new communities of voters to take action, we not only have a shot at retaking Congress in November, we have an opportunity to build a lasting congressional majority that’s equipped to fight for the big, courageous progressive reforms our country so desperately needs.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Action

Sign the petition: Tell regulators to stop the Sinclair-Tribune merger now

Sinclair Broadcasting has been covertly forcing its local stations to broadcast pro-Trump propaganda -- and now they want to take over one of the most influential media companies in the country.

Millions of local TV news viewers heard eerily similar versions of this Trump-esque speech from dozens of seemingly unrelated news anchors across the country:

“The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.”

“Some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias.”

“This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.”

The source of the script was Sinclair Broadcasting -- the country's largest broadcaster, which owns 193 television stations and 589 channels in 89 markets.

Over the weekend, a Deadspin video which edited together anchors from coast to coast reading Sinclair's propaganda went viral. And that's not the only way that Sinclair is using its power to advance a radical agenda. The New York Times has reported that the company sends its stations "must-run" news segments that are full of fear-mongering and pro-Trump rhetoric.

No corporation should have the ability to subvert journalistic standards and deceptively disseminate right-wing spin like this. It's bad for our democracy. But if Sinclair gets their way, things will only get worse.

Sinclair is currently trying take over Tribune Media, which would give them ownership over 42 new stations in key markets including New York, Washington D.C, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department have slowed the deal down, but they could give it the green light at any time.

We need to take action now if we're going to stop the right-wing radicals at Sinclair from gaining even more control over our media. Sign our petition calling on the FCC and the Justice Department to kill the Sinclair-Tribune merger now.

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DFA Press Release

DFA launches “Criminal Justice Reform Champions” slate backing 10 for Sheriff, DA, Judge

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced the first ten endorsements on a new criminal justice reform-focused slate of progressive candidates for sheriff, District Attorney, and judge in communities across the country.  

The ten candidates DFA is endorsing today and adding to the slate are:

  • Diana Becton for District Attorney (Contra Costa County, CA)
  • Eric Higgins for Sheriff (Pulaski County, AR)
  • Dean Johansson for District Attorney (Yolo County, CA)
  • Genevieve Jones-Wright for District Attorney (San Diego County, CA)
  • Patrick Kolasinski for District Attorney (Stanislaus County, CA)
  • Aurora Martinez Jones for District Judge (Austin, TX)
  • Donna Patalano for District Attorney (Middlesex County, MA)
  • Noah Phillips for District Attorney (Sacramento County, CA)
  • Rachael Rollins for District Attorney (Suffolk County, MA)
  • Frayla Tarpinian for District Attorney (Cumberland County, ME)

Over its 14-year history, DFA has supported a number of candidates dedicated to challenging structural racism in our criminal justice system, like Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx in Illinois (2016) and Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (2017). In fact, just last month, DFA successfully backed progressive Joe Gonzales in a successful effort to oust a conservative Democratic incumbent in a primary fight for Bexar County District Attorney.   

However, this is the first time that DFA has backed a nationwide slate of candidates for sheriff, District Attorney, and judge specifically focused on criminal justice reform.

In addition to its endorsement, DFA will provide campaigns on its Criminal Justice Reform Champions slate with direct financial and field support -- recruiting grassroots volunteers from its million person network of member leaders, providing access to cutting-edge voter contact technology, and connecting local members directly to the campaigns near them.

DFA’s Chair Jim Dean on the launch of the organization’s Criminal Justice Reform Champions slate and the 2018 elections:

“In the last week, Alton Sterling's killers walked away scot-free in Baton Rouge, while community leaders in Sacramento fought for justice in the police-led murder of Stephon Clark, an unarmed father shot eight times in the back in his grandmother's backyard.  

“While many are focused this year on the opportunities for Democrats in federal and statewide elected offices, the fight for the changes needed to end police brutality, mass incarceration, and the systemic racism of our criminal justice system doesn’t start in Washington or a state capitol building.

“Local District Attorneys, Judges, and Sheriffs play a dominant role in what our justice system looks like and how it impacts local communities. Yet, all too often, these candidates don’t get nearly the level of scrutiny and demands for public accountability that a candidate for the U.S. or State House receives when they’re up for election.

"That’s why, today, Democracy for America is excited to announce our first ten endorsements on a nationwide slate of candidates for sheriff, District Attorney, and judge who have a deep-seated commitment to confronting the racial inequity and injustice that plagues our criminal justice system.

“In the weeks ahead, we’ll add to this slate of criminal justice reform champions, work with other groups who share our concerns, and continue building towards an election night in November that sees a new generation of elected leaders on the frontlines of our criminal justice system who are as committed to delivering the reform it needs as the activists in the streets who bravely protesting its present failures.”  -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on structural racism, income inequality, and money in politics. 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 Action

Add your name: Stand in solidarity with Oklahoma teachers now

First, it happened in West Virginia. Then it spread to Kentucky.

Now, a new, radical push for economic justice is taking hold in Oklahoma -- one of the "reddest" states in the country. And it's being driven by teachers.

More than 30,000 Oklahomans showed up at the Capitol to fight for school funding, led by teachers who are among the worst paid in the nation and are fighting to keep their public school system alive. They're vowing to keep protesting and striking until their Republican legislature raises the revenue necessary to give Oklahoma students the quality education they deserve.

Democracy for America stands with workers, period. We're ready to do everything we can to support these brave teachers as they fight GOP legislators who would rather give tax breaks to the rich than fund public schools.

Republicans are trying to drive a wedge between striking teachers, students and the community. That's why our support is so important right now. Many DFA-endorsed candidates including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Randy Bryce are already standing in solidarity with the teachers:

Will you add your name to stand in solidarity with the Oklahoma teachers, and all of the teachers across the country who are fighting the GOP for fair wages and public school funding now?

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Job Opening: Federal Electoral Manager

Democracy for America, a national progressive political action committee with more than one million members nationwide, is looking for a Federal Electoral Manager to recruit, support, train, and guide federal candidates all over the country. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made nearly 22 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

The mission of this role is vital: elect bold, progressive champions to Congress by centering the leadership of the New American Majority as candidates, campaign staff, volunteers, and voters. Seek out candidates who are leading in this way, guide them to invest in organizing early with an inclusive voter targeting model while running authentically on progressive ideals, and activate DFA’s membership to make an impact on the campaign.

The ideal candidate for this role is committed to creating a more reflective democracy to fight against structural racism and systemic oppression, positively progressive, innovative, creative, driven by ambitious goals, solution-oriented in the face of uncertainty, an enthusiastic and understanding teammate, and able to gracefully perform at a high level when the pressure is on.

Democracy for America is an equal opportunity employer that strongly values and looks to continue building a team that reflects the diversity of our country and the progressive movement. Women, people of color, queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The salary band for this position is $65,000 - $75,000 and is commensurate with experience. We offer a generous benefits package including health insurance, a retirement savings match, and no minimum or maximum PTO days.

Duties include:

  • De-centering whiteness and masculinity while recruiting, vetting, interviewing, assessing applicants, and deciding who will earn a coveted DFA endorsement; proposing priority tiers to determine which races we focus on and why.
  • Acting as mentor for candidates and campaign staff, to help them stay on a path to electoral victory by expanding the electorate and running authentically on progressive values.
  • Working collaboratively with DFA and partner organization colleagues to set goals and execute deliverables that support inclusive priority federal campaigns - fundraising, targeting, VAN management, voter ID and persuasion goals, and volunteer recruitment.
  • High-level networking with key allies - labor, environmental, and community leaders - sharing and strategizing on equity and inclusivity in the electoral process.
  • Managing the electoral intern program to drive the endorsements and support of hundreds of candidates.
  • Maintaining and sharing DFA’s values of equity and inclusion through strategic conversations with allies, guidance for candidates, and daily interactions with colleagues.

Qualifications:

  • Progressive, optimistic, and strategic; obsessed with the art and science of finding and developing leaders while winning campaigns.
  • Deeply committed to using the electoral process to build a reflective democracy and fight white supremacy and patriarchy from campaign offices to Congressional offices, and can put that commitment into practice every day.
  • Has crafted and executed campaign plans with many moving pieces to reach ambitious goals, ideally to hit a win number on an electoral campaign.
  • Aggressive problem-solver & information-seeker, positively flexible, errs on the side of over-communicating, thrives in the fast-paced, ever-shifting landscape of digital electoral campaigning.
  • Builds relationships and organizations with a leadership model grounded in equity, justice, and transformation, where we support and hold each other accountable with love and grace.
  • Previous data management, VAN, and digital mobilization experience ideal, but not required.
  • Comfortable with and excited about telecommuting and a medium-to-busy travel schedule, depending on the election season.

To apply, please email us your resume and cover letter. No phone calls, please. 

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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses in five key DC City Council races

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement in Washington, DC’s races for City Council Chair and four City Council seats.  DFA’s endorsed candidates are:

  • Ed Lazere, Council Chair
  • Jeremiah Lowery, At-Large City Council
  • Elissa Silverman, At- Large City Council
  • Brianne Nadeau, Ward 1 City Council
  • Charles Allen, Ward 6 City Council

DFA is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with just under 10,000  members in the District of Columbia, more than one million members nationwide, and a close relationship with DC for Democracy, a DC-based DFA-affiliated local grassroots progressive group.

In 2014, DFA proudly supported Councilmembers Nadeau and Allen in their successful fights to join the District’s chief policy-making body.  This is the first time the national progressive group has endorsed in a race for DC Council Chair.

DFA’s Electoral Director (and DC voter) Annie Weinberg on the decision to get involved in these five critical DC City Council races:

“Washington, DC isn’t just our nation’s capital, it’s a national leader in the fight for key inclusive populist policy reforms like paid family leave and ground-zero for the resistance to Donald Trump’s hate-fueled agenda, which is why it’s so important that it has a city council committed to a populist progressive agenda.

“As Council Chair, Ed Lazere would be devoted to making sure that DC’s growing economy doesn’t come with the cost of growing inequality and the city council stays focused on critical issues like housing affordability, strengthened worker protections, and giving every child access to a quality education.  

“Long-time DC for Democracy member, Jeremiah Lowery will bring the ingenuity of a grassroots progressive organizer to the Council and be the kind of strong advocate for DC statehood that the District’s nearly 700,000 tax-paying, underrepresented residents deserve.   

“Councilmembers Elissa Silverman, Brianne Nadeau, and Charles Allen have all been tremendous progressive leaders on the council whose focus on creating a more affordable and equitable city for both long-time and new District residents will be critical in the fights ahead.

“Washington, DC deserves a city council that’s united in its commitment to combat the city’s growing inequity and aggressively push the fight for DC Statehood and voting rights forward.  With Ed Lazere as it’s chair, Jeremiah Lowery as it’s new At-Large member, and Elissa Silverman, Brianne Nadeau, and Charles Allen all re-elected to their seats our nation’s capital will have the inclusive populist leaders on its city council it needs to deliver on the District’s deeply rooted progressive values." -- Annie Weinberg, Electoral Director, Democracy for America

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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Sign the petition: Tell advertisers to boycott Laura Ingraham

Fox News host Laura Ingraham has reached a new low -- and that’s saying a LOT.

Ingraham taunted David Hogg -- the Parkland survivor, March for Our Lives organizer, and high school student journalist -- for being rejected by some of the colleges he applied to previously.

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DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Kaniela Ing for U.S. House in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed Hawaii State Rep. Kaniela Ing in his race to become the next member of Congress from Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.

Ing, a three-time elected member of the Hawaii State House, is DFA’s first Congressional endorsement in Hawaii in 2018. In July 2017, DFA endorsed Sen. Mazie Hirono for her 2018 re-election following a heartfelt speech she delivered on the Senate floor that helped derail Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare.  In 2014, DFA was a strong, early supporter of Sen. Brian Schatz’ successful re-election campaign.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the decision to back Kaniela Ing in the race for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District:

“Democracy for America is endorsing Kaniela Ing in his race for Congress in Hawaii not only because he’s running on as an unapologetic progressive on an inclusive populist agenda, but because he knows how to build the kind of grassroots campaign progressive need to win a tough primary election and deliver on the bold reforms our country needs once he’s in office.

“From his steadfast support for Medicare for All and affordable to his visionary call for other courageous ideas like a federal job guarantee and tuition-free college, Kaniela Ing won’t just be another vote in Congress for the right policies, he’ll be the kind of audacious thought leader Democrats need to make big change possible.

“We need bold, next-generation grassroots leaders like Kaniela Ing showing Democrats the path forward in 2018 and beyond, and that’s why we could not be more excited to support him in the race for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District..” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Kaniela Ing on receiving DFA’s endorsement in his race for Congress:

"Hawaii has the highest cost of living and the lowest wages in America. 70% of my classmates moved away to find affordable jobs and housing. So fighting Trump is important, but it's not enough. As a young father, I work so that my two-year-old son will have a shot to make it in Hawaii. Democracy for America understands that change comes from building movements from the ground up and that we need representatives in Congress who understand our struggles of working people. I'm honored by their endorsement, and look forward to fighting alongside them." -- Kaniela Ing

Kaniela Ing (HI-Rep-11) has been a progressive leader in the Hawaii State House since 2012 when he defeated a Tea Party millionaire in a regularly Republican House District where he was outspent 10-to-1.  Since that grassroots victory, delivered in part by personally knocking more than 15,000 doors after his shift cleaning locker rooms at a nearby resort, Ing has built a record as House Majority Policy Leader of taking on billionaires, corporate polluters, and the for-profit prison industry.

DFA has 8,328 members in the state of Hawaii and more than one million members nationwide.  

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 Paulette Jordan for Governor of Idaho

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed its support for Paulette Jordan in the race to become Idaho’s next Governor.

First elected in 2014, Jordan represented North Idaho in the Idaho State House.  In addition to her work in Boise, Jordan serves as Chair of the Energy, Natural Resources, and Transportation Committee for the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators and is a member of the Idaho Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  When elected, she will be the United States’ first Native American Governor.  

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots group’s decision to endorse Paulette Jordan’s Idaho gubernatorial race:

“As Governor, Paulette Jordan won’t just be an unrelenting champion for progressive values in Idaho, she’ll be a historic trailblazer who will help bring the voices of all people to the halls of power in Boise and across the country.  

“Democracy for America is excited to endorse Paulette Jordan for Governor because she’s building a smart, grassroots campaign focused on confronting the out-of-control, corporate interests that work to control Idaho.

“As a Democrat elected in conservative North Idaho, Paulette knows first-hand that Democrats win in red terrain, not by running from our progressive values, but by running on them and developing the inclusive populist coalition needed to realize their promise.  We’re thrilled to be a part of her campaign.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Paulette Jordan’s response to receiving DFA’s endorsement:

“Idahoans are tired of the imbalanced and unproductive political system they’ve endured for the past several decades. We’re tired of corporate money smothering our honest, democratic votes. Idahoans value the strength of our communities and the vitality of our land. We’re fiercely independent and we find power and dignity in our self-reliance, compassion and fundamental fairness. This is the spirit of Idaho. I have built my life around these values.

“Democracy for America shares these values which is why I am so humbled to receive their endorsement. DFA recognizes that this race is bigger than me and it’s bigger than party politics. I am so honored to have the support and endorsement of Democracy for America because they recognize the energy and urgency to elect progressive leaders in places like Idaho and I am excited to join their team. " -- Paulette Jordan

DFA has 7,230 members in the state of Idaho and more than one million members nationwide. 

Jordan is the fifth gubernatorial endorsement DFA has made in the 2018 election cycle.  Other gubernatorial endorsements the national grassroots progressive group has made this cycle includes Stacey Abrams in Georgia, David Garcia in Arizona, Andrew Gillum in Florida, and Ben Jealous in Maryland.

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 Greg Edwards for U.S. House in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed Greg Edwards in his race to secure the Democratic nomination and election to the U.S. House in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional district.

Edwards is the second endorsement DFA has made in the Keystone State during the 2018 election cycle.  In January, DFA endorsed Jess King in her race for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots organization’s decision to support Edwards in the PA-7 race:

“Unapologetic in the battle against income inequality and for economic opportunity for all, Greg Edwards is the kind of bold advocate the people of Pennsylvania 7th Congressional district need fighting for them in Washington.

“The grassroots campaign that Greg Edwards is building in the Lehigh Valley is not only focused on fighting for Medicare for All, universal pre-k, debt-free college, and raising the minimum wage, he’s constructing precisely the kind of inclusive populist coalition Democrats need to win in his district.

“While party bosses and their DC consultants might not see the obvious, we do and that’s why Democracy for America is so excited to endorse Greg Edwards in his race for Congress in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Greg Edwards on receiving DFA’s endorsement:

"There are too many people in the Lehigh Valley who are working hard to get ahead, but our economic stagnation continues to push them further behind. Democracy for America understands the challenges facing working people and the importance of fighting for public policy that alleviates economic hardships. I'm honored by their endorsement, and look forward to fighting alongside them." -- Greg Edwards

DFA has 83,748 members in the state of Pennsylvania and more than one million members nationwide.  

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 celebrates primary successes of Moser (TX-7), Escobar (TX-16), Ortiz-Jines (TX-23)

Last night, three of Democracy for America’s four endorsed U.S. House candidates in Texas -- Laura Moser (TX-7), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), & Gina Ortiz-Jones (TX-23) --  either won outright or advanced to a May run-off.

DFA also backed Joe Gonzales, who beat a Democratic incumbent to win Texas’ Bexar County District Attorney primary.

Statement from Chair Jim Dean on DFA’s big victories in Texas U.S. House races last night:

“Last night, with the victories of Veronica Escobar (who’d be Texas’ first Latina Congresswoman) and the runoff placements of progressive leaders Laura Moser and Gina Ortiz-Jones, Texas voters made it clear that path to victory in 2018 will be paved by inclusive populist candidates who run smart, grassroots campaigns that welcome in, excite, and mobilize the New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters.

”We’ve got a long road to November, but the wins we saw last night in the Lone Star State, as well as the runoff primaries some of those victories set-up, strongly suggest momentum is building behind a nationwide Blue Tsunami --  if Democrats get the grassroots-inspiring candidates we need to generate the waves.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Mosers’ run-off-bound TX-7 finish shows DCCC must learn old “gutless, corporate playbook” is a loser

Results from Laura Moser’s race in Texas 7th Congressional District are in and have made it clear that, despite the DCCC’s recent public bomb throwing, she’s heading to the May 22nd run-off.

Democracy for America (DFA) has been a strong supporter of Moser's campaign since mid-2017 and vehemently defended her following the DCCC’s base-depressing attacks.

DFA’s response to Moser’s strong, run-off-bound finish in the TX-7 race:

“Laura Moser’s strong finish tonight sends her to the May run-off election and makes it clear that, no matter what attacks the Republican-lite hacks at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee throw at them, voters in Texas’ 7th Congressional District are ready to send a progressive leader to Congress.

“The same gutless, corporate playbook that has lost Democrats nearly 1000 elected offices over the last decade isn’t our party’s path to retaking the House in November.  

“Candidates like Laura Moser, who are building smart, grassroots campaigns and mobilizing the New American Majority by fearlessly standing up for inclusive populist priorities like reproductive rights, gun reform, and Medicare for All, are showing us a way out of the cycle of losses we’ve been stuck in since 2008.

“And it’s time for those currently occupying the DCCC’s revolving door to either figure that out, or get the hell out of the way.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Rep. Ro Khanna for reelection

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed Rep. Ro Khanna in his bid for reelection in California’s 17th congressional district.

This is the first time that DFA has endorsed Congressman Khanna.  In 2014 and 2016, DFA was a fierce opponent of Khanna’s efforts to unseat Mike Honda, a progressive leader in the U.S. House.  In fact, DFA opposed Khanna so ferociously in 2014 that he explicitly referenced the group in his concession statement.

However, over his first year in Congress, Khanna has not only been a critical progressive leader in the fight against Donald Trump bigoted agenda, but a bonafide champion in the battle to create a Democratic Party steadfastly committed to inclusive populist priorities like Medicare-for-all, free college, and comprehensive immigration reform.

DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on the grassroots organization’s strong support for Khanna’s reelection:

“Democracy for America fiercely opposed Ro Khanna in his races for Congress in 2014 and 2016, because we weren’t convinced he’d be the progressive champion our country needed and voters in California’s 17th Congressional District deserved to have follow in the footsteps of Rep. Mike Honda.

“However, over his first year in office, Ro Khanna hasn’t just been a stalwart champion for big, bold inclusive populist priorities like Medicare-for-all, free college, and comprehensive immigration reform; he’s been a leading advocate for a Democratic Party that recruits, supports, and represents the New American Majority voters progressives need to flip control of Congress in 2018.  

“From his work supporting candidates across the country who share our progressive values to his efforts to steel Democrats backbone in the DACA fight, Ro Khanna has proven himself to be precisely the kind of leader progressives need in Congress.  

“Since he took office in 2017, we’ve seen Ro Khanna become a critical partner in the fight for an inclusive populist agenda, and DFA’s one million members nationwide are looking forward to helping ensure that’s a role he can continue to play in Congress for years to come.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Rep. Ro Khanna on DFA’s endorsement:

"I am honored to receive DFA’s endorsement who represent the future of our party. From opposing the war in Iraq to tackling income inequality, DFA has always led with conviction. I appreciate that the organization sets a high bar before endorsing candidates. They want to make sure elected officials walk the walk and have not only a progressive voting record but stand up for bold, progressive policies. They want to be certain that politicians will not betray the hopes and aspirations of their 1 million members. I understand the extraordinary trust DFA has placed in me. I will work my heart out in the years ahead to be worthy of it.” -- Rep. Ro Khanna, California’s 17th Congressional District

DFA has more than 238,000 members in the state of California -- including 3,241 in the 17th Congressional District --  and more than one million members nationwide.  

Khanna is just the third house incumbent DFA has backed in the 2018 cycle.  Late last year, the group endorsed the reelection efforts of Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-7).

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 responds to the DCCC’s base-depressing attacks on Democrat Laura Moser’s TX-7 race

Earlier this afternoon, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) launched an attack on Democrat Laura Moser's in the race for Texas' 7th Congressional District.  

Democracy for America (DFA) has been a strong supporter of Moser's campaign since mid-2017 -- in fact, on Tuesday, DFA's Chair Jim Dean rallied with the Moser campaign's grassroots volunteers in Houston to help launch their early vote GOTV efforts.

Here's a statement from DFA's Electoral Director, Annie Weinberg, on the DCCC's absurd, base-depressing attacks on Democrat Laura Moser candidate for TX-7:

“The idea that some faceless hacks are calling themselves Democrats while sitting in a DC office throwing bombs at a pro-choice Democratic woman in support of a lawyer who built her career at a law firm for union-busters is precisely why Democrats lost over 1,000 elected offices over the last decade.  

“Laura Moser is a fifth-generation Houstonian building a genuine grassroots campaign in her home community and, while that might not get the Republican-lite cheerleaders at the DCCC their sweet consulting gigs after this cycle, it’s exactly the kind of campaign we need to win this critical race and retake the House in November.” -- Annie Weinberg, Electoral Director, Democracy for America

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