Thank you for making it possible to do this work. Over 98% of DFA’s funding is from members giving small contributions. Our average donation is $17.07. You invest well above that average and I wanted to make sure you heard a THANK YOU directly from me. Your support makes a huge impact.
With everything going on right now — and the unbelievable amount of email from candidates and organizations you likely receive — I know it can be easy to miss some of the campaigns we are running. To make sure you don’t miss some of what your support for DFA accomplishes, I asked our team to provide me with a rundown of highlights of media and issue campaigns beyond our direct candidate work.
The below is all from just last month. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of this just email me back here. I’m always interested in hearing your thoughts.
- Democracy for America 2020 Pulse Poll – We just launched our 2nd quarter member poll for the Democratic presidential primary. With so many candidates having officially announced, the race is starting to heat up. We need to know how your views are changing and who you feel are the top three candidates to take on Trump. Please vote right now if you have not already done so.
- Have a Twitter account? Help reverse the DCCC’s horrible decision – The DCCC has announced a new policy to penalize vendors and consultants who work with primary challengers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ro Khanna and Beto O’Rourke. It amounts to a blacklist that will significantly weaken the Democratic Party and it’s a slap in the face to voters who are sick of the status quo. The DCCC is paying close attention to the reaction on social media. Will you send a message on Twitter to DCCC Chair Rep. Cheri Busto calling on her to end this new anti-democratic practice?
- Support these common sense gun reform bills now – The Democrats have introduced two common sense gun reform measures that can save lives and start to address the gun violence epidemic. With DFA member support, the House passed universal background checks, while a ban on dangerous high-capacity magazines hasn’t yet been voted on. We’re continuing to build support and pressure both the House and Senate to finally pass these critical safety bills. Please add your name now!
- It’s time to pass Medicare for All – The American healthcare system is broken. 71 million people in America are uninsured or underinsured. GoFundMe pages are full of stories of families literally begging to be able to receive life-saving care. It doesn’t have to be this way.Medicare for All will guarantee access to health care with comprehensive benefits, without premiums, co-pays or deductibles. It will improve Medicare for older adults and people with disabilities, and include dental, vision, prescription drugs, and long-term care. This legislation will reduce health care spending and the cost of prescription drugs. The Medicare for All Act of 2019 will reorient American health care around the needs of patients, not profits. Representative Pramila Jayapal has asked for grassroots co-sponsors to show her colleagues in Congress the broad support building nationwide. Become a citizen co-sponsor today!
- Support the For the People Act – With the support of DFA members like you, this Act has passed the House — but the fight in the Senate has just begun. The For the People Act would make historic changes to strengthen our democracy, including:
- Making election day a federal holiday;
- Revitalizing the Voting Rights Act;
- Establishing Automatic Voter Registration nationwide;
- Reversing the Citizens United decision by requiring super PACs to disclose who their donors are;
- Putting an end to partisan gerrymandering;
- And even requiring the president to release ten years of their tax returns.
- Demand the Mueller report be fully released to Congress and the public – The American people deserve to know what Mueller found and disclosed in his full report, no matter how badly Trump wants to keep it in the shadows. Fortunately, Democrats in Congress are fighting to force the release of the entire report. But it’s still critical for the media to see Americans nationwide won’t be satisfied until the report is made public. You can add your name here:
- Don’t let NAFTA 2.0 lock in high drug prices – Thanks to the lobbying power of Big Pharma, U.S. prescription drug prices are exorbitantly higher than those in other countries. If the pharmaceutical companies get their way and Congress agrees to pass President Trump’s new trade deal to replace NAFTA, excessively high drug prices in the U.S. will be locked in for the foreseeable future. We call on Congress to ensure that Donald Trump removes the Pharma giveaways from the revised NAFTA text before Congress begins consideration of the deal.
And finally here are some news stories talking about our work:
- The Washington Post: Leaders of House liberal caucus consider new membership rules
Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) leaders are considering new rules that would require members to vote together on certain issues and support specific policy proposals, a move aimed at empowering the liberal House group and ensuring that each of its more than 90 lawmakers is worthy of the “progressive” label. “It’s great to have the largest values-based caucus, but the most important part of our power comes from when we are a voting bloc,” said Charles Chamberlain, who heads the liberal group Democracy for America. “And so the more Pramila and Mark and the whole caucus can stick together in supporting the positions of the caucus overall, the better.”
- The Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren proposes breaking up giant tech companies like Amazon and FacebookIt is also another example of Warren buttressing her presidential run with a series of concrete policy proposals aimed at defining the debate within the rapidly expanding Democratic field — an approach that has excited liberal groups like the Vermont-based Democracy for America, which was founded by Howard Dean and endorsed Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary. “She is putting out and identifying very specific issues and very specific proposals on how she’s going to answer them,” said Charles Chamberlain, the group’s chair. “It’s really kind of setting a bold standard for laying out what kinds of politics, what kinds of big ideas, Democrats should really be getting behind.”
- The AP: Joe Biden faces a challenge winning over progressivesEven as Biden leads most early polls of the sprawling Democratic field, those surveys can’t gauge how much of his advantage stems from voters’ favorable views of his role as Obama’s vice president — and whether that wellspring of goodwill would fade if Biden enters the presidential race to criticism from liberals. “You can only go so long on the coattails of a former president, no matter how well-liked a former president is,” said Charles Chamberlain, chair of the progressive group Democracy for America.
- The AP: Pelosi waves off impeachment, says it would divide countryHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings. Neil Sroka of the liberal advocacy group Democracy for America said Pelosi’s comments were “a little like an oncologist taking chemotherapy off the table before she’s even got your test results back.”
- CNN: 2020 Democrats embrace populist message against corporations and the wealthyAny perceived closeness to Wall Street will likely be seized upon in a crowded field of candidates looking to differentiate themselves from one another. “It’s going to matter, and it’s going to be an issue,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for the progressive group Democracy for America. “In the minds of Democratic activists, the big problem in American politics today is the power that millionaires, billionaires and the wealthy, powerful industries have over our politics. That’s where willingness to confront powerful interests is going to be an important point of differentiation.”
- ABC News: $6 million later, Bernie Sanders’ powerful return reveals the strength of a base in waiting“It was foolish for anyone in the Democratic establishment not to take Bernie seriously before [Tuesday],” said Neil Sroka, communications director for the progressive PAC Democracy for America. “But it’s absolutely laughable to not take him seriously after the fundraising haul he was able to bring in, in a certain day.” He also warned the Democratic Party, which largely underestimated Sanders’s appeal to progressives in 2016, against making the same mistake. “More than anything, the surprise that might exist about the numbers Bernie was able to post [Tuesday] is indicative of a chattering class in Washington that doesn’t understand the Democratic base and hasn’t understood it in years,” said Sroka.
- Huffington Post: The Disrespect Of Floating Stacey Abrams As Joe Biden’s Running MateThe New York Times reported Thursday that Biden’s team is considering the odd move of selecting a running mate “well before the nomination is sealed” and that his “close allies” have zeroed in on the former Georgia House minority leader as a potential choice for the 76-year-old ― one way Biden’s camp is considering assuaging fears that he is too old and too white for the job. Yvette Simpson, the chief executive of Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee that supported Abrams for governorbefore she even entered the Georgia race, said Biden seems to have more to gain at this stage. “I can see the benefit of Joe Biden selecting a Stacey Abrams,” Simpson said. “What I can’t quite figure out at this stage is what the benefit is to Stacey Abrams.”
Thank you, as always, for your continued support. Yvette and I are always available by phone or email if you want to chat.
Charles Chamberlain, Chair
Democracy for America
PO Box 1717
Burlington, VT 05402