We know climate change is real, it’s here, and there’s little time for us to prevent it from turning into a devastating disaster – one that will wreak havoc on some of the most vulnerable communities across our country and the planet.
We need legislation like the Green New Deal and progressive leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to mitigate the worst impacts climate change, create good jobs, and promote environmental justice.
Dana Balter just won the Democratic primary for the second time in New York’s 24th Congressional District setting her up for a rematch that will end three-term incumbent Rep. John Katko’s career in the U.S. House this November.
DFA, which also strongly supported her in her 2018 race, made Balter one of its first 2020 congressional endorsements in June 2019.
DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Dana Balter’s primary victory in New York’s 24th Congressional District:
“Powered by unrelenting grassroots support, Dana Balter’s clear-cut victory in the Democratic primary should have Trump-aligned Republican John Katko very worried about his future in Congress.
“Democracy for America got behind Dana Balter early in this primary because we knew she’ll be an unbridled champion for progressive priorities in Congress and she was already building on her historically strong, people-powered 2018 campaign.
”A passionate advocate of Medicare for All, strong public schools, and safe communities, Dana Balter understands the fights we need to wage to ensure that everyone in central New York and our country has what they need to thrive -- and we couldn’t be more excited to be fighting alongside her.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
In a major upset, Jamaal Bowman just won the Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District over 16-term corporate Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel.
DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Jamaal Bowman’s upset primary victory in New York’s 16th Congressional District:
"Jamaal Bowman delivered one of the biggest upsets in recent progressive history in a victory that underscores that the future of the Democratic Party lies with leaders who are ready to fight for bold progressive reforms and help bring the life experiences of a new, more diverse generation of Americans to the halls of power.
“Jamaal Bowman and the grassroots army that powered his victory didn’t just defeat a 16-term incumbent beloved by the corporate Democratic establishment, they did it in the middle of a deadly pandemic when many of the traditional tactics grassroots progressives deploy, like door-to-door canvassing, were nearly impossible.
“Bowman’s success despite the odds and treacherous landscape is a testament to what’s possible when you have a candidate who knows his community, grassroots supporters who won’t let anything stand in the way of victory, and a bold progressive vision for the future of the country that’s time has come.
“Change has come to New York’s 16th District. All of us here at Democracy for America have been honored to stand with Jamaal Bowman as he fought to get us to this moment, and we look forward to fighting alongside him through November and beyond as he works to deliver on his promising future as a progressive leader in Congress.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Mondaire Jones just won a wide-open Democratic primary in New York’s 17th Congressional District, setting him on the path to becoming the first Black openly gay man in Congress.
DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Mondaire Jones’s primary victory in New York’s 17th Congressional District:
“Tonight’s primary victory not only sets Mondaire Jones on the path to becoming the first Black, openly gay member of Congress, it also sets him up to be one of the U.S. House’s newest champions for progressive priorities like the Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and robust criminal justice reform.
“Through the coronavirus crisis and recent week’s nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice, it’s been more clear than ever that Congress needs members who understand, first hand, the struggles that young people, working families, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people face every single day in our country.
“DFA endorsed Mondaire Jones early in this race because we knew he’d bring the life experience, perspective, and instincts of a progressive fighter that our country so desperately needs with him to Washington. We were honored to stand alongside him this primary, we look forward to helping deliver a history-making victory with him in November, and we can’t wait to fight for our shared progressive values right next to him over many years ahead.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just handily won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District setting her on the path to another general election victory this Fall.
DFA, which also supported AOC ahead of her historic 2018 primary victory, made Ocasio-Cortez’s reelection effort one of its first endorsements of the 2020 election cycle in March 2019.
DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary reelection victory:
“Tonight, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez not only proved that her historic victory in 2018 was no fluke, she firmly established herself as a political powerhouse who will be critical to building a more progressive Democratic Party in the years ahead.
“Whether she’s tearing down the bigots on the right who attack her or pushing off the corporate apologists in her own party who’ve worked desperately against her for the last two years, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has remained laser-focused on two things: the communities she serves in New York’s 14th and the fight for justice in the United States.
“We were honored to stand with AOC in her first race, we were excited to continue supporting her through this critical reelection fight, and we are looking forward to fighting alongside her for many, many years to come.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Charles Booker for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.
Booker is running against 2018 congressional candidate Amy McGrath in the June 23 primary that will determine Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Democratic opponent in November.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsement of Charles Booker for U.S. Senate in Kentucky:
“Democracy for America is endorsing Charles Booker because he’s a real Democrat who can beat Mitch McConnell and isn’t afraid of taking a firm stand against Donald Trump, knows he would have voted against placing a man facing serious allegations of sexual assault on the U.S. Supreme Court, and is ready to fight for progressive ideas like Medicare for All.
“Especially in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s murder in Louisville, Charles Booker has proven himself to be a fearless visionary and boundlessly compassionate leader with the kind of life experience we desperately need in the U.S. Senate.
“When Senate insiders decide which candidate they’re going to bless with their endorsement and the millions in contributions that come with it, the critical experience that a young Black man who has lost family members to gun violence, like Charles Booker, might bring with him to the Senate never enters the equation. And, that narrow vision leaves Congress and our country weaker.
“Despite what DC insiders have told them, the people of Kentucky want something more than the same broken, spineless Democratic politics that’s allowed Mitch McConnell to drive his right-wing agenda in the Senate for 35 years.
“Momentum is growing behind Charles Booker in this race because he’s the bold breath of progressive air Kentucky knows our country needs in Washington, and that’s why Democracy for America couldn’t be more honored to stand with him today.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Charles Booker on receiving DFA’s endorsement in his race for U.S. Senate:
"I am so grateful for the endorsement of Democracy For America. The movement we are building here in Kentucky — for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, ending racism and generational poverty — is a part of a bigger movement all across the country that DFA’s grassroots activists have been a critical part of. Together, we will win this race and transform America.” — Charles Booker, Kentucky Senate Candidate
The endorsement of Booker is part of DFA’s 2020 “Flip the Senate” strategy, which aims to (a) hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in helping cover up Donald Trump’s White House crimes and (b) end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform, even with a Democrat in the White House.
To take the majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats need to gain just four additional seats. Other U.S. Senate candidates that the grassroots progressive group has endorsed include Royce West in Texas, Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia, Theresa Greenfield in Iowa, Jamie Harrison in South Carolina, Cal Cunningham in North Carolina and Betsy Sweet in Maine.
DFA has 9,158 members in Kentucky and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Candace Valenzuela for Congress in Texas’ 24th Congressional District, a major Democratic target in the 2020 election.
Born and raised in Texas, Candace Valenzuela beat an eighteen-year incumbent in 2017 to become the first Latina and African-American woman to serve on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school board.
When she’s elected to the U.S. House, Valenzuela will be the first Black Latina in Congress and is committed to taking on the systemic corruption that’s prevented real progress on universal health care, universal child care, criminal justice reform, and other laws that will lift up working families in Texas’ 24th Congressional District
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Valenzuela:
“Democracy for America is excited to endorse Candace Valenzuela for Congress because she knows how to win tough fights and has built the broad-based, local and national progressive coalition it will take to deliver a victory in one of the most hotly contested, majority-minority Congressional Districts in the 2020 election.
“A lifelong Texan and the daughter of U.S. Army veterans who struggled with homelessness during her childhood, the struggles that working families in Texas’ 24th District face every day aren’t unfamiliar, instead they’re part of the story that Candace will bring with her to Congress.
“A passionate opponent of the corporate corruption that defines Washington, Candace Valenzuela is running for Congress to fight for universal healthcare, robust criminal justice reform, and put the fight for affordable housing front and center on the national agenda.
“Democracy for America is honored to stand with Candace Valenzuela because she’s a committed advocate for progressive solutions who knows how to win in a critical battleground, congressional race like this one. We look forward to fighting alongside her all the way through November.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Candace Valenzuela on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
“I am so proud to have earned the support of DFA in this race. We must take on Washington corruption, which is why I am not taking a dime of corporate PAC money because voters should choose their elected officials, not special interests. I am running a strong, progressive campaign and look forward to fighting alongside DFA to get corruption out of Washington, tackle income inequality and ensure everyone gets equal justice under the law.”-- Candace Valenzuela, Candidate, Texas’ 24th Congressional District
DFA has 2,371 members in Texas 24th Congressional District, 67,545 in the state of Texas, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Tishaura Jones in her race for reelection as Treasurer of the City of St. Louis, MO.
Democracy for America proudly supported Jones in her 2017 bid for St. Louis Mayor.
In 2020, the grassroots progressive political action committee is supporting Jones for reelection to a third term as St. Louis’ Treasurer as she works to build on her success banning the box, increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour in the city departments she oversees, and launching the nation’s second-largest children’s savings program, College Kids, which presently has over 16,000 children with over $1.1 million saved for their futures.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Jones’ reelection bid:
“Democracy for America is excited to endorse Tishaura Jones in her race for reelection as St. Louis’ treasurer, because, over her first two terms, she has proven herself to be an unyielding champion for reform, a fierce advocate for the city she serves, and a leading light in municipal government for the progressive movement.
These strengths have been particularly pronounced during the COVID-19 crisis as Tishaura Jones has used her background in public health to take actions, like halting parking meter enforcement, to ensure the departments she supervises as Treasurer are leaders in the effort to halt the spread of the virus in St. Louis.
“From banning the checkbox that prevented so many with a criminal record from getting a job with city departments she runs, to making sure that every employee she manages received a living wage of at least $15/hr, Tishaura Jones’ has put our shared progressive values in action, delivered for the City of St. Louis, and we know she’s just getting started.
“Democracy for America is humbled to stand with Tishaura Jones in her race for reelection and we look forward to fighting alongside her through November and beyond.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Tishaura Jones on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"As Treasurer, I was able to implement policies and advocate for many of the things DFA supports. During my tenure, I raised wages to $15/hour, I started the nation's 2nd largest children's savings account program, College Kids, and I have directly advocated for financial institutions to do more in low-income and black neighborhoods to shrink the racial wealth gap.” -- Tishaura Jones, Treasurer, City of St. Louis, MO
DFA has 5,696 members in St. Louis, 23,904 in the state of Missouri, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Keeda Haynes in her Democratic primary fight against Rep. Jim Cooper, a corporate Democrat running for his 16th non-consecutive term in Congress in Tennessee’s 5th, a congressional district so blue it hasn’t elected a Republican since 1875.
A former Assistant Public Defender in the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s office, Keeda Haynes is passionate about her fight to fix our broken criminal justice system because she has personally experienced its failures. Just a few weeks after receiving her degree in criminal justice from Tennessee State University and becoming the first in her family to graduate from college, her parents dropped her off to serve seven years in a federal prison camp for a crime she did not commit.
Now the legal advisor for a non-profit founded by other formerly incarcerated women, Haynes is running for Congress as a fighter against injustice in all forms -- economic, racial, environmental, gender, healthcare -- that prevent so many in Tennessee’s 5th District from reaching their full potential.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Haynes:
“Democracy for America is endorsing Keeda Haynes for Congress because it is time that Tennessee’s most reliably Democratic district is represented by someone who is committed to fighting for a bold progressive agenda rather than doing corporate interests bidding with “D” next to his name.
“We’re particularly excited to support Keeda Haynes because the struggles facing working families in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District aren’t abstract public policy problems to her, they’re a reality she’s lived.
“Keeda Haynes is a passionate advocate for criminal justice reform because she’s experienced our broken system as both a public defender and as someone who was sentenced to seven in federal prison for a crime she did not commit. She understands her district’s housing affordability crisis because she’s struggled to find housing in her own neighborhood when prices continued to skyrocket. She supports Medicare for All and a Green New Deal, because she knows that light-touch responses to crises like COVID-19 and catastrophic climate change won’t cut it.
“Keeda Haynes gives Democrats in Tennesse’s 5th District the chance to replace the wildly out-of-step, Republican-lite Democrat who currently represents them, with a bold, visionary leader who is committed to their progressive values and will bring a range of life experience that is desperately needed in the halls of Congress. We’re honored to stand with Keeda Haynes in this primary and we look forward to fighting alongside her all the way through November.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Keeda Haynes on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:<br>
"This pandemic has exposed the very real, structural inequality in our system. Business as usual just won’t cut it anymore. As your Congresswoman, you can count on me to support health care for all, a criminal justice system that works for everyone, and housing as a fundamental, basic right.”-- Keeda Haynes, Candidate, Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District
DFA has 3,727 members in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, 18,883 in the state of Tennessee, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jim Harper for Congress in the open seat in Indiana’s firmly Democratic First Congressional District.
Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Jim Harper has spent much of his professional career serving his community, from fighting to protect veterans seeking disability benefits for injuries they sustained during their service through the national non-profit he founded, to challenging Indiana’s continued use of voting machines without a voter-verified paper trail in the courts.
Electing Harper to this Democratic stronghold will ensure that voters in Indiana’s 1st have a proud progressive representing them in DC who is committed to fighting for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, expanded voting rights, and robust criminal justice reform.<br>
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Harper:
“Democracy for America is excited to endorse Jim Harper in this critical open-seat contest because it’s more important than ever that, in deep blue, economically diverse districts like Indiana’s 1st, Democrats have elected leaders in Washington who are ready to stand up and fight for our shared progressive values.
“Jim Harper isn’t just looking to go to Congress with a “D” next to his name to vote the party line, he wants to serve his constituents as an unabashed champion for working families who is ready to fight for progressive priorities like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, expanded voting rights, and robust criminal justice reform.
“While the field of candidates running in this race is large, Jim Harper is the clear choice for Northwest Indiana voters who want a committed progressive leader representing them in Congress. All of us here at Democracy for America couldn’t be more honored to stand with him.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Jim Harper on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:<br>
"I am proud to be endorsed by Democracy for America. Since Gov. Dean founded DFA in 2004, it has driven the conversation in progressive politics. I look forward to working together to achieve Medicare for All, enact a Green New Deal, reform a broken criminal justice system, and fix the structural flaws in our democracy.”-- Jim Harper, Candidate, Indiana’s 1st Congressional District
DFA has 3,024 members in Indiana’s 1st Congressional District, 19,691 in the state of Indiana, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Royce West for U.S. Senate in Texas. West is running against 2018 congressional candidate M.J. Hegar in the July 14 primary run-off that will determine Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s Democratic opponent in November.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsement of Royce West for U.S. Senate in Texas:
“Only one candidate in July’s Senate run-off in Texas is a tested fighter for progressive priorities like criminal justice reform, common-sense gun legislation, and a fair wage, and that’s why Democracy for America is excited to endorse Royce West for U.S. Senate.
“Not only does Royce West give Texas Democrats an opportunity to nominate a candidate who has won office before, but when he’s elected he’ll be the first African American to represent Texas, an emerging majority-minority state, in the U.S. Senate and potentially just the fourth Black member of Congress’ upper chamber in Jan. 2021.
“Royce is DFA’s choice for U.S. Senate in Texas because he’s spent 27 years fighting for change in the Lone Star State, repeatedly delivered for the community he’s served, and will add a critical perspective from a rapidly changing state to the Senate’s Democratic caucus. We’re honored to stand with Royce West ahead of July’s primary run-off and we look forward to fighting alongside him all the way through November.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Royce West on receiving DFA’s endorsement in his race for U.S. Senate:
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America.
“For 27 years, I have fought for the best interests of all Texans when it comes to healthcare, a woman’s right to choose, public education and more.
“As a U.S. Senator, I will continue to work on these issues, and others including climate change, making college affordable for every American, and working for a $15 minimum wage.
“We must continue to work for positive, progressive change in our country, and I will do that as your next U.S. Senator from Texas.” -- Royce West
The endorsement of West is part of DFA’s 2020 “Flip the Senate” strategy, which aims to (a) hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in helping cover up Donald Trump’s White House crimes and (b) end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform, even with a Democrat in the White House.
To take the majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats need to gain just four additional seats and West is the seventh 2020 candidate to receive DFA’s endorsement. Prior to today, the list of U.S. Senate candidates that the grassroots progressive group has endorsed includes Teresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia, Theresa Greenfield in Iowa, Jamie Harrison in South Carolina, Cal Cunningham in North Carolina and Betsy Sweet in Maine.
DFA has 46,771 members in Texas and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of William Cunningham in his fight to defeat Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who is now running for reelection as a Trump Republican after winning as Democrat in 2018.
While William Cunningham grew up poor in South Jersey and spent half of his high school career homeless, he went on to earn an Ivy League degree, spent two years as a policy staffer for Sen. Cory Booker, and served as a Chief Investigator for the late U.S. House Chairman Elijah Cummings. Cunningham is the unabashed progressive in the race to defeat Rep. Van Drew, championing Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and a robust response to the systemic racism built into our broken criminal justice system.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Cunningham:
“It was clear that Rep. Jeff Van Drew was going to be a reactionary nightmare even before he got to Congress, but it’s hard to overstate the scale of his betrayal when he decided to ditch the South Jersey Democrats who helped elect him in 2018 to embrace Donald Trump a little more than a year later.
“Democracy for America is excited to endorse William Cunningham, not just because he’ll be better Representative than a traitor like Van Drew, but because he’ll be a massive improvement over Van Drew who’ll fight for bold, progressive reforms like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, voting rights, and criminal justice reform.
“Also, as a member of the LGBTQ community whose family struggled with homelessness and a former congressional staffer, the lived and professional experience William Cunningham will bring with him to Congress is critically needed.
“William Cunningham gives South Jersey voters an opportunity to remedy the mistake Democrats made in 2018 by helping elect Jeff Van Drew and replace him with someone who understands struggle, perseverance, and our shared progressive values. Democracy for America is honored to stand with William Cunningham in this primary and we look forward to fighting alongside him all the way to victory in November.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from William Cunningham on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"I am honored to receive Democracy for America's endorsement. As the real progressive in my race, it means the world to me to have the backing of an organization driven by the vision of progressive pioneer Howard Dean. Congress must better reflect the American populace, and I am grateful that Democracy for America values diversity in supporting the next generation of leaders. Together, we will win this race and restore this seat to the people Jeff Van Drew stole it from." -- William Cunningham, Candidate, New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District
DFA has 2,484 members in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, 39,377 in the state of New Jersey, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Yvonne Lewis Holley for Lieutenant Governor in North Carolina.
Holley’s endorsement is DFA’s first endorsement in a race for Lieutenant Governor in the 2020 election cycle and one of the grassroots organization’s key endorsements in the critical swing state of North Carolina ahead of November’s election.
A Raleigh native and the member of one of the first desegregated classes at Wake County Public School’s Enloe High School, Yvonne Lewis Holley has spent her life serving North Carolinians as a state employee, the Director of Minority Affairs for WRAL-TV, and, more recently, a four-term member of the North Carolina State House. In the State Capitol, Holley has been an outsized voice in fights for affordable housing and a living wage and against food insecurity.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the group’s endorsements of Holley for Lieutenant Governor in North Carolina:
“Over four terms in State House, Yvonne Lewis Holley has fought to improve housing, healthcare, and education for all North Carolinians, and Democracy for America is thrilled to endorse her because we know as Lieutenant Governor she’ll be able to do even more.
“In the richest country in the world, no American should struggle to access affordable housing, healthy food, workforce training, or reliable transportation. The trailblazing Affordable Living Initiative that Yvonne has put at the very center of her campaign moves us toward that ideal and provides the kind of bold, progressive plan we need to see replicated all across the country.
“In this race and across her career in public life, Yvonne Lewis Holley has put the needs of working families first and put forward the kind of vision necessary to ensure that everyone can thrive in the Tar Heel State. We’re honored to stand with Yvonne Lewis Holley in her fight to become North Carolina’s next Lieutenant Governor and deliver on the inspiring people-focused, progressive agenda that’s powering her campaign.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Yvonne Lewis Holley on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
“It’s an honor to receive the endorsement from Democracy For America. With the support and power of the organization, North Carolina will elect me as the first African American woman to the Office of Lieutenant Governor. Together, we’ll fight for our many shared values, break the glass ceiling of history, and move our country and North Carolina forward." -- NC Rep. Yvonne Lewis Holley
DFA has 39,123 members in North Carolina and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jamaal Bowman in his Democratic primary fight against Rep. Eliot Engel, the 16-term corporate Democrat who currently represents New York’s deep blue 16th Congressional District.
Born and raised in New York City, Jamaal Bowman is a champion for social justice, children, and working families who serves as the founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action (CASA), one of the best public middle schools in the city.
In the U.S. House, Bowman is committed to fighting for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, robust criminal justice reform, and affordable housing.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Bowman:
“Democracy for America is excited to endorse Jamaal Bowman for Congress because he’s spent his career, both in the classroom and as the founding principal of one of the best public middle schools in New York City, fighting and delivering for the students, teachers, and parents he’s served.
“For low-income and working-class people in New York and across the country, politics as usual just isn’t working -- and things won’t change if keep on electing the same politicians, controlled by the same corporate interests, over and over again.
“Jamaal Bowman is right on the issues -- he’s ready to fight for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, just immigration reform, and affordable housing. But just as importantly, Bowman is committed to confronting and correcting past wrongs, like the 1994 Crime Bill and the No Child Left Behind Act, that his corporate-funded opponent voted for over his more than 30 years in Congress.
“From the people-powered, small-dollar-donor-funded campaign he’s running to the fights he’s willing to take on in Washington, Jamaal Bowman won’t just be a significant progressive improvement over the corporate Democrat he’s looking to replace, he’ll be a passionate change agent in the U.S. House and we couldn’t be more honored to be standing with him.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Jamaal Bowman on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"I am so proud to be endorsed by Democracy For America. With DFA's grassroots activists across the country, we'll build a movement for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, ending mass incarceration and mass deportation, foreign policy based in peace and diplomacy, and ending oligarchy in our nation." -- Jamaal Bowman, Candidate, New York’s 16th Congressional District
Bowman is just the fourth Democratic primary challenger DFA in the 2020 election cycle. DFA endorsed Marie Newman (IL-3) early in her victorious primary challenge of Rep. Dan Lipinski, backed Jessica Cisneros (TX-28) in her strong showing against another anti-choice Democrat in her Super Tuesday primary, and recently came out in support of McKayla Wilkes’ (MD-5) primary challenge of House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer.
DFA has 4,219 members in New York’s 16th Congressional District, 122,091 in the state of New York, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Sen. Jeff Merkley for reelection to the U.S. Senate in Oregon.
DFA was a strong supporter of Sen. Merkley in his first reelection bid in 2014 and, over the last six years, has worked closely with him on everything from progressive fights for filibuster reform and Medicare for All to battles against war with Iran and Donald Trump’s right-wing Supreme Court nominees.
Merkley is DFA’s first endorsement of a 2020 U.S. Senate incumbent.
So far this cycle, DFA has endorsed six 2020 Senate challengers including Cal Cunningham in North Carolina, Teresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia, Theresa Greenfield in Iowa, Jaime Harrison in South Carolina, and Betsy Sweet in Maine. To take the Senate majority, Democrats must add four to their current 47 seats.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsement of Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Oregon reelection bid:
“Sen. Jeff Merkley is one the strongest, most reliable champions that progressives have in the U.S. Senate and we couldn’t be more excited to support him for reelection this fall.
“Whether we’ve been pushing for progressive priorities like Medicare for All or battling back the worst parts of Donald Trump’s agenda, Sen. Merkley hasn’t just been an ally for our movement, he’s been a strong champion and a proactive partner in our fight for progressive change.
“It’s absolutely critical that Democrats retake the majority of the U.S. Senate this year. That means winning four additional seats, but it also means holding on to the seats we already have, especially ones held by reliable partners like Sen. Merkley in progressive states like Oregon.
“Democracy for America is honored to stand with Sen. Jeff Merkley in the U.S. Senate and in his campaign for reelection in 2020” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Sen. Jeff Merkley on receiving DFA’s endorsement:
"I'm grateful for Democracy for America's endorsement and I look forward to continuing our shared work as we tackle the unprecedented challenges ahead. Grassroots movements have the power to change this country from the inside out. We need to get out the vote like we never have before, elect progressive leaders who are competent, compassionate and will do everything in their power to fight for the people, not the powerful. We can pull our country out of these dark times if we come together and fight with everything we have. I'm with you every step of the way. Let's do this!" -- Sen. Jeff Merkley
DFA has 27,623 members in Oregon and more than one million members nationwide.
Sen. Bernie Sanders just announced the suspension of his 2020 campaign for President.
Democracy for America endorsed Sanders in 2016 and fought along his side from early in the campaign all the way to the convention. The grassroots progressive group endorsed Sanders again prior to the Super Tuesday contests following a vote of DFA members.
Statement from Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain on the suspension of Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign:
“Both in 2016 and in 2020, Bernie Sanders built a grassroots movement that brought millions into the political process, led a progressive transformation of the national policy debate, and ushered in the leadership of the next generation of progressive changemakers.
“Put simply, over the last five years, Bernie Sanders has fundamentally altered the range of what is politically possible in American politics and the progressive movement is stronger now than it has ever been because of it.
“In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more clear than ever that our country needs the political revolution that Bernie Sanders has been calling for not just over his last two campaigns, but over his entire political life. While we’re disappointed today, we refuse to cave to the cynicism that remains the real enemy of progress.
"Specifically, we take heart in the fact that, in exit polls in state after state, from California to Mississippi, Democrats are unified behind the big, bold progressive agenda on issues, like Medicare for All, that fueled Bernie Sanders in this race.
“At the same time, Democratic voters, including many progressives, backed Joe Biden largely because they believed he was the candidate best positioned to defeat Donald Trump.
“While DFA members disagreed, Democratic voters have spoken clearly through this primary process and, now that it’s over, we are 100% committed to doing everything we can to ensure that Joe Biden beats Donald Trump.
“And, after Joe Biden's wins, as we will make sure he does, the progressive movement will push him every single day to be the progressive president America demands and our challenging times require.” — Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Mike Siegel in his fight to take on eight-term Republican incumbent Michael McCaul in Texas’ 10th Congressional District.
A former public school teacher and employment lawyer, Siegel came within inches of beating McCaul in the R+9 congressional district in 2018, and won the first round of the 2020 Democratic primary with 44% of the vote-- more than 11 percentage points over his nearest opponents. Siegel supports Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, and a just immigration system.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Siegel:
“Democracy for America isn’t just endorsing Mike Siegel in Texas’ 10th District because he nearly beat his eight-term Republican opponent in 2018 or because he won the first round of the Democratic primary by more than 11 points.
While it's clear that Mike Siegel is well poised to turn Texas’ 10th blue, Democracy for America is endorsing Mike Siegel for Congress because we know that when he gets there he’ll be an unequivocal, progressive champion for working families in Texas.
“Mike Siegel understands that the problems we face, from the tattered healthcare system that the COVID-19 crisis has exposed to the climate emergency that looms on the horizon.
But even more importantly, Mike Siegel has seen those challenges and consistently advocated for the bold, progressive solutions we need to address them. That’s why Mike has been a fierce advocate in this campaign for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and robust reforms to our broken criminal justice and immigration systems, and that’s why we’re confident he’ll continue to fight for them in the U.S. House.
“Democracy for America is excited to stand with Mike Siegel in his race for Congress because he’s spent his life, in the classroom and the courtroom, fighting to make sure that everyone has a fair shot. We know Mike has what it takes to turn Texas’ 10th blue and take that fight to DC. -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Mike Siegel on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"Now more than ever, America needs progressive leaders who will fight for the people and against the corrupt status quo.
“Thank you, Democracy for America, for your endorsement and solidarity. We are fighting for a shared vision: universal healthcare through Medicare for All; a national jobs program and a Green New Deal; criminal justice reform and justice for immigrants; voting rights; LGBTQIA equality; equal opportunity.
“The time has passed for asking; we are demanding real change NOW." -- Mike Siegel, Candidate, Texas’ 10th Congressional District
DFA has 3,804 members in Texas’ 10th Congressional District, 67,441 in the state of Texas, and more than one million members nationwide.
Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson released the following statement RE: the COVID-19 Stimulus deal announced in the U.S. Senate earlier today:
“The latest Senate deal is Congress' third attempt to respond to COVID-19, yet it doesn't go nearly far enough to deal with both the immediate needs of working families and the preconditions that led to this crisis.
“Specifically, Congress must do more to expand immediate cash assistance and make it available to all; expand Medicaid funding; expand paid sick leave to all workers; provide immediate student debt relief; provide sufficient funding to cover all medical care associated with the virus; and make sure those on the front line of this health crisis in our hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, and delivery trucks receive the support they need.
“We recognize the work that Democratic Senate leaders have done to reach a deal that is far better than the right-wing grab bag of giveaways to corporations and powerful interests Republicans first presented. The additional month of unemployment coverage for those affected by COVID-19, stimulus checks for some workers, and funding increases for hospitals and small businesses were necessary improvements, but the final bill is still not sufficient to meet the scale of this unprecedented, impending health and economic crisis.
“We urge members of the U.S. Senate to fight to make sure their Republicans colleagues don't weaken this legislation further and U.S. House members to continue improving it before any final vote on passage.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Weeks before Americans across the country were homeschooling their kids, stocking up on medicine, and filing for unemployment, Republican Senators Richard Burr and Kelly Loeffler decided to use their inside information to sell off millions of dollars in stocks.
It’s outrageous. If you’re as angry as we are, take a moment to read below and add your name to our joint petition with Robert Reich calling for Burr and Loeffler’s immediate resignations.Take Action!
It can be difficult to keep track of the facts about what is and is not in the varying House and Senate bills to tackle the Coronavirus response… as well as what should be. DFA has collected some resources to help sift through these complex pieces of legislation.
The Progressive Caucus Action Fund, along with several partner organizations, has put together a very useful comparison of the current Republican Senate vs. Democratice House bills in this 12 page PDF document.
DFA and a large coalition of progressive partners has signed onto a guideline of Five Principles of Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus.
The text of the House Bill, H.R. 6379, a 1404 page PDF document.
The text of the Senate Bill, S. 3548, a 247 page PDF document.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jon Hoadley in his fight against 17-term Republican incumbent Fred Upton in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District.
A three-term Michigan State Legislator, Jon Hoadley easily won DFA’s support in his first race for the Michigan State House in 2014. In Lansing, Hoadley has distinguished himself as a progressive champion who is ready to fight for equality, non-partisan redistricting reform, minimum wage increases, paid sick leave, and a host of reforms key to reducing money’s influence on politics.
In his race for Congress, Hoadley has pledged to fight for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, robust criminal justice reform, and voting rights.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Hoadley:
“Democracy for America is excited to support Jon Hoadley for Congress because we know he has the experience, grit, and firm commitment to bold progressive change that it takes to beat a 17-term incumbent like Fred Upton and deliver for Michigan’s working families.
“A lifelong progressive changemaker, we know Jon will fight for big, bold progressive ideas, like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal in DC because we’ve seen him do just that in Lansing.
“We’re particularly passionate about Jon’s race because we know he’s running precisely the kind of community-centered, people-powered campaign that Democrats need to inspire the grassroots, bring out new voters, and open up conversations with unexpected allies ready for change.
“Jon Hoadly gets it. He understands the fights we need to wage, the stands progressives need to take, and the kind of coalition we need to build to defeat Fred Upton and flip Michigan’s 6th District blue.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Jon Hoadley on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"Howard Dean's campaign for President was one of the first times I realized how powerful we are when we work together. Much like Dean's vision of a 50-state organizing strategy, the idea of organizing everywhere so all voices are included and advocating for policies that directly help people are core values of why I'm running for Congress.
"I'm deeply thankful for the support of DFA, and even in challenging times I know I can count on DFA members across the country to come together." -- Jon Hoadley, Candidate, Michigan’s 6th Congressional District
DFA has 3,656 members in Michigan's 6th Congressional District, 52,781 in the state of Michigan, and more than one million members nationwide.
Tonight, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx won the hotly contested Democratic Primary in her 2020 reelection bid.
Democracy for America was a strong supporter of Foxx during her 2016 election and backed her once again for reelection this year.
DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx’s 2020 primary victory:
“Back in 2016, Democracy for America proudly endorsed Kim Foxx for her first election for Cook County State's Attorney because we knew she’d be an unbridled champion for criminal justice reform who was willing to take on the status quo and right historic inequities.
“State’s Attorney Foxx won a hard-fought victory tonight because of her transformative work implementing bond and cannabis reform, vacating wrongful convictions, and focusing her office’s resources on keeping communities safe from violent crime.
“We were honored to stand with State’s Attorney Kim Fox in 2016 and we were excited to fight alongside her once again in this primary.
“At the same time, this victory is also about so much more than a single race for State’s Attorney. Social and economic progress is impossible without a justice system that finally begins living up to our country’s promise of equality under the law.
“The reelection victory of a bold reformer like State’s Attorney Foxx, not only ensures that the progress our movement is making in places like Cook County can continue to march forward, it adds a boost of momentum behind our efforts to continue the fight for criminal justice reform all across the country.” -- Yvette Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, Democracy for America
This evening, Marie Newman beat anti-choice Democrat Dan Lipinski in the closely watched Democratic primary in Illinois 3rd Congressional District.
Democracy for America endorsed Newman in tonight’s race in April 2019, making her the grassroots group’s first non-incumbent endorsement of the 2020 cycle. DFA also supported Newman in her tight race against Lipinski in 2018.
DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Marie Newman’s primary victory in the IL-03 Democratic Primary:
“Marie Newman’s primary win tonight is a tremendous victory for progressives and everyone who believes the Democratic party should be unequivocal in its support for abortion rights, LGBTQ equality, and the fight for economic justice.
“For years, anti-choice corporate Democrats like Dan Lipinski have given Republicans cover as they’ve sought to roll back a woman’s right to choose, tried to deny the human rights of the LGBTQ community, and attacked the idea of a $15 minimum wage. With Marie Newman’s victory over Dan Lipinski tonight the fiction that there is bipartisan support for Republican’s backward agenda is over.
“Democracy for America was proud to stand with Marie Newman in 2018, we were honored to stand with her early in this 2020 race, and we can’t wait to fight alongside her for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and robust criminal justice reform through November and beyond.” -- Yvette Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, Democracy for America
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of McKayla Wilkes in her Democratic primary fight against corporate Democrat Majority Whip Steny Hoyer in Maryland’s deep blue 5th Congressional District.
Born at Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington, DC, McKayla Wilkes was raised in Suitland, MD and intimately understands the struggle that low-income families face in Maryland’s 5th District because she’s experienced it herself.
While McKayla knew that beating a powerful incumbent heavily financed by moneyed interests would be tough, she decided to run to help bring fresh leadership and the perspective of a young, working-class woman of color to Washington’s corridors of power. In this race, she’s pledged to fight for affordable housing, Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, expanded voting rights, and humane immigration policy.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Wilkes:
“Born to a single mother still grieving her father’s unexpected death and raised with the help of welfare benefits and a close extended family, the struggles low-income families in Maryland’s 5th District face aren’t an abstraction for McKayla Wilkes, they’re part of her life story. That’s why Democracy for America is so excited to endorse her race for Congress.
“The fact is, if the Democratic Party is going to be the champion working families need in Washington, we need leaders in Congress who are closer to the pain, not simply closer to the powerful.
“McKayla Wilkes fights for criminal justice reform because she’s seen first hand how our current system fails young people. She supports Medicare for All because her own cousin became visually impaired after struggling to pay for insulin. She’s ready to fight to strengthen the social safety net because as a young, working-class woman of color, McKayla knows what each program means for a family struggling to make ends meet.
“In 2020, progressives need to fight to hold the House, take back the White House, and return the Senate to Democratic control. However, the political transformation our country so desperately needs won’t happen if the Democratic Party continues to be dominated by the same corporate Democratic leaders who are beholden to powerful corporate interests and unwilling to challenge the broken status quo.
“McKayla Wilkes will bring a fresh perspective, a bold vision, and proximity to the pain of working families that we desperately need on Capitol Hill -- and that’s why Democracy for America is honored to stand with her in this primary.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from McKayla Wilkes on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"I am so honored to be endorsed by Democracy for America and stand alongside fellow candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. DFA’s fight for progressive policies, diverse representation, and a government that works for ordinary people is exactly why I got into this race. Together, we can build the America we deserve.” -- McKayla Wilkes, Candidate, Maryland 5th Congressional District
Wilkes is just the third Democratic primary challenger DFA has endorsed ahead of 2020. In 2019, DFA endorsed Marie Newman (IL-3) in her primary challenge to Rep. Dan Lipinski that’s going to voters tomorrow and Jessica Cisneros who narrowly lost a House primary challenge against another anti-choice Democrat on Super Tuesday. <br>
DFA has 3,108 members in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, 29,789 in the state of Maryland, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Cal Cunningham for U.S. Senate in North Carolina.
The endorsement of Cunningham is part of DFA’s 2020 “Flip the Senate” strategy, which aims to (a) hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in helping cover up Donald Trump’s White House crimes and (b) end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform, even with a Democrat in the White House.
To take the majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats need to gain just four additional seats and Cunningham is the sixth 2020 candidate to receive DFA’s endorsement. Prior to today, the grassroots progressive group has endorsed U.S Senate candidates Teresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia, Theresa Greenfield in Iowa, Jamie Harrison in South Carolina, and Betsy Sweet in Maine.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsements of Cunningham for U.S. Senate in North Carolina:
“Cal Cunningham wants to go to Washington to fight for North Carolina’s working families and that’s why Democracy for America is excited to back him for the U.S. Senate.
“While Tom Tillis has worked to gut Obamacare to please his pharmaceutical industry financiers, Cal Cunningham believes that quality healthcare is a right and he’s committed to standing up and taking on the wealthy and powerful interests who profit from exploding premiums, co-pays, and prescription drug costs.
“While all eyes are focused on the battle for the White House, it’s the makeup of the U.S. Senate that will decide whether we remain locked in our current right-wing death spiral or have a Congress that’s capable of moving the ball down the field in the battle for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and criminal justice reform.
“North Carolina is a key battleground in the fight to flip the U.S. Senate in 2020 and we’re honored to work with Cal Cunningham in this race to end Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s stranglehold on progress.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
DFA has 39,144 members in North Carolina and more than one million members nationwide.
Reports indicate that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to announce the suspension of her presidential campaign.
Here’s a statement from Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson on Sen. Warren’s departure from the race for President:
“Over the course of her campaign, Elizabeth Warren put forward some of the most brilliant progressive policy ideas proposed in a generation, delivered knockout debate performances, and inspired millions to fight for big, bold structural change.
“Elizabeth Warren has been and will continue to be one of the leading lights in the progressive movement. She might be leaving the race for President, but she’s not leaving our hearts and we’re looking forward to fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with her in many battles in the months and years to come.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Earlier this week, following a vote of its membership, DFA endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for President in the 2020 race. The grassroots progressive organization also supported Sanders for President in 2016, but only after helping lead “Run Warren Run,” a grassroots effort that tried to encourage Sen. Warren to enter the 2016 contest.
Sanders captures progressive PAC’s endorsement with 79% support in the run-up to Super Tuesday contests
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President in the 2020 fight for the Democratic nomination.
Sanders earned the endorsement after receiving 79.3% in the DFA membership vote, easily passing the 67% supermajority threshold, in a resounding victory over the rest of the field. With over 38,000 individual votes cast over the 11-day voting period, DFA members nationwide overwhelmingly chose Senator Sanders to win the nomination and defeat Donald Trump in November.
This is just the second time DFA has endorsed in a presidential primary. Ahead of the 2016 election, the grassroots progressive organization backed Sanders following a membership vote in December 2015, while in 2008 no candidate was able to clear DFA’s supermajority threshold.
Statement from Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America’s Chair, on today’s endorsement of Sanders for President:
“Bernie Sanders has built a powerful multi-racial, multi-generational movement and we’re excited to join the campaign at this critical moment in the Democratic race. From Super Tuesday to the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee, we’ll be working every day to make sure Bernie wins the most votes, the most delegates, and the most states nationwide to become the Democratic nominee and defeat Donald Trump in November.
“The overwhelming support for Bernie we saw in our member vote should be a wake-up call to the broken, visionless, corporate Democratic establishment. Americans want fundamental change in Washington, not a return to the status quo.
“In the most important election of our lifetimes, Bernie Sanders is the candidate who is energizing our base, connecting with those who have long felt ignored by our politics, and electrifying the next generation of Americans we need to beat Donald Trump, win up and down the ballot nationwide, and fight for bold, inclusive populist reforms like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and robust criminal justice reform.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Statement from Bernie Sanders reacting to DFA’s endorsement:
“I’m proud to have the support of Democracy for America and its grassroots members who know that real change never comes from the top on down but from the bottom on up. They’ve led the fight to guarantee health care as a human right, protect and expand Social Security, and end our nation’s endless wars. Together, we will build a movement that sweeps Donald Trump out of the White House and transforms this country so that it works for the working class.” -- Sen. Bernie Sanders
In 2020, Democracy for America is committed to doing everything it can to help Sanders secure the Democratic nomination in Milwaukee and defeat Donald Trump in November.
Following its endorsement of Sanders in December 2015, Democracy for America:
- Raised over $2 million in grassroots contributions directly for the Sanders campaign,
- Organized 119,000 volunteer shifts helping the campaign make over 11 million voter contact calls and knock on over 5 million doors.
- Embedded DFA staff at Sanders HQ to train dozens of campaign staff and help optimize the campaign’s volunteer recruitment and training of thousands of activists across the country.
- Strongly supported Sanders in dozens of media outlets across the country while keeping the focus on our positive progressive vision for America.
While DFA will be a strong supporter of Sanders, it also remains committed to the Progressives Unite 2020 pledge it helped launch in January and will be specifically focusing its fire in the fight for the Democratic nomination on “candidates supported by the corporate wing.”
Additional details about DFA’s Presidential Primary Endorsement Vote and its 2020 endorsement of Sanders:
- Final vote percentages for the options on the endorsement ballot were: Sen. Bernie Sanders (79.3%); Sen. Elizabeth Warren (13.2%); Vice President Joe Biden (2.5%); Mayor Pete Buttigieg (1.7%); Mayor Michael Bloomberg (1.2%); Sen. Amy Klobuchar (0.9%); Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (0.7%); “Don’t Endorse” (0.3%); and Tom Styer (0.3%).
- In DFA’s 2016 endorsement poll, the final percentages were: Sen. Bernie Sanders (87.9%); Sec. Hillary Clinton (10.3%); Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (1.1%); “Don’t Endorse” (0.8%).
- To receive DFA’s endorsement, a single candidate needed to secure a supermajority (66.67% or more) of the votes cast.
- All progressives were encouraged to cast a ballot in DFA’s endorsement vote. Individuals could cast their vote -- and change their mind -- as many times as they liked over the course of the voting period, but only their final vote was counted.
Tonight’s debate in South Carolina, well, it happened.
Here’s a statement from Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain about what we saw in Charleston tonight:
“In stark contrast to last week’s debate, tonight was a moderator-driven train-wreck and won’t do much to change the current trajectory.
“Despite the clown car of corporate candidates on the stage, no one laid a glove on Sanders and most seemed to be in a desperate and occasionally pathetic slap fight for second place.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Statement from Democracy for America’s Chair Charles Chamberlain on tonight’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas:
"Tonight, Elizabeth Warren ripped Mike Bloomberg's face off on national television exposing his ugly record on women and racial justice.
"Bernie Sanders repeatedly delivered some of the most forceful arguments for Medicare for All seen on the debate stage.
"Together, these progressives came in tonight to fight against the billionaires and the candidates billionaires are backing -- and won." -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Today, just days after the conclusion of the sham impeachment trial, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Theresa Greenfield for U.S. Senate in Iowa.
The endorsement of Greenfield is part of DFA’s 2020 “Flip the Senate” strategy, which aims to (a) hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in helping cover up Donald Trump’s White House crimes and (b) end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform, even with a Democrat in the White House.
To take the majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats need to gain just four additional seats. DFA has also endorsed Teresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock today in 2020’s two U.S. Senate races in Georgia. Earlier this cycle, DFA endorsed Jamie Harrison and Betsy Sweet in their seat-flipping U.S. Senate races in South Carolina and Maine, respectively.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsements of Greenfield for U.S. Senate in Iowa:
“Theresa Greenfield understands the struggles that Iowa working families face first hand, and that’s why Democracy for America is excited to back her in Iowa’s race for U.S. Senate.
“While Joni Ernst has had corporate lobbyists licking their chops ever since she made it to DC, Theresa Greenfield would be a voice for Iowa’s working families and an unequivocal champion for protecting Medicare and Social Security from the cuts that Mitch McConnell craves.
“While the battle for the White House grabs the headlines, it’s the makeup of the U.S. Senate that will decide whether we remain locked in a right-wing death spiral or have a Congress that’s willing to work with a progressive president to move towards Medicare for All, make a Green New Deal, and reform our broken criminal justice system.
“The fight to flip the U.S. Senate in 2020 runs through Iowa and we’re confident that Theresa Greenfield, from the life she’s lived to the fights she’s willing to wage, is the best candidate equipped to send Joni Ernst packing.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
DFA has 10,477 members in Iowa and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, just days after the conclusion of the sham impeachment trial, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsements of Teresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock for Georgia’s two 2020 U.S. Senate races.
The endorsements of Tomlinson and Warnock are part of DFA’s 2020 “Flip the Senate” strategy, which aims to (a) hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in helping cover up Donald Trump’s White House crimes and (b) end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform even with a Democrat in the White House.
To take the majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats need to gain just four additional seats. DFA also endorsed Theresa Greenfield in the U.S. Senate race in Iowa today. Earlier this cycle, DFA endorsed Jamie Harrison and Betsy Sweet in their seat-flipping U.S. Senate races in South Carolina and Maine, respectively.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsements of Tomlinson and Warnock for U.S. Senate in Georgia:
“Georgia is on the leading edge of the generational political transformation that’s beginning to take place all across the South, and Teresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock are the two candidates best equipped to deliver on those calls for change in Georgia’s two U.S. Senate races this year.
After the absurd conclusion of last week’s sham impeachment trial, it’s more clear now than ever that Georgian’s need U.S. Senators committed to standing up for the rule of law, fighting for justice, and delivering for working families -- not the band of criminals in the White House.
“As Mayor of Columbus, GA, Theresa Tomlinson has led one of the best-run cities in America and, in the U.S. Senate, she’ll help correct the crisis of leadership and aversion to accountability in Washington D.C.
“Similarly, Rev. Raphael Warnock has been a leader in the fight for social, racial, and economic justice ever since he started preaching from the pulpit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Ebenezer Baptist in Atlanta. In the U.S. Senate, we know he’ll continue to model his commitment to service and fight for an America where every family has the ability to thrive.
“While the battle for the White House grabs the headlines, it’s the makeup of the U.S. Senate that will decide whether we remain locked in a right-wing death spiral or have a Congress that’s willing to work with a progressive president to move towards Medicare for All, make a Green New Deal, and reform our broken criminal justice system.
“At Democracy for America, we believe the fight to flip the U.S. Senate in 2020 runs through Georgia and the campaigns of grassroots leaders like Theresa Tomlinson and Rev. Raphael Warnock. We couldn’t be more excited to stand with them.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Teresa Tomlinson on the receiving DFA’s endorsement:
"We are honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America. Our people-powered campaign here in Georgia is ready to join DFA in fighting for the kind of change its members have pushed for nationwide." -- Teresa Tomlinson
Statement from Rev. Raphael Warnock on the receiving DFA’s endorsement:
“Our fight to expand health care coverage, ensure quality education for our children no matter their neighborhood, and protect the dignity of working people will only succeed if it is truly people-driven, which is why I am proud to have DFA’s support.
“My path from public housing to the pulpit shouldn’t be harder for today’s generation. As a Senator, I will continue to focus on the issues that matter most, helping make the path to success easier for all Georgians.” -- Rev. Raphael Warnock
Democracy for America members were early supporters of Stacey Abrams 2018 gubernatorial campaign -- organizing support for her prior to her official entrance into the race, endorsing her campaign shortly after its launch, and raising more than $258,000 for her over the course of her race.
DFA has 22,168 members in Georgia, and more than one million members nationwide.
DFA: Sanders “clear front runner” for nomination after Wall Street wing’s NH “circular firing squad”
Bernie Sanders just won the New Hampshire Primary -- deliver a big win for progressives across the country
Statement from Democracy for America (DFA) Chair Charles Chamberlain on Sanders win in New Hampshire:
“Bernie Sanders emerges the clear front runner after the New Hampshire win tonight scoring a critical victory for progressives that makes it more likely Democrats have a nominee this fall who will rally disaffected voters to our fight, inspire a new generation to action, and build a grassroots movement equipped to beat Donald Trump up and down the ballot.
“At the same time, progressive should have no illusions about what tonight’s victory means.
“While the slow-motion implosion of the Biden campaign and the circular firing squad on the party’s right has thrown the Wall Street wing into disarray, we fully expect them to try to marginalize this win, pit progressives against each other, and spend millions to stop the growing grassroots movement for progressive change.
“As we move into the more diverse contests ahead, momentum is on our side and it will be critical that Democrats ready to fight for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and a more inclusive America remain united.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Democracy for America is a national progressive political action committee with 12,275 members in New Hampshire and more than 1 million members nationwide.
In January, DFA was joined by 17 other progressives groups in launch Progressives Unite 2020, an effort that ran a $50,000 campaign in the closing weeks of the race to encourage Iowa caucus-goers to pledge to elect a progressive president.
Moments ago, following a sham trial devoid of witnesses, the Senate voted to cover-up Donald Trump’s reckless abuse of power in the White House.
Democracy for America (DFA) Chair Charles Chamberlain released the following statement in response to the conclusion of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump:
“Today’s votes by Senate Republicans after this sham impeachment trial are a travesty.
“America will not forget what Senate Republicans did today and we are more committed than ever to defeating every single coward who just voted to cover up Donald Trump’s crimes in office.
“Every. Single. One.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
DFA and its one million members across the country have been forceful advocates for Donald Trump’s impeachment since June 9, 2017.
Ahead of the 2020 election, DFA has endorsed Betsy Sweet and Jamie Harrison in their races to defeat incumbent Republican U.S. Senators in Maine and South Carolina, respectively.
In the coming days, DFA will be announcing a number of additional U.S. Senate endorsements specifically targeting Republicans who assisted with today’s vote to cover up Donald Trump’s White House crimes.
Donald Trump just finished another lie-filled State of the Union Address.
Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain released the following statement in response to the Trump State of the Union:
"Donald Trump’s speech tonight was an epic snow job and the American people won’t buy it when they know the house is on fire.
“After three years of tax giveaways to big business and the super-rich, the wealthy are doing great under Donald Trump, while millions of working people are struggling to pay sky-rocketing health insurance costs and living paycheck to paycheck with less than $400 in their bank account.
"Tonight's State of the Union was a just a dressed-up version of what you'd see at a Trump rally, with only a few less MAGA hats: Red-meat perfectly tailored to his base, and a boat-load of easily identified lies and misdirections for anyone who has been paying attention to reality." -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
This evening, Senate Republicans blocked a vote to allow witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
Democracy for America Executive Director Yvette Simpson released the following statement in response to Senate Republicans' disgraceful vote blocking impeachment trial witnesses:
"Tonight's vote on witnesses by Senate Republicans is one of the most dramatic displays of political cowardice ever seen in Congress. Afraid of Donald Trump and the truth that might be revealed by the witnesses and documents his administration has worked to hide, Senate Republicans have become active co-conspirators in a White House cover-up and the blatant shredding of core constitutional principles.
"Whether the final vote in this sham Senate trial happens tonight or next week, it won't be the final vote in the fight to remove Donald Trump and end his lawless administration. With the Senate, led by Moscow Mitch McConnell, unable to even conduct a legitimate trial, it'll be up to voters in November to end Trump's corrupt, lawless reign once and for all." -- Yvette Simpson, Executive Director, Democracy for America
Initial phase features digital media buys to ensure Senator Warren and Senator Sanders supporters work together to win the Iowa Caucus.
BURLINGTON, VT – Today, Democracy for America launches an independent expenditure campaign expected to spend $50,000 in Iowa ahead of the caucuses. Our campaign will target Iowa Democratic voters who have expressed support for Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns to ensure that a progressive candidate wins the Iowa Caucus.
The comprehensive digital ad buy will feature video and static images reminding voters that we are more powerful working together to ensure a progressive wins in the Iowa Caucus. The ads will be shared across many digital platforms including Youtube, Facebook, Google and Instagram.
Progressives know what is at stake this election. And we believe a progressive nominee is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump. That begins in Iowa and the Iowa Caucus.
We urge Iowa caucus-goers to attend their Caucus to support their candidate of choice. If their candidate does not meet the 15% threshold to continue on, then we urge the Caucus-goers to not leave until a progressive wins their Caucus. We are asking Iowa voters to sign our “Progressives Unite” pledge.
Democracy for America joined 17 other organizations to launch the Progressives Unite campaign on Thursday, January 16.
Quote from DFA Chairman Charles Chamberlain on the group’s mission:
“The progressive movement has the chance of a lifetime to defeat Donald Trump and elect a truly transformational progressive leader President of the United States, but it won't happen if we fight each other instead of working together to win.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
This is phase 1 of our independent expenditure campaign, as we must be strategic to win caucuses and primaries and elect candidate delegates in state conventions to ensure a progressive wins the nomination and then the general election. Our independent expenditure campaign will continue through other primaries and caucuses.
Democracy for America (DFA) is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than 15,000 members in the state of Iowa and one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.
DFA has not endorsed a candidate in the Democratic Presidential Primary in 2020.
Below are a few examples of ads that will be running in Iowa through Monday, February 3.
‘Progressives Unite 2020’ is comprised of organizations supporting Sanders, Warren, unaligned in primary
Today, 18 days ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, Democracy for America (DFA) is joining with more than a dozen grassroots progressive groups to launch the “Progressives Unite 2020” campaign with a pledge that underscores our commitment to electing a progressive president.
The eighteen grassroots progressive groups joining the campaign in its launch include organizations that are supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, those who are supporting both, and those, like Democracy for America, who have not yet endorsed any candidate in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
The eighteen groups partnering in this campaign at launch include (note: 2020 endorsement noted where applicable):
- Be A Hero Action Fund
- Black Male Voter Project
- Black Voters Matter Fund
- Center for Popular Democracy Action (Sanders)
- Democracy for America
- Dream Defenders (Sanders)
- Inequality Media Civic Action
- Justice Democrats
- Our Revolution (Sanders)
- People’s Action (Sanders)
- Presente Action
- Progress America
- Progressive Change Campaign Committee (Warren)
- Progressive Democrats of America (Sanders)
- RootsAction (Sanders)
- Social Security Works
- Sunrise Movement (Sanders)
- Working Families Party (Warren)
Each group joining the campaign are signed on to the three-part “Progressives Unite 2020 Pledge”:
- We pledge to make our case to the American people on why our chosen candidate is the best choice to defeat Trump.
- We pledge to focus our fight for the nomination against candidates supported by the corporate wing, instead of fighting each other.
- We pledge to come together in state caucuses, primaries and conventions from the first vote in Iowa to the last vote at the DNC Convention in Wisconsin to ensure a progressive wins the nomination and America elects a Progressive President!
As a part of the Progressives Unite 2020 campaign, the grassroots groups involved will be asking their members to join them in signing the “Unite Pledge” at http://progressivesunite2020.com/ and commit to voting strategically for the top two progressive candidates in their caucus or primary.
As a part of the campaign's work in the early state of Iowa, the groups behind Progressives Unite 2020 will be working to ensure their members do not leave their Feb. 3 caucus site without casting their final vote for one of the top two progressives in the race.
The Iowa Strategic Voting Plan is simple. If the candidate you support does not reach the viability threshold (15%) in your caucus, the campaign will be organizing voters to move to one of the top two progressives rather than going home or aligning with a candidate supported by the corporate wing of the Democratic Party.
Statements from the grassroots groups behind Progressives Unite 2020:
- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America: “When progressives fight each other, the establishment wins. We saw it in 2004 when progressives took each other out and John Kerry slipped through to win Iowa and then went on to lose in November to a very unpopular Republican incumbent. We’re determined to not let that happen again.”
- Jennifer Epps-Addison, Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy Action: "Center for Popular Democracy Action is proud to support Bernie Sanders for President, but our movement is much bigger than a single candidate or a single election. To make this country a place where Black and Brown people, immigrants, native people, LGBTQ people, working people and women can thrive, we need a strong and united progressive movement."
- Alan Minsky and Donna Smith, Executive Director and Chair, Progressive Democrats of America: “Progressive Democrats of America has endorsed Bernie Sanders for President, but we love Elizabeth Warren too. At a time when progressive policies resonate with Americans across the political spectrum, we need a progressive Democratic presidential nominee for the sake of the country and the world; and in order to defeat Donald Trump.”
- Bree Carlson, Deputy Director, People’s Action: "We need a President who will put the interests of everyday people ahead of those of the wealthy elite and big corporations. Our members voted to endorse Senator Sanders as the best choice for President because he is ready to work side by side with us to do just that. Senator Warren is our clear second choice, both Senator Sanders and Senator Warren stand heads and shoulders above the candidates seeking only to prop up the status quo of corporate interests."
Progressive Change Campaign Committee: "We need a bold progressive president. In our opinion, the most inspirational and electable Democrat we could nominate is Elizabeth Warren. We are joining this effort out of a belief that it represents leaders in the progressive movement urging everyone from campaign staff to Twitter commenters to focus on defeating a corporate, establishment Democrat like Joe Biden. This effort inherently includes standing opposed to sexism and bad-faith arguments in the primary process. We look forward to working with our friends to enforce these principles."
Jonel Edwards, Co-Director, Dream Defenders: “We are clear on why we chose to endorse Bernie Sanders and we’re also clear that a moderate Democrat can’t win the nomination and they won’t beat Trump.”
Liz Jaff, President, Be A Hero: “This year, progressives have their best chance in a generation to elect a transformational, visionary president who can actually address the crises we face. Whether it’s ballooning inequality, climate chaos, or the health care crisis, our challenges are too immense for us to be distracted by infighting on the left. We have to keep our eyes on the ball, resist the temptation to form a circular firing squad, and collaborate to ensure a real progressive leader is elected President in November.”
Maurice Mitchell, National Director, Working Families Party: “We're all in with Elizabeth Warren, but we're lucky to have two progressive champions in this race fighting for transformational change. Either Sanders or Warren would be a historic president. If progressives can keep their fire trained on Trump and the corporate Democrats, we can elect a progressive who will finally make this country work for the many, not the few.”
- Matt Nelson, Executive Director, Presente Action: “In this emergency election, who we elect for the next four years will determine the future of our democracy and of life on the planet. We have a duty to elect a president who will not do the bidding of corrupt billionaires and criminal corporations. At a time when our country is flooded with propaganda, bitterly divided, and experiencing the greatest economic disparity in history, we need a president who will support progressive social change at all levels. And we need someone who is supported by a mass social movement powerful enough to defeat monied interests and the status quo.”
Joseph Geevarghese, Executive Director, Our Revolution: “Our members are ready to elect Bernie Sanders as our next President, but we must be clear. 2020 is a must-win moment for the progressive movement. It is the best opportunity we have to transform our political system – and take power back from the corporate elites who seek to destroy our country and our climate. We know there are more of us than there are of them. And if we come together and organize, we will win 2020.”
- Linda Benesch, Communications Director, Social Security Works: "Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are both longtime progressive champions. Social Security Works has fought alongside them for years to protect and expand Social Security, and we know that either one would be a vastly better president for working people than candidates from the corporate wing of the Democratic Party. Furthermore, Democrats need a progressive nominee with a stellar record on Social Security to win back seniors and defeat Donald Trump.
Tonight’s debate should effectively end the back-and-forth between Warren, Sanders, and the media that has dominated news coverage over the last 48 hours.
Statement from Democracy for America’s Chair Charles Chamberlain on tonight’s Democratic debate in Iowa:
“Tonight, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders did everything they needed to do to overcome the media-fueled scuffle of the last 48-hours and train their fire on the corporate Democratic opponents who pose the more immediate threat to a progressive victory over Donald Trump.
“Back in 2004, progressive divisions and bickering ahead of Iowa carved up our movement and allowed the establishment Democrats preferred candidate to win the nomination, and, ultimately, lose the general election. We can’t let that happen again.
“Especially given how close the race remains just 20 days ahead of the first contest, it’s critical that progressives focus our fight for the Democratic nomination against candidates supported by the corporate wing, instead of fighting each other.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
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Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jessica Cisneros in her Democratic primary fight against corporate Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar in Texas’ deep blue 28th Congressional District.
An immigration and human rights attorney who was born and raised in the border town of Laredo, TX, Jessica Cisneros launched her challenge to Rep. Cuellar in June 2019 after seeing how little he was doing to speak up and fight back for families in South Texas. In this race, she’s pledged to fight to end the family separation at the border and for a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, and a Green New Deal.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Cisneros :
“The political system is profoundly broken when a congressional district like Texas’ 28th, which voted for Hillary Clinton by nearly twenty points over Donald Trump, is represented by a Member of Congress who has voted with the Trump administration nearly 70% of the time.
“We’re honored to endorse Jessica Cisneros to replace corporate Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar, not simply because we know she’ll fight to reform our inhumane immigration system and pass Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and a $15 minimum wage. We’re excited to support Jessica Cisneros for Congress because we know that when she gets there she’ll be champion for the families of South Texas, not corporate lobbyists bankrolling her campaign.
“In 2020, Democracy for America will be focused on taking back the White House, returning the Senate to Democratic control, and holding the House. However, we also know that the kind of political transformation our country needs can’t happen if we continue to have Democratic leaders in Congress who are beholden to the corporate interests who control Washington or who’ve been afraid to take on Trump.
“Jessica Cisneros is in this fight to stand up to the wealthy and powerful on behalf of the families of South Texas and that’s why Democracy for America is honored to stand with her in this primary." -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Jessica Cisneros on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
"I’m honored to receive support from Democracy for America, an organization that has spent the last fifteen years building power with the support of real people across the country. I look forward to working with DFA members in Texas and our broad coalition in our fight to bring true representation to South Texas on March 3rd.” -- Jessica Cisneros, Candidate, Texas 28th Congressional District
Cisneros is just the second Democratic primary challenger DFA has endorsed ahead of 2020. Earlier in 2019, DFA endorsed Marie Newman (IL-3) in her challenge to Rep. Dan Lipinski, another anti-choice corporate Democrat in a strongly Democratic House district.
DFA has 1,136 members in Texas’ 28th Congressional District, 65,975 in the state of Texas, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman in her rematch campaign against incumbent Rep. Don Bacon in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District.
Democracy for America was a strong supporter of Eastman during her 2018 race when she won an upset victory over former Rep. Brad Ashford in the primary and ran an extremely tight race against Rep. Bacon in the General.
With this endorsement, Eastman joins a slate of five other battle-tested, progressive candidates who expanded the electorate and nearly unseated Republican incumbents in 2018 including AmmarCampa-Najjar (CA-50), Dana Balter (NY-24), Adrienne Bell (TX-14), Gina Ortiz-Jones (TX-23), and J.D. Scholten (IA-4).
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Eastman:
“In 2018, Kara Eastman ran on a bold, inclusive populist agenda and, despite the millions of right-wing special interest dollars that were spent against her, she fell less than a couple of points shy of beating her incumbent Republican opponent.
“We were honored to support Kara in 2018 and we’re even more excited to stand with her again in 2020 because we know that when she gets to Washington she’ll fight for a healthcare system that puts people before profits, a Green New Deal that creates jobs and halts catastrophic climate change, and an economy that puts Nebraska’s working families first.
“Kara understands the stakes in this election and how to bring together the diverse communities that call Nebraska’s second district home -- and we know she’ll never back down from a fight. Democracy for America is thrilled to endorse Kara Eastman for Congress again in 2020 and we look forward to fighting alongside her from now through November.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Kara Eastman on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:
“I am inspired and excited to be endorsed by Democracy for America. I look forward to joining the fight for inclusive populism here in Nebraska’s Second District and in Washington. Together, we can lead the election of progressive majorities and the rejection of right-wing extremism.” -- Kara Eastman
DFA has 2,754 members in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, 6,616 in the state of Nebraska, and more than one million members nationwide.