Jan. endorsements and GRAS

DFA To Work In Over 60 Federal Races in 2012; Kicks Off Cycle By Endorsing First 5 Congressional Candidates and Announcing An Online Contest for Congressional Challengers and Open Seats

Burlington, VT Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced five endorsements and the launch of its first online endorsement contest of the year. In 2012, DFA will endorse over 60 candidates and the largest campaign the organization has ever run.

The first five progressive champions endorsed by Democracy for America are:

Ilya Sheyman - IL-10

Joe Miklosi - CO-06

Eric Griego - NM-01

Mary Jo Kilroy - OH-03, and

Darcy Burner - WA-01



This is a critical year to win back the House and we are getting started on a great note with some real progressive champions who will be fighters and truth-tellers in Congress, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. With the kick-off the Grassroots All Stars competition for House challengers, we will begin the largest campaign season in DFAs history.

Grassroots All-Stars (http://www.grassrootsallstars.com) is an annual competition for House challengers and open seats. Candidates compete for online votes to demonstrate support among DFA members, and the candidate with the most votes wins. The winner of the 2012 Grassroots All-Star Competition will receive: - The title of "2012 DFA Grassroots All-Star" and DFA's endorsement - A commitment to raise $20,000 in small donations from our national membership. - A commitment to tap into our national membership to recruit volunteers over the course of your campaign and other support. (See http://www.grassrootsallstars.com/faq)

Two runners-up also receive prizes. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA

Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. http://www.DemocracyForAmerica.com

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