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DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pam Keith on receiving DFA's grassroots endorsement:

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jahana Hayes on receiving DFA's grassroots endorsement:

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cori Bush on receiving DFA's grassroots endorsement:

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ayanna Pressley on receiving DFA's grassroots endorsement:

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Wesley Bell for St. Louis County Prosecutor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DFA backs Keith Ellison for Attorney General of Minnesota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tell the Senate: No Justice Kennedy replacement before the midterm elections

Justice Anthony Kennedy just announced his retirement, meaning Donald Trump will be able to nominate his replacement. This will be catastrophic for women's rights, racial justice, economic equality and our most basic democratic processes.

It will give Trump, his plutocratic friends, and corporate special interests the ability to essentially do anything they want -- with legal cover.

Unless we fight back.

Sign Democracy for American’s emergency petition demanding Congressional Democrats and moderate Republicans wage an all-out campaign to shut down Trump’s ability to nominate Kennedy’s successor.

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VICTORY: Ben Jealous delivers another major progressive victory in Maryland gubernatorial primary

Ben Jealous just won the Democratic primary for Governor of Maryland.

Even before he got in the race, Democracy for America (DFA ) publicly urged Jealous to run for Governor of Maryland and began mobilizing DFA members to pledge their support for him if he jumped in -- making today's primary victory particularly sweet for DFA's over 25,000 members in Maryland and more than one million members across the country.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Ben Jealous' victory in Maryland's Democratic gubernatorial primary:

"Ben Jealous' victory tonight is a tremendous win for the people of Maryland and progressives all across the country. Ben Jealous has spent his life fighting for racial and economic justice, and has never shied away from speaking truth to power. With Ben Jealous at the top of the ticket, Maryland Democrats have a leader who can motivate, inspire, and energize the base voters they need to win, and articulate a bold, inclusive populist vision for the state that brings the next generation of voters to the polls.

"A champion for thriving public education, Medicare for All, and robust criminal justice reform, as Governor, Ben Jealous will be a history-making, breath of fresh air in Maryland and a transformative leader on the national stage. Democracy for America members are proud to have supported Ben even before he got into this race, and we're looking forward to fighting alongside him to victory in November." ​ -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

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VICTORY: DFA-endorsed Dana Balter wins NY-24 primary over DC Democratic insiders

In another stunning blow to DC Democratic insiders tonight, Democracy for America (DFA)-endorsed candidate Dana Balter just won the Democratic primary in New York's 24th Congressional District overcoming tremendous outside spending from the DCCC and others with the help of local and national grassroots progressive support.

DFA Jim Dean on Dana Balter's primary win over Democratic insiders and path to victory over her GOP opponent this Fall:

"In tonight's primary, Dana Balter defeated an anti-choice opponent being propped up by out-of-touch Washington insiders looking for someone to do their bidding in Congress, and that's precisely what she's going to do again this fall against Republican John Katko.

"All across New York's 24th District and the country, grassroots Democrats united behind Dana Balter because they know that to defeat a Republican who stands with Trump 91% of the time, we need a progressive leader who is willing to fight for the bold, inclusive populist reforms working families need 100% of the time.

"Democracy for America members were thrilled to stand with Dana Balter in this primary fight, and, as excited as we are about her victory over Democratic insiders tonight, we can't wait to fight alongside her to victory over her out-of-touch, right-wing opponent this November." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

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VICTORY: DFA on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ stunning primary upset victory in NY-14

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just delivered the primary upset of the year unseating Democratic House Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley in the NY-14 Democratic Primary.

Democracy for America proudly endorsed Ocasio-Cortez last week.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' primary stunner:

"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' stunning victory tonight is the clearest demonstration yet that when candidates welcome the New American majority of people of color and white progressive voters and run on a bold, visionary inclusive populist agenda tremendous change is possible.

"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the army of grassroots volunteers who delivered this jaw-dropping victory tonight didn't just win a difficult race, they won a primary campaign that most laughed at them for even waging. They earned every single vote, not by currying favors with the powerful, but by running an authentic, visionary campaign driven by bold ideas like Medicare-for-All, tuition-free college, robust criminal justice reform, and a federal jobs guarantee. They made it clear that Democrats need the courage to change.

"We couldn't be prouder to have backed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in this primary and we hope her victory tonight sends a clear message to a Democratic Party that still needs to hear it: When Democratic candidates run campaigns rooted in inclusive populist priorities and centering the lived experiences of the New American Majority of people of color and white progressives, progressives win." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

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VICTORY: DFA celebrates Joe Neguse’s win in CO-02 primary

Tonight, Democracy for America (DFA)-endorsed candidate Joe Neguse won the Democratic primary in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Joe Neguse’s victory in the Colorado 2nd Democratic primary:

“Joe Neguse’s win tonight is not only a huge win for voters in Colorado’s Second Congressional District, it’s a tremendous victory for everyone hungry for the rise of the next generation of progressive political leaders.  

“The Second Congressional District has long been one of the core progressive power bases in Colorado, and with Joe Neguse representing them in Congress, they’ll have an unabashed leader for critical inclusive populist priorities like Medicare for All, debt-free college, and robust protection of our public lands.

“We were excited to support Joe Neguse early in this race, and we looking forward to fighting alongside him in the U.S. Congress.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

 

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June 26 Primaries: DFA watching MD Gubernatorial, U.S. House races in CO, MD, NY

Today, during 2018's last set of June primaries, Democracy for America (DFA) is paying particularly close attention to Ben Jealous' race for Governor in Maryland and three U.S. House races in Colorado and New York (including one key for Democrats hopes of retaking the chamber).

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

  • Ben Jealous (Governor - Maryland)
  • Joe Neguse (U.S. House - CO 2nd)
  • Emily Sirota (CO House - District 9)
  • Donna Edwards (Prince George's County (MD) Executive)
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (U.S. House - NY 14th)
  • Dana Balter (U.S. House - NY 24th)

DFA began supporting Ben Jealous' campaign for Governor of Maryland even before the former NAACP President joined the race. In early May 2017, the grassroots progressive organization publicly urged Jealous to run for Governor and began mobilizing DFA members to pledge their support for him if he jumped in -- making today's primary, more than a year later, particularly exciting for DFA's over 25,000 members in Maryland and more than one million members across the country.

In the races for U.S. House, DFA members are fired up for Dana Balter (NY-24) who, with the help of local grassroots Democratic group, is taking on a DCCC-backed opponent who previously publicly opposed abortion rights. Late last week, DFA backed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) who has waged a strong challenge against an incumbent Democratic insider thanks to the support of grassroots progressives in her Queens and Bronx-based district and across the country. DFA members are also looking forward to seeing Joe Neguse (CO-2), who the organization endorsed last September, win his primary in and around the critical progressive stronghold of Boulder, CO.

Finally, DFA can't wait to see Donna Edwards' succeed in her primary for Prince George's County Executive and Emily Sirota's race for State House in Colorado. DFA has a long history as a fierce ally of Edwards throughout her time in Congress and her 2016 campaign for U.S. Senate in Maryland. Meanwhile, Sirota's race in CO will hopefully result in a victory for a local champion of inclusive populism.

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

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

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MUSLIM BAN: DFA says “sky-high” 2018 stakes “even higher” after SCOTUS ruling

Democracy for America's statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's incredibly disappointing ruling on the Trump Muslim Ban:

"The 5-4 passage of Donald Trump's Muslim Ban via a Supreme Court seat stolen by Mitch McConnell and his Senate cronies is an important reminder of the complicity of every single Republican member of Congress in the execution of Donald Trump's anti-American, hate-fueled agenda.

"After watching Donald Trump call white supremacists 'very fine people' and advance a policy directing the government to steal infants from the arms of refugee parents, the stakes of the 2018 election were already sky-high and, after today's ruling, got even higher. Donald Trump is succeeding in rotting core institutions of American government from the inside out. This fall's election may be one of our last chances to start the process of saving them." -- Neil Sroka, Communications Director, Democracy for America

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Democracy for America members are fired up about the visionary movement Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is building in the Bronx and Queens, and we're excited to help them do everything they can to take it to Washington in the closing days of this primary." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

June 19 Primaries: DFA closely watching DC Council races

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sign the petition: DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen must resign NOW

The whole world is witnessing the outrageous and cruel impact of Donald Trump's new "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

This horrifying family separation policy is opposed by 67% of Americans, according to a new CNN poll -- and it could be revoked by Trump and Secretary Nielsen at literally any time.

But instead of doing the morally right thing by choosing to end the routine separation of immigrant families, this morning Secretary Nielsen tripled down on the policy. She refused to apologize for the harm she's causing to immigrant children and families, claiming that "illegal actions have and must have consequences."

That is an unacceptable answer -- and it proves that Nielsen is unfit to hold her current office. Sign our petition calling on Secretary Nielsen to resign from the Department of Homeland Security immediately.

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Democracy for America endorses Ilhan Omar for U.S. House in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Ilhan Omar will be more than a vote in Congress, she'll be a voice for the progressive policies and priorities that people in her district and across the country need in Washington." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA Press Release

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

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

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

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

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


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

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates Abrams victory in GA Gubernatorial primary!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with 36,259 members in the state of Georgia and more than 1 million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

Since 2004, DFA members have raised and spent more than $54 million and made more than 21.9 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.​

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