Press Releases

DFA backs Gina Ortiz Jones in rematch in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District

May 17, 2019

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Gina Ortiz Jones for U.S. House in her rematch against incumbent Republican Will Hurd in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.

Democracy for America was an early supporter of Ortiz Jones in her trailblazing 2018 campaign, eagerly celebrated her primary victory, and pushed to count every ballot following the exceedingly narrow general election.

Ortiz Jones is the second in…

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DFA backs Bethany Hallam for Allegheny County Council

May 16, 2019

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Bethany Hallam in the race for Allegheny County Council happening this coming Tuesday, May 21 in Pennsylvania.

A lifelong native of Ross Township in Allegheny County, PA, Hallan is running for County Council to increase county government transparency and ensure every Allegheny County resident has access to clean air, water, and affordable public transit.

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DFA CEO: Trump isn’t “going to bully Rep. Rashida Tlaib…into sitting down & shutting up”

May 13, 2019

This morning, Donald Trump publicly attacked Rep. Rashida Tlaib based on the blatantly false smear made Sunday by Rep. Liz Cheney.

Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson released the statement below following Trump’s absurd attack on Rep. Tlaib:

"What Donald Trump and other members of the white nationalist-backing GOP don't seem to understand is that, no matter how perversely they try to twist their words, they're not going to bully…

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Democracy for America endorses Ammar Campa-Najjar for CA-50

May 2, 2019

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Ammar Campa-Najjar for U.S. House in his rematch against five-term incumbent Rep. Duncan Hunter in California’s 50th Congressional District

Democracy for America was a staunch supporter of Campa-Najjar in 2018, backing him in his primary, celebrating his primary victory, and continuing to support him through the remainder of his competitive campaign.

This is DFA’s second…

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DFA endorses Marie Newman’s IL-3 primary after DCCC policy props up Lipinski

April 26, 2019

Today, in response to reporting documenting the impact the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) anti-primary blacklist policy have had on her campaign, Democracy for America decided to formally endorse Marie Newman’s campaign for the U.S. House in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District and join with a number of other grassroots progressive groups in fundraising for her primary challenge of corporate Democrat Rep. Dan…

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Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg top DFA’s April 2019 Presidential Pulse Poll, show shifting 2020 race

April 23, 2019

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) released the results of its second Presidential Pulse Poll of the 2020 election cycle that shows a contest that has shifted over the course of the first quarter of 2019.

The grassroots poll shows Bernie Sanders holding on and strengthening the lead he had in DFA’s December 2018 Presidential Pulse Poll, but shows Elizabeth Warren coming in second, newcomer Pete Buttigieg taking third, followed by Joe…

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DFA: “This isn’t the release of a redacted Muller report, this is a coverup”

April 18, 2019

Following Attorney General Barr's press conference and the impending release of the redacted Mueller Report, Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain released the following statement:

“This isn’t the release of a redacted Muller report, this is a coverup.

“Attorney General Barr is not protecting the American people or the constitution with this release or his absurd press conference prior to the release of the report. He’s…

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DFA backs Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney

April 11, 2019

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Tiffany Cabán in the race for District Attorney in Queens, NY.

A career public defender and Queens native, Cabán has been an outspoken champion for the decriminalization of poverty, ending mass incarceration, combating racist law enforcement, and helping restore communities.

Cabán is the first endorsement DFA has made in a 2019 race for District Attorney.

Over the…

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DFA endorses Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, Tlaib for reelection ahead of House anti-hate vote

March 7, 2019

As the U.S. House is set to vote on a congressional anti-hate resolution originally proposed to admonish Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Democracy for America (DFA) announced that it is endorsing Omar and her strongest supporters in Congress -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) -- for reelection in 2020.

These are DFA's very first 2020 election cycle endorsements. The endorsements were made in…

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DFA calls on House Dems to get serious on standing up to hate, not attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar

March 5, 2019

 In response to continued Democratic efforts to pass a resolution condemning antisemitism in light of recent comments made by Representative Ilhan Omar, Democracy for America (DFA) released the following statement:

"The Democratic Party is united in its opposition to antisemitism. Full stop.

"At the same time, everyone paying attention knows that the particular resolution being pushed right now, not to hold Republicans accountable…

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DFA: Jayapal’s Medicare for All Act sets “new gold standard” for vital healthcare transformation

February 27, 2019

This morning, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2019 on Capitol Hill alongside dozens of congressional co-sponsors and grassroots leaders from across the country including Democracy for America's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Yvette Simpson.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson released the following statement on the launch of Jayapal's Medicare for All Act:

"The Medicare for All Act is a bold, comprehensive…

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DFA looks forward to seeing Sanders “make the case for political revolution” in different 2020 race

February 19, 2019

This morning, Senator Bernie Sanders announced his 2020 run for President.

Democracy for America's Chief Executive Officer Yvette Simpson issued the following statement following Sanders' announcement:

"In 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders rewrote the playbook of presidential politics and inspired a nationwide, grassroots movement that has helped transformed the range of the politically possible ever since.

"Blessed with a diverse field…

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DFA: “Virginians Need to Clean House,” calls for resignation of Fairfax, Northam, Herring

February 8, 2019

Following the last week of shocking news in Richmond, VA, including the latest allegations of sexual assault levied against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Democracy for America (DFA) is urging Virginia Democrats to push for the replacement of the state's entire executive leadership team without undoing the elections of 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Full Statement from DFA's Chief Executive Officer Yvette Simpson:

"Virginians need to clean house.…

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DFA: Abrams’ “passionate future-focused” SOTUS response “stands in stark contrast” with Trump

February 5, 2019

This evening, Stacey Abrams became the first Black woman to deliver an official response to the State of the Union. In response to Abrams' historic speech, Yvette Simpson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Democracy for America, issued the following statement:

"Tonight, Stacey Abrams delivered a passionate future-focused speech that spoke to our shared progressive values, common struggles, and stands in stark contrast with the…

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DFA says Trump’s SOTU speech “reminded us why he isn’t fit to lead a golf tournament,” let alone U.S

February 5, 2019

In response to tonight's State of the Union Address, which marked the second time in US history an address has ever been delayed, Yvette Simpson, Executive Director of Democracy for America, issued the following statement:

"In his speech tonight, Donald Trump reminded us why he isn't fit to lead a golf tournament, let alone the most powerful country in the world. Obsessed with the sound of his own voice, he continues to lie incessantly,…

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