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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a Democratic Party that is, in many ways, still searching for a way forward after the crushing losses of 2016 and the outdated, Republican-lite playbook that caused them.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 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 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?

Take Action!
 

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. 

Click here for a PDF of this job listing.

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.

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

DFA Press Release

DFA says Senate “train-wreck” proves Trump’s “bigotry-laced immigration policy is an epic failure”

Democracy for America’s response to this afternoon’s multi-vote failure to pass legislation protecting DREAMers from Trump-ordered deportation in the U.S. Senate:

“The one lesson from the today’s Senate train-wreck is that Donald Trump’s bigotry-laced immigration policy is an epic failure that does not and should not ever have the votes to become law. We continue to urge Democrats to stand strong in the fight for a clean DREAM Act, the only adequate legislative fix to the DACA disaster that the Trump White House has created.” — Karli Wallace Thompson, Campaign Manager, Democracy for America

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Defeat the NRA: Sign our pledge now

Democracy for America has a long history of taking on the NRA. In 2017, we endorsed a full slate of progressive candidates running for seats in the Virginia House of Delegates who vowed to fight back against the NRA's grip on their state politics.

On election night, 14 out of 16 DFA-endorsed candidates -- including progressive fighters like Jennifer Carroll Foy, Donte Tanner, Chris Hurst, Jennifer Boysko, and Hala Ayala -- defeated NRA-backed candidates, giving Democrats more power than they've had in the chamber in years.

Now, DFA members are working to unseat the gun lobby's biggest allies in Congress in 2018, and we need your help. Progressive champions like Randy Bryce are doing everything they can to defeat Paul Ryan and other Republicans who side with the NRA. But it is going to take some serious grassroots momentum to overcome all of the corporate and gun lobby money that is pouring in for the GOP.

We can't sit back and accept what happened yesterday as the new normal. We need to stand up to the NRA right now. Can you commit to volunteer to help DFA-backed progressive candidates take down NRA-backed Republicans this November?

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Tell Democrats: No more funding legislation until a clean DREAM Act becomes law!

Photo: Pax Ahimsa Gethen

Photo: Pax Ahimsa Gethen

In a stunning display of moral and political cowardice, Senate Democrats sold out more than 700,000 Dreamers by handing Donald Trump and the GOP the funding they asked for, despite their refusal to pass a clean DREAM Act.

Sign our petition and tell Democrats to stop playing games with people's lives: No more votes on Republican funding legislation until they pass a clean DREAM Act.

"We were not born in this country, but we grew up here and we’re fighting to earn our place. Please give us our chance to serve the only country we consider home. Please find a way to allow us to work and stay right here where we belong."

Those are the words of Zion Dirgantara, a soldier in the U.S. Army who was brought to this country by his mother when he was only 12 years old. He has served this country faithfully -- but because Donald Trump cancelled DACA, he now lives in fear of deportation.

If Democrats will not stand up for someone like Zion -- or for overwhelmingly popular legislation like the DREAM Act -- why should we trust them to stand up for any of us?

This isn't just a matter of work permits or bureaucracy. Peoples' actual lives are on the line. It is morally reprehensible that Democrats think it is more important to appease the Freedom Caucus and mythical centrist voters than to protect our families, friends and neighbors.

Sign our petition and tell Democrats to give Dreamers the security they deserve by demanding a clean Dream Act before any passing additional GOP funding bills.

When Donald Trump and Republicans rejected any possible solution for Dreamers and set up the government shutdown late last week, it looked like Democrats had finally decided to stand up for what is right.

But in less than 72 hours, they caved, all because chronic liar Mitch McConnell "promised" to allow debate on immigration legislation at some point -- a promise that doesn't guarantee any sort of protection for Dreamers.

Luis V. Gutiérrez, Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, was livid about the Democrats’ spectacular failure to stand up for immigrants:

"If the Republicans said we are ending same-sex marriage, but we promise Democrats a vote later; or we approve of oil drilling in every national park, but you’ll have a vote later – do you think the Democrats would say yes? This shows me that when it comes to immigrants, Latinos and their families, Democrats are still not willing to go to the mat to allow people in my community to live in our country legally."

Democrats have gotten away with breaking their promises to Dreamers for way too long. The continuing resolution passed this week sets up a budget deadline on February 8th. Democrats must use the leverage they have to push Congress to finally fulfill its commitment to protect these young Americans.

No more games. No more deals. Sign our petition and tell Democrats no more passing GOP funding legislation until a clean DREAM Act becomes law.

Thanks for helping us hold Democrats accountable for this terrible decision.

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DFA Press Release

DFA backs four progressive women in primaries key to Democrats retaking U.S. House

National group says Porter (CA-45), Saad (MI-11), King (PA-16), Ortiz-Jones (TX-23) are “uniquely equipped to fire up the grassroots & replace Trump cheerleaders”

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Katie Porter (CA-45), Fayrouz Saad (MI-11), Jess King (PA-16), and Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23) in four key Democratic primaries whose winners will be critical to Democrats’ chances of retaking the U.S. House in November.  

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with 1 million members across the country and a total of 13,482 in the CA-45, MI-11, PA-16, and TX-23 districts alone. The four progressive women endorsed today join 14 other non-incumbent U.S. House candidates that DFA has already endorsed in the 2018 cycle.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA’s endorsement of these four key U.S. House races:

“From the sad conclusion of the 2016 election to the soaring heights of this last weekend’s Women’s March, progressive women have been leading the resistance to Donald Trump’s hate machine and articulating the inclusive, populist vision for our country’s future that Democrats so desperately need.  

“On the streets and in meeting rooms, progressive women are showing Democrats how to fight, and that’s why need leaders like Katie Porter, Fayrouz Saad, Jess King, and Gina Ortiz Jones on the floor of  U.S. House demanding accountability and fighting for racial and economic justice for all Americans.

“Each of these women would not only bring progressive values and a range of experience to the halls of Congress, they’re uniquely equipped and building the strategically smart campaigns necessary to fire up the grassroots base Democrats need to replace Donald Trump’s right-wing cheerleaders in the House.  

Katie Porter (CA-45) is a lifelong consumer advocate, taught by Elizabeth Warren, who has already taken on big Wall Street banks on behalf of Californians.

Fayrouz Saad (MI-11), who built a career fighting for working Michiganders at nearly every level of government, would smash an often ignored glass ceiling when she becomes the first Muslim woman to serve in Congress.  

Jess King (PA-16), with her extensive experience in economic development in both Pittsburgh and Lancaster, PA, will be the kind of tested champion our country needs for Medicare for All, debt-free college, and criminal justice reform.

“And, Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23) will not only blaze a new trail as the House’s first Filipina, she’ll help the body understand, from first-hand experience, the injustice of serving her country under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”    

“Winning in 2018, especially in districts like these currently represented by Republicans, will take visionary fighters committed to delivering on big, bold inclusive populist priorities like Medicare for All, free college, and comprehensive immigration reform.  Katie Porter, Fayrouz Saad, Jess King, and Gina Ortiz Jones are precisely the kind of bold champions for progressive values our country needs in Washington and our party needs leading its’ tickets across the country.  Democracy for America members couldn’t be more excited to fight alongside them.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Katie Porter (CA-45) has built a career fighting Wall Street banks as a consumer advocate, often working alongside her former law school professor, Sen. Elizabeth Warren.  In 2012, Porter was appointed by California Attorney General (now U.S. Senator) Kamala Harris to be the state’s bank watchdog where she helped ensure Californians got the billions they were owed following the 2008 financial meltdown.  As a candidate for Congress in California’s 45th Congressional District, Porter is committed to fighting for campaign finance reforms that check the power of special interests and for a fair economy for all Americans.

Fayrouz Saad (MI-11) is a born-and-raised Michigander who has worked at the national, state, and city levels to help keep our communities safe and expand opportunities for families who call the Great Lakes State home. In 2015, after serving as a Department of Homeland Security official in the Obama administration, Fayrouz went back home to become the first Director of Detroit's Office of Immigrant Affairs under Mayor Mike Duggan - where she helped immigrants integrate into the city, find jobs and start businesses.   When elected Saad will not only be the country’s first Muslim woman in the U.S. House, she’ll be a fierce advocate for Medicare for All, a $15-an-hour federal living wage, and comprehensive immigration reform with long-term protection for DREAMers.

Jess King (PA-16) a working mom, small-business champion, and a local economic development leader who grew up in Leola, PA and never planned on running for office. However, after a career fighting for working families in Pennsylvania as an Executive Director of the Union Project in Pittsburgh and ASSETS in Lancaster, King launched her race for Congress because she knew her community needed a fighter rather than someone working with powerful interests to rig the game in Washington.  Jess is a staunch supporter of Medicare for All, as well as comprehensive immigration and criminal justice reform. In Congress, she’ll work to deliver for the common good of all Pennsylvanians.

Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23) is an Air Force veteran, a member of the LGBT community, and a first-generation American who has served her country in Iraq and, as a civil servant, on issues surrounding economic and national security around the world.  She has seen firsthand the dangers that arise when elected officials hollow out governmental institutions, attack the free press, put personal profit above people, and deliberately weaken or undermine the voices of women and marginalized communities. As the current administration creates the same threats here at home, she once again feels called to serve her community and country.  When elected, Ortiz Jones will be the country’s first Filipina to hold a seat in the U.S. House.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 919 progressive candidates nationwide.

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Democrats must boycott Trump’s State of the Union address

On Tuesday, January 30, Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address.

Trump has repeatedly made it clear that white supremacy and vicious racism are at the heart of his administration. He is planning to shut down the government rather than pass a clean DREAM Act or fund children's health care. How can any Democrat sit there and listen politely to this greedy bigot and normalize his presidency?

Six Democratic members of Congress -- Earl Blumenauer, Pramila Jayapal, Barbara Lee, John Lewis, Maxine Waters, and Frederica Wilson -- have announced they will boycott Trump's State of the Union address.

Democracy for America and our friends at CREDO Action believe every other Democrat in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate should join the boycott. Will you stand with us?

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DFA Press Release

DFA backs Marcus Ferrell for Arizona State House

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Marcus Ferrell in his competitive primary for Arizona Legislative District 24.

DFA is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with 38,965 members in Arizona and more than one million members nationwide. The grassroots progressive organization’s endorsement of Ferrell is a continuation of its commitment to delivering inclusive populist change to Arizona in 2018.  So far this election cycle, DFA had already endorsed David Garcia for Governor, January Contreras for Attorney General, Mary Matiella for U.S. House District 2, and Ruben Gallego for reelection in U.S. House District 7.   

DFA’s Electoral Campaign Manager Mondale Robinson on DFA’s decision to back Ferrell for the Arizona House:

“Marcus Ferrell will not only be an exceptional representative for the people of Arizona’s 24th Legislative District, he’ll be a forceful champion in the State House for inclusive populist priorities for all Arizonans. Marcus knows how to both fight for what he believes in and bring together powerful coalitions of surprising allies to deliver for working families.  DFA members in Arizona and across the country are incredibly excited to stand with Marcus in his race for State House, and we can’t wait to see the work we can do together for Arizona families when he gets there." -- Mondale Robinson, Electoral Campaign Manager, Democracy for America

Marcus Ferrell on receiving DFA’s support in his race to represent Arizona Legislative District 24:

“Having the endorsement of Democracy for America is an honor and privilege for our campaign because of its historic presence in the progressive movement.  As African-American Outreach Director for Bernie Sanders, when DFA endorsed our campaign it provided a major boost to his efforts, and I believe it will do the same for ours. Time and again, DFA has ended up on the right side of history by demonstrating a nuanced understanding of the role race and class plays in the issues and candidates they support.  I will do the work for people of my district and live up to the progressive values DFA represents in the State House."  -- Marcus Ferrell, candidate for AZ Legislative District 24

Marcus Ferrell is a Navy veteran, community organizer, and long-time champion of inclusive populist candidates for office up-and-down the ballot.  Recently, Ferrell served as the National African-American Outreach Director for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign and Deputy Campaign Manager for Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign before deciding to run for state representative.  As Arizona Legislative District 24’s next state representative, Ferrell is committed to fighting to secure statewide universal healthcare, free public college and trade school education for high school graduates, and a livable wage for all Arizonan workers.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 919 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA says Dems #TrumpShutdown cave is “why we lost in 2016 & why a 2018 wave is far from guaranteed”

Democracy for America response to Senate Democrats' cave on the #TrumpShutdown:

“Today’s cave by most Senate Democrats was not only a stunning display of moral and political cowardice, it was a strategically incoherent move that demonstrates precisely why so many believe the Democratic Party doesn’t stand for anything.

“A promise from known liars Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, or Donald Trump isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, yet despite that fact, most Senate Democrats, including Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, voted to allow Donald Trump to continue to subject an ever-growing number of Dreamers to lives threatened by deportation from the only home they’ve ever known.  That’s not what moral courage or leadership in the face of Trump’s hate looks like, and it sure as hell isn’t a display of competent negotiating skills.

"If you want to know why we lost in 2016 and why a Democratic wave in 2018 is far from guaranteed, despite the deep level of disgust for Donald Trump, look no further than this weak and profoundly disappointing cave from Senate Democrats.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

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Require Congressional authorization before a nuclear first strike

Amazingly, there is no law preventing a U.S. president -- even one as unhinged as Donald Trump -- from pushing the button and starting a nuclear war whenever he pleases.

Rep. Ted Lieu and Sen. Ed Markey have a plan to stop that. They have proposed a bill that would require Congress to authorize a nuclear first strike. Their bill would stop Trump and protect all of us from nuclear destruction.

Sign the petition and tell Congress: Stop Donald Trump's nuclear threats. Pass the bill requiring Congressional authorization before any nuclear first strike.

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DFA Press Release

DFA says #TrumpShutdown is a “fitting end to Trump’s utterly incompetent 1st year”

Spurred on by an immigration crisis created by Donald Trump and tonight's failed Senate vote,  Republicans forced the shutdown of the U.S. government despite having unified control of the U.S. House, Senate, and the White House.

Statement about tonight’s launch of the #TrumpShutdown from Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain:

“It’s hard to imagine a more fitting end to Donald Trump’s utterly incompetent first year in office than a government shutdown brought on by his attempt to take Dreamers hostage in his effort to destroy immigrant families and build an $18 billion monument to racism on our southern border.

“Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House and the fact that they can’t get a budget passed means they own every single second of this government shutdown.  If Republicans need Democratic votes to pass their budget, they need to craft one that reflects Democratic priorities including a clean DREAM Act.

“It’s time for the President and Congressional Republicans to fix the crisis they created and stop playing games with the government simply because Democrats refuse to cave to their racist demands.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

In the days ahead, Democracy for America members will be working to hold Republican congressional leaders accountable for their role in the #TrumpShutdown and thanking congressional Democrats for fighting to protect Dreamers with protest and rally actions at home and in Washington.

And, regardless of when the #TrumpShutdown ends, to help deliver a #BlueWave of inclusive populist victories in November, DFA members will be committing to pledge an hour of volunteer time for each day the #TrumpShutdown continues.

In 2013, a similar effort during another Republican government shutdown, yielded more than 174,800 volunteer hours pledged (representing nearly 5.25 volunteer million calls) from DFA members ahead of the 2014 midterms.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America backs Jamie Long for Minnesota State House

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jamie Long in the competitive primary for Minnesota House District 61B.

DFA is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with 35,172 members in Minnesota and more than one million members nationwide. In recent years, DFA has been a strong supporter of numerous Minnesota progressives, including Rep. Keith Ellison’s 2017 race for DNC chair.

DFA’s Electoral Director Annie Weinberg on DFA’s decision to back Long for the Minnesota House:

“Jamie has dedicated his life to effective people-powered organizing for progressive change.

“From his leadership in Congressman Ellison's office and the Congressional Progressive Caucus to his tireless efforts for voting rights, climate justice, and economic equity across Minnesota, Jamie has proven he has what it takes to build meaningful partnerships, govern with courage and accountability, and win important fights for working families.

“Democracy for America and our 35,172 members across the state are proud to endorse Jamie Long for Minnesota State House." -- Annie Weinberg, Electoral Director, Democracy for America

Jamie Long on receiving DFA’s support in his race to represent Minnesota House District 61B:

“Our grassroots campaign is so excited to have the support of leading progressive advocacy organization Democracy for America! We both know that empowering people is the only way to move forward on our progressive values and to build support for lasting change. Thank you to the tens of thousands of Minnesotan Democracy for America members for organizing for fairness and equity, and for your support."  -- Jamie Long, candidate for MN House District 61B

Jamie Long a progressive community leader, organizer, and experienced advocate currently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Keith Ellison, where he manages Keith’s Minnesota office and leads efforts to partner with the community to improve the lives of Minnesotans. As the lead strategist for Voters First, a political action committee dedicated to supporting candidates and campaigns who prioritize expanding the electorate through grassroots organizing and inclusive voter targeting models, Long has become a key leader in building a more reflective democracy.  In the Minnesota State House, Long will fight to eliminate the equity gaps for the state’s communities of color, fix the broken K-12 education funding formulas hurting Minnesota students, and deliver on the promise of single-payer healthcare.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 919 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Chuy Garcia in Illinois race for U.S. Congress

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in his race for U.S. Congress in Illinois’ 4th congressional district.

DFA was a proud supporter of Garcia in his race to become Chicago’s Mayor in 2015 and worked alongside him in support of Bernie Sanders’ campaign for President in 2016.  The member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC has 18,411 members in the City of Chicago (and more than one million members nationwide) and works closely with four affiliated grassroots groups in and around the city.

Chair Jim Dean on DFA’s decision to back Garcia in the IL-4 Race:

“Throughout his life, Chuy Garcia has fearlessly taken on Chicago’s bullies and bosses and fought for working families -- and that’s precisely why Democracy for America is so excited to support him in his race for Congress.  

“In the era of Trump, it’s not enough to have progressive leaders in Congress who know how to vote the right way; we need leaders, like Chuy Garcia, who know how to take on powerful interests and build the people-powered, grassroots movements needed to deliver change.  

“In Congress, Chuy will be a critical asset in the fight for an inclusive populism that creates jobs and raises wages, works to deliver healthcare to all, and seeks to end voter suppression.  We simply can’t wait to help get him there." -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on receiving the support of DFA’s one million members nationwide:

“I’m honored to receive this endorsement from Democracy for America.  DFA has been leading the fight to build a progressive movement and I will do everything I can to make our government work for the people instead of wealthy special interests.” -- Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Cook County Commissioner & candidate for Congress (IL-04)

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is an immigrant and a community organizer who currently serves as Commissioner for the 7th District on the Cook County Board.  While Garcia had previously served his community in Chicago as a Committeeman, Alderman, and State Senator, his 2015 campaign to become Chicago’s Mayor against Rahm Emanuel inspired progressives across the country by forcing the first ever run-off election in the city’s history.  In Congress, Garcia is committed to being a crystal clear voice for immigrants and a champion for inclusive populist priorities like Medicare for All and a $15 minimum wage.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 919 progressive candidates nationwide.


 

DFA Press Release

DFA: “It’s beyond pathetic” that Dems “choked” in fight for DREAM act in must-pass budget bill

Democracy for America’s Charles Chamberlain on Congressional Democrats failure to deliver on their promise to pass protections for Dreamers before the end of 2017:

"It's beyond pathetic that, at the moment when they had maximum political leverage on must-pass year-end budget legislation, Democratic congressional leaders choked and refused to fight for a clean DREAM Act.

"Each day 122 Dreamers lose their protected immigration status and get one step closer to deportation.  They don't have the luxury of waiting to fight for the lives they've built in the United States until the political sailing gets a little easier or Congressional Republicans get around to pretending like they care about their plight.

"In the year ahead, Democrats need to win back control of Congress with leaders who not only understand the stakes in the battle against Trump, but have the guts to use political leverage when they have it to deliver crushing blows to his hate-fueled agenda.  Democracy for America is committed to finding and electing those kinds of fearless leaders in 2018, and we've got no problem working to replace those already in Congress who fail to meet that standard." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

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