DFA in the News

DFA in the News

New Jersey Democrats offer 3 free candidate trainings

Blue Jersey

My own opinion is that the best training of candidates comes from organizations fueled by, funded by, and taught by those with strong, clear, progressive values – like those offered by Democracy for America, PCCC & Our Revolution (hosted by former New Jerseyan and NJDSC Communications Director Adam Green), or Camp Wellstone. These trainings produce candidates ready to become progressive champions for their communities, their states and their country. 


Nomination of Pompeo Facing Key Monday Vote


But other Democrats are clearly pushing hard in their opposition to Pompeo.

"It's one of the more important things on progressives' minds right now," said Neil Sroka, communications director of Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy group. "There's a broad sense that this is a nomination fight that Democrats need to stand up and be clear in their opposition to."


Monroe County Young Democrats endorses Greg Edwards for Congress

The Morning Call

Edwards has also collected endorsements from the Food and Water Action, Justice Democrats, Progressive Change Campaign Committee Common Defense, Working Families Party, The Collective PAC, Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17), Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman(NJ-12) Democracy For America, 350 Action and locally from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council, Bethlehem City Council Vice President Olga Negron, Allentown City Councilman Julio Guridy, Easton City Councilman Ken Brown and former Fountain Hill Mayor Jose Rosado, Representative Dwight E. Evans (PA-2), Women’s March PA and Make the Road Action in Pennsylvania.


Pompeo faces pivotal vote

The Hill

He has also in the past questioned whether the climate is really warming, though more recently he said “there’s a warming taking place” and human activity is contributing to it.

“It’s one of the more important things on progressives’ minds right now,” said Neil Sroka, communications director of Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy group. “There’s a broad sense that this is a nomination fight that Democrats need to stand up and be clear in their opposition to."


County Clerk Sherry Hall faces two opponents in May primary

Clackamas Review

Healy is a former coordinator for the nationwide Election Defense Alliance, as well as former chair of Marin-Democracy for America's Election Reform Committee. She has served on the board of directors for California's Tangible Ballot Initiative and is a former member of VoteTrustUSA, a national resource for state-based organizations working for secure, accurate and transparent elections.


Pompeo faces pivotal vote

The Hill

He has also in the past questioned whether the climate is really warming, though more recently he said, “there’s a warming taking place” and human activity is contributing to it.

“It’s one of the more important things on progressives’ minds right now,” said Neil Sroka, communications director of Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy group. “There’s a broad sense that this is a nomination fight that Democrats need to stand up and be clear in their opposition to.”


Sen. Merkley Speaks About Legislation on Medicare Part E Public Health Plans

Insurance News

I am pleased that we have been joined in introducing this today with nine of our colleagues as original cosponsors: Senator Baldwin, Senator Blumenthal, Senator Booker, Senator Harris, Senator Heinrich, Senator Shaheen, Senator Schatz, Senator Gillibrand, and Senator Udall. Thank you to each and every one of these original cosponsors, who believe in the vision of improving our healthcare system.

We appreciate the groups that worked to help forge this vision to put meat on the bones of this idea: PCCC, which was involved from the very beginning with insights, CREDO, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, MoveOn, and Families USA. We appreciate their endorsement of this plan.


Paul Ryan’s Exit Is A Reminder That Democrats Always Need Good Candidates

Huffington Post

And in an era of ideological division, Bryce’s bid has earned the backing of both establishment-aligned groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America and End Citizens United, as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and more left-leaning outfits like Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America.


The unrepresented dead: Amid reelection campaign, DA remains silent on 2017 use of force incidents

Sacramento News

Both the Bernie Sanders-affiliated Real Justice PAC and Democracy for America have thrown their support behind Phillips, while prominent local Democrats are calling on Mayor Darrell Steinberg and the rest of the Sacramento City Council to rescind their endorsements of Schubert. Local activists have also been calling on Schubert to return tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations she received from law enforcement groups in the days following Clark’s death, and are demanding that she charges the two officers in the shooting, who were responding to calls of a subject breaking car windows last month when a sheriff’s helicopter directed them to Clark.


Did Speaker Ryan concede House to Democrats?

ABC News

“This is going to be huge for the small dollar contributors who are key to making sure that Democrats have the resources they need to win in the fall,” Neil Sroka, Communications Director for Democracy for America told ABC News, adding, “the skies may be the limit for Democrats in 2018.”


Reaction to Paul Ryan's decision not to seek re-election in November

Wisconsin Gazette

Democracy for America chair Jim Dean: “Paul Ryan’s decision to pull the ripcord on his re-election 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."


Mexican-American Bar Association PAC endorses Sam Jammal

Orange County Breeze

Jammal has been endorsed by civil rights icon Dolores Huerta; several former Obama Administration officials; Democracy for America; Climate Hawks Vote; the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union Local 13, Local 63 and Local 94; and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36.


Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Vetoes Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities


Less than a week before he won Virginia’s gubernatorial election last Novemberin an unexpected landslide, Gov. Ralph Northam was asked by Norfolk TV station WAVY if he would sign a bill to ban sanctuary cities in Virginia. “If that bill comes to my desk, I sure will,” Northam said, despite having cast a tie-breaking vote to stop that from happening last year. “I’ve always been opposed to sanctuary cities.”

Northam was promptly blasted for throwing undocumented people under the bus in the face of a racist campaign ad by Republican Ed Gillespie tying undocumented immigrants to MS-13. The progressive group Democracy for America immediately announced that it would stop giving “direct aid” to Northam’s campaign, and when Northam won, protesters chanting “Sanctuary for all!” disrupted his victory speech.


Democrats Aim to Turn Obamacare Into Asset From Burden in 2018


Such proposals have gained traction among Democrats. The House version of Senator Bernie Sanders’s legislation to create a "Medicare for all" national health-care system has 122 Democratic co-sponsors. Liberal groups like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America and Justice Democrats have endorsed more than three dozen Democrats running on nationalized, universal health care in Republican-held districts.


A SENATE transition unlike any other – WARREN will serve full term – CDC investigating HIV uptick


Democracy for America endorses Donna Patalano for Middlesex District Attorney, from the Patalano campaign: “Democracy for America 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.”


13-Year-Old Finds Loophole In Law; Now He's Running For Governor


Sonneborn, who describes himself as a progressive populist, recently applied for an endorsement from the group Democracy for America.


Bernie Sanders Group Encouraging Dems to Vote Republican

City Watch

“The explanation was not enough, however, to assuage Democracy For America, a left-leaning online activism organization based in Burlington, Vermont. In response to what DFA called Northam’s ‘backtrack on his commitment to standing up for immigrant families,’ the group declared that it would end ‘any work to directly aid’ his campaign.” 

The article continued with: “But DFA’s decision to blast Northam days ahead of the election nonetheless reflects the challenge the moderate lieutenant governor faces in shoring up his base ― and previews the intraparty sniping that is likely to take place if Northam loses. 

Some progressive activists were clearly pleased with DFA for taking a stand against Northam’s backtracking.”


'Year of the Woman 2': Pa. primary drawing historic numbers

Penn Live

The gender card, they say, is an inherent part of their candidacy.

"I don't know how you separate them," said Jess King, who has been endorsed by Democracy for America for her primary bid to become the Democratic nominee in the 11th Congressional District, which covers Lancaster County and parts of York County.


Bryce campaign: Announces first quarter fundraising figures: $2.1 Million


Randy has built a broad coalition of support, local and national, progressive and labor groups – including Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI04), Congressman Joe Kennedy (D-MA), Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI02), Congressman Dave Obey (ret. D-WI07), American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC, Democracy for America, End Citizens United, and International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), United Auto Workers, Vote Vets, and Working Families Party.


Rep. Dennis Kucinich rides liberal record, populist streak, in tight Ohio governor’s race

Washington Times

“Fighting for racial and economic justice in 2018 requires standing up to the bigoted bully in the White House,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for Democracy for America. “A number of the comments that Congressman Kucinich has made on Fox News and elsewhere in recent years raise real questions about his willingness and ability to do just that.”

Mr. Kucinich rejects the criticism.


How Do You Stand Out in a Crowded Primary? Whale Penises and Yeti Scalps Certainly Help.

Mother Jones

Each of the top three candidates in the district has something going for them. Hill has the support of EMILY’s List, the national organization that backs pro-choice women candidates, and the Victory Fund, which supports LGBT progressives. Caforio has name recognition from his previous campaign and has picked up endorsements from Democracy for America and National Nurses United, two progressive organizations that endorsed Bernie Sanders for president in 2016. And Phoenix is the volcanologist you’ve seen on TV. She has even appeared on Shark Week, for a segment on “devil sharks” who live near underwater volcanoes. (After the porn star Stormy Daniels told 60 Minutes she had once watched Shark Week with Trump, Phoenix tweeted, “You really never know who’s watching those shows, do you?”)


Idaho Democratic governor candidates begin collecting endorsements

Sho-Ban News

A string of high-profile endorsements inside Idaho's Democratic gubernatorial race has highlighted the growing differences between the top two candidates vying to become the state's Democratic nominee.

Former state lawmaker Paulette Jordan said Thursday she secured support from Democracy for America in her bid to be Idaho's next governor. The liberal group lined up behind several competitive Democratic races across the country, and is agreeing to offer its support to four other Democratic gubernatorial candidates.


Healthcare topic of DFA meeting

Gettysburg Times

"Protecting Quality Healthcare in Pennsylvania" will be the topic as Gettysburg Area Democracy for America welcomes Patrick Keenan to Valentine Hall at the United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.



The Intercept

“As Gina has traveled the district and spoken with folks from San Antonio to El Paso, we hear over and over again how ready people are for new leadership,” she said. “We’re proud to have built a strong coalition of support from grassroots leaders, to local elected officials, to organizations like Democracy for America, VoteVets, the Progressive Caucus, the Equality Caucus, EMILY’s List, and Victory Fund. This designation is a further testament to the growing, grassroots campaign we’re running.”


Inside the ground game and Soros effect that took down Nico LaHood

San Antonio Express News

Leading on-the-ground efforts was the Texas Organizing Project (TOP), a community organization with offices in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas. In early February, the group joined forces with Gonzales’ campaign, creating a squad of canvassers that spent the final month of the primary making a vigorous block-walking push.

Meanwhile, the Real Justice PAC, formed by activists and ex-Bernie Sanders campaign staffers seeking criminal justice reform, funded ground operations and pitched in on strategy. Democracy for America, a national progressive PAC with about a million members nationwide, also recruited local members to knock on doors and work on a phone bank with Gonzales’ campaign.


Lamb victory in Pennsylvania came through unclear stance on abortion

Washington Times

Mr. Lipinski scraped out a victory against Marie Newman, a political newcomer who was backed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, Moveon.org, Emily’s List, the Human Rights Campaign and other liberal organizations.

“Lipinski slipped through this time, but with the target he’s got on his back now, his days in Congress are numbered,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for Democracy for America, a progressive group.


Candidate Endorses Rival in Congressional Race

Laguna Beach Indy

Prior to the filing deadline, Whitaker said he delivered to Baugh a letter signed by 30 party leaders asking him not to enter the race. “Yet, on Friday, he chose to take a path to the contrary,” Whitaker said.

Among the Democratic challengers, Oatman had backing from several progressive groups, including Democracy for America, Justice Democrats and Our Revolution.



The Intercept

MoveOn, Democracy for America, and the PCCC had little to lose politically in targeting an incumbent Democrat; they are not built to be a part of the machinery of the Democratic Party, but rather are constantly working to pull it in a more progressive direction. NARAL and HRC, however, were both taking a risk, aware that a challenge to a sitting Democrat could infuriate allies back in Washington.


Pro-Life Democrat Survives a Progressive Challenge in Illinois


Meanwhile, Newman’s bandwagon was overflowing with newer energy. Among those who backed her were progressive outfits like MoveOn.org and Democracy for America, and more centrist ones like the Service Employees International Union and the Human Rights Campaign. In addition to national figures like Sanders and Gillibrand, she also had the backing of Illinois Reps. Luís Gutierrez and Jan Schakowsky, a member of the DCCC’s leadership team.

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